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Trunk Bay US Virgin Islands Beach

A beach resort in Puerto Rico topped a list of best places for families to stay in the Caribbean based on rankings by readers of Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

The list of the 10 best tropical destinations appears in the magazine’s spring issue.

Las Casitas Village & Golden Door Spa in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, was in the No. 1 spot; with doubles from $269. Activities include family golf clinics, horseback riding, and kayaking in the bioluminescent bay, where you’ll see glowing sea creatures on moonless nights.

Next was Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; from $410 per day for adults, children $95, rates all-inclusive. Kids will love the swim-up juice bar, Xbox stations, and water park.

No. 3 was the Four Seasons Great Exuma at Emerald Bay in the Bahamas; doubles from $495. It offers everything from kite-flying to a teen center to parent-child golf and tennis clinics.

Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas took the No. 4 spot; with doubles from $370. Swim with the dolphins and enjoy the 97-acre waterscape (with slides).

Paradisus Puerto Rico Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, was next, adults from $406, children from $150, rates all-inclusive. Take tennis lessons, or if you prefer, golf or merengue classes.

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis in Charlestown, Nevis, was sixth on the list; doubles from $655. Look for sea turtles nesting on the beach at night.

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Palm Beach, Aruba, was next; doubles from $450. Kids can enjoy sculpting driftwood or playing volleyball on the sand.

In the No. 8 spot was Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica, doubles from $590. Kids will want to check out the Pineapple Club, and each of the 25 villas has a private pool.

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica, was ninth on the list; adults from $370, kids from $95, all-inclusive. Accredited nannies, Sesame Street characters, a water park and kids’ reggae parties are a few of the attractions.

Rounding out the list was the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in St. John – (Pictured Above), in the U.S. Virgin Islands; doubles from $759. Check out the water trampolines and iguana safaris, or just play a good old-fashioned game of bingo.

Source: USA Today


St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach (shown above) gets its name from the color of the blue/green water near the beach, and darker sapphire blue waters farther out from shore. There’s plenty of shade from the majestic palms, and an array of watersports are available.

Although Coki Point Beach is small, it is one of the most popular because of its calm waters, and location. There is a nearby marine park, and the beach offers lots of water activities including boating, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Magens Bay is said to be the best beach in St Thomas. You have to pay a small entry fee, and that in no way limits the number of people who come there daily. Beach activities with a touch of adventure include, but are not limited to, sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking.  

Lindquist Beach is another beach choice in St Thomas. Not many people come here, so you can have a little quite and seclusion. Since this is an undeveloped area, food, drinks and water sports rental are not available. Swimmers should use this beach with caution since it is secluded, and not lifeguard on duty.

Secret Harbor is known as being a wonderful place to relax – you will find lots of hammocks and beach chairs along the coastline. There are also plenty of vendors selling food and drinks – so this makes for the perfect “beach day” experience. This is the ideal spot to go diving, as there are a number of dive rental shops on the beach, and nearby area.  

Due to its clear waters, corral reefs, and amazing sea life, St. Thomas is one of the best places in the world to go on a scuba diving adventure.