Tested by Sean Mallen & Family
Ask an almost-four-year-old what she liked best about Barbados and you get a direct answer. It wasn’t the turtles or toucans, not the Bajan variety show or the kids program at the resort. Nope. “I could make volcanoes in the sand,” said Julia, focusing on the essentials.
Certainly the sand at Almond Casuarina Beach, an all-inclusive resort near the capitol of Bridgetown, is wonderfully soft and white. But it, and Barbados, both have much more to offer your little tourist. The resort specializes in welcoming children, from newborns up to teenagers.
Why it’s family-friendly
There is a free shuttle to another Almond property, the Beach Village, where we purchased a boat tour to swim with the turtles just offshore. We also visited the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, on the island’s north coast, where we got a close-up look at Barbados’ famous green monkeys. Only a 10-minute drive from the resort hotel is Ocean Park, an aquarium with 27 displays where our girl enjoyed the pretty tropical fish, although she was not so keen on the barracuda eyeing us curiously through the glass.
Approximately $8,630*, one week, including airfare, all inclusive (superior garden view room) for a family of four. almondresorts.com
*at the time of writing