What’s a luxury travel-loving couple to do once the kids arrive? Keep traveling! With a little planning the Caribbean’s most luxurious destinations can be just as welcoming to young families as they are to honeymooning couples. Here are few of the top things to consider when planning a luxury family getaway.
1. Opt for kid-friendly beaches
While big waves are great for watersports, the Caribbean also offers plenty of sheltered bays that are perfect for families. Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos is one of the world’s finest, with miles of white sand and shallow turquoise water. Magens Bay in St. Thomas is another favorite – a small entrance fee covers family-friendly perks like lifeguards and fresh water showers.
2. Discover the Caribbean’s kid-friendly attractions
Quick and colorful are two words to keep in mind when planning kid-friendly vacation activities. Jamaica offers some of the best options in the Caribbean, with Dolphin Cove and the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary appealing to animal-lovers of all ages. Active families with slightly older kids can try a waterfall hike and swim at YS Falls just outside of Negril.
3. Pack smart
Did you know that kids’ car seats fly free on most airlines? Bring yours along and don’t be afraid to ask the airport porter for a hand carrying it to your rental car. If you are staying in a Caribbean villa or vacation rental, keep in mind that larger items such as high chairs and cribs are readily available on-island – your concierge can coordinate any local rentals.
4. Bring re-enforcements
If your parents or in-laws are dying to spend more time with the grandkids, why not bring them along? Villas are designed to offer both plenty of space for family time and privacy for couples. Play your cards right and you may even be able to enjoy a romantic beachfront dinner with your spouse, while the kids enjoy a night with their grandparents.
5. Minimize travel time
When it comes to traveling with young children, short direct flights are your best option. The Caribbean is a great choice for East Coast families, with plenty of direct flight options that clock in at under four hours from New York. Wherever you go, make your airport transfer plans ahead of time, and you’ll be on the beach making sandcastles before you know it.
Katherine Scott is Editor at Luxury Retreats.