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5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Caribbean Hotels for Families
Plan a convenient getaway the whole gang will enjoy.
From St. Lucia to Antigua, these family-friendly retreats offer kid-approved amenities and entertainment, kid's clubs and plenty of opportunities to soak up the great outdoors. (Getty Images)
Summer is an ideal time to plan a budget-friendly family trip to the Caribbean. After all, there are plenty of all-inclusive resorts offering great rates for bargain hunters and a variety of accommodations with kid-friendly amenities to choose from. So, this year, why not skip the traditional Disney trip for a lesser-known Caribbean isle? If you're ready to enjoy some family fun in an under-the-radar locale, head to these enticing Caribbean retreats.
Explore Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia
At St. Lucia's Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, you'll find activities geared toward guests of all ages, from toddlers to teens. The CocoLand kid's club welcomes guests ages 12 and under, with age-appropriate activities catering to a variety of interests. Kids can partake in games, arts and crafts, nature walks, culinary activities and learn about the island's culture and customs. What's more, little ones, tweens and teens have access to the resort's CocoLand Waterpark – the largest in St. Lucia – to keep them happy, along with the chance to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and paddleboarding. Plus, for kids and adults, there are opportunities for hiking, dance classes, beach cricket and yoga.
Venture to Oyster Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten
You may not think of St. Maarten as a family destination, but the Oyster Bay Beach Resort on the eastern end of the Dutch side of St. Maarten may change your mind. Bingo, salsa, Zumba lessons, yoga and corn bag toss competitions are just part of the fun. Kayak on Simpson Bay or enjoy biking, hiking, zip lining, paddleboarding or a Segway tour. Parents and children can team up for the 12-meter challenge and experience the thrills of sailing as they work as a crew.
Check out the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas
The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, a brand new 750-acre resort and casino on North Bimini in the Bahamas, boasts six family-friendly restaurants and three pools, along with plenty of opportunities to embrace the great outdoors with kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling. Along Fisherman's Village, an open-air shopping and dining promenade, you'll find the "Beach Bums" kid's club. Plus, families can take advantage of excursions to dive sites like the SS Sapona shipwreck or hit pristine beaches. And at the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, youngsters can learn about sharks.
Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun in Turks & Caicos
At Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa you'll find offerings geared toward guests of all ages. Younger guests can collect shells or enjoy face painting, treasure hunts and magic shows. And for "Sesame Street," fans, there is exploration of outer space with Elmo and friends, bird watching with Big Bird and other activities. Even hard-to-please preteens will find it tough not to enjoy sailing, snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball and soccer, glass bottom boat rides, pizza-making and reggae jam sessions. Teenagers also have access to their own lounge featuring karaoke, group water sports, boat cruises, pool Olympics, tennis clinics, dance parties, talent shows and more. Civic-minded teens can even do good while on vacation through the resort's Island Impact program, which gives full-time students the opportunity to earn up to 10 community service hours and to give back to the communities they are visiting while staying at Beaches Resorts.
Discover Carlisle Bay in Antigua
Whether you and the gang are itching for adventure or relaxation, you can find it in Antigua, with its calm waters, great cuisine and abundant outdoor thrills. The five-star Carlisle Bay on Antigua's south coast offers a free year-round children's program available to guests ages 6 and under. Kids can take part in fun educational and entertaining activities, such as treasure hunts, arts and crafts, sandcastle-building and more. Plus, the kid's club offers its own paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym (available to guests ages 2 and up). For older tweens and teens, the resort offers age-appropriate programs. The Crew Blue club is designed for kids ages 7 to 12 and features fun activities, such as raft-building, watersports and more. And Crush serves as Carlisle Bay's program for adolescent and includes a teens-only hangout area with an entertainment system and activities, such as beach barbecues, private movie screenings and adrenaline-fueled adventures, such as wakeboarding, zip-lining, tubing and tennis workshops. Plus, there resort offers plenty of amenities for grown-ups, too, from a yoga pavilion to a film screening room and a spa.
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