Family & Childcare

The Caribbean is a popular destination for families because of the fine weather, great food and welcoming people. The islands have warm weather all year round. There is no doubt that when it comes time to take the kids on vacation, the Cayman Islands is one of the best choices.

High season runs from mid-December to mid-April with the Christmas and New Year's holidays busy with visitors, friends and extended family on-island for the celebrations. In general, low season runs from mid-April to mid-December.

With temperatures ranging from 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) in winter to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) insummer, hurricane season is June through November, so depending on school holidays, there is a long tourist season to choose from.

You’ll find less activity from cruise ship passengers in late spring, giving you more room to explore George Town and more seats on the pedal boats and parasails of Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Islands family vacations can be whatever you and your family would like them to be.

All three islands lack the neon signs and hectic trappings of some other resort destinations and provide, instead, a greater range of activities, attractions and events that suit family members of all ages. The main island Grand Cayman is a hub from where you can fly, or charter your own private boat, to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. However, once you arrive in Grand Cayman, your family may prefer the greater array of things to do for babies, children and teenagers.

Prepare to watch your children develop a lifetime love of the water in Cayman. For the tiny tots, the waters here are calm: there are virtually no waves in favorable weather. Sitting in and splashing about in the warm shallow waters is a favorite way for wobbler and toddler visitors to spend the day.

Older swimmers get to build on their experience and grow their skills and confidence in the water. They will find new ways to have fun in and on the Caribbean Sea. Everyday, there’s a new water activity to try, including pedal boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Older children and adultscan try kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving.

If you find your little ones approach Cayman’s crystal clear waters with trepidation, you can take them aboard a submarine to learn about the view from below the surface.

Your choice of resort or condo on the beach will provide you with a base that your children will love. You’ll quickly realize how safe it is in Cayman. There are no hawkers, touts or adult-onlyareas on the beaches and byways.

Away from the beach, let the kids decide the pace. They can surf and skate at a specially designed park, get creative at a hands-on art gallery, watch the latest movies or go horse riding. Families are encouraged to visit attractions that teach children about Cayman’s environment and culture.

A trip to the Turtle Farm, for example, opens their eyes not only to turtles, but they also learn about the sharks in their tanks, the crocodile, and the native birds in the trees. Take the children to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to see an orchid survive on thin air, and a rare Blue Iguana. Back home, history class can be boring, but in Cayman, the islands’ heritage comes alive for children – from a captivating story during the international storytelling festival Gimistory to wandering through Pedro St. James and the national museum to see how children used to live. In all the districts of the Cayman Islands your children are welcome to visit.

Qualified babysitters and child-minders are available at many resorts.