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How to Plan the Perfect Single Parent Caribbean Holiday with Kids

From Choosing Where to Stay to Things to Do in the Caribbean With Kids of All Ages.

As a single parent, finding the time, money, and energy to travel can seem hard at times – but nothing is ever impossible. Travel has many benefits and is a great way to bond with your kids and introduce them to the wider world around them. It might feel more stressful if you’re going it alone, but the incredible memories you will make with your family are worth the extra effort. Luckily, a lot of that stress boils down to the destination you choose, and the Caribbean is up there at the top of the list when it comes to relaxing destinations. With amazing beaches, tons of kid-friendly activities, friendly and welcoming locals, and a laid-back vibe, it really is hard to beat as a holiday destination. And with the number of quarantine-free countries small, now may be a great time for travellers to start setting their sights further afield and consider the Caribbean islands, most of which have just opened their borders again. So, let’s get into the details of how to plan the perfect single parent Caribbean holiday with kids.

Choose a Family-Friendly Island

The entire Caribbean is a child-friendly destination, but there are some islands that are more favoured by families than others. For kids, a big part of a great holiday will be making friends, so to help with that, choose an island where they can interact with other kids their age.

Islands such as Barbados, St Lucia, Turks & Caicos, are just some that are well known as spectacular family destinations. Barbados is famously safe and child friendly due to the countless activities to do for families with kids of all ages, including wildlife reserves, snorkelling, and golfing. St. Lucia is best known for its beaches and excellent snorkelling, tropical rainforests and the world’s only drive-in volcano. There are many considerations to think about when you’ve got kids in tow. Not just cost and convenience, but also attractions and whether the resorts are geared towards families with younger or older children.

Get Your Kids Involved in the Planning

Never leave the kids out of the planning stage of your vacation. By getting them to help, you are not only showing them that you value their opinion; you are also ensuring that everyone gets something out of the holiday. There are lots of things they can contribute depending on their age: from researching the weather and time of year to travel to helping choose the accommodation and activities. There are lots of things to consider when planning a trip as a single parent, so the sooner you start planning, the better. And with your kids involved, there won’t be any surprises for anyone – you can pick activities together that you can all enjoy, be it an eco-adventure, an offshore water park or snorkelling.

Pick Your Accommodation Carefully

The accommodation you choose can make or break a holiday with kids. The Caribbean has a wide range of options, from budget hotels and vacation rentals to luxury resorts and sandy beach houses. Whatever you choose, make sure it is the right choice for you and the kids. Take time to figure out what your family’s needs are. Are you after somewhere with a kids’ club so you can spend some time by yourself, or maybe a beachfront property so your kids have unlimited access to the water? Do you need a pool, or a large flat screen TV to watch movies? Finding the right accommodation is key to a successful family holiday with kids.

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