With over 700 islands, the Caribbean is a sun-drenched, tropical paradise, and each island is so diverse. Not only do they all have stunning beaches, distinct cultures and their own individual charm, each island also has its own fabulous resorts offering a plethora of attractions, including first-class diving in the Bahamas; rich Hispanic culture in Puerto Rico; urban ramblings in Curacao; and bird-watching in Tobago.

What the islands do all have in common, however, is how family-friendly they are. There is something to cater for everyone’s tastes from young children right through to grandparents, and the family-friendly resorts on offer are second to none.

But where do you begin if you fancy taking a trip to the Caribbean? Let us help you narrow down the choices with MTM’s guide to the Top Five Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands:

Bahamas

Bahamas in Holiday Inspiration: Top 5 Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands My Travel MonkeyOne of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations, there’s plenty to explore with its 700 islands and cays. The Bahamas has it all – and families flock in their droves to experience the luxurious accommodation, offshore reefs, wildlife preserves and plentiful golf courses. Meanwhile, the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is an adventure playground for children of all ages.

The kids will love:
  • Get a thrill from more than 18 water slides at Aquaventure in Atlantis Waterpark
  • Enjoy the stunning white sands of Blue Lagoon Island, just off the North Shore of Nassau and see the tame stingrays
  • Explore the moat and dungeons at Nassau’s Fort Charlotte, which was built in 1789

Barbados

Barbados in Holiday Inspiration: Top 5 Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands My Travel MonkeyIf you’re looking for a glamorous beach resort and some of the best hotels and restaurants in the Caribbean, then Barbados is the island for you. However, it’s not all about the glitz, the capital Bridgetown is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and there is so much to see and do from visiting the plantation houses, botanical gardens and caves.

The kids will love:
  • Get into the depths of Harrison’s Caves – trek along the nature trails, catch a glimpse of native birds and maybe even a green monkey
  • Take a day-long boat outing and snorkel over coral and with sea turtles
  • Get up close and personal with the monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Grand Cayman

Stingrays in Cayman Islands Holiday Inspiration: Top 5 Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands My Travel MonkeyWith its three islands, Grand Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s top family holiday spots – and it’s easy to see why with its pristine beaches and abundance of water sports. This British territory also has the Mastic Reserve as well as the annual Pirates Week Festival in November, which is an especially good time to visit with children.

The kids will love:
  • Take a fun cruise aboard the Jolly Roger and watch the crew re-enact pirate trials and sword fights
  • Investigate the depths without getting wet on an Atlantis Submarine
  • Stroke turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm where you can interact with turtles and other colourful marine life, feed exotic birds and enjoy a day in their snorkelling pool as well as fun on the Turtle Twister water slide
  • Visit Stingray City and its shallow sandbars and pet and swim with a whole host of southern stingrays

St Lucia

St Lucia Holiday Inspiration: Top 5 Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands My Travel MonkeyYou can enjoy the natural beauty of St Lucia’s two distinctive mountains, the Pitons, in Soufriere. St Lucia’s reef-diving sites, rain forests and waterfalls such as at Toraille are also popular attractions. It’s home to quiet volcanic beaches, fishing villages and banana plantations as well as luxurious resorts.

 The kids will love:
  • Explore the rainforest on the Rainforest Aerial Tram, which is a wonderful educational experience for adults and children
  • Venture into the world’s only drive-in volcano in Soufriere. Known as the Sulphur Springs, the road runs right up to and through the crater of the volcano, which emits steam and sulphur with boiling mud and water!

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos Holiday Inspiration: Top 5 Family-Friendly Caribbean Islands My Travel MonkeyTurks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Small in size, it’s a desert-island paradise with Providenciales being the main hub – everywhere else is quiet in comparison but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole range of experiences to be enjoyed.

The kids will love:
  • Go iguana spotting at Little Water Cay – a small island off the tip of Provo. The animals aren’t scared of visitors, so children can see these iguanas up close and personal
  • Learn about marine life in the world’s only commercial conch farm. Visitors can also handle the sea snails, too

Hope these suggestions help narrow down your options. But whichever one you decide on, you won’t go wrong – all the islands in the Caribbean are family-friendly, and the fun part is . Happy travels!

* Main image courtesy of First Choice Holidays