Summer Sun Family Holidays in the Caribbean
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Summer Sun Family Holidays in the Caribbean

Summer Sun Family Holidays in the Caribbean

The best time for family holidays in the Caribbean is during the British winter. Why fly that far and at such expense when there is summer sun to be had so much closer to home?! Bear in mind that summer (June to November) is also the official hurricane season in the region.

The only real reason to take the kids to the Caribbean in the main UK school holidays or summer months is because it’s cheaper, but you need to be confident that your kids will be able to bear the sometimes unpleasant humidity, especially if they are very young. If you do go at this time of year, choose a property where they can escape the most intense heat of the day, whether it’s in an air-conditioned crèche or kids’ club or a waterpark, and be super-vigilant about sunburn (use parasols) and about drinking enough water. Mosquitoes can be an annoyance too (though there’s no malaria), so go armed with repellent.

July and August are the hottest months in the Caribbean, while the peak season is December to February. For this reason, the prime time for a family holiday in the region is March, April or May, when it’s less crowded but the weather is still lovely.

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Summer Sun places to stay in Caribbean

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The BodyHoliday (Le Sport)

Saint Lucia
A luxury retreat where families with teens can enjoy sports and wellness activities.

P&O Cruises: Oceana

Europe, Caribbean
Explore the Med or the Caribbean on fly-cruise holidays aboard this family-friendly cruise liner.

P&O Cruises: Aurora

North America, Europe, Caribbean
A ideal family cruise ship, with childcare from ages 6 months to teens, family pools, sporting activities and evening entertainment.

Magdalena Grand Beach Golf Resort

Caribbean
A family resort with cricket games on the white-sand beach and kids' wildlife sessions.

Villa Dreamcatcher

Barbados
A super-stylish villa sleeping up to 8, a short walk from the beach and with the services of a private chef.

Le Guanahani

Caribbean
Stylish boutique resort for families on the small Caribbean island of St Barths.

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Riu Palace Aruba

Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
A large all-inclusive resort with day and evening entertainment, best suited to those with older kids.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

Grenada
An eco-friendly family resort with themed activities and watersports tuition.

Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Spa

Bermuda
The only all-inclusive resort on Bermuda, with a wealth of activities and experiences for adults and kids.

Necker Island

Virgin Islands
Sir Richard Branson's private tropical paradise – exclusive and with a focus on community work.

Four Seasons Resort

St Kitts and Nevis
An eco-friendly luxury resort on the small but stunning Caribbean island, with lots of scope for family adventures.

One & Only Ocean Club

Bahamas
A luxury beach resort with great childcare, golf and a spa.

Royalton St Lucia

Saint Lucia
A stylish all-inclusive resort with a private beach with water sports, a spa, cookery classes and kids' clubs.

St James's Club Morgan Bay

Saint Lucia
A friendly all-inclusive beachfront resort in a private cove, with a kids’ club and activities.

St Lucian by Rex Resorts

Saint Lucia
A relaxed, all-inclusive hotel in St Lucia, in a prime spot, with pool.

Memories Splash Punta Cana

Dominican Republic
An all-inclusive family hotel in the Dominican Republic, with an on-site waterpark plus facilities for kids and teens.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa

Caribbean
A luxury Puerto Rican hotel with heaps of family-friendly amenities.

Turtle Beach Resort

Barbados
A popular all-inclusive family resort well regarded for its kids' club and with a short transfer time.

Crystal Cove

Barbados
An intimate all-inclusive property with a great kids’ club, a spa and super-friendly staff happy to organise exciting excursions.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Dominican Republic
An all-inclusive kid-friendly hotel with waterpark in the Dominican Republic.