Swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman
Stingray City Trips will take you to a sandbar where you can feed and stroke up to two dozen southern stingrays. You don’t have to get into the water: you can also view these slightly scary-looking fish from a glass-bottomed boat.
Zip-wire in St Lucia
The course takes you through the forest canopy, 30-50ft above the ground, on 500ft runs of cable. Children must be eight or older; helmets, hair nets, gloves and harnesses are provided. It is a perfect adventure trip for your family in Caribbean.
Learn to surf in Barbados
The island’s rougher Atlantic east coast is excellent for surfing. Zed’s Surfing Adventures offers a six-hour program for beginners, in two-hour segments, at Surfer’s Point. Cost is about £90 per person and classes are suitable for adults and children.
Hike through a cloud forest in Puerto Rico
The El Yunque rain forest is home to the highest mountain in the Caribbean, the Pico del Toro. For spectacular views, hike up the Mt Britton trail, through the cloud forest, to Mt Britton Tower and enjoy a spectacular and a rare view. Waterproof clothing is essential.
Take the train in St Kitts
The railway was built between 1912 and 1926 to carry sugar cane from the plantations to the factory in the capital city of Basseterre. St Kitts Scenic Railway is a three-hour circular route, with 18 miles by narrow-gauge train and 12 on sightseeing buses. It gives your family a sense of history in the travel.
Paint in Jamaica
The Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf runs a Crayola Art Camp, which gets children and adults making collages and creating murals. Advanced water color and oil pastel classes are also available. While your kids enjoy the colors of art you can enjoy some private time with your partner in Jamaica.
Travel beneath the waves – a submarine tour in Aruba
The subs, which are specially designed for underwater sightseeing, descend to 120ft then spend 45 minutes among the coral, fish and sunken wrecks. Great for non-swimmers and children (minimum height: 3ft).
Join a turtle watch in Nevis
Hawksbill and leatherback turtles bury their eggs on the Nevis beaches. Montpelier Plantation Inn organizes night vigils from early July to mid-August.
Eat bread fruit in Jamaica
If you stay in an international resort, you could easily miss out on this staple altogether. There’s no missing it at the annual Breadfruit Festival in August. If your family is foodie then it is a must visit festival.
Dive with sharks in the Bahamas
Stuart Cove offers diving with Caribbean reef sharks in the reefs and coral walls of Nassau. The shark adventure is a two-tank scuba dive for experienced divers and costs about £70 per person.
Gaze at the stars in Antigua
Jumby Bay resort has a resident astronomer, David Stubbs, who hosts star-gazing evenings on the beach. Its an all inclusive spot providing your kids an astonishing feel and you and your loved one the romantic feel.
Learn about volcanoes in Montserrat
Visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. Watch the rumbling volcano through binoculars, take a boat to the devastated capital of Plymouth or visit the deserted and ash-filled houses near St George’s Hill.
Ride a bike in St Lucia
A four-hour bike ride with a guide, exploring the east coast’s lush forest trails. £26 per person including Jeep tour, bike and helmet.
Watch birds in Trinidad
Trinidad is a natural aviary on a major migratory route. Among species you are likely to encounter here are the Trinidad piping guan, bearded bellbird and scarlet ibis, Trinidad’s national bird.
Go racing in Barbados
There’s been racing at Garrison Savannah race track, just outside Bridgetown, for more than 100 years. You can sit under the trees with a picnic or buy a seat in the stands.
Take an aerial tram in Dominica
The hanging gondola goes through a mile of rainforest at the edge of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, 30 minutes’ drive from Roseau. Gondolas seat eight and there is a guide to point out the many colorful plants and wildlife. It is undoubtedly a fun thing to do not only for kids but for whole of your family.
Caving in Barbados
The open train will take you deep into Harrison’s Cave, a crystallized limestone cavern, where there is a magnificent array of stalactites and stalagmites.
Go to Sunday school in Tobago
This Sunday-evening event in Buccoo, on the south-west coast, is actually a festival of local steel bands playing everything from social to classic oldies. Music lovers should totally visit it and enjoying dancing their way away.
Swim under a waterfall in Grenada
Take the 45-minute trail through the rainforest to the Seven Sisters Falls, where you can swim in the numbingly cold water. Go with a guide who can drive you to the start of the hike and pick you up again at the end.
Burn it up in the Bahamas
Take the family on a powerboat day to the Exuma Cays. First stop is 4ft “dragon lizards” at Allans Cay. Then it’s off to snorkel, feed stingrays or sharks and enjoy a nature walk.
Dive and dine on lobsters in Nevis
Guests at the Four Seasons resort can go diving and search out the elusive Nevisian spiny lobster, lasso it, learn how to prepare and cook it, then tuck into a sumptuous seafood feast. Per couple it would cost around £900.
Swim with dolphins in the Bahamas
Helped by a hand-held scooter, you can swim with dolphins in the lagoons at Dolphin Cay, Atlantis Resort. The highlight is the “foot-push,” where a pair of dolphins – one per foot – propels you across the lagoon.
Saddle up in Bermuda
Take an early-morning ride along the empty South Shore beaches and through the sand dunes, either with a group or à deux. Cost is around £40 per person for a 1½-hour ride.
Bathe in light in Puerto Rico
Mosquito Bay, in Vieques, is full of tiny bioluminescent organisms, which dart away from moving objects leaving phosphorescent blue-white trails like microscopic underwater glow-worms. Its magical for all ages.
Be a pirate in the Bahamas
The island was crawling with pirates in the 17th century. There’s a great interactive pirate museum in Nassau where you can board a replica pirate ship and learn all about their dastardly trade. Make your family experience their own Pirates of the Caribbean.
Learn to scuba-dive in Tobago
A day’s course at Pigeon Point beach and one open-water dive costs about £36. The full PADI Diver Certification which includes two dives costs about £130.
Spot humpbacks in the Dominican Republic
Eighty per cent of the world’s humpback whale population mates and calves in the Bay of Samana between January and mid-March. Take a boat tour with Phipps Marine Tours.
Eat a soursop in Antigua
If you’ve never tried one, you’re in for a treat as the pale flesh of this dark green, spiky fruit has the taste and texture of crème anglaise. It’s a regular on the menu at Hermitage Bay.
See rum made in Grenada
Rum is made on many of the islands and most distilleries welcome visitors, including River Antoine in Grenada which boasts the oldest functioning water-propelled system in the Caribbean.
Drink the best rum cocktail in Nevis
Everybody has a view on who makes the best rum cocktail, of course, but a Killer Bee from Sunshine’s beach bar in Nevis is a definite contender. It’s made from a secret recipe that includes rum and more rum.
Have a ‘desert island’ BBQ in Anguilla
It’s crowded and touristy, but you can’t leave Anguilla without going to the barbecue restaurant on tiny Sandy Island. There’s a free shuttle from the mainland every 20 minutes and once you get there, there’s nothing to do but eat, swim and snorkel and enjoy the loud, live music. Teens love it and so will your whole family.
Gorge on chocolate in Grenada
You smell The Grenada Chocolate Company housed in a pretty gingerbread building, well before you see it. Watch the various stages of production then buy slabs of the chocolate and drinking chocolate powder to take home.
Sip a martini in Jamaica
There are lots of places associated with 007-creator Ian Fleming in Jamaica. Have a martini at Golden eye resort, in Orcabessa, where Fleming lived and wrote several of the James Bond novels.
Snorkel around the Grenadines
Palm Island resort offers a wonderful snorkeling trip to the marine park in the Tobago Cays. There are lots of little islets south of Canouan with some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.
Get shipwrecked in the Virgin Islands
Explore one of the world’s most famous wrecks, the Royal Mail steamship, Rhone, which sank in the area in 1867. For non-divers, there’s a great shipwreck museum at Saba Rock run by wreck diving expert Bert Kilbride.
Kite-surf in St Martin
Wind Adventures reckons you can learn to kite-surf in just a few hours in Orient Bay. You can learn in a class or with private tuition. Courses for children are also available hence making it available as a family sport.
Drink Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica
The Blue Mountains lie to the north of Kingston and you can trek to the top of the highest peak in a few hours. Whitfield Hall is a coffee farm and lodge on the main trail – stay there or just stop for a cup of estate-grown coffee.
Catch a Blue Marlin in Puerto Rico
The Caribbean offers some of the best fishing in the world and the waters around Puerto Rico are about as good as it gets. Caribbean Outfitters, based in Cangrejos yacht club, runs a wide variety of trips, from about £250 for half a day.
Eat fish in Barbados
The Friday-night fish-fry in Oistins is worth doing once. Essentially, it’s lots of people, lots of fried fish from roadside stalls and lots of loud music.
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