I always wanted a big family. Growing up, it was mostly me, my mom, and my younger sister. Which was great, don’t get me wrong. I can’t think of two better humans to have spent my first 18 years with. But sometimes big families looked like they had the party all figured out. Well, I’m all grown up now, with a super-sized family to call my own. Holidays and vacations are that much more fun with everyone in tow. This Christmas vacation, we left on Boxing Day for 10 days of island living with all 5 kids and my in-laws joining in. It is only a few extra people from our usual crowd, but it added tenfold to the fun.
What we did:
- Pigeon Beach, AKA rosé at Catherine’s Café as much as possible! We couldn’t all fit in the dinghy but this super-convenient beach was close enough to the marina for half of to dinghy with all the beach toys while the other half walked.
- The Boom: This infinity pool attached to a delicious and vegan-friendly restaurant, with poolside cabanas and kiddie drinks on demand was a no-brainer. Pool, sun, bar, on repeat.
- Cockpit picnics: We usually ordered food from one of the nearby restaurants, lit the cockpit lights and all hung out eating, drinking, talking, and watching for the giant tarpon that like to swim through our underwater boat light. We spent a good amount of time hanging around the marina, fishing, sailing the Opti and laser sailboats, and simply walking around ogling everything from the superyachts to the mini-electric sailboats that the yachties like to race around.
- And last but not least: One ill-fated Antigua Yacht Club regatta, that we thought would be “fun for the whole family”. Watching certain family members that I will not name vomit into a tiny kids beach bucket as we heaved and lurched our way around the race course was slightly horrifying. Even in the thick of my own nausea, though, I was able to recognize a good family memory in the making 🙂
Scroll down for pictures and adventure highlights…but first check out Nina’s awesome Go Pro Video she made of our week together 🙂