By Noelle Khalila Nicolls
January 05, 2015
Courtesy of Atlantis, Paradise Island

It takes no time for children to get acclimatized to the feel of sand beneath their toes and water in their ears. First-time beach goers, particularly the baby ones, are sure to create YouTube-worthy memories the moment they encounter the Bahamas’ smooth white sand and clear blue water. But bringing your children to the islands is more than just an opportunity for family beach-bumming; it’s also a chance to immerse them in all aspects of tropical nature.

Depending on what your kids are into, that might mean bringing them on wildlife encounters to hand-feed stingrays, hug dolphins or kiss sea lions. Or it might mean delving into Bahamian history, by exploring pirate museums, old forts and historic caves. But it will certainly involve choosing a good family hotel—one that includes, along with standard-issue beach and pool access, various exciting and engaging kids’ clubs. Enroll your children in these programs, and you will all probably enjoy your vacation ten times more. 

Atlantis

If you want to actually spend time with your children during your family vacation, you probably should not stay at Atlantis. The Kids Club at this Paradise Island mega-resort, where even tiny tots can hand-feed baby stingrays and sharks, is way cooler than any parent could ever be; even stiffer competition are the supersonic slides and lazy river rides of the property's Aquaventure water park. 

Comfort Suites

Comfort Suites fully embraces its status as the next best thing to Atlantis on Paradise Island. In fact, though, staying at Comfort Suites is a more affordable option for an Atlantis vacation. Children under 12 stay free (one per adult), eat at the onsite Crusoe's Restaurant for free—and also have full free access to the waterslides and facilities at Atlantis. 

Grand Lucayan

No child is left out at the Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahamas Island—not even newborns. Grandma Lucaya’s Nursery is a unique babysitting service provided by the resort for children up to 2 ½ years old. For more self-sufficient kids, the Children’s Club has daily storytelling, water sports, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, computer games and beach activities.

Bahama Beach Club

The highlight of Bahama Beach Club at Treasure Cay (the prime resort area on Abaco) is a sweeping natural beach that functions as both playground and aquatic wonderland for children. You are never more than footsteps away from the beach at this resort, where activities such as beach volleyball, snorkeling and shelling are always available.

Bimini Sands Resort and Marina

This laid-back boater’s paradise on the secluded island of South Bimini has a special Kids Club, and an on-property activities center where programs take place. Eco-activities are the focus, so kids spent plenty of time of interacting with and learning about the wildlife and the natural habitats around Bimini. 

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