17 Unbelievable Hidden Gems for Family Travel in 2022 • Our Globetrotters

We have come together with our family travel blogger community one last time in this best destinations series to share with you some absolute all-time favourite family vacation spots – the one that perhaps surprised us the most and took our breath away, the Hidden Gems for Family Travel.

Now if you’re ever growing bucket list was out of control before, grab your pen, I guarantee you that list is about to get longer!

This post was first published in October 2016, updated February 2022


We have some great pointers on how to start narrowing down that bucket list here! 


Antigua & British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Lisa from Travel Loving Family

The Caribbean offers powder white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.  Many people do not realise that there are 7000 islands in the Caribbean, of course, many of these are uninhabited. 

Many of the developed islands offer world-class family resorts with kids clubs, evening entertainment and child-friendly water sports. I spent three seasons working in the Caribbean onboard cruise ships and after leaving for a life on land I worked for a luxury tour operator as a Caribbean Travel Specialist which involved frequent visits to the Caribbean. 

If I had to choose a perfect family holiday in the Caribbean it would be a week in Antigua, home to 365 beaches and one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world, followed by a week in the lesser-known British Virgin Islands.

Antigua offers many fabulous family-friendly excursions. I can thoroughly recommend the following – taking a rib ride around the entire island stopping in English Harbour, a helicopter flight over Monserrat, a mangrove kayaking tour, learning to do the stingray shuffle and snorkelling with stingrays at Stingray City and a deep-sea fishing excursion.

Also not to be missed is the weekly Sunday BBQ party at Shirley Heights Lookout. I loved watching local kids and visitors dance to the steel drum music whilst watching the sun setting over the English Harbour from a view-point of 490ft above sea level!