8 Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands To Visit In Summer 2023

8 Best Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands To Visit In Summer 2023

The Caribbean presents an ideal vacation spot for travelers from all walks of life, with certain locations that particularly captivate families.

Here are some recommendations for the best family-friendly Caribbean islands:

Dominican Republic

For families, the Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and Cap Cana are the best places to stay. Recharge your batteries and soak up the sun by the pool or on the beach.

A new theme park at Katmandu Park Punta Cana is something the Dominican Republic offers along with activities like mountain biking, surfing and whitewater rafting that few other Caribbean islands offer.


This island nation rightly advertises itself as relaxed. It has perhaps the best atmosphere in the Caribbean. Even the bustling markets of Ocho Rios exude a carefree atmosphere.

Families are especially drawn to the all-inclusive resorts. Even though the food and music in Jamaica can be lively and colorful, there is still room for a family vacation.

A rafting trip down one of the rivers or spending time under one of the country’s magnificent waterfalls are both family-friendly activities.


Most people associate Nassau and Atlantis Paradise Island with the Bahamas. Nevertheless, thanks to its 700 islands, families in the Bahamas have many opportunities to explore, regardless of where they choose to stay.

But did you know that the waterslides at Atlantis are some of the best in the world? Not to mention a beach that welcomes families. The whole family will love the 141-acre water park. Another excellent choice for a special family outing is a trip to Exuma to swim with the pigs.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

If you are going to treat yourself, why not do it at the Ritz-Carlton?

It is located on one of the most famous beaches in the world, Seven Mile Beach.

It’s also proud of its Ambassadors of the Environment initiative, created by Jean Michel Cousteau, son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Activities such as family-friendly evening scuba diving and a tour of a mangrove forest are offered. For those who prefer to play golf with the family, there is also a golf course designed by Greg Norman.

Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is another destination for families without U.S. passports. It is easy to get to, has stunning beaches and is great fun for the whole family.

Besides the beaches, Old San Juan offers a week’s worth of history and Latin culture to immerse yourself in, and do not forget to try Puerto Rico’s traditional mofongo.

Also, venture off the beaten path and visit Culebra or Isla Verde. You can swim in the bioluminescent bay or go snorkeling with sea turtles.


The best thing about Barbados is that it is quite inexpensive, depending on your travel dates and accommodation preferences. Although that is probably true for all Caribbean islands.

Also, the people there are very family friendly and know how the tourism industry works.

If you have older children, they will undoubtedly enjoy exploring Harrison’s Cave and all it has to offer. Exploring the local marine life and the crystal clear waters will especially delight young children.

Turks and Caicos

One of the most welcoming places in the Caribbean for families is the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos.

You would be doing your family and yourself a disservice if you did not travel to the Amanyara Resort on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos group.

Even better, the resort offers an environmentally focused camp for children ages 5 to 14.

US Virgin Islands

Your kids do not have passports, but you want to travel to the Caribbean. Consider visiting the stunning U.S. Virgin Islands, where you do not need a passport at all. Explore Trunk Bay in St. John or Virgin Islands National Park with the whole family. Head to Water Island if you want to avoid big crowds.