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The Caribbean: A Family Affair

Written by  Lisa Loverro

Offering some of the best vacation options for family travel, and providing guaranteed fun for children of all ages, the Caribbean has always been a popular family destination. The region itself continues to attract tourists from around the world and recently, at the 2017 Caribbean Week news conference, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, announced that in the first quarter of 2017, destinations around the region received 8.7 million international tourist arrivals; 150,000 more than in the same period of 2016, a 1.8 percent increase.

The region has also seen some exciting additions in air service to a few islands. The Cayman Island Department of Tourism celebrated the start Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to their Owen Roberts International Airport this year, and Norwegian announced the launch of two new routes to the island of Martinique, from Providence’s T.F. Green Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, starting October 30th. The airline already operates four weekly flights out of New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Now that accessing the Caribbean is easier than ever, here’s a roundup of some family friendly resorts to consider when sending your clients on a Caribbean holiday.Family Fun Resort Updates

In the Bahamas, the popular Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Resort, always brimming with activities for kids and teens, welcomed an extensive renovation this year; The Coral Towers will reopen as “The Coral” a fully redesigned chic family escape with a new lobby, new rooms, new dedicated pool (designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Beers) and new amenities. The new and stunning Coral Pool will be opening this fall, complete with private cabanas, family-friendly water activities and a swim-up bar featuring locally-made, preservative-free frozen treats prepared daily with Bahamian fruit.

On the island of Jamaica, the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites all-inclusive hotel is a 319-room, mid-range, and one of the family-friendliest on Montego Bay. The rooms are large enough to share with the kids, and the resort offers an activity-filled kids’ club where they can partake in painting or playing games. There is also a water park and lazy river providing hours of fun in the sun.

In the Dominican Republic, and recently opened in 2016, the all-inclusive NICKELODEON Resort features “Just Kiddin’,” a playhouse for kids and families; Plaza Orange, where you’ll find live entertainment and organized games; and Aqua Nick, an outdoor water park
The beautiful island of St. Lucia is home to the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa with family and adults-only accommodations and pools. It also houses St. Lucia’s largest water park, complete with a lazy river and two giant waterslides. There is a paintball facility, kids’ club and a kite and windsurfing center.

On the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos, Beaches Turks and Caicos is one of the top-rated, all-inclusive Caribbean resorts. Kids can spend time at the hotel’s water park, which features a “SkySlide” as well as the hotel’s six swimming pools. The teen nightclub and kids’ club, along with the Family Suites and Seaside Villas, is the perfect spot for family members of all ages.

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