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Traveling with kids is an unforgettable experience. The beaches will be the most unforgettable experience of all. The calm waters of Magens Bay are safe and inviting for any age and a great place to learn to swim. The gradual decline allows slow risk taking with almost no waves. Snorkelling and Coral World at Coki Beach will introduce the family to marine life of all kinds in their natural habitat. The kids can feed the fish as they swarm around them so thick that you cannot see the bottom. The water at Coki is the clearest on all of the island. There are beaches of all kinds, secluded, busy, rocky, calm, and rough. Some have tons of watersports, like Sapphire, while others are just for swimming and enjoying the scenery. Coki Beach is definitely the way to go.
Shopping downtown is a lesson is culture and beauty. Peddlers of all kids attempt to allure you into their stores. There is so much to see from gems and gold to linens and cameras. The kids will enjoy the unique toy and gift stores that line the streets.
Virgin Islands Ecotours offers fun 5 hour, 3 hour and 2 1/2 hour kayak, hike & snorkel tours which offer hermit crab races, a geologic blow hole and pirate's treasure along with a safe and guided snorkel over a small piece of a shipwreck teeming with lots of fish, and possibly sting rays and a turtle.
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St Thomas' North East Side offers many fun activities for children. They have a large pool with bumper boats that squirt water and are fun and easy to drive for all ages. Adjacent is a basket ball court, tennis courts, putt putt golf course and the beach offers activities such as parasailing. The pool area at the resort has a terrific buffet lunch and boasts a pool with a volleyball net, waterfalls and a pool side hot tub and also a pool table in a cave.
Mid Island on St Thomas is the Caribbean Cinemas that have seven movie theaters and a games arcade (located next to Cost-U-Less a local favorite shopping store).
The west end makes for a nice drive. Windy mountain roads and beautiful views lead you to the end of the island where there are mostly private homes. Mountain Top, the islands highest scenic point with incredible views of Magens Bay and the BVIs is currently under reconstrcution and will reopen in 2012. Paradise Point has a bird show and is a great place to watch the sunset.
Most hotels offer some kind of activities for kids, you will need to do a little research before going depending on the ages of the kids. Most have and array of watersports including jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, boat trips, and sails. A day trip to St. John is a must. There are many beaches on St. John that are beautiful and secluded. If your family enjoys hiking, there are a multitude of trails in the National Park. Cinnamon Bay has an excavation site where you can learn about the Taino indians and their occupation of the VI. There are 16th century sugar mills and ruins to explore all over the island.
The only problem with taking kids to the VI is that they will no longer want to swim in water where they can't see what's under them. This makes for the need to plan an annual trip to finish exploring!