01 Sep 5 Great Island Destinations for Families
What does it take for an island getaway to be ideal for families? From our experiences as travel agents, it needs clean beaches, abundant sunshine, a variety of cuisines and a safe atmosphere. It needs an educational element, such as nature parks and historic intrigue. And it needs to be easy to get to and easy to navigate around. Here are five island destinations that definitely fit the bill.
Turks & Caicos – Turks & Caicos, a British territory just south of the Bahamas, has been a long held secret of Caribbean island insiders. It’s known for magnificent white beaches and abundant undeveloped parkland. Among the resorts that dot the islands of the Turks, Beaches is one of several that have fine-tuned the art of kid fun and parent R & R.
Grand Cayman – Featuring pirate ships, turtle farms and submarine trips, this island specializes in the types of family-friendly adventures that create life-long memories.
Aruba – With a seven-mile stretch of beach lined with hotel, dining and recreational options, the opportunities for family fun are practically endless. Aruba is not only a grand island to relax on, it’s also relaxing to know that your plans will not be interfered with by hurricanes, since the island sits so far south.
Amelia Island – For those looking to stay stateside, Amelia Island—off Florida’s northeastern coast near the Georgia border—is a perfect and pristine paradise complete with dune-filled beaches, historical charm and boutique shopping.
Maui – Getting back to nature is easily achieved on Maui, where your family can go hiking in Haleakala National Park, spot sharks at the Maui Ocean Center, take a ride on the Sugar-Cane train or simply enjoy some of the best beaches in Hawaii.