Family Ties – 5 Kid-Friendly Destinations

  1. The Cayman Islands

This triple-threat island destination (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) caters both to those who seek endless beach time as well as those in search of history, culture and a chill Caribbean vibe. Nonstop flights from several major hubs means getting here is as easy as being here.

Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Ages 0-5 – DO: Days should include time on the white sands of world-renowned Seven Mile Beach. The Public Beach, near the center of Seven Mile, has a playground, picnic tables and bathrooms. The waves are usually small, and the sand gently slopes from the shore, making this an ideal spot for little ones.

STAY: The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman’s new Starfish Cay is a zero-entry splash area complete with slides and kid-size loungers. Room with two queen beds from $519; ritzcarlton.com.

Ages 6-12 – DO: A must-do excursion is Stingray City, where kids can touch, feed and snorkel with giant stingrays. There are a number of tour operators, but we recommend Captain Marvin. Half-day excursion $45 per adult, $30 for kids 4-11.

STAY: The affordable two-and three-bedroom units at Christopher Columbus Condos have full kitchens, plus access to a large pool and Seven Mile Beach. From $275; christophercolumbuscondos.com.

All Ages – DO: Break up a day at the beach with an outing to the Cayman Islands National Museum. The colonial-era building depicts the island’s natural and cultural history in 3-D displays, murals and videos. Or head to see the colorful iguanas at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. A 90-minute guided tour is suitable for the entire family, and if grandma doesn’t share the kids’ fascination for lizards, she can always enjoy the native flora in the park instead.

STAY: East End is a quiet alternative to buzzy Seven Mile; it’s also more convenient to better-known dive spots. Roomy and affordable, Turtle Nest Inn & Condos has one- and two-bedroom units with full kitchens; some have washers and dryers. From $179 for an ocean-view apartment; turtlenestinn.com.

Little Cayman/Cayman Brac

DO: Divers and snorkelers will be endlessly entertained while exploring the abundant sea life surrounding these two islands. On Little Cayman, Reef Divers is a popular outfitter that works with newcomers and seasoned divers alike. A two-tank dive starts at $108. Above water, Nature Cayman offers visitors a free tour of Cayman Brac that includes some of its hundreds of caves.

STAY: On Cayman Brac, the newly renovated Cayman Brac Beach Resort features beach access and a large pool. Rooms with two double beds from $150; caymanbracbeachresort.com.

Cayman Brac Beach Resort

The Club on Little Cayman has one- to three-bedroom condos. Two-bedrooms from $373; theclubatlittlecaymancom.

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