Since we love ocean-lapped beaches and live on the East Coast, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda are among our favorite family destinations. We’re drawn to the spectacular palm-tree-lined sands, the underwater adventures, the rainforests and caves, the people, the mix of cultures, the regions’ rich history, and the delicious food.
Things To Do
- Discover underwater wonders. Go snorkeling and diving to explore reefs and swim with schools of rainbow-colored fish, outings that can easily be shared by pre-schoolers, tweens, teens, and their grandparents. Find excursions in Bermuda, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, USVI’s St. John, and other destinations.
- Watch the wildlife. See frigate birds puff up their throats like balloons in Barbuda, watch turtles lay eggs in Nevis, go whale-watching off Dominica, the Dominican Republic, and Turks & Caicos, spot dolphins riding a boat’s wake, and bathe in the bio-glow in a Puerto Rican bay.
- Explore the land. Hike El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s lush rainforest; stroll the fragrant trails of Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths in St. Lucia; and swim through underground cenotes in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Take in the culture and history. Centuries ago, native peoples settled in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The British, French, Spanish, and Dutch imported slaves from Africa and workers from Indonesia, China, Surinam, and Portugal.
Learn about an area’s roots by going to a festival, listening to live music, touring forts and museums, and tasting fabulous food. Try conch fritters in the Bahamas, jerk chicken in Jamaica, and other street eatery fare. The region blooms with noted restaurants that imaginatively mix local and traditional ingredients. Among the gems: Straw Hat, Anguilla; Crackpot Kitchen, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos; Coal Pot, St. Lucia, and Elements, Aruba.