16 July 2018
Think of the Caribbean and you’ll probably think of white-sand beaches and lazy days spent hanging out by the pool with a cool drink in hand. But whichever of these gorgeous tropical islands you choose for your family holiday, there’s a growing array of fantastic activities to choose from. The following are some of our favourites for a variety of ages.
Zip-lining through the treetop canopy, St Lucia
Head for the island’s Treetop Adventure Park to try out its 12 zip-wires of varying speeds, heights and lengths. Taking you hurtling through the tropical rainforest on a course lasting about four hours, they’re suitable for anyone 1.27m or taller. The friendly staff will take pictures and videos of you using your own phone. Also on-site are canopy walkways so you can see the glorious forest with its hummingbird population from above, plus a waterfall you can hike to.
Horseback river-riding, Dominican Republic
Go riding along the Dom Rep’s Anamuya River, in the shadow of a stunning mountain, then continue your appreciation of the nation’s lush landscape on a series of zip-wires. At the end of your adventure you can reward yourself by tucking into a fabulous Dominican spread including fresh chocolate grown at the horse-riding ranch itself.
Suitable for children aged eight and up, this thrilling ride along the Balthazar River as it cuts a swathe through the tropical rainforest will have you spinning and swirling in the currents, spotting monkeys and other wildlife. You’ll stop for refreshing dips in natural pools along the way and chill out at the end over rum punch or glass of local fruit juice.
Pirate cruises, Barbados
Four-hour boat-trips along this iconic island’s south and west coasts aboard the Jolly Roger 1 include rope-swinging and walking the plank, and there’s also calypso dancing and snorkelling to add to the fun. Alternatively, go for a snorkel at Folkestone Underwater Park & Museum with its recreational zone where you might spot turtles, sea anemones, sea lilies, corals, sponges and more on the in-shore reef.
Climbing Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
The limestone tiers of the Dunns River Falls – world-famous from the Bond movie Doctor No – comprise a 180m ascent of rainforest-shaded pools and shimmering cascades. Unique in the Caribbean, the falls constantly regenerate themselves due to the river depositing calcium carbonate. Come in swimming gear and jelly shoes if you want to climb them, and make a day out of it – there are a restaurant and food stalls at the site, along with a playground. Find more fun things to do in Jamaica with the kid's here.
To find out more or to book your Caribbean family holiday, contact your Travel Counsellors today.