There are plenty of beautiful locations to visit in the Caribbean, so you should take the time to pick the best one for you and your loved ones. Here are some things to think about when planning your family vacation.
Pick Your Destination
With so many islands to choose from, it could be a long process to pick the right one. The most popular islands will be a good bet, as they will have the most tourist infrastructure in place so you can have a luxurious holiday. On the more developed islands, you will have an array of options in terms of resorts and restaurants, along with amenities. However, it’s important to consider the smaller islands if you want a wider range of adventure and untainted natural sights. When you are traveling with youngsters, you may want to pick a location with direct flights and no stops to avoid any frustration, so you can get on your way to a relaxing getaway. You can find out which islands have direct flights by consulting a travel agent.
When to Visit
Weather is one of the many reasons why people want to visit the Caribbean, so it makes sense to pick your time for travel accordingly. Unless you are a huge fan of the rain, it’s recommended to avoid the Caribbean during the hurricane season (June – November), which should help you to avoid the worst-case scenario. Typically, the weather is the best with less humidity and cool nights from December to April, so its best to pick a time between those months.
Besides the weather though, you will need to consider expenses as well. Peak season in the Caribbean can be up to 50% more expensive in terms of accommodation costs, so it’s not a bad idea to visit in off-season: mid-April to the beginning of December. Don’t forget about the weather though, and try to avoid visiting during celebrations like Christmas and New Year, or even school breaks, unless you don’t mind braving the crowds.
Where to Stay
Being such a large tourist attraction provides the islands with many choices in terms of accommodation. You can stay at an all-inclusive resort with everything you need on-site, or retreat to a more quiet location with significantly more privacy and independence. It’s possible to combine the amenities of a resort with the solitude of a home if you stay at a vacation rental on a glamorous island like St. Barts or Turks and Caicos. St. Barts Villas can be a bit expensive, but you will have significantly more freedom and space for you and your family. You won’t have to worry about guarding kids from strangers, staking your claim on the pool, or waiting in line for a continental breakfast. Alternatively, you could opt to stay with a resident of the island in a bed and breakfast or experience multiple islands in one trip through a cruise. Just make sure to read previous visitor reviews to make sure it will be a pleasant experience for everyone.
Hopefully, this article provided some insight into what to look out for when planning your family vacation. Have fun and remember to relax!