Families love Caribbean vacations, mainly for the beach resorts which typically offer watersports, extravagant pools, family activities, kids clubs, evening entertainment, fine dining, spa, and --often-- all inclusive pricing.
But resorts aren't the whole story about Caribbean vacations...
Ok, if you think resorts are the whole story about Caribbean vacations, click here. Otherwise, read on, below.
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Another way to have a Caribbean beach getaway is to rent a villa or condo, complete with kitchen, laundry, and other conveniences. Often, in the Caribbean, your rental will include maid services.
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Every island has its unique flavor, and hopefully, you'll get out and explore during your Caribbean vacation. Some islands have colonial towns (like Willemstad in Curacao, left, a World Heritage Site) or other sightseeing; some islands are known for beautiful tropical underseas. If you're staying in a resort, it's easy to arrange for tours, scuba and snorkeling trips, etc. On some islands, it's practical to rent a car and explore on your own.
All inclusive resorts are extremely popular with families, and your choice of island may be affected, or even determined, by whether or not the island has this type of getaway.
Mexico's Yucatan peninsula has shores on the Caribbean Sea: Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and the Mayan Riviera are popular areas for all inclusive resorts.
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Hurricanes are a fact of life in the Caribbean, and even if you're far from its direct path, a hurricane still spreads bad weather around. Read about hurricane season and about strategies for protecting your Caribbean vacation if you choose to travel -- and take advantage of off-season bargains -- during affected months.
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About.com's Guide for Caribbean Travel covers island profiles, resorts, seasonal events and festivals, practicalities about visiting specific islands, and more.