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The Best Caribbean Beach Vacations for Families

Time for a vacation? Why not head south with the family! With so many destinations in the Caribbean only a short flight away, there's plenty of options when it comes to planning a family adventure down south. Here are our top picks for family-friendly getaways to take this winter.

Is your family craving a little sun and sand as a break from the cold winter weather? Then why not take a Caribbean vacation with the kids! If you would like to spend a few days or more on an island or beach getaway down south, there are plenty of travel deals available to fit your needs! Whether it’s relaxing by the pool in a family-friendly resort on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, swimming with pigs in the Bahamas or enjoying an entire day of outdoor activities on an excursion in the Dominican Republic, these are some of the best Caribbean beach vacations for a winter escape with the whole family.

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A view of a beach with large rocks and the ocean. Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Tulum, Mexico | Skyscanner Canada
Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Tulum, Mexico | Skyscanner Canada

Take a Sunny Holiday in Mexico

Explore ancient ruins and unleash your inner Indiana Jones in the Riviera Maya

Mexico is a great Caribbean vacation destination for families with kids of all ages. The Riviera Maya area is consistently a top pick for a Caribbean vacation because it combines breathtaking beaches along the coast with ancient historical sites (and lots of great food along the way). Famous Mayan ruins such as Coba, Chichen Itza, and Tulum make easy day trips that will allow your family to embrace their inner Indiana Jones as they explore and learn about ancient civilizations.

Where to stay in Riviera Maya

For a family-friendly all-inclusive vacation resort, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in the town of Puerto Morelos in Quintana Roo is an all-suite resort with an on-site restaurant, access to a beautiful strip of beach and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s a kids’ club with things like face painting and Xbox, and the resort offers a kids’ pool and an adult pool complete with a swim-up bar to keep you well hydrated throughout the day. On more of a budget? Try the Hotel Posada Sian Khan. This kid-friendly hotel is close to the Bull Sharks Diving Center, the 3D Museum of Wonders and the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Swimming and relaxation in Cabo San Lucas

Another great Mexican beach destination is Cabo San Lucas, which is known for its beaches and adventure activities. During the winter months, travellers to Cabo San Lucas can have the opportunity to see and snorkel with whale sharks: one of the most fascinating creatures in the world. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity that promises to become a cherished family memory.

For a great place to stay in Cabo San Lucas, try the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa. This family-friendly resort has eight pools, a variety of restaurants, and family-sized suites make it a perfect pick. A more budget-friendly option for a family vacation is right next door at the Solmar Resort.

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A motor boat tied to a tree on a white sand beach. Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Dominican Republic | Skyscanner Canada
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Escape Winter in the Dominican Republic

Another popular Caribbean vacation spot is the Dominican Republic. It’s a great choice for families because it’s affordable, easily accessible, and has a number of top-rated all-inclusive vacation resorts with lots to keep your children busy and entertained.

Have an outdoor adventure in Punta Cana

One of the best areas to visit in the Dominican Republic is Punta Cana. The water here is usually pretty calm, making it perfect for swimming. There are lots of great adventure activities to do nearby from parasailing to horseback riding, catamaran tours to zip-lining, and more. If you are looking for an adventurous beach destination, then Punta Cana is the place to go.

Where to stay in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata

For an amazing family vacation, book your stay at Grand Memories Punta Cana which has the largest on-site water park in all of the Caribbean. The Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa is less extravagant but also popular with families.

Another great area for family Caribbean beach vacations in the Dominican Republic is Puerto Plata. Like Punta Cana, there are plenty of beaches and adventure activities. Puerto Plata is also home to the 16th century Fortaleza San Felipe; a Spanish fortress which is fun to explore, especially for families interested in history.

If you are planning on staying in Puerto Plata, book your Caribbean vacation at Emotions by Hodelpa.

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A view of the ocean and white sand beaches. Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Jamaica | Skyscanner Canada
Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Jamaica | Skyscanner Canada

Choose Jamaica as Your Next Sun Destination

Don’t worry be happy is the motto in Jamaica – and it’s a good one to have! This sunny Caribbean vacation destination might be best known for rum and reggae, but it’s perfect for visiting with kids as well, and particularly if you’re kids are a little older.

Jamaica offers tons of fun and exciting experiences like climbing Dunn’s River Falls, zip-lining through the jungle, and learning about Bob Marley at the Bob Marley Museum.

Jamaica is also one of only a handful of places around the world where you can experience bioluminescent water at the luminous lagoon. At night, you can visit this incredible natural attraction and even swim in the water. Your best bet is to go where there has been no rain and when the moon isn’t too bright (i.e. not full) to get the ultimate experience.

Where to stay in Jamaica

There are several places to stay around Jamaica for your winter escape, though two areas really stand out for great beaches, proximity to airports, and close to some of the country’s most popular destinations: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

Check out the Emerald View Resort Villa in Montego Bay and the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios for your winter vacation hotels. 

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A view of the Bahamas surrounded by ocean. Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Bahamas | Skyscanner Canada
Family Caribbean Beach Vacations: Bahamas | Skyscanner Canada

Family Caribbean Beach Vacation in the Bahamas

The warm waters of the Bahamas make this Caribbean vacation destination a popular choice for family travel.

Children will love the pirate history, the ability to snorkel and swim with (friendly) sharks, as well as kayaking through the mangroves. If you’re up to splurge a bit on an incredible experience, why not head to a popular spot to swim with some pig friends? (Yes, you heard that right!) One of the best places to swim with pigs in the Bahamas is in the Exumas, on what’s known as Pig Beach.

Where to stay in the Bahamas

Of course, the Bahamas are also home to the incredible Atlantis Resorts which are perfect for a luxurious family vacation. A more budget-friendly all-inclusive option is the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach All Inclusive.

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A Caribbean vacation can make for the perfect winter getaway, and these destinations promise fun in the sun for the whole family!

Ready for a family adventure to the Caribbean?

Our flight search engine will help you find the best deals on hotels, car rentals and flights for your next Caribbean vacation. Are you flexible on time? Trying playing around with your travel dates using our whole month search to find the best flight deals to the Caribbean! Still looking for some ideas on where to take the kids this winter? Get more family travel inspiration and ideas in our winter vacation guide of the best winter escapes for the entire family.