Best of the Caribbean: Great Family Excursions

Make your next Caribbean getaway great with these top family-friendly experiences, from the Dominican Republic to the Cayman Islands. Looking for more family-friendly suggestions? Head over to

1. Bavaro Adventure Park Day Pass

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicBavaro Adventure Park Day Pass
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

Experience outdoor thrills at Bavaro Adventure Park, located near the Punta Cana hotels. Soar along zipline courses, scamper up ropes on a pirate ship, and fly over the jungle with friends on the Flight Simulator. Spend time at Dino World, where animatronics bring the extinct creatures to life, roll downhill in a giant plastic bubble, and explore the park on your choice of mountain bike, BMX and Segway. Find exciting and physical challenges at Bavaro Adventure Park, an eco-friendly outdoor park spanning 110 acres into the jungle. With several hotel pickup and park departure times available from morning until evening, enjoy the flexibility of this amazing adventure spot.

2. St. Martin Canoe Surfing at Le Galion Beach

Location: Grand Case, Netherlands AntillesSt Martin Canoe Surfing at Le Galion Beach
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

Discover the sensations of surf with your friends and family in a traditional Hawaiian canoe or outrigger canoe. Canoe surfing is a thrill you can enjoy alongside the gorgeous waves at Le Galion Beach, located in the heart of the Marine Park. After a short briefing with your instructor to cover safety, wave spotting, and paddling procedures, you can hit the water. With up to 3 people in your canoe, you can paddle and catch waves while your professional instructor steers the canoe from the rear. This is truly a unique Caribbean surfing experience!

3. Family Buggy Adventure

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republicfamily-buggy-adventure-in-punta-cana-in-punta-cana-202056
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

On this exciting excursion in Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, explore the beautiful island on a buggy! This is the perfect adventure for the whole family and each buggy can accommodate up to 5 persons. All necessary equipment and hotel transportation is included. This amazing tour starts at a conveniently located ranch in the heart of Bavaro. Once you arrive, a guide will go over the safety and operation of the vehicles. You will be driving your own automatic “caravan-style” buggy following the tour guide who will lead the group.

4. Glass-Bottom Boat Tour to Stingray City

Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman IslandsGlass-Bottom Boat Tour to Stingray City
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

Experience Grand Cayman’s top family attraction, Stingray City, on a 1.5-hour tour by glass-bottom boat. Stingray City is a natural home to a fleet of curious stingrays, who swim carefree around the sandbar, coming up for hugs and kisses from those standing in the shallow water. It’s an unforgettable experience that your family will love. You’ll also visit a coral reef for snorkeling. When your boat stops, jump into the warm water, which is about waist- to chest-high, to interact with the friendly stingrays — you can touch them and swim with them, or even go in for a stingray kiss, which local legend says brings you seven years of good luck!

5. Private Tour: Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise

Location: BarbadosPrivate Tour: Barbados Catamaran Snorkeling Cruise
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

While you’re in paradise, treat yourself to a private catamaran cruise along Barbados’ west coast. Spread out and relax with your family and friends on a spacious schooner that you’ll have all to yourself as you cruise to two different snorkeling spots to find sea turtles and colorful fish in the clear Caribbean water. You’ll have plenty of time to cool off in the water, and you can even swim to a beach. A light breakfast snack, lunch and unlimited beverages are provided! As your captain pulls out of the marina and heads along the west coast of Barbados, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the sea breeze on your face. Admire the pretty coastline, as you sip a coffee or juice as you enjoy a slice of coconut bread.

6. Aerial Tram Rainforest Tour

Location: Chassin, St LuciaSt Lucia Aerial Tram & Rainforest Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Want a bird’s-eye view of the St Lucia rainforest? Jump aboard this unique aerial tram tour for unbeatable views of St Lucia’s tropical rainforest and wildlife. Safe and exciting fun for all the family, the expertly guided aerial tram tour shows you St Lucia’s rainforests from a whole new perspective. Swinging out across the treetops in an open-air gondola seating just eight people, you’ll spy lavender, orange, yellow and white flowers blooming in the giant trees of the tropical rainforest.

7. Dunn’s River Falls and Fern Gully Adventure Tour

Location: Falmouth, JamaicaDunn's River Falls and Fern Gully Highlight Adventure Tour from Falmouth
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

This unique adventure and highlight tour gives visitors an educational and fun experience in Ocho Rios with Dunn’s River Falls and Fern Gully packaged together for a fulfilling day for all ages and the family. Make your way through a winding road leading to Fern Gully, a unique rainforest which boasts hundreds of different varieties of ferns. After a 15-minute drive along the beautiful North Coast with views of the blue Caribbean Sea, you will reach the next stop on this adventure – the famous Dunn’s River Falls. Dunn’s River Falls is a famous Jamaican waterfall and is a popular tourist attraction. The falls are 180 feet high and 600 feet long with natural terraced steps for climbing. Explore the most climbed falls in the world.

8. Jamaica River-Rafting Adventure on the Rio Bueno

Location: Montego Bay, JamaicaJamaica River-Rafting Adventure on the Rio Bueno
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Enjoy the beautiful tropical scenery on this river-rafting adventure down the Rio Bueno in Jamaica! Jump in your raft and discover the beauty of the Rio Bueno as you make your way downstream with your expert guide. Take a break halfway through your rapids adventure and choose to relax by the river, swim in the cool waters, or have fun on the rope swing. Then, hop back in your raft and head further downstream as the Rio Bueno takes you toward the Caribbean Sea. Paddle over to the shores of Bengal Bay, where you can soak up the sun on the sandy beach or swim in the warm sea before being transported back to your hotel.

9. Punta Cana Horseback Riding on the Beach

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicPunta Cana Horseback Riding on the Beach
Duration: Flexible

Surround yourself with the blue sky above, the wind in your hair, the beauty of nature, and the smell of clean fresh air, as you and your family gallop alongside the relaxed countryside beach in Punta Cana. There will be a ride tailored to fit every style and ability level. All riders are welcome and should be perfectly comfortable! This adventure is entirely your own; feel free to get into the water on your horse or simply spend the full time listening to the sounds of nature.

10. West Bay Bike Tour on Grand Cayman

Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman IslandsWest Bay Bike Tour on Grand Cayman
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

Explore Grand Cayman’s West Bay peninsula on a 3-hour bike tour with an in-the-know guide. Pedaling at an easy pace along flat terrain, get a little exercise while you admire postcard-worthy views. The Cayman Islands’ famous turquoise water and white-sand beaches. Stop by waterfront bars, ride through Barker’s National Park, and cruise past the Cayman Turtle Farm. Throughout the tour, learn fun facts and history about the Caymans from your guide. Get off the beaten path as you leisurely cruise along back roads and beach trails. Take in incredible views of both the beachfront and the abundant native wildlife.

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