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Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean

Choosing a Caribbean vacation that meets the needs of young children, preteens and adults might seem like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be that way. The Caribbean spots below offer the chance to explore iconic natural wonders (coral reefs and cascading waterfalls included) along with a wide range of activities that the whole gang can enjoy. Taking into account cost, convenience and family-friendly lodging and entertainment options, as well as traveler and expert recommendations, U.S. News ranked the standout Caribbean family vacation spots. Cast your vote below to help us determine next year's rankings. 

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Why go: With three islands to choose from, the U.S. Virgin Islands appeal to families who like to blend beach time with a bit of exploration. Kids can learn to snorkel and identify marine life at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, while adults can visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery in St. Croix. Read More»

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Why go: Unlike other places on this list, Puerto Rico offers ample activities away from hotel grounds, like hiking through El Yunque National Rainforest and touring Vieques' bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. Plus, the island's no-passport-necessary status makes it a great option for those craving convenience. Read More»

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Why go: Beautiful beaches, magnificent reefs and opportunities for horseback riding and surf lessons make the Bahamas a family favorite. Plus, the Bahamas boasts plenty of budget- and family-friendly resorts. One of the most prominent resorts, Atlantis Royal Towers, even has its own 141-acre water park. Read More»

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Why go: With family-friendly dining venues and activities, Grand Cayman is a consistent crowd-pleaser among clans. Here, kids can swim with stingrays in Stingray City and enjoy up-close encounters with sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm. Plus, Cayman Brac hosts a Family Week with discounted hotel fares. Read More»

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Why go: Barbados offers a safe, fun and easily accessible Caribbean getaway teeming with family-oriented resorts. When you're not lazing along a white-sand beach or riding the waves in Bridgetown, explore inland attractions like Harrison's Cave and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Read More»

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Why go: For families craving a sunny beach getaway, St. Kitts and Nevis offer the perfect dose of relaxation and enrichment. Here, you can enjoy aquatic pursuits like sailing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing before touring historic sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts. Read More»

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Why go: St. Lucia's blend of white-sand beaches and rollicking nightlife usually only register on a honeymooner's radar, but families attest that this island doubles as a kid-friendly destination. Explore rainforests or hike up the Pitons before escaping to Capella Marigot Bay or Cotton Bay Village. Read More»

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Why go: Often overlooked for its popular Caribbean peers, Turks & Caicos draws those in search of less-traveled sands, such as Pillory Beach, where the water is calm enough for kids to swim. Plus, the islands offer coral reefs, crispy conch fritters and budget lodging options. Read More»

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