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Lovely beaches and easy direct flights make Antigua a real hit

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Fact File

  • Time Difference: GMT - 4 hours 
  • Flight Time: 9 hours direct 
  • Visa: Not required for UK passport holders 
  • Seasons to Travel: The best time to travel is December to June. There is a possibility of tropical storms and rain from July to November.

Family Holidays to Antigua, Barbados, Grenadines, Turks & Caicos

The only difficulty you will have is choosing which island to go to. There is Barbados with turquoise seas and lush vegetation, said to be the 'Little England' of the Caribbean, or the stunning Antigua blessed with 365 white sand beaches with its green valleys, volcanic landscapes, honey colored beaches and sparkling reefs. Or perhaps, the chic island of St.Barths with its stylish hotels, boutique shops and excellent restaurants which blends the essence of both the Caribbean and the South of France. Or try one of the off-the-beaten track islands such as Mustique, Turks & Caicos or Canouan. It is worth noting for families with younger children that Barbados, Antigua and Turks & Caicos all have direct flights. The flights are also at a reasonable time and are day flights. This means that you don’t have to panic if your children don’t sleep on the way out. When they arrive they will be so excited that they stay awake for a few hours allowing you to put them to bed at their normal time and they should then get over the jet lag quite easily.


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Antigua, Caribbean Islands

An incredible hotel which ticks all the boxes. This hotel is one of the few that actually has rooms which lead straight onto the beach, allowing you to have breakfast on your terrace whilst your little darlings play safely on the beach in front of you. They also have a wonderful children’s club, as stunning sheltered beach and even complimentary tea served on the beach when your children have their complimentary supper. We love the Carlisle Bay for families.

Suitable for: All ages

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Carlisle Bay

Turks & Caicos, Caribbean Islands

Turks and Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s more dreamy destinations and home of the luxurious, stylish and low-key Parrot Cay. This private-island resort with long white sandy beaches is 35 minutes by speedboat from Providenciales on the main island. On the 1000 unspoilt acres there are 60 suites and villas, five with private pools and butler service. This is a great hideaway for parents who want to be spoilt but in a hotel which welcomes children as well. And for the adventurous there is plenty to do including exploring the island, kite making and even making necklaces out of sharks teeth! There are weekly direct flight from the UK.

Suitable for: All ages

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Parrot Cay

Barbados, Caribbean Islands

Settlers Beach is one of the best options we have found in Barbados for families. This is a Self Catering Hotel so has the benefit of all the extras and services you want from a hotel but the freedom of having a self catering ‘villa’. Each room has a small kitchen and dining area. For those who want to cook scrambled egg at 5 pm, for your children, you can and then you can have your own dinner later in the hotel’s beautiful al fresco restaurant looking out across the sea. The rooms are pretty but simply and have sun loungers just outside in your area of garden so that you have somewhere to lie whilst your youngest are having an afternoon nap.

Suitable for: All ages

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Settlers Beach

When to Travel

Seasons to Travel: The best time to travel is December to June. There is a possibility of tropical storms and rain from July to November.

  • January - Best
  • February - Best
  • March - Best
  • April - Best
  • May - Good
  • June - Good
  • July - Hit and miss
  • August - Not at its best
  • September - Not at its best
  • October - Hit and miss
  • November - Good
  • December - Best



Kids

The Caribbean offers a few lovely family hotels.  In fact our favourite family hotel is the Carlisle Bay and offers everything you could want for a luxury family holiday.  The Caribbean has some wonderful beaches and lovely warm water.  Flight times are very good and tend not to be too much of a struggle for children.  You do have jet lag to deal with but we have found this tends to be more of an issue for when you get back to the UK.  Typical flights to the Caribbean leave here mid morning and arrive at around tea time in the Caribbean.  With the time difference this is quite late evening by UK standards but children are so excited that they can easily stay awake until their normal bed time and as this is 6 hours later then in the UK they fall asleep very quickly.  They can then get a good night's sleep and be up and running for the rest of the holiday. 

The food is typically American in style which suits most children. 

 

Country Info

Antigua flights: BA or Virgin daily direct

Barbados flights: BA or Virgin daily direct

Turks & Caicos flights: BA direct once per week (or indirect via the USA)

Grenadines flights: BA or Virgin daily to Barbados and then an onward local carrier to the Grenadines

Antigua

Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.  Antigua is a treasure trove of the finest palm-fringed beaches and spectacular natural beauty. Renowned for the best watersports in the Caribbean, on this wonderful island you can spend time windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.  The beaches are wide and long and the people extremely friendly. And with direct UK flights this is our favourite Caribbean island for families.

Barbados

The sophisticated west coast has superb hotels, excellent restaurants, white sand beaches and clear calm waters - ideal for swimming. The livelier popular south coast boasts some of the island's best beaches.  The east coast is exposed to the Atlantic so can be too rough for families and hence most hotels are located on the west coast.  The beaches here aren’t very wide but the lure of Barbados over it’s neighbours are the great restaurants, shops and activities to keep your family entertained.

Turks & Caicos

A beautiful group of 40 islands and cays, Turks & Caicos is somewhere you can still truly "get away from it all". Breathtaking turquoise waters, powdery white sand, fantastic snorkelling and diving, a friendly welcome and virtually no crime are just a few of the things that make these islands so fantastic. Although the flights are once a week it is worth the effort.

Things to do

Please find below a range of activities available in Caribbean Islands.

Suggested Itineraries

We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.