Even if you don't bring a compressor
, there is a TON of great stuff within snorkeling range around so many of these islands. We are divers, but we never disdain a good snorkeling location. On some islands, there are wonderful cultural things to do and learn, or killer dominoes games to play, or Quiz Night at the local pub, while on other islands, the most interesting parts
are definitely below the water's surface... and that's great as well.
As a doctor, the OP could, if he was interested in so doing, essentially work his way around the Caribbean
, six months here, three months there, helping people and keeping busy while keeping the cruising kitty healthy (all subject to the relevant laws -- that would require a bit of research
and perhaps letters of introduction
or inquiry sent ahead and/or carried along). It would also allow the family
to actually integrate into the island societies a bit -- being a doc is an entre into otherwise sometimes rather close-knit social settings. So is cruising with a kid, incidentally :-) You may find places you just don't like once you get to know them, but I am guessing you will also find wonderful, appreciative, generous people who make the whole experience much richer than "just passing through doing your own thing" would be.
And yes, there are ALWAYS things that need attending to on a cruising boat.