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Antigua: Sunset Sails
Sun, surf, sailing and shopping in Antigua! (Digital Visions)

Don't squash dreams of sailing away—just take everyone with you. At Antigua's Sunsail Club Colonna, beginners (adults and kids seven and older) who want to morph from landlubbers into old salts can take a two-day course. Once qualified, guests have unlimited use of the club's boats.

The club also has free daily supervised kids' programs parsed into different age groups (two to four, five to seven, and eight to 12). Here, children as young as five climb aboard dinghies, becoming familiar with booms, halyards, and mainsails. Kids can also canoe and swim.

As with any Caribbean hotel, prices are lowest in off-season, generally May through mid-October.

Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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