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Product Details

  • Series: Caribbean With Kids, 1st ed
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road; 2nd edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892975394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892975393
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,239,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

You're taking a vacation, and you're taking the kids--and the latter needn't cancel out the former. The Caribbean has long been a vacation favorite, but there's much more to keeping the kids happy than just packing the ubiquitous bathing suit, shovel, and pail. Caribbean With Kids knows which resorts and seaside inns welcome children, have programs planned for them, and provide them with the chance to play with kids their own age, while you and the spouse explore more adult pleasures. The guide also opens the door to activities the whole family can enjoy together, such as hand-feeding hummingbirds in Jamaica, snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Cayman, swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas, and exploring caves in Puerto Rico.

This is, however, not just an entertainment primer; it's a full-fledged guide book. Along with all the child-related activities there are the necessary details on passports and travel agents, when to go and what to pack, transportation around and between the islands, recommended children's books, and island food. There's also a chapter on each island, featuring arrival and departure information, lodgings, shopping, what there is do to, and practical stuff like currency, electricity, Web sites, and tourist boards.

Paris Permenter and John Bigley know kids, know parents, and know the Caribbean. They make it as clear as the Caribbean Sea that a family holiday doesn't have to be an oxymoron. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Janet Groene makes her home in DeLand, Florida, and spends much of each year sailing and updating her Caribbean books. She is also the author of Open Road's Caribbean Guide and Florida Guide. She has won awards for boating journalism and RV journalism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
My family just returned from a week-long vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We used Caribbean with Kids to help us select the resort and, when we were on the island, to help us select some activities away from the hotel to enjoy. The honest look these writers give of the islands is refreshing and helped us feel good about leaving the resort and getting out and enjoying Jamaica. Our kids learned more about the islands thanks to a section on children's books which helped them know more about what to expect and to look forward to the vacation. We're already using the book to look for a destination for a Christmas trip to the islands!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I rather did not like this book - I think I did a better job researching online, through travel agents, brochures, and family travel forums. There were a number of Caribbean destinations not mentioned in the book. Moreover, the information that was there seemed like abstract info. after my research. I was definitely disappointed that Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya of Mexico (all hot spots for family travel and on the Caribbean Sea) were not included - obviously, if you are trying to research all options of where to go in the Caribbean, no stones should be left unturned.
Bottom line - this book is maybe okay if you are not looking at Mexico at all, but if you're online and have a little time to look - invest some time. There is more complete info. out there.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LisaLisaPHL on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I rather did not like this book - I felt that I did a much better job researching places online, through travel agents and brochures. Moreover, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't cover the east coast of Mexico - Cancun, Cozumel, and Mayan Riviera - all on Caribbean Sea and hot spots for family travel!!
What I did read was basically abstract info. that I had already gotten online - especially through family travel forums. I found that there were also some destinations missing from this book (that I had heard about elsewhere).
So, this book is maybe okay if you are not interested in Mexico and not a heavy price to pay (to lose?) but just not too complete.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
major parts of the caribbean were left out, and hey!, some people prefer not to travel to the big resorts! stick with lonely planet or others that know their stuff!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book really provide a great deal of useful information and has helped us plan our upcomming vaction. My kids have read the relevant sections and are real excited about the trip.
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