A lot of people see Christmas holidays as a winter wonderland with a lot of snow, a hot cup of tea with cookies and the warm, inviting insides of our living rooms. Spending time with your family at your home is never wrong but some of us would prefer something different for a change so here are the best Christmas beach vacations for families!

1. Fiji

Crystal-clear waters of Fiji

If planing a Christmas trip to Fiji make sure to make your arrangments as soon as possible as it is one of the most popular beach destinations in that time of year!

Village accommodation is one of the most popular forms of bedding and the warmth of the locals and their traditions will make for a wonderful experience.

If you are planning to celebrate Christmas in Fiji expect a huge Christmas dinner also known as a “lovo feast”. This amazing meal with meat slow-cooked in banana leaves and other delicious treats will make for one of the best Christmas dinners you ever had with your family.

2. Sri Lanka

Although Sri Lanka is mostly a Buddhist country Christmas is still a nationwide holiday and also one of the best places to enjoy a Christmas atmosphere while also going for a swim.

The streets are decorated with all kinds of lights and it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. If you are an animal lover then you most certainly need to visit Sri Lanka! Either a safari trip with an elephant spotting adventure lead by an experienced guide or whale watching out on the ocean you will not regret visiting these amazing natural locations. This is a great place for a family Christmas vacation!

3. Philippines

Lovely white beach with palm trees

This beautiful island country has plenty to offer during the Christmas season. Alongside amazing sites and stunning beaches, you can also enjoy the world’s longest Christmas celebrations.

The festivities start on the 16th of December and end on the first Sunday of January so if you and your family have some time on your hands you can enjoy these amazing celebrations in their fullest.

Simbang Gabi is a series of masses where the people of the Philippines show their devotion and it lasts from the 16th of December until Christmas eve. These events are a great tradition of this nation and make for a great family experience.

4. Panama

This Central American country is one of the best places in the world if you are looking to spend your holidays in a swimsuit. You can take your pick of beaches on either the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean. 

Enjoy the great canal, Panama City or go exploring in the jungle – these are just some of the family treats this country has to offer.

And if you decide to stay until New Year’s eve you will be surprised by one of the best firework spectacles in the world. Panama’s fireworks tend to last for hours and are a great family treat.

5. Bermuda

Gorgeous Sky and Clouds over Bermuda

Spending Christmas day on Bermudas Elbow beach sounds like a great way to enjoy your family vacation. This highly popular event is one of many happening on the island at this time of year.

The Christmas Boat Parade is also one of the most popular events and it includes many boats decorated by Christmas lights cruising around Hamilton harbor. Seafood lovers get ready because Bermuda has a lot to offer! If staying at a hotel definitely try the famous Codfish breakfast which is a local specialty. And for dessert don’t miss out on the traditional Bermuda Rum cake with vanilla and lemon.

6. Bahamas

Also known as a paradise island, the Bahamas are a majestic traveling destination. Visiting the Blue Laguna island could be one of the most magical family trips you ever had!

And don’t forget to go to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center which is a host to a great number of animal species and will make for a colorful and amazing afternoon.

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If you are looking to go shopping make sure to visit some of the various markets and straw markets in search of the perfect Christmas present for family and friends. With its warm Caribbean climate, the Bahamas are for sure one of the best Christmas beach vacations for families.

7. Puerto Rico

Looking for a unique and unforgettable Christmas celebration? Try Puerto Rico! Wonderful white-sand beaches of the Carribean sea might be a perfect winter family getaway.

Nochebuena is the Christmas eve celebration witch involves caroling of the locals and ends with a Misa de Galo which is a mass that starts at midnight and is a great part of the cultural heritage.

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Going on a hike in the rainforest could also be one of the great ways to spend time with your family and in the evening make sure to visit Laguna Grande, one of the few bioluminescent bays in the world!

8. Hawaii

Beautiful sandy beach with volcano in the background

A list like this wouldn’t be complete without this US state. A surfing Santa Claus might be a great new thing for kids, and maybe even some of the adults.

Making the Sandman which is a Hawaiian version of The Snowman is a great way to spend some family time on the beach.

The Hawaiian representation of the ballet The Nutcracker which is one of the most popular Christmas stories has a unique twist to it and it moves its setting to the islands in the 19th century. Hawaii has a lot to offer during this holiday season and has a guarantee of a perfect family vacation.

9. Cayman Islands

Amazing winter fairs, markets and a huge display of lights are what make Christmas on the Caymans a great place to visit with your family.

Santa Clause sightseeing or watching Christmas movies on a picnic are just some of the wide variety of choices you will have if you decide to visit these famous islands.

Christmas lights are a big deal on the Caymans and do not miss out on taking a tour of the island’s amazing lights with a tour bus. Cayman Turtle Centre is also a great way to spend a day with your family, meeting these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

10. Mauritius

Lovely Beaches and Coves in Mauritius

Warm weather, fairytale beaches, and an amazing Christmas spirit attract a lot of people to Mauritius this time of the year.

If you are looking to book a beach house for your family vacation in Mauritius, you should do it now because that is one of the best ways to celebrate the festivities and they are always fully booked!

Scuba diving in Blue Bay Marine Park is probably the most popular tourist attraction with its cristal clear water and rich sea life. Caudan Waterfront in the countries capital city is also extremely popular and has several museums and a lot of historical buildings you can enjoy with your family.

The above are definitely among the best Christmas beach vacations for families and taking your closest ones on a magical journey might just be the perfect thing to do this holiday season. Doing something new and refreshing is always a good thing and you and your family might just fall in love with one of these beautiful places. Whatever you decide to do this Christmas season make sure you have a great time and let the spirit of Christmas take you on a wonderful journey. Happy holidays!