It’s that time of year when we northerners start dreaming about warm-weather getaways. Yes, we have had a mild winter so far (relatively speaking) in the Midwestern U.S. But some sun, sand, and surf can do the soul some good. That is why I partnered with Beaches Resorts to share top warm-weather destinations for families in the Caribbean!
First, let’s have a look at the average winter temperatures of three major U.S. cities: New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago.
As you can see, most of the destinations boast an average temperature of at least 80°F with few days of rainfall per month. With the exception of St. Lucia, flight times are approximately five hours (or fewer) from New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago. And for those families with a longer period to travel, St. Lucia would be worth the trek!
Aside from the gloriously warm weather, here are other reasons to choose these destinations for your warm-weather getaway:
Antigua: Best known for its secluded, powdery beaches and coral reefs that attract snorkelers and SCUBA divers from around the world.
Turks & Caicos: Consists of 7 main islands and approximately 40 smaller islands and uninhabited cays. Exclusive activities on the islands include sportfishing, bird watching, and whale-watching (Humpbacks can be seen from late January through early April).
Grenada: Volcanic island rich with waterfalls and known historically for its ample supply of spices.
Saint Lucia: Prides itself on being the only sovereign nation named for a woman. Adventures on Saint Lucia can be had on land or sea, whether it’s exploring waterfalls or traversing the rainforest.
Bahamas: Made up of 700 islands, the archipelago boasts the clearest water on Earth. That same water offers adventures of all kinds, from boating and fishing to paddleboarding and kayaking.
Jamaica: Home to a wide array of unique activities, including riding a bobsled through the rainforest and the Rebel Salute reggae festival.
Barbados: Small in stature – only 166 square miles in all – but packing a giant dose of adventure with everything from island safaris to rum tasting to marine parks.