When it’s time to get away from the bustle of family life, slow down and reconnect, the wide beaches, warm sunshine and laid-back nature of the Caribbean can be just what a family ordered. From the family-friendly all-inclusive resorts to the high-end family fun of the Atlantis to the natural wonders of St. Kitts and Grand Cayman, there’s an island and an experience that fits every family’s needs.
Legendary and lavish, Atlantis, Paradise Island is one of those perfect water-loving family beach destinations. The 2,317 room, mega resort offers something for everyone, from the adults to all ages of kids from teens to tweens to toddlers. Your Atlantis getaway is rarely “cheap,” but the variety of accommodations at Atlantis are overloaded with unlimited access to the resort’s unique water parks, marine aquariums, beaches, and amenities.
The resort features a variety of accommodations, with its focal point the 141-acre waterscape and its 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Its 14 exhibit lagoons are a living marine habitat, home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat with over 50,000 sea animals.
The beach, Bob Marley music, and one of the best race pre-race dinners ever. If any of those things appeal to you you'll want to add the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K to your list of destination race must do's. I ran the half marathon in December 2012 and it will forever be written in the sand as one of my favorite races; in fact, I'm trying to clear my schedule to get back there this year.
What is a family to do when cabin fever strikes and the kids don’t have passports? Head to Puerto Rico.
Or at least that’s what we did when I started going a bit bonkers in blustery Chicago cooped up with small children. I told my (thrifty) husband that a Caribbean vacation would be cheaper than a stay in the mental hospital.
Ah, the spa. It's one of the first places I want to visit when escaping everyday life. Recently, I spent five fun-filled days at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica, and had the opportunity to tour and experience their Red Lane Spa. They offer classic European spa services with a unique Caribbean flair. You can choose from a wide array of body, massage, facial and salon treatments; and also choose where to have it done - at the spa, on the beach or in the privacy of your own suite. Sweet! Indulge solo or with a couples package. They use all-natural organic products made from nourishing tropical ingredients and even boast a Tropical Nail Bar with a palate of eco-vegan nail lacuers and glistening Shellac nail treatments.