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KAUAI

WHY
For the countless tropical flowers, steep velvety green cliffs and picture-postcard beaches.

STAY
Learn more about native Hawaiian culture at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, an oceanfront low-rise resort on the south coast, where you can take hula, ukulele or lei-making lessons or enjoy a luau show and a feast of local specialties like Kalua pork (cooked underground). Along with a kids’ camp, a pool with a 50-metre waterslide, a meandering river pool and saltwater lagoons for kayaking, there’s a range of activities for parents who crave private time away from their darlings. Relax in the spa (whose open-air thatched-roof bungalows nestle amid tropical gardens and waterfalls), improve your tennis skills, perfect your swing at the 18-hole Poipu Bay Golf Course or dine at one of six restaurants.

DO
At Camp Hyatt Kauai, kids learn to make seashell bracelets and leis, dance the hula, hear about local legends, discover endangered Hawaiian animals (such as monk seals) and squawk along with four resident parrots, including blue-and-gold and green-winged macaws. 


BARBADOS

WHY
For the placid Caribbean west coast, rugged Atlantic east coast and countless heritage sites.

STAY
Bargains abound at Bougainvillea Beach Resort, an all-suite resort on a 400-metre white-sand beach on the south coast. Kids 15 and under stay for free if sharing their parents’ rooms, kids three and under eat for free and kids four to 12 eat for half-price. Each suite’s kitchen is fully equipped, while deluxe one-bedrooms have a living room with sofa bed. The Kids Club (US$24 daily per child, aged three to 12, lunch and activities included) offers visits to the petting zoo’s rabbits and tortoises, beach and board games, arts and crafts, storytelling and dress-up. All-inclusive packages (three meals a day, Kids Club, alcohol) are offered April 15 to December 20.

DO
Enjoy a speedboat tour that includes a snorkel with hawksbill turtles, a glimpse of a World War II shipwreck and a beach barbecue lunch. Or stay on land; the Island Safari jeep tour takes the scenic route to Bathsheba, a popular surf spot on the rugged east coast that’s the site of an annual competition.


RIVIERA MAYA

WHY
For the powdery-white beaches facing turquoise seas and the Mayan ruins like Tulum and Cobá.

STAY
At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, an all-inclusive beachfront resort in Playa del Carmen, a Family Zone boasts a water park with 17 slides, a zoo with 100-plus bird species, turtles and donkeys, a water sports centre to snorkel, scuba, parasail and jet ski, two pools, tennis courts, spa and gym. The Kids Club (one of the Riviera Maya’s biggest) features a trampoline, a rock-climbing wall and yoga. Surrounded by jungle and lagoons, the 956-room resort, whose eight restaurants include a vegetarian eatery, also has adults-only and luxury zones.

DO
Immerse yourself in Mayan traditions through the resort’s Xcalacoco Experience. Watch a dramatic fire ceremony, bike past Mayan temples at the adjacent archeology site, shop at a Mayan food market and swim in a cenote – an underground river, which the Mayans held sacred.


PUERTO VALLARTA

WHY
For the abundant beaches, whale-watching, horseback riding and sculpture-lined seaside promenade.

STAY
Puerto Vallarta’s most spacious rooms are at Velas Vallarta Suite Resort, an all-inclusive beachfront resort where suites range up to three bedrooms, suitable for a family of eight. (However, even a one-bedroom suite has two flat-screen TVs, a living room with two sofas and a dining table, and a king bed with a down comforter.) At the Kids Club (ages four to 12), children can fly kites, learn tennis, build sandcastles, play video and board games and enjoy seasonal events, such as Christmas arts and crafts sessions. During a weekly live TV cooking show, guests can help the chef prepare (and taste) Mexican specialties like chicken mole or tres leches cake.

DO
Tour operator Vallarta Adventures does it all – from dolphin encounters, whale-watching, surfing lessons and ziplining to a day at Las Caletas, a beachside nature reserve, once the hideaway of film director John Huston. Here you can snorkel, scuba, kayak, interact with monkeys and take a paella cooking lesson, then top it off with dinner and a dance show on the beach under the stars. 


ST. LUCIA

WHY
For the dramatic mountain peaks, interior rainforest and lingering East Indian influences.

STAY
Sandwiched between the Pitons outside Soufrière, Sugar Beach, a luxury Viceroy resort, offers awe-inspiring close-ups of the mountains or sea from every guest room or bungalow. (Each guest room comes with its own garden, plunge pool and patio.) Both Kids Clubs are free to guests; kids four to 12 can bowl with coconuts, go on a treasure hunt, build sandcastles and do arts and crafts, while teens can compete in table tennis and billiards tournaments. Excellent snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and windsurfing are available right at the resort’s beach or at nearby National Marine Reserve. For the grown-ups, a tree house spa, a gym, two tennis courts and three restaurants round out the amenities.

DO
Sign up for one of the resort’s many tours to visit an 18th-century plantation and watch how sugar cane, cacao and coconut are processed (and taste the results). Or head to an organic farm with the resort’s chef, followed by a cooking class. For the more ambitious, hike up Gros Piton or walk the Tet Paul Nature Trail past guava, avocado and soursop trees.

Tags

FAMILY RESORTS     FAMILY TRAVEL     SUN DESTINATIONS    

Getting There

Air Canada and Air Canada rouge offer the most scheduled flights year-round from Canada to the Caribbean, offering convenient connections for U.S. travelers.

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