I find the Eastern Caribbean to be relaxing yet always filled with fun things to do. They have such friendly people, delicious local food, and amazing beaches with soft sand and aqua blue water. It's extremely kid-friendly and one of my favorite destinations to visit.
However, if you are looking to fly to the Caribbean and experience a longer stay, they have a fantastic selection of upscale accommodations. From my website, you've already discovered that I'm all about the ease and convenience of vacationing where I can get unlimited food, drinks, activities, and entertainment. So, of course, the next best thing is a luxurious all-inclusive resort. This is a terrific option for families, as well as couples who want to take a few days away and surround themselves in upscale living.
See below for some of my favorite destinations in the Eastern Caribbean where you can cruise or fly to experience. Click on each picture to enlarge and display additional information for a personalized photo review.
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
Beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. Take the ship's excursion to St. Maarten's French coast to Orient Beach for an easy and unforgettable day of fun, sun, and relaxation. You'll have your own beach chair and they have a surprisingly delicious restaurant serving local food included in the cost.
Virtual Hint: Don't forget your towels that the ship provides for you to take ashore. But if you do forget (...which we did) you can pick up a few from the local artisans and peddlers selling crafts and souvenirs right on the beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
There are a lot of things to do with families right off of the ship. Planning ahead, I created a short walking tour of the Old San Juan area including a visit to the forts, Governor's Mansion, and even a stop for dinner. Since we visited on Christmas Eve, the area was buzzing with holiday spirit. Our ship was docked until 9:00 PM, so the city and ship were beautifully lit up.
Virtual Hint: If you are a member of Open Table, you can get reviews and reservations for many restaurants in Puerto Rico ahead of time. Use their map search tool to find restaurants within walking distance from the port and It's free to book. No waiting with hot, cranky kids (or spouses!)
Click the button below for a city map of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Make sure to take an island tour in order to experience Turks and Caicos. With a rich history of royalty who vacation here, you can see famous landmarks and salt ponds, along with roaming animals and beautiful landscapes.
Click the button below to view a brochure full of information and a map of Grand Turk to help plan your visit ahead of time.