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F A M ILIE S


FOCUS ON: FAMILIES ACTIVITY CENTRAL


Glorious beaches, lush rainforests and tranquil waters make the Caribbean a paradise for families


– on land and under the sea. Water-sports make a big splash on all islands,


from snorkelling and diving in Belize, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Trinidad & Tobago to river tubing in Grenada and hobi-cat rides at Cuba’s many beaches. For a great family bonding experience, visitors can hire a yacht with a skipper and crew in the British Virgin Islands and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. For families wanting to learn how to sail,


Beaches Resorts has launched a tuition programme at its resorts in the Turks & Caicos and Jamaica (Ocho Rios and Negril). In Barbados, complimentary water-sports and tuition is offered at Turtle Beach Hotel, Tamarind, Crystal Cove and Colony Club. A new Bajan Family Adventure Camp offers submarine tours for children who don’t want to get their feet wet. At Stingray City in the Cayman Islands,


youngsters can come face to face with these huge saucer-shaped beasts. A catamaran cruise in the The Bahamas is an opportunity to swim with turtles. Snuba is a fun and safe way for children from eight years to explore the sea bed in the Turks & Caicos, Nassau (The Bahamas) and Saint Lucia. The air tank stays on the surface while they plunge to a depth of 20 feet alongside tropical fish and beautiful corals. Land-based attractions include the spectacular caves in Curaçao; La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and Guadeloupe; Guyana’s waterfalls and flat-top mountains; Bonaire’s beautiful flamingo colonies; Haiti’s forts and ruins; Martinique’s ‘Pompeii’ at St. Pierre; St. Eustatius’ forest-filled Quill volcano; St. Martin’s On the Trails of the Arawaks museum; and Venezuela’s Angel Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the world. Saint Lucia is a hit with sporty teens. Mountain biking in the rainforest and abseiling down waterfalls provide an adrenalin rush – plus there’s the chance to get fit with rugby’s Alex Goode and Olympic champion Katherine


Grainger at The BodyHoliday’s family boot camp in Saint Lucia. A new Quadrathlon (cycle, trek, abseil, kayak) will really put your fitness to the test.


Martial arts and self-defence are the focus of a Bodyguard Boot Camp and Ninja Club at the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in Saint Lucia. Author Chris Bradford will be helping kids from the age of five discover the joys of reading and writing through learning these skills. In St. Kitts, beauty-conscious teens can enjoy Princess manicures and hair braiding at the


Marriott Resort Spa, Frigate Bay, plus younger ones can build a bear at the Activities Centre. Kids’ clubs are found at hotels all over the Caribbean islands and countries. At the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, Jamaica, there are five kids’ clubs catering for all age groups from infants to teens, plus a new water park with water slides and raft rides that will open this winter (2014/15).


Above: Pirates Island Waterpark at Beaches in Turks & Caicos with a sailing holiday in the BVIs (main picture page 12)


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