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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Magdalena Grand Beach Golf Resort

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

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Barbados
A laid-back and eco-friendly beachfront resort on the south coast, with great facilities including kids’ clubs.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

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

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

St Kitts and Nevis
A luxury hotel on St Kitts, with top family facilities, golf course and spa.

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.

Cobblers Cove

Barbados
A boutique all-suite hotel near the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, with masses of fun activities for kids, plus a spa.

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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.

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.

P&O Cruises: Oceana

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

Coral Reef Club

Barbados
A family-run boutique hotel on the west coast, with complimentary watersports including kids' tuition.

Spice Island Beach Resort

Grenada
An all-inclusive resort on Grand Anse, Grenada's most beautiful beach.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa

Turks and Caicos
An all-inclusive luxury hotel including a DJ academy and a waterpark with surf simulator, plus food trucks serving up a variety of foods and fine dining restaurants.

Curtain Bluff

Antigua
An all-inclusive resort in Antigua with private beaches and kids’ club.

Colony Club

Barbados
A luxury beach resort brilliant for all the family but especially for teens, who get to play beach cricket with a former West Indies cricketer.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

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

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Virgin Islands
A fantastically luxurious, relaxing option with a kids' club, spa and private beaches.

St James's Club

Antigua
An all-inclusive resort with two private beaches and fantastic kids’ clubs.

Crystal Cove

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

ClubHotel Riu Negril

Jamaica
An all-inclusive family-friendly resort in Jamaica with kids’ club and activities.

Necker Island

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