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.The other day I was planning a Family Vacation for parents and three children ranging from 9 to 15 and they asked about the Caribbean. I have planned many Dream Vacations there in the past and have personally visited many of the islands so I was glad they contacted me.
With children since they do not consume alcohol I normally recommend that they go to a destination where there are several fine restaurants as well as a great children's program and great sightseeing.
The first island I would recommend is Aruba. I have been there several times and love their many fine restaurants. They have both "high rise" and "low rise" hotels, all with great beaches. If you love watersports this is the place to go.
I then thought of Grand Cayman which has "Seven Mile Beach". Again watersports are plentiful and you just have to "swim with the Stingrays". There are several hotels which have children's programs which teach the children about the ocean and how coral formations make this location a great diving site.
For those who do not want to spend for Passports, I always recommend the US Virgin Islands. Having traveled to all three, St. Thomas; St. John; and St. Croix you have complete variety. St. Thomas is active and has great shopping. St. John is for the "quiet getaway" and St. Croix is probably the one which is least visited.
How about the Bahamas and Nassau. You can't beat the Atlantis Resort for children's activities. From their "Swim with the Dolphins" program to their amazing waterpark. While not too much to see on the island you could spend the entire dream vacation on the resort and never get bored.
OK so you want all the activities, the beach and the ALL INCLUSIVE features. There are two I can highly recommend. The first is Jamaica. There are more tours than you can ever take in a week and the beaches are fantastic. You will find the Beaches Resorts by Sandals in both Ocho Rios and Negril. These properties have been voted Number One in the Caribbean for about 14 years in a row. You cannot go wrong but plan your dream vacation well in advance since the rooms with the best values sell out fast and there are not many which will accommodate a family of five.
The second is Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. While there is not much to do for off resort activities, this is the best value in the Caribbean. While I only recommend resorts with at least a four star rating, there is a resort for every budget.
We at Dream Vacation Travels have visited all of these islands and more and would recommend that if you are thinking of vacationing during school vacations, holidays or the peak summer period that you contact us well in advance.
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