Dozens of Caribbean destinations and resorts offer prime possibilities for fun family vacations.
A number of prestige hotel chains have day camps for children which open for the convenience of parents during the evening with limited planned activities and basic baby sitting services. Cots and cribs are provided for the early-to-bed set.
In most cases, children under 12 stay free in their parents' room but an additional daily charge covers camp, lunch, snacks and activities. (Children may stay for all or part of the day but must be checked in and out by the adult who registered them.)
Outdoor activities include playground games, relay races, swimming lessons, snorkeling and scuba instruction, fishing, shelling, nature walks and classes and handicrafts.
High-tech touches -- television, video libraries, computers (instruction is often available), computer games and tapes and CDs for listening, dance and exercise periods -- are often available.
Culture corners teach local history and facts about festivals, food and music. On some islands, campers can learn a foreign language or work on the local "lingo." Hey, mon, the Caribbean is great fun for families!
Several all-inclusive resorts cater exclusively to families. Children share rooms with parents. Rates are affordable and include lots of supervised activity -- land and water sports (with instruction), entertainment, meals, beverages, snacks and baby sitting services -- "the works!"
Often, restaurants are reserved for children (who may or may not choose to bring adults) during the day and for families at night.