Vacations are not a one-size-fits-all purchase—even within the parameters of the same destination. For a family, the challenge lies in zeroing in on those activities that give the kids physical and mental exercise, the parents prime time and space to relax, and the grandparents the opportunity to not only snap photos but to also participate in the fun. That’s why a cruise is often the best way to combine the ideal activities for everyone in a multi-generational family. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to explore ports with alluring shore excursions from your cruise.
For a head start in discovering some of the best Caribbean shore excursions for all ages, look no further than the suggestions below.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The perfect finale to any fun-filled day, the luminous lagoon provides a sight certain to impress: millions of dinoflagellates. These microscopic organisms are most famous for the otherworldly glow they emit, which ultimately illuminates the silhouettes of everything else in the water. Tours along this shimmering lagoon occur nightly with each proving to be both an incredible light show and in-depth science lesson. Cap off the evening with a dive into the glowing waters yourself, and revel in swimming through liquid light.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
While Atlantis is more often known as a major resort, the fun provided by its offerings and activities transcend whether you’re visiting for a day or staying for a week. Pick up a day-pass and you’ll find five miles of immaculate white sand beaches, 11 state-of-the-art pools and a 141-acre waterpark—all of which are perfect for splashes and laughs.
If you’re worried you (or someone in your family) might tire of the beautiful beaches, intense waterslides and soothing poolside lounging, fear not: this is just the beginning. Atlantis also sports both Dolphin Cay and the expansive Marine Habitat. Swim with magnificent dolphins amongst their safe haven habitat, or peruse the sights of the largest open-air marine habitat in the world. Whatever you decide, it’s certain to prove equal parts entertaining and enlightening.
Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands
Whether or not your kids have experienced a touch-tank for stingrays at some point in time, they’ve never experienced stingrays like this. Located 25 miles off the shore of Grand Cayman, this “city” is a grouping of sandbars that host a substantial population of ever-friendly stingrays. How friendly? You’ll be able to swim, feed and frolic with these loveable sea creatures, allowing for a fortune of memories to be made and dozens of photographs to be snapped.
Ninety miles northeast of the capital city San José, Tortuguero is an oasis amongst a tropical paradise—the abundance of rainforest, wildlife and lack of roads have helped give it the informal name of “Tico Amazon” or “The Costa Rican Amazon.” You’ll need a boat to transverse the natural canals, either as a tour or by renting your own kayak. While the fauna is impressive, the real draw is the turtles. Tortuguero is the nesting grounds for three different species of sea turtle: the green sea turtle, the leatherback and the hawksbill. Any trip through this park provides the chance for an incredible game of “I Spy,” discovering and admiring a multitude of nature’s most regal creatures. Though any trip walking along the shores requires being accompanied by a guide after 6 p.m., the payoff is immense: the evening is when the turtles come to shore to lay eggs and when newly-hatched turtles race to the sea. Witnessing either end of this miracle of life is enough to completely captivate every mind at any age.
Assuming everyone in your family is eager to ride a bike, you can’t go wrong with a group ride down Blue Mountain Peak. While the tallest point in Jamaica may not sound like the best place to pedal, fear not: you’re actually driven to the top of the mountain, so it’s all downhill from there. Additionally, it’s never steep: the downhill descent is gentle and winding, allowing for plenty of opportunities to soak up the fresh air, majestic sights and unique sounds of the jungle. Enjoy a scrumptious brunch with world-famous Blue Mountain coffee and conclude your ride with a refreshing dip in a secluded waterfall to round out a day well-spent with those you love.
Are you ready to book your next cruise to enjoy these amazing Caribbean shore excursions? Our travel agents know how to plan your trip with all of the fun in the Caribbean sun to exceed your family’s travel hopes. Contact us today to make your dreams come true.