The Cayman Islands for families
The Cayman Islands is a real paradise for fun-loving couples and families with teens, but the destination is especially wonderful if you'd like to take your children on an exotic beach break. The archipelago has everything you would expect from a Caribbean destination, as well as a laidback charm that's hard to beat.
Grand Cayman is undoubtedly where you'll find the greatest number of amenities, but Cayman Brac and Little Cayman can also be good options if you're after something quieter. The natural attractions - namely the beaches and national parks - are the real highlight that will captivate your children, regardless of their age.
There are plenty of opportunities to venture away from your resort if you'd like to find a quiet spot of sand for the kids to run around on, or are just keen to see some more of the Cayman Islands' stunning landscapes, away from tourist crowds.
Which island is best for a family holiday?
For many families, Grand Cayman will be the best place to be based during a holiday in the Cayman Islands. All of the archipelago's biggest resorts can be found here, particularly around George Town and on the west coast near the famous Seven Mile Beach.
Having handy facilities and amenities such as restaurants, cafes and shops on hand when you're at the beach can be a godsend if you're travelling with children, especially toddlers. Of course, you don't have to stick around the busiest areas, as there are numerous coves and bays just waiting to be discovered elsewhere on Grand Cayman.
There are also various attractions on Grand Cayman that are ideal for day trips, such as the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park, Cayman Turtle Farm and Stingray City.
That said, Cayman Brac is a wonderful choice for nature-loving families who really want to get away from it all. This island doesn't have the same level of development as its larger neighbour and is a truly beautiful place to discover. You can go hiking, hire bikes and pedal your way around its various beaches and forests, or go horseback riding along the coast - all memorable ways to spend time together while enjoying all that the Cayman Islands has to offer.
Little Cayman is the smallest of the isles and possibly the least-suited to family holidays, although if it's real seclusion and peace that you're looking for, this could be the place to come to.
Fun family activities
There are many wonderful things for families to try in the Cayman Islands and one absolute must is snorkelling. There are colourful coral reefs just beneath the surface around many of the archipelago's beaches, while Stingray City in Grand Cayman offers the chance for you and the kids to interact with these amazing marine animals.
Another place where your family can get up close and personal with the Cayman Islands' sealife is the Cayman Turtle Farm, which runs a conservation and breeding programme for the endangered green sea turtle, as well as boasting a host of other attractions, including a free-flight bird aviary and various aquariums featuring other local sea creatures.
Over on Cayman Brac, you can take the children to the Brac Parrot Sanctuary, where they can look for rare brac parrots in the woodland that makes up much of the reserve. Other birds to keep an eye out for include red-legged thrushes and white-crowned pigeons.
To introduce your kids to some Cayman Islands culture, pay a visit to the Cayman Craft Market on Grand Cayman. Here you can not only buy souvenirs, but also find out about the islanders' skills, which include making items out of wood, leather and thatch.
Family-friendly resorts in the Cayman Islands
One of the great things about planning a family holiday in the Cayman Islands is that you'll have plenty of choice over where you stay, with numerous family-friendly resorts on offer. Many run kids' clubs that keep the little ones occupied while allowing you to enjoy some downtime. Many also offer babysitting services in the evenings.
The Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is one of the most popular resort areas to stay with a family, but there are many other hotels to consider if you'd rather be based elsewhere. Your hotel should also be able to help you organise any trips or excursions you'd like to go on with the children during your stay.
Some of the best family resorts in the Cayman Islands, as voted by TripAdvisor members, include the Caribbean Club and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, both on Seven Mile Beach. Away from Grand Cayman, the Brac Reef Beach Resort and The Carib Sands Beach Resort are the top choices for families on Cayman Brac. The latter can even arrange bicycles for kids who can roam around freely in the safety of this virtually deserted island!
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