A few days on a Caribbean island is easily my favorite way to spend family vacation. Whether your brood is the laid back type or you’re an adventure craving lot, excursions to suit your family are numerous and varied. To get you started on planning your next family-friendly getaway, here are a few ideas.
St. Thomas – Tree Limin’ Extreme
The first (and only) of its kind in the Virgin Islands, this zip lining adventure is ideal for kids eight and older. “Limin’” is a term used for “hanging out” or “chilling” – both of which are completely doable above the lush canopy of the St. Peter Mountain rainforest.
It takes about 2 ½- to 3 ½ hours to complete, and includes six zip lines, eight aerial platforms, and two sky bridges. You’ll spy unparalleled views of St. John, Magens Bay, and the BVIs. Capable and friendly local guides ease apprehensions. They also share helpful island information so you can make the most of your stay.
Turks and Caicos – Snorkel and Conch Tour
If you want a little more from a snorkeling tour, Caicos Dream Tours’ Snorkel and Conch Tour is a great option. This four-hour diversion departs from the Alexandria Resort and includes gear, lunch, light snacks, and beverages (three cheers for rum punch!).
The abundant exotic marine life you encounter as you ply along the third largest barrier reef in the world will inspire you. Tour guests also dive for conch, the main ingredient of your freshly prepared lunch. Take home a souvenir conch shell to remember your adventure.
Anguilla – Dolphin Discovery
Dolphins entrance kids and adults. One-on-one time with these intelligent and friendly creatures will secure your spot as world’s best parents. Located in Blowing Point Beach on Anguilla’s southern coast, the Dolphin Discovery offers three options for dolphin interaction. The Royal Swim lets guests hitch a ride through the water on the dolphin’s fin. A dolphin propelled ride on a boogie board is a Dolphin Swim highlight. Guests are allowed extended time in the dolphins’ own habitat during the Dolphin Encounter. All packages offer dolphin playtime and education about these fascinating marine animals.
Barbados – Atlantis Submarine Tour
For families who want a deeper marine adventure but aren’t SCUBA certified, here’s your happy medium! Sit back in the air-conditioned Atlantis and take in the mystical underwater sights of the Caribbean Sea. It submerges to 150 feet, revealing a variety of fish, coral, and even a shipwreck. For a different perspective of the deep, take a night tour. Guests can add a land-based tour of Barbados’ natural wonders, including a stop at a local working farm. Note: participants of the Atlantis tour must be at least three feet tall.
Jamaica – Reach Falls, Port Antonio
Prefer a non-touristy, off the beaten path kind of activity? This is your spot! Reach (or Reich) Falls may still be considered one of Port Antonio’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in the tropical rainforest of the Portland Parish, Reach Falls is a beautiful blend of relaxation and adventure.
Clear cascades flow over limestone and feature several natural pools and smaller falls. Mandingo Cave is a must do – though a guide is highly recommended. A natural waterfall awaits those who opt to venture inside.
Reach Falls is under the management of the Urban Development Corporation. A nominal fee is charged for entrance, and bathrooms and changing facilities are on site. Bring water shoes for optimum falls hiking experience, and don’t forget your waterproof camera. Stop by Bigga’s Tuc Shop for unique handmade souvenirs.
What are your favorite family “go to” diversions when you travel? Let me know! I love adding new adventures to my list!
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