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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Hawksbill Antigua by Rex Resorts

Antigua
A secluded good value all-inclusive resort in Antigua, with great staff.

Iberostar Selection Varadero

Cuba
An-inclusive family resort on the beachfront in Cuba, with lots of entertainment.

Coconut Bay Resort & Spa

Saint Lucia
A popular all-inclusive resort with a waterpark and superb facilities.

Tamarijn Aruba

Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
A low-key all-inclusive resort with kids' clubs, watersports and a golf course.

Paradisus Varadero Resort and Spa

Cuba
All-inclusive and family-friendly luxury hotel in Cuba with loads to entertain the whole family.

The Landings

Saint Lucia
A relaxing 5-star retreat in St Lucia with spa, kids’ club and activities.

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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.

Melia Peninsula Varadero

Cuba
An all-inclusive Cuban resort in a national park with family entertainment.

St James's Club Morgan Bay

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

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Bahamas
A vast family resort with several hotels, a cinema, nightclubs and a waterpark.

ClubHotel Riu Bachata

Dominican Republic
A great value all-inclusive hotel ideal for families in the Dominican Republic, with great facilities, top kids club and plenty of space to relax.

Royalton St Lucia

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

One & Only Ocean Club

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

Club Med Punta Cana

Dominican Republic
An all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic with sports academies and spa.

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

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

Tamarind

Barbados
A contemporary family-friendly hotel with free watersports and excursions including swimming with turtles.

Paradisus Palma Real

Dominican Republic
Luxury all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic with skills classes and sports.

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.

Sandy Lane

Barbados
A luxurious family-friendly hotel with 3 golf courses and a spa, much favoured by celebs.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

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