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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Direct Flights to the Caribbean - East Coast

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Direct Flights to the Caribbean - East Coast

Henley Vazquez

Winter is coming. No seriously, winter is coming. To keep the polar vortex blues at bay, we’re rounding up eight of our favorite warm-weather getaways a non-stop hop (forget the skip and jump) from the East Coast. This way to the beach. Coming from Chicago? See your nonstop options.


 
 

Anguilla/St. Martin

Direct from: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC
Non-stop flights arrive into St. Martin, so families headed to Anguilla will take a twenty-minute boat ride across the channel. There’s also a five-minute flight on a puddle jumper, but the plane is tiny so most travelers prefer the boat. The reward? A wider choice of top resorts, less crowded beaches and a more relaxed pace.
Where to Stay: Belmond La Samanna on St. Martin; Malliouhana, Viceroy, Cap Juluca and CuisinArt on Anguilla


 
 

Antigua

Direct from: New York
Antigua has a distinctly British vibe thanks to regular flights from London in addition to the US connections. It also has some of the Caribbean’s best kids clubs at its three most popular high-end resorts.
Where to Stay: Carlisle Bay, Curtain Bluff, Jumby Bay


 
 

Bahamas

Direct from: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC
There’s life beyond Atlantis. One & Only’s sophisticated Ocean Club sits a short drive down the beach from the kid-adored behemoth, so mom and dad can have the resort they love (with a great kids’ club) but still do a day or two at the water park. A new upscale complex will be opening later this winter as well. Watch out for cool spells in December and January.
Where to Stay: One & Only Ocean Club plus Rosewood, SLS and Grand Hyatt to come when the new Baha Mar complex opens


 
 

Cancun/Riviera Maya

Direct from: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC

This stretch of coast, known as the Riviera Maya, reaches from the crowded Cancun hotel zone to the boho-chic beach shacks in Tulum. There’s something for everyone, and great culture, food and eco-adventure that give this destination more umph than the average fly-and-flop vacation. An extra perk is that West Coasters also have direct flights, making this beachy paradise ideal for bicoastal friends and family looking for a meeting spot.
Where to Stay: Rosewood Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Nizuc, Belmond Maroma and Esencia; in Tulum, Las Ranitas and La Zebra


 
 

Puerto Rico

Direct from: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC
San Juan has the busiest airport in the Caribbean, and more flights mean lower prices. While some families use San Juan as the gateway to other islands, Puerto Rico now has top-notch resorts that rival the region’s best. There’s also great colonial architecture in old San Juan and the amazing El Yunque rainforest to explore. The clincher? You’ll clear customs in San Juan, meaning no immigration when you land at home, and you don’t need a passport.
Where to Stay: Dorado Beach, St. Regis Bahia Beach, El Conquistador


 
 

St. Lucia

Direct from: Boston, New York
St. Lucia’s dramatic scenery (the iconic Piton Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was traditionally the draw for honeymooners, but now thanks to increased direct flights, cool eco-aware activities and some new family-focused resorts, the kids are welcome here, too.
Where to Stay: Viceroy Sugar Beach, Capella Marigot Bay


 
 

Turks & Caicos

Direct from: Boston, New York
The resorts on famous Grace Bay are the easiest to access from the airport, but the beach can also feel Miami-style crowded during peak periods. Both Amanyara and Parrot Cay require some extra work to arrive but offer the ultimate getaway at formerly couples-only enclaves turned school-break bests. Keep in mind that Turks & Caicos are technically part of the Bahamas, not the Caribbean, and weather can be more temperamental during December and January.
Where to Stay: Parrot Cay, Amanyara, Grace Bay Club, Regent Palms, Beach House, Venetian, Gansevoort


 
 

US Virgin Islands

Direct from: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC
As with St. Martin and Anguilla, St. John is less crowded (two-thirds of the island is a national park) but you’ll take a boat from St. Thomas, where flights land, to get there. And St. John’s Cruz Bay might be one of our favorite Caribbean towns, full of laidback eateries perfect for families. Bonus: the US Virgin Islands don’t require a passport to visit, and passengers won’t wait for immigration when arriving home.
Where to Stay: Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas, Caneel Bay on St. John


We’re not forgetting Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Grand Cayman, all four of which also have East Coast connections. If you’re headed there and need some tips on where to stay, drop us a line.