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Your Dream Caribbean Family Vacation

Jan 17, 2008
Of all the world's family playgrounds, the Caribbean just might be the best. To get the most from your Caribbean family vacation, look for the fun and features offered in an all-inclusive resort. Most family vacation packages will usually offer the following:

* Reduced rates for families

* Tap drinks and convenient meals

* Water sports and beach activities

* Water slides and swimming pools

* Grown-up pampering such as spas, dining, cocktail parties, etc.

* Amenities including babysitting

* Activities for kids and family programs

There are so many all-inclusive Caribbean family travel resorts available, it can be hard to choose the best one. Your emotional investment, coupled with the financial costs, put high stakes on the gamble. So, how can you choose the best resort for your family?

All-Inclusive vs. All-Included

When hotels advertise an all-inclusive package, it's logical to assume that "everything" is included in one price. Keep in mind, however, that an all-inclusive Caribbean family vacation package may not incorporate everything. You will receive meals and snacks, drinks, kids' programs, activities and certain water sports, but you won't have access to all of them.

There are other points to consider:

* Snorkeling gear is usually supplied at no charge, but there may be a limit on how long you can use it. If you wish to join a snorkeling boat trip on your Caribbean family vacation, you may be required to pay an additional fee.

* Expect to pay extra for scuba gear.

* Spa services always cost extra, unless you have purchased a special package.

* Outings off of the resort property usually cost extra, although free shuttle service to nearby towns may be available.

* Some resorts that are not all-inclusive will offer specialized plans with meals and/or activities.

* Non-motorized water sports are usually included, such as kayaks, wind surfing, aqua-trikes, etc. If you want the motorized ones, such as jet skis and water skis, it may cost you.

Kids Clubs

Nearly every all-inclusive Caribbean family travel package offers this. Many are "friendly little clubs" cute spots with one or two rooms with toys and TV and perhaps video games for kids ages 4-12. A warm and friendly staff is always available to provide them with care.

If you want your children to enjoy multiple programs, most all-inclusive resorts have these as well. There are various places offering programs for kids of all ages. Club Med in Punta Cana, Beaches Resorts and Atlantis in the Bahamas offer these types of programs with their all-inclusive Caribbean family vacation packages.

Traveling with Wee Ones

More and more Caribbean resorts are now providing nurseries and infant care for guests traveling with babies and toddlers. This is welcome break for parents, because even those few hours of nap time in the nursery can leave you feeling invigorated and able to fully enjoy your own little piece of Caribbean paradise. Make sure that your travel agent can confirm that babysitting service will be available during your vacation.

Health care is always a concern. Be sure to confirm the availability of on-site doctors and nurses before you make your reservations. You may need to choose a larger and better-known Caribbean family vacation resort to find the complete health care services that you require.
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Author Benedict Neel is a contributor to numerous popular web magazines, on sports store and recreation and leisure subjects.
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