Your guide to Jamaica travel with kids
With sunshine, sand, and crystal waters, Jamaica is a popular destination for just about everyone, from couples and honeymooners, to students on spring break, to families on vacation.
The key to a successful Jamaica vacation is planning. You don't want to go in the high season when the beaches are crowded and everything is at its most expensive, but traveling too far into the off season can leave you huddled in a hotel room while it pours rain, or worse, while a hurricane passes through. Also, the off season is when a lot of proprietors take their vacations and hoteliers make their repairs, so you'll want to make sure you know whether or not local shops and restaurants are open or the hotel is under construction.
With a bit of research, though, you can plan a fun, affordable family vacation in Jamaica.
Popular Jamaica Family Travel Destinations
While many couples and honeymooners find Jamaica a great place to stroll hand-in-hand on the beach and sip tropical drinks by the pool, there are actually plenty of attractions suitable for Jamaica travel with kids. Here are just a few:
- Dunn's River Falls & Park
- Bloomfield Great House (the main house of a 200-year-old coffee plantation)
- Blue Hole Mineral Spring
- Hooves Horseback Tours
- Mystic Mountain (bobsledding and zip lining)
- Rhodes Hall Plantation (horseback riding, mineral springs, nature tour, cave tours, etc.)
- Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
Where to Stay on Your Jamaica Family Vacation
Most families choose kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts for their Jamaica family vacations because amenities are guaranteed and there's no worry about meals, entertainment, etc. Plus, most resorts have kids' programming to keep the little ones entertained while mom and dad relax and sip their drinks by the pool.
Of course, for a more do-it-yourself-style holiday, Jamaica vacation rentals are also available. Most take the form of luxury apartments or guest houses, and they are generally quite affordable. Plus, they give you more room and more freedom than a resort or hotel.
If you want a truly luxury family travel experience, rent a Jamaican villa. These are considerably more expensive than most hotels, resorts, or other rentals, but they offer incredible privacy, lots of space, and the finest furnishings.