The Best Caribbean Islands For Families

Article posted 28 August 2019

Glorious sunshine, perfect white beaches and colourful island lifestyles - there’s a reason why the Caribbean islands are famous for amazing family holidays. But with so many amazing all inclusive Caribbean holidays to choose from, the hardest part of booking your family’s tropical escape is narrowing down a shortlist.
Here are some quick summaries for each of the islands to help you whittle down your wish list.

The Bahamas

Comprising some 700 islands, The Bahamas are like the Caribbean in a microcosm, making it the perfect destination for first timers or those who simply enjoy a spot of island hopping. The Bahamas are famous for pirates, Christopher Columbus, and for its collection of 2,000 beaches with some of the world’s clearest waters.
You’ll find everything you need for a Caribbean family holiday on these islands, from the fine dining and luxury shopping malls of Nassau to kayaking and diving around the cays and stunning coral reefs. And with lots of fun things to do in the Bahamas, there’s plenty to keep kids and teenagers happy whether it’s watersports, dolphin spotting or jerk chicken and conch at your local fish fry.

Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the main islands at Club Med Columbus Isle on San Salvador island. This elegant, colonial-style resort is perfect for holidays in the Bahamas with plenty of watersports and jaw-dropping ocean views.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Despite its proximity to the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos islands are by far the quietest of the Carribbeans, with only eight of its 40 islands being populated. With blissful beaches, turquoise waters and laidback villages, you’re more likely to have wild donkeys for company than fellow tourists.
These islands are a veritable watersports paradise, with some of the world’s best locations for diving. The pristine white sands of Grace Bay Beach have serious wow factor even by Caribbean standards, while the Chalk Sound National Park boasts a 3-mile continuous stretch of blue water perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

The adults-only Club Med Turkoise is perfect for grown-up family reunions and chilled out holidays with your favourite siblings, cousins or parents. Enjoy diving, live music, and fresh smoothies and cocktails on our perfect tranquil beach.

Martinique

Thanks to its strong French influences, Martinique is a less mainstream Caribbean island with a refined sensibility suited to discerning travellers who appreciate the finer things in life. This distinctly Francophile island is great for practicing your French while exploring colourful towns and charming fishing villages, perfect for families with teenagers and older children looking to expand their horizons.
Spend your days lazily lounging on long stretches of white beach and wandering around beautiful botanical gardens or the colonial architecture of Fort-de-France, or get active by hiking rugged volcanic peaks, exploring volcanic ruins or scuba diving off the coast of Baie du Marin. In the evenings, enjoy live music as you savour fresh seafood, local blue cheese and Caribbean rums while the kids practice their dance moves.

Set in what was once a pirates lair, Club Med Les Boucaniers is a bright and fun resort with coconut groves and Alpinia flowers, perfect for holidays in Martinique. Watch the kids windsurf, discover tropical fish on a dive off the coast or enjoy a spot of yoga on our curved pier.

Guadeloupe

Much like it’s French-speaking neighbour, Guadeloupe is a tropical string of islands with a strong Gallic flavour, though this time with strong African influences. In fact, you’ll find the French-Creole cuisine is a good enough reason to visit alone!
Guadeloupe's two main islands, Basse Terre and Grande Terre, are where you’ll find the heart of the action with rainforests, sheltered bays, black and gold sand beaches and rural communities close to your resort. For a change of pace, you can sail out to the unspoilt tropical wildernesses of Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, and La Désirade on a catamaran. Active families with a thirst for adventure will feel at home here, exploring the local culture with visits to sugar plantations, active volcanoes and turquoise lagoons.

Make Club Med La Caravelle home base for Guadeloupe holidays. On the southern coast of Grande Terre, this freshly renovated resort is perfectly designed for exploration with lots of excursions, water sports and fun activities for the whole family.

The Dominican Republic

Meet the lively Dominican Republic, the most outgoing member of our Caribbean island family. This sunny island has a warm and colourful culture with friendly cities, colonial ruins and amazing jungle adventures, making it one of the best Caribbean islands for families. Swim in the azure blue waters of Hoyo Azul, take a wander around the old colonial town of Santo Domingo or catch a baseball game with the kids at Estadio Quisqueya.
Birthplace of both the Merengue and the Bachata, parents will find plenty of authentic dance halls across the island, bustling with dancers and inviting visitors to join in. Meanwhile kids will find plenty of fun on the island’s many white sandy beaches. Take to the waves for a crayfish cruise, coast along the surf on a stand-up paddleboard or take a trip out to spot our local whales.

The best Dominican holidays start with a stay at Club Med Punta Cana. This sunny resort set in a coconut grove has an amazing CREACTIVE playground for the kids and a chic Zen Oasis for adults.
Or be one of the first to stay at our brand new eco-hotel, Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda. This innovative resort is split into four boutique villages, tailored to different holidaymakers: the relaxing Emerald Jungle, the family-friendly Explorer Cove, the bright and fun Caribbean Paradise, and the luxuriously romantic Archipelago.

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