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Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean

The Caribbean destinations on this list offer a range of activities that young children, preteens and adults can enjoy, in addition to plenty of all-inclusive resorts and group rates. Taking into account these factors, as well as traveler and expert opinion, U.S. News ranked the best Caribbean vacations for families. Weigh in on next year's rankings by voting below, or use this list to get your family vacation into the planning phase.

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Why go: Families consistently choose the Bahamas because the all-inclusive properties here offer activities for travelers of all ages and preferences. One of the most prominent resorts, Atlantis, even boasts its own water park. Read More»

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Why go: Grand Cayman is great for young travelers who love animals. Here, kids can swim with stingrays and play with sea turtles in Boatswain's Beach. Also, Cayman Brac hosts a Family Week with discounted flight and hotel fares and kid-friendly activities. Read More»

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Why go: Unlike other destinations on this list, Puerto Rico offers plenty of activities away from hotel grounds, like hiking through the El Yunque National Rainforest and boating on Vieques' bioluminescent. Plus, you don't need a passport to visit. Read More»

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Why go: With three islands to choose from, the U.S. Virgin Islands provide variety for 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. Read More»

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Why go: St. Lucia's combination of outdoor activities, 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. Stay at an all-inclusive resort, which offer daily programs for kids and teens. Read More»

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Why go: Turks & Caicos' all-inclusive resorts can keep visitors of all ages entertained with their long lists of activities. Look for lodging along less-traveled stretches of sand, such as Pillory Beach, where the water is calm enough for kids to swim. Read More»

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Why go: Many Barbados resorts have activity centers for kids of all ages and plenty of nightlife for adults. When you're not caught up in hotel entertainment or beachside lounging, check out Barbados' inland attractions, like Harrison's Cave and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Read More»

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Why go: St. Kitts and Nevis are perfect for families whose primary interests revolve around the beach. When the kids tire of the sand, put the St. Kitts tourism board's activity booklet to good use: It can guide you to a host of child-friendly attractions. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Kitts & Nevis

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