Seconds Away… Round One: Is the States or the Caribbean Better for a Family Break?
They might exist in close proximity to one another, but the United States and the Caribbean often feel a world apart. Both make superb holiday destinations and which you choose to visit will depend on what you’re looking for from your family break.
In the blue corner: the Caribbean
If it’s relaxation you’re after, they don’t come much more relaxing than Caribbean holidays. This collection of islands is one of the world’s premier beach vacation spots. You feel warm just thinking about it! Surrounded by turquoise waters and dusted with golden sands, you can get in some serious sunbathing there and some equally solemn unwinding.
There’s also plenty to keep youngsters entertained. For instance, if your brood love splashing around (rare is the child that doesn’t!), you can take them for surfing lessons in Barbados. The island’s east coast benefits from plenty of Atlantic waves and is ideal for this high-energy sport. Meanwhile, in Aruba you can dive beneath the water in a submarine for a sightseeing tour with a difference. There are also opportunities to get close to nature while in the Caribbean. Perhaps your kids would like to swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman, or maybe they’d prefer to spot humpback whales off the shores of the Dominican Republic. Cruises in the Caribbean can give them that opportunity!
While the coastline tends to dominate breaks to this part of the world, the inland too has its engaging areas. If your youngsters’ legs are up to it, you can hike through the El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico, which contains the highest mountain in the region. For something higher octane, why not arrange to zip-wire in St. Lucia? Here there’s a course that runs through a forest canopy, allowing kids to embark upon adventure in the undergrowth. Just remember that kids must be at least eight years old to take part (whether you choose to include the hubby as a kid is your choice!).
In the red corner: the States
While Caribbean holidays are all exploration and fun in the sun, the States offers a more eclectic range of attractions. The vast size of the country gifts visitors with a multitude of landscapes, ranging from magnificent forests to sprawling grasslands to arid deserts. Then there are the metropolises to experience, including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
However, when it comes to family breaks, the theme parks can give others a major run for their money. One of the favorites is Disneyland, Florida. With its array of rides, firework displays and characters, this is many children’s dream come true. If you’re on the west coast, Universal Studios Hollywood may well creep into your holiday itinerary. The rides and live action shows make it a contender.
As you can see, both the Caribbean and the States have lots to offer visiting families. Whichever you decide to visit, the one thing that you can be sure of is that you won’t be bored. Better still, the kids won’t be bored — a factor which can make or break any family holiday!