Some of this dive paradise’s best-known sites are also its most family friendly, like Stingray City, Sandbar, Mermaid and the very accessible wreck of the Oro Verde. Only an hour from Miami, the island has plenty of shallow dives in clear, current-free water, and plenty of kid-ready topside activities too: Boatswain’s Beach, an iguana-filled botanical park, the world’s largest skate and surf park, and even a pirate’s cave in Bodden Town.
Average water temp 78°F to 85°F
What to wear 3/2 mm in winter, skin or shorty in summer
Average viz 100-plus feet
When to go year-round