Caribbean Islands Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Which island with an 18month old and things to see and do

Jump to last reply

Hi there,
My partner and I have travelled a lot but generally backpacker style pre parenthood and never to the Caribbean, I found this website and the info seems great, hoping you can help! We are planning on flying from the UK to San Francisco and renting a small RV to explore Yosemite for a week and we would like to stop off for a week in the Caribbean on the way home for relaxation and home comforts after roughing it! April/May 2013.
We are looking for more than just a beach, although I LOVE beaches, but my partner has ants in his pants and likes to explore. Can you recommend somewhere that isn't too busy/touristy which ticks these boxes and has things we can do with our daughter who will be 18months. We are not after kids club for her, but maybe a baby listening service for an evening or two.
Also can you recommend whether we would be better renting a villa or going to a resort with our needs.

  • Report Abuse

    Welcome to Fodor's!

    Before we address the 'where', I think it would be reasonable to talk about the logistics of your plan.

    You are essentially talking about two separate trips. Are you looking at a direct flight from the UK to San Francisco, or are you planning a layover somewhere? It's going to be nearly impossible to get anywhere in the Caribbean direct from San Francisco, so that means leaving San Francisco and changing planes in (most likely) Miami on your way to an island.

    If you could book a UK-MIA-SFO-MIA-UK flight, that might work better. You could factor in a week-long stop in Miami on the return, and book a separate trip from Miami to your island.

    You also need to factor in the amount of travel time, as SFO-MIA-island is likely to take a full day, if not longer. That's going to shorten your actual vacation time in either the States or the islands.

    I would look at where you can get to easily from MIA (or another gateway), because the last thing you want to do is pick an island that requires multiple flights/ferry rides to get to.

    One more thing to think about - that time of year can be Spring Break season - meaning some destinations will be over-run with vacationing college-age students on drunken party weeks. Pick your destination or your travel dates to avoid that.

    I hope that makes sense, and if not come on back with more questions, and we'll start narrowing things down. Also, specific recommendations are easier if we know your budget (in actual dollar amounts) and what activities you're looking for.

  • Report Abuse

    Hi and thanks for the info so far.
    Definitely want to avoid spring break,do all students have them at the same time or is it spread over a few weeks? Our dates are very flexible at this point.

    Also sounds like a great plan to choose an island that will be a direct flight from Miami.
    We could certainly look at a few days in Miami to break up the journey before heading home.

    Budget is around $3000-$3500 for a week for Caribbean part of trip, excluding flights as that will be paid for as part of the earlier trip budget.
    Activities would need to be toddler friendly and enable us to explore on our own a bit but we haven't got anything specific in mind (probably not being overly helpful here!)

2 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Advice needed
  2. 2 St Thomas/Puerto Rico
  3. 3 Rincon Puerto Rico
  4. 4 Looking for inexpensive villas/bungalows with a private/secluded beach.
  5. 5 Family vacation with Teens/Tweens: Caymans, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica
  6. 6 Our trip to Turks and Caicos
  7. 7 Is st.croix best for our family vacation with small children....
  8. 8 Grotto Bay Beach vs. Fairmont Southampton w/kids 6&7
  9. 9 July 4th in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico--go or no-go?
  10. 10 Bahamas or Republic of Panama
  11. 11 Does anyone know of a house or condo to rent on or near the beach in Cuba
  12. 12 St. Lucia or Antigua?
  13. 13 Beaches, Rainforest, Waterfalls- Can I have it all?
  14. 14 Warning-Grand Turk "Palm Grove Villas" a horrible experience!
  15. 15 Snorkeling In Close Proximity to Hotel
  16. 16 Cayman restaurant ?s
  17. 17 Trip Report Tortola & SADE villa rental
  18. 18 What is the best place in Turks & Caicos?
  19. 19 Trip Report St. Thomas is dangerous
  20. 20 Punta Cana vs Santo Domingo, differences?
  21. 21 Best grocery shopping in St Thomas on way to Red Hook
  22. 22 Looking for luxury (but less developed) resort in Turks and Caicos
  23. 23 barbados advoce for family villa trip
  24. 24 Trip Report short report: Barbados - is there anywhere this friendly?
  25. 25 Meditation and yoga Retreat in Caribbean or Costa Rica
View next 25 » Back to the top