According to research, 90% of kids aged 8-14 now own their own phone and 25% of them spend an average of 4 hours per day online or texting.
As the holiday season approaches, parents know only too well that this usage can skyrocket if they don’t find something else to divert their attention!
A local travel company has offered up suggestions for some of the top picks for holiday destinations guaranteed to get kids away from their screens and into the sea…
1. Occidental Xcaret – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fuel their passion for all things eco-archaeological and explore an undiscovered natural paradise at this unique resort.
As well as everything you would expect from a top quality Caribbean destination – a private beachfront, vibrant rooms and a wide array of excellent dining possibilities – the world famous Xcaret Park is on your doorstep.
A living exploration of the region’s Mayan heritage created through natural and archaeological experiences, Xcaret Park invites you to delve into its rich cultural and ecological past.
You’ll experience the majesty of the jaguar, get close to marine turtles and manatees, and explore underground rivers and ancient ruins.
For a change of pace, you’re just 10 minutes from the bohemien Playa Del Carmen, with its lively promenade – 5th avenue, oodles of live entertainment, bars, restaurants, and a wealth of activities and watersports.
2. Beaches Negril – Jamaica
Beaches Negril is a true paradise destination with something for every member of the family. The 7 mile beach is one of the best in the world and provides endless entertainment.
Beaches Negril has put a lot of thought into ensuring everyone gets the most from their holiday.
From the engaging kids beach camp and Sesame Street fun for the little ones – to Pirates Island water park and Club Liquid – a sleek under 18s nightclub for teens – they won’t have chance to roll their eyes!
Kids taken care of? You’re free to fully relax in the effortlessly cool and laid back luxury with everything you could possibly imagine.
Recognised in the Tripadvisor 2018 Traveller’s Choice Awards Top 25 Hotels for Families in the World, you know that it is going to be a fun and luxurious stay.
3. The Reef Atlantis – Bahamas
With adventures and activities perfect for kids of all ages, Atlantis, Paradise Island truly is paradise for families! Featuring an enormous underwater world of 50,000 sea creatures and fish, hands on experiences, water slides, pools and unique aquatic adventures all interconnected with a lush, tropical environment.
Families are very much the focal point at this amazing resort.
The 141-acre water park filled with water slides, river rides, 11 amazing pools and miles of white sand beaches are sure to provide your offspring with plenty of outdoor fun while you soak up the easygoing Caribbean vibe and enjoy gourmet dining.
4. Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort – St Lucia
A host of activities, a welcoming vibe, and 64,000 square feet of sandy beachfront are just some of the qualities that make Windjammer Landing a unique destination.
Make the most of the 1500 foot long beach with complementary windsurfing, pedal boating, paddle boarding, tube rides, snorkeling, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing!
Experience 60 acres of breathtaking seascape and rainforest via land and sea excursions by sailing boat, jeep ride, plane, zipline, horseback, helicopter or catamaran!
If the little darlings are still full of beans they’ll love their own giant inflatable floating iceberg in the ocean, beach pizza parties, coconut bowling, dance lessons and oodles of activities designed to captivate even the stubbornest youngster.
And with generously proportioned family villas there is plenty of room for everyone to get some peace and quiet.
5. Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana – Dominican Republic
The best of both worlds – exceptional resort facilities coupled with nature on your doorstep.
With its pristine tropical gardens and unspoiled protected mangrove swamp, the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana offers visitors a look into the Dominican Republic’s teeming natural flora and fauna.
The whole family will enjoy the extensive waterpark, seaquarium, marinarium, horse riding, dolphin island and stingray bay.
Families looking to adventure outside of the resort will find a unique and fascinating world awaiting them.
Best of all – when you’re trying to keep everyone happy come feeding time – you can enjoy all the facilities at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro and Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, that’s over 15 additional dining options.