Travel with Children

The islands are fairly child-friendly. While baby-changing facilities and smooth pavements for prams are not ubiquitous, resorts with kids’ programs and a welcoming attitude toward families are.

Virgin Gorda offers a couple of top attractions. The Bitter End Yacht Club & Resort has a full slate of activities for kids each week where they hike, learn to sail and have cupcake and pizza parties. It’s best for youngsters aged eight and older. The Baths are a splash-worthy national park, where kids can tromp around enormous boulders, climb up rope ladders and explore sea-filled grottoes.

Tortola’s East End features Surf School BVI, which teaches all ages to hang ten but is especially good for teens. Not far away, Aragorn’s Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay thrills families with fire jugglers and stilt walkers.

All the islands offer villa and apartment rentals, which have lots of space and kitchens for DIY meals. Virgin Gorda and Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay Area are laden with such properties.

Most restaurants do not have a children’s menu, but they often serve burgers and pizza as part of their line-up. The ambience tends to be informal and relaxed wherever you go.

On Virgin Gorda, Tropical Nannies (www.tropicalnannies.com) provides babysitting services by trained, professional nannies. They’ll come to your hotel or take the kids off your hands starting at US$20 per hour. The company also rents cribs and high chairs.