The Caribbean Islands are perfect destinations to consider for a vacation with toddlers.
In this article, we explore Caribbean islands which we believe are excellent options to consider.
These islands were selected because there are direct and non-stop flights from international cities.
Additionally, these islands are safer than their regional counterparts and are generally about four hours or less in terms of flying time from Miami International Airport.
Read on for further details and explanations on what are the best Caribbean Islands for Toddlers. This article was written by a Caribbean National who lived and traveled throughout the islands.
This Dutch Caribbean Island Is an excellent choice for vacationing in the Caribbean with a toddler.
The flying time from Miami to Aruba is a little less than three hours.
Aruba is also located outside the hurricane belt. Therefore, sunshine is almost always guaranteed on the island.
Baby Beach in the southeastern region of Aruba, nearby San Nicolas, is an absolute Caribbean seaside heaven.
This beautiful half-moon sandy stretch in a peaceful lagoon is perfect for families with small children.
The shallow and calm waters also make this location ideal for beginner swimmers and snorkelers.
Additionally, an excellent activity that toddlers may enjoy is a visit the butterfly farm.
Tours explain the metamorphosis of the creature from the egg stage to the butterfly.
2. St Thomas
Our next recommendation is the island of St Thomas which is a US Virgin Island.
Being a dependency of the United States of America, no passport is required for US citizens traveling to the island.
St Thomas is approximately two and a half hours flying time from Miami International Airport.
Coral World Ocean Park is an amazing way to see and learn more about sea life in St Thomas.
There are activities available for all ages such as educational shark and sea lion tours.
Additionally, Magens Bay Beach is a beautiful one mile stretch of white sand.
Located on the Northern end of the island, this beach is the island’s most popular with both locals and tourists alike.
The water is usually very calm which makes it perfect for small children.
For those who believe that they can island hop with a toddler, St Thomas provides easy access to other US Virgin Islands such as St Croix, St John and Water Island.
Also, there are ferry services available to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). US Citizens however requires a passport for entry into the BVI.
Antigua is an English Speaking Northern Caribbean Island. It is well known as the Caribbean island with 365 beaches. Therefore, there is a beach for every day of the year.
Long Bay Beach on the Eastern side of the island has calm waters due to a reef present. As such, this beach is one of the best on the island for toddlers.
The Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Board has created a Beach Personality Quiz to help visitors decide which of the island’s many beaches may be suitable for you. This is a useful tool that you can try.
For toddlers who love interacting with animals, a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary may be a treat.
The Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary is operated by Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society.
Visitors can brush the donkeys and take photos. There is also an ‘Adopt an Antiguan Donkey Programme.”
Another place to visit with toddlers is the Dockyard’s Museum which explores the history of the Dockyard and archaeological research on the island.
Antigua & Barbuda and its archaeological sites were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
The Dockyard was constructed by European Nations as they battled to control sugar producing nations in the Eastern Caribbean.
4. The Bahamas
The Bahamas is the closest Caribbean islands to the United States of America with Bimini being the nearest of all the islands to Florida.
The island group consists of 700 islands with New Providence being the hub of commercial activity.
One advantage of choosing the Bahamas is its short flying time of about one hour from Miami International Airport.
Bahamas is blessed with beautiful white sand beaches and Pig Beach on Exuma Island is one of the most photographed beaches on the island.
This beach has pigs that enjoy swimming around in the water. This beach is ideal for toddlers who love playing with animals.
Another resort that has facilities perfect for toddlers is the Atlantis resort.
You can choose to stay at the resort or day passes are available for separate purchase.
This resort features lazy rivers, pools and waterslides which can be enjoyed by children and the entire family.
Additionally, there are large aquariums where toddlers can enjoy looking at various species of sea creatures.
5. St Lucia
St Lucia is an English Speaking Caribbean island located in the Southern region of the Eastern Caribbean.
It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes flying time from Miami International Airport to St Lucia.
The island is known for its tropical forest and is home to the UNESCO heritage site called The Pitons since 2004 located at the south of the island.
The Gros Piton is 2462 feet while the Petit Piton is 2619 feet. The Gros Piton is the designated hiking trail while the Petit Piton is rarely climbed.
One attraction that is suitable for toddlers is a visit to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths.
This site is home to numerous species of flowers and faunas as well as insects and birds.
St Lucia is also known for its beaches some of which are black sand due to the volcanic nature of the island.
Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay is the only venue on the island that has a waterpark called Splash Island Waterpark.
We trust that this article was extremely helpful as you decide which Caribbean island is best for a vacation with your toddler.
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