- Caribbean Family holidays
Your children can be the envy of their classmates - and teachers - when you take them on a family holiday in the Caribbean. The region as a whole is quite loosely defined, of course covering the Caribbean Sea itself, but some of the shores of the islands in this part of the world face out into the North Atlantic Ocean. Part of the mainland coast of the Americas is also considered to be in the Caribbean too.
Mention the Caribbean to anyone and their first thought is likely to be of sandy beaches and palm trees - the stereotypical desert island destination - and cheap family holidays in the Caribbean can allow you to laze on the beach in exactly that kind of setting. Each archipelago and individual island has its own identity too though, and for many tourists visiting the area, their break is as much about seeing yet another different side to the Caribbean as it is about taking a break from their lifestyle back home.
Much of mainland South America is influenced by the culture and heritage of Spain, but in the islands there are a much more diverse range of different European influences to look out for during your family holiday in the Caribbean. Some of the last remaining outposts of the British Empire can be found, providing you with the opportunity to take your children away to a tropical destination yet still be able to communicate with the local residents in English. France also has a presence in the region, and the once-great exploring nation of Portugal is still represented among the local cultures as well.
What's in a family package holiday in the Caribbean?
It's always wise to check the exact description of your family holiday to the Caribbean for full details of everything covered by the ticket price, but you can expect a warm welcome and a resort suitable for younger visitors, at the very least. There may also be more of a kids' menu in the hotel restaurant, or a beach club that allows your children to have some adventures of their own under safe adult supervision, but out of your hair for a few hours each day.
Why the Caribbean is so great for families
Tropical islands, warm seas, vibrant culture and excellent facilities – when you put it like that, the Caribbean looks like the ultimate family holiday destination. And it's not too far off. Choose between islands including Jamaica, Trinidad, St Lucia and more, each with its own distinct personality, and take the kids on a Caribbean family holiday they will never forget. Play on white sandy beaches or in calm, safe waters. Sample Caribbean cooking and hang out with laid back and friendly locals. Family holidays don't get much better.