Travel with Children

The islands are relatively child friendly. While baby-change facilities and smooth pavements for prams are not ubiquitous, calm beaches and comfortable lodgings for families are.

Specific beaches that are good for children, with shallow water and minimal waves, include Secret Harbour and Magens Bay (St Thomas), Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay (St John), and Protestant Cay (St Croix). Magens and Cinnamon have large water-sports centers that rent kayaks, paddleboards and more, so teens groove on these beaches, too.

St Croix’ cannon-clad forts are cool for youngsters. Teens like dipping a paddle on tours with St Thomas' Virgin Islands Ecotours and St Croix' Virgin Kayak Tours; the latter uses easy-to-maneuver pedal-operated vessels.

All the islands offer villa and condominium rentals, which have lots of space and kitchens for DIY meals. Resorts offer similar amenities. St Thomas’ East End is laden with such properties. Caneel Bay Resort on St John is another good option.

Even if most restaurants do not have a children’s menu, they often serve burgers and pizza as part of their lineup. The ambience tends to be informal and relaxed wherever you go.

On St John, Island Baby (www.islandbabyvi.com) rents out gear such as high chairs (per week US$60), baby hiking backpacks (per week US$50), baby monitors and much more, which can lighten one's travel load considerably.