Romantic Caribbean With Kids?

National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer.

Here’s her latest advice:

Reader Question: We want to celebrate our anniversary in the Caribbean, but with a toddler in tow, is a romantic getaway out of the question?  

My Answer: Start with an island setting like Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, or Dominican Republic, where families are a familiar sight and shallow coves allow for splashing at the beach.

An all-inclusive resort can provide a balance of romance and family-friendly amenities. Watch for things that could throw a wrinkle into the good times (tap water that’s unsafe to drink could make an active toddler’s bath time nerve-wracking).

Look for packages that include child care (Franklyn D. Resort in Jamaica includes a nanny; from January to March it offers a Bring Your Own Grandparents deal), and consider resorts that also have an adults-only area, suggests Corinne McDermott, founder of HaveBabyWillTravel.com. “If you feel confident enough to leave the toddler for a few hours, you can nip away and have some grown-up time right on the property.”

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