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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P&O Cruises: Ventura

Europe, Caribbean
A large cruise liner with so much to offer families, especially those with young children; including childcare day and night and lots of play areas.

One & Only Ocean Club

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

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.

St James's Club Morgan Bay

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

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa

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

Tamarind

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

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Club Med Punta Cana

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

Le Guanahani

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

Sandy Lane

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

Paradisus Palma Real

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

The BodyHoliday (Le Sport)

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

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.

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.