With its calm beaches and massive coral reefs, exploring the Bermudian outdoors and getting up close to marine life is sure to tempt both you and the tykes.

Every family member is well taken care of at Grotto Bay Beach Resort. The acclaimed children’s program (offered during summer, Christmas and spring break) takes kids off-property to explore the flora and fauna of the island, allowing mom and dad to hit the spa or the nearby links.

You can’t beat the ease of having the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo all in one location. The kids will go nuts watching sharks swimming in one of the world’s largest reef tanks with living corals. Meanwhile, there’s nothing to separate people from the animals in some zoo exhibits, so don’t be surprised if a monkey gets friendly.

Spending some time at the beach is a must, and Bermuda is famed for its abundance of delightful sweeps of sand. With its playground equipment and shallow, calm water, Shelly Bay is tops for families, while Church Bay offers easy snorkelling. Looking for the prettiest beach? Some say Warwick Long Bay boasts the pinkest sand.

Burn off some energy by cycling along the Bermuda Railway Trail, where you can pedal your way past the world’s smallest drawbridge and old British forts. Fantasea Diving & Watersports offers guided tours including bike rentals and a gentle hike up to Fort Scaur. 

Getting there: WestJet flies to Bermuda three times a week from Toronto.