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Caribbean Destinations Safe for Family Exploration

by Holly Riddle

Apr 4, 2019

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Travel Tips

The Caribbean offers so much to families — beautiful beaches, luxury resorts and an easy getaway that’s often reachable via a few hours’ flying. However, some destinations in the Caribbean are safer than others, especially if your family likes to explore and leave the resort, versus just staying blissfully surrounded by complimentary cocktails and pre-arranged activities your entire trip. If you want to truly see the Caribbean islands, here’s where you’ll want to go.


Puerto Rico

Woman in Puerto Rico taking pictures in Old San Juan Fort Castillo San Felipe Del Morro. Photo: Martinmark - Dreamstime.com

Woman in Puerto Rico taking pictures at Old San Juan Fort Castillo San Felipe Del Morro. Photo: Martinmark – Dreamstime.com

This U.S. territory bounced back remarkably well from devastating hurricane damage, but tourism dollars still go far in helping the Puerto Rican economy. Luckily, tourism is definitely on the rise in this destination, and for good reason. It’s easy to get there, with no passports needed (in case your traveling tot has yet to get their first) and lots of flight options to choose from. Old San Juan is filled with history and culture and safe to get around on your own. There are plenty of accommodation options, ranging from luxury hotels to Airbnbs. Plus, the beaches are breathtaking.



Anguilla isn’t as easy to reach as Puerto Rico, as you often need to take a boat ride following your flight, but it is safe. Travelers can feel completely comfortable renting a car and ferrying themselves around the entire island, with kids in tow, seeing the best it offers, from pristine hidden beaches to historic spots.



Similarly, Aruba is safe enough to drive around on your own without feeling the least bit worried about your wellbeing. In fact, the island is so small you can easily see a large majority of it with one of the island’s popular quad tours; if you don’t fancy being with a group, you can rent a quad for your own private use and zip around the island on your own. Likewise, families should feel safe walking to restaurants, shops and more, day or night.


St. Barts

St. Barts is one of the Caribbean’s safest islands. The small destination is also one of the most expensive, attracting celebrities and royalty. Expect a hefty price tag on your stay and a bit of a longer travel day, as you’ll have to fly into St. Martin and then fly a small plane to St. Barts or take the ferry. Once there, have fun exploring the designer shopping outlets, restaurants and charming architecture.


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