Family holidays in July

Caribbean family holidays in July

By Amanda Statham, Editor

Are you looking for family holidays in July 2022? I’ve pulled together some exciting ideas for you and your family both at home and abroad, whatever your budget. You’ll find recommendations for families with children of all ages from babies to teenagers. Follow the links below to see prices and find out more about booking terms.

UK family holidays in July

If the sun shines, there are few places more beautiful than the British coastline and countryside. And of course there are no airport queues or pricey Euros.

It’s no surprise that Cornwall is one of my top picks. I love the Sands Resort Hotel which has family-friendly rooms and lots of activities including surfing and rock-climbing (see the latest offers).

Self catering is also good value. Rent one of these 350 family-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Also there are baby-friendly cottages. For cottages in Devon, I recommend the specialist rental company, Helpful Holidays.

In Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park is superb for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and caving. Rent one of these family-friendly cottages.

For pet lovers, I have found a lovely collection of dog-friendly cottages around the UK. Or how about a stay on one of these working farms?

In the Channel Islands, the Merton Hotel in Jersey has an Aquadome (pools, slides, fountains, sauna and steam room) and a Flowrider where kids can learn to surf.

Self-catering in Europe

The Med is an obvious destination in July. The weather is pretty much guaranteed to be hot and sunny (sometimes very hot) and there’s a tremendous choice of resorts, islands and family-friendly hotels.

Self-catering will save you money and give you plenty of freedom. You can rent upmarket villas on Greek islands such as Corfu and Paxos, or find comfortable villas with pools on the pretty island of Kefalonia.

In Spain, you’ll find some excellent villas in Mallorca and on the mainland in Catalunya (check out the special offers). In the pretty town of Sitges close to Barcelona I’ve found some great luxury villas for families.

If you want childcare on a villa holiday, Simpson Travel has introduced its own bespoke crèche and kids’ activities at family-friendly villas in Lefkada, Crete and Corfu.

France is good value if you avoid regions like the Cote d’Azur. Try Siblu, which has holiday villages across France in mobile homes with big pools, free kids clubs and sports facilities. See the latest offers. If you want your own villa, try this selection of family villas in the Dordogne.

The French island of Corsica has a great selection of villas, apartments and residences while Croatia is growing in popularity with families; you can find villas on the coast and within walking distance of local villages.

See my selection of the best self-catering holidays for families.

Beach hotels for families

In Greece, the gorgeous five-star MarBella Corfu has been designed from the ground up with families in mind. Its child care facilities include a creche for babies aged four months and over, and kids clubs featuring snorkelling trips, pottery lessons and robotics.

In Cyprus take a look at this interesting collection of places to stay which includes a stylish design hotel on the coast and budget self-catering suites with shared pool in a lovely rural setting.

More upmarket, the Italian island of Sardinia also has stunning beaches, and outstanding family hotels such as Forte Village and Chia Laguna. The latter offers a packed programme of activities and experiences and features a choice of four hotels, nine restaurants, five pools and kids clubs for ages from toddler to teen.

In Puglia in the south of Italy, I recommend this selection of family hotels which includes the Borgo Egnazia and the Torre Cintola (perfect for young children).

Sailing and water sports

Mark Warner’s new Phokaia Beach Resort in Turkey has childcare included in the price for ages 3 – 17 years. It includes free group tuition in sailing, windsurfing and paddle board plus tennis, mountain biking, fitness classes and a daily activity programme for kids. See the latest special offers.

Another option: you join a gulet cruise along the coast of Italy, Turkey or Greece, spending nights moored up at tiny ports and days sailing, sightseeing and swimming in deserted coves.

Long haul beaches in July

It’s the best time of year for Mauritius. The hotels pride themselves on being family friendly and there are jungle adventures if you tire of the silky white beaches. Beachcomber operates an outstanding group of hotels, with all-inclusive options and first rate kids clubs. See the latest family offers.

The Caribbean is the UK’s most popular long-haul destination in July. I recommend heading to an island with direct non-stop flights from the UK – if you’re travelling with kids you want really want to be messing about with connecting flights. If you go to the likes of Antigua or St Lucia you can be unpacking within a hour of landing.

In Antigua, Blue Waters is superb for families with B&B and all-inclusive options, and a free kids club. Carlisle Bay is the luxury option.

Long haul adventures

If you want action and excitement, how about Japan where dazzling high-tech cities and ancient towns connected by bullet trains offer everything from manga comics to Hello Kitty, sumo wrestling to Samurai castles. Try this 13-night family holiday.

Few destinations can guarantee family fun like Florida, whether your kids are into Mickey Mouse, alligators or space exploration. Most Brits opt to stay in Orlando where you can choose from a hotel or a house with private pool. With older kids you should consider a family fly-drive holiday to explore more of the Sunshine State.

If your family loves wildlife and the big outdoors, you could take a direct British Airways flight to Costa Rica to explore volcanoes, cloud forests and surf beaches. This 10-day Costa Rica for Families tour includes a stay in a rainforest lodge, river-rafting, wildlife-spotting, Arenal volcano and relaxing beach time.

Borneo has great weather in July – and a sensational mix of wildlife, rainforest, tribal culture, hiking and white-sand beaches. Visit an orang utan rehabilitation centre and search for the animals in the wild on this family adventure holiday in Borneo.

Africa is also a good option in July. The weather is generally very good and there is no jetlag. Get the best of both worlds on a wildlife and beach family safari in Kenya such as this 13-day Kenya and Mauritius combination.

If you’re concerned about malaria, head to South Africa where you can view the Big Five in malaria-free game reserves such as Madikwe and Pilanesberg, both of which have great programmes for kids.

Hang with the cowboys at a luxury resort ranch in the American West (no riding experience is necessary) or show off your equine skills at one of these small working ranches.

Find more family holiday ideas, and holidays for teenagers.

Last updated: 16 December 2021

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