If you're looking for a holiday where the whole family can have a great time without subjecting everyone to an overdose of theme parks and waterslides, Barbados makes an excellent choice. It's impossible not to love the low-key, laid-back island vibes, and the cockle-warming welcome you'll receive from the locals.
The beaches are the main draw, but if you get restless after a few days of sandcastles and watersports, head out of the resort to discover more of the island's attractions. Find out the difference between stalactites and stalagmites at Harrisons Cave, visit the monkeys at Barbados Wildlife Reserve, go on a catamaran cruise for the chance to swim with turtles, or jump on board the Atlantis submarine for an underwater tour of the coral reef.
For older kids, there's go-karting at Bushy Park, surfing and kite-surfing lessons, as well as sea trampolines, rope swings and jet-skiing on offer at The Boatyard in Carlisle Bay (near Bridgetown).
It's worth noting that Barbados' Kids Clubs are amongst the best in the Caribbean, so for days when you feel like staying in-resort you can rest in the knowledge the little ones are being well-entertained by qualified childminders.
Stay all-inclusive at Sugar Bay Barbados. This hotel opened at the beginning of 2016 and has fast become one of the best family-friendly resorts on the south coast. It's big enough that there's plenty going on, but small enough to retain that relaxed 'boutique' feel. For teens, unlimited non-motorised watersports are included, and for younger children there's a kids club and crèche for babies from 4 months old. The hotel is close to the south coast boardwalk, which is great for pushchair walks, with a fab ice cream parlour mid-way. Even better, infants under 2 and the first child (aged 3 - 16) stays free at Sugar Bay Barbados.