Caribbean Cruises: The Best Family Friendly Destinations

  • Feb 24, 2024
  • Reading time: 5 mins read
  • By Arunima

What makes modern family cruises so special is how it is designed with everyone in mind. Regardless of the age group, they have several onboard activities to offer every member. 

Unlike the past traditional cruise, popular cruise lines these days go the extra mile to cater to them, regardless of how big or small the needs are. They are kid-friendly as well as they also provide early dining times for the little ones.

So, thanks to a time-tested, pre-planned travel and onshore kid-friendly environment, a gaggle of relatives can experience all the breathtaking Caribbean beaches in one cruise itinerary, enjoy onboard activities, and still have some time left for loved ones bonding.

Be it top-notch luxury or non-stop entertainment, you will find something for the whole household in these best Caribbean family-friendly destinations in 2024. So let’s just dive into them.

The Beaches Of Barbados 

Rockley Bay

Located in the “The Land Of Fish”, Carlisle Bay is a 5-minute drive away from the Bridgetown port, the most famous of all beaches in Barbados. The best part is that there are tons of kid-friendly activities where adults can join as well.

Azure waters, powdery sands, and mild climate have made the seashores of Barbados nothing short of paradise and have all the ingredients for a perfect Caribbean family vacation.

Rockley Beach a bit further away has calmer waters and watersports for children like knee boarding. 

The country offers easy accessibility and is full of family-friendly resorts with attractions such as the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and the Richard Haynes Boardwalk.

Did You Know?

Barbados is the birthplace of Rihanna (singer, entrepreneur, and actress) and the street she grew up in was renamed after her!

In addition to that, Barbados celebrates Rihanna Day on 22nd February to honor the singer!

The Wilds Of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Parrot

Planning a family vacation involves having plenty of kid-friendly activities, so if you are looking for a unique getaway in the Caribbean then my friend, Puerto Rico hits the spot!

Initially called Boriken in 1200 (Land of the Brave/ Island of Crabs), the island was renamed to Puerto Rico in 1508, meaning ‘rich port’ in Spanish. 

The island is famous for being home to coquín(a dime-sized frog) and 320 bird species, which include the emerald hummingbird (found nowhere else on the planet) and Puerto Rican parrot!

Emerald Hummingbird

To experience the shun technology, and something novel, then San Juan Old Fort is perfect because barracks and canons serve as a fun history lesson for the kids.

Spanning over 2000 acres, The Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Puerto Rico was acquired by the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust in 1975 and designated as a Nature Reserve in 1986.

It is considered to be one of the best national parks encompassing coral reefs, beaches, forests, and mangroves which can be explored by foot, bike, kayak, and even by trolley. 

Located on the northeast tip of the island, the name arises from the shape of the 3 rocky headlands extending to the Atlantic Ocean.

Siblings and adults can try archery, go zip-lining, or tour the countryside on horseback.

Rainforests To Ruins, Cancun

ruins of Maya

Cruise to Cancun in Mexico and get mesmerized by the landscape and the ancient past of the Mayan civilization up close and personal. 

From being inhabited by only 3 people in 1970, it is now inhabited by at least 700,000 residents. It is now one of the most popular family cruise destinations in the Yucatán Peninsula, where there is much more beyond beaches and nightlife.

Add a unique component to your loved one’s holiday with a trip to the Mayan sites at Tulum and Chichen Itza, or go for a spelunking expedition to a cenote. And not to mention the picturesque view of the longest underwater cave.

The best Cancun cruise will take you to stunning coastlines and water so clear and blue as on a picture postcard.

Go To The Cayman Islands

Go To The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is a coveted Caribbean cruise summertime destination for families because of its pristine coastlines family-engaging activities at Stingray City and nature-filled hikes at the Mastic Trail, not to forget famed shipwrecks among vibrant coral reefs.

The Islands are an archipelago of three islands located 150 miles (241.4 km) north of Cuba. 

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three and boasts of luxury resorts with endless activities for the whole family. Kids can sunbathe, get close to marine life at the Cayman Turtle Center, or swim with stingrays in the shallow waters of Stingray City.

Did You Know?
The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1504 during his 4th voyage.


As time went by, the services of the family cruises have improved in terms of quality catering. Due to these changes, today 73% of cruise travelers are sailing with families! 

This makes it much easier to pre-plan the entire vacation and go ahead with those plans to your favorite destinations in the Caribbean cruises. So look up and carefully plan it out!

Bon Voyage!


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