Does it seem like everyone in your family is looking for a different type of vacation? Mom wants a beautiful beach to relax and read a book on, the kids want excitement, fun and non-stop activities with kids of their own age and Dad just wants it to not break the bank! An all –inclusive family vacation may be the perfect choice for your family! The Travel Gals can recommend the perfect resort for your family depending on the age of your kids, activities you enjoy and budget you prefer.
Below are some wonderful family vacation destinations and specific resorts that are family and kid friendly and offer great discounts too! They offer fun activities to keep the kids busy and entertained so Mom & Dad can have a relaxing vacation too!
Turks & Caicos
One glance at its crystal clear waters and 12 miles of powder white sand and you’ll see in an instant why Scuba Diving magazine named Turks & Caicos one of its top two diving destinations in the world, and why TripAdvisor chose the beaches of Providenciales as the best in the world.
For everyone who has ever dreamed of getting away from it all and finding a tropical hideaway far removed from all the hustle, bustle, fuss and muss of modern life - Turks & Caicos is that rarest of discoveries, a true island escape.
Spotlight Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos
Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive family vacation in Turks & Caicos. A 45,000 square-foot waterpark; three magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France and the Caribbean; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the new Xbox 360® Game Garage and a sizzlin' teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all located on one of the world's best beaches.
There’s a magic to Jamaica that is as soul-stirring as a sunset and as innocent as a child’s smile. Wherever you go in this enchanted paradise, you will find natural beauty so stunning, it will take your breath away. And people so genuinely friendly and hospitable, it will warm your heart. Jamaica is home to a breathtaking landscape of rolling mountains lined by endless white sand beaches, carpeted by lush foliage and crisscrossed by rolling rivers and cascading waterfalls. Take a lazy raft ride on Montego Bay’s Martha Brae River. Climb world-famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. Or watch the cliff divers at Rick’s Café in Negril. And in uncharted Whitehouse, you will discover pristine nature as wild and unspoiled as first love. In Jamaica, once you go, you know.
Spotlight Resort – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
Tucked between the rising peaks of Jamaica’s famous mountains and the rippling waters that lap its pristine shores, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a paradise of rest, relaxation and recreation. Here, guests of all ages are free to enjoy the best the island has to offer in all-inclusive splendor. From gourmet cuisine and accommodations to thrilling sports on land and sea, it’s an experience every member of the family will love unconditionally.
From attentive Beach Butlers and Rum Sommeliers adept in all things agave to complimentary spa access and a 24-hour room service menu that includes daily specials fresh from our restaurant kitchens, all that we do strives to rise above the rest. And at every turn, guests receive warm, genuine, exemplary service that comes not out of obligation, but straight from the heart.
Punta Cana is known the world over for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings and amazing golf courses. With non-stop flights from the US throughout the year, Punta Cana is a great value for a quick getaway. Its diversity of resorts makes it a great destination for the whole family with something for everyone.
Spotlight Hotel: NOW Larimar Punta Cana
Located on a palm studded white-sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, NOW Larimar combines understated sophistication with Unlimited Luxury® Amenities. It’s the perfect escape for couples, families and friends. Every amenity you’d expect from a world-class resort is included with gourmet meals, fine wines, cocktails, and so much more.
There is something for every age and interest at Now Larimar Punta Cana. Relax and unwind poolside or on a private stretch of white-sand beach. Drop off the kids at the Explorer’s Club or Core Zone Teens Club. Enjoy exciting, family-friendly entertainment or try your luck at the onsite casino. Explore some exciting tours and excursions in Punta Cana or tee off at nearby golf courses. There’s something for everyone at NOW Larimar in Punta Cana.
Most people think Cancun is just for Spring Breakers, but it is a great destination for families. Very kid friendly, safe and easy to get around, there is a resort for every taste in Cancun. Enjoy fabulous white sand beaches, fun mini-water parks and lots of great dining for the whole family.This area also offers great excursions to introduce your kids to ancient Mayan cultures and ruins, snorkeling, horseback riding, ATV and speedboat rides and more.
Spotlight Resorts: Riu Hotels
The Hotel Riu Cancun and the Riu Palace Peninsula both offer tons of options for families in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone. The 24 Hour All Inclusive system at these hotels means you’ll never get bored, as they offer a long list of activities to enjoy every day with your family, friends or as a couple. They provide entertainment for all ages, including the RiuLand program for the little ones and entertainment options day and night for the adults. You can watch shows, listen to live music, enjoy water sports, and dance to excellent music in the “Pacha” club at night.
The theme restaurants serve some wonderful cuisine from around the World such as: Japanese, Italian or Mexican. If you are looking for relaxation and tranquility, the Adults Only Deluxe Villas at the Riu Palace Peninsula are exclusively for adults over 18, and have the best facilities for their guests.
Spectacular scuba diving, intriguing Mayan temple ruins and memorable eco-adventures are vacation highlights. Whether you’re in search of exotic fish and coral, adrenaline thrills, cultural performances, water sports, Mariachi music, nature or a glimpse into a mysterious ancient culture, you’ll find it along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This coastline covers 81 miles from Cancun south to the Belize border. There are white sand beaches, secluded coves, mangroves, cenotes and caves that provide natural beauty, as well as a host of visitor attractions. Just offshore is the second longest barrier reef in the world. For many, the draw is the golf greens, beautiful beaches and the shopping in Playa del Carmen. It might be the chance to swim with dolphins, climb up Mayan temple stairs, ride horses on the beach or zipline through the forest canopy. On the Riviera Maya, it’s all nearby.
Spotlight Resorts - Generations Resorts
Riviera Maya by Karisma is Mexico´s premier all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. This 144 suite hotel stretches along a secluded beach, providing indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to luxurious suites with butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands with our certified team of professionals at our Eko Kids Club.
Guests traveling with children can take advantage of our Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience baby amenities such as strollers, cribs, pack and plays, baby changing tables, monitors, baby bottle warmers, baby bathrobes and more. Enjoy the astonishing views of the turquoise Mexican Caribbean Sea from all our beachfront rooms.
Spotlight Resorts - Dreams Riviera Cancun
The luxurious Dreams Riviera Cancun takes its personality from its incredible location — just 30 minutes from the “hot” excitement of Cancun yet right on the “cool” Caribbean close to Playa del Carmen and many other of the Mayan Riviera’s most sought after sights. Most importantly, it is an enchanting wonderland where families, couples, singles and friends enjoy all the pleasures and privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included.
Dream's supervised Explorer’s Club keeps your kids totally entertained with exciting games, adventure and exploration from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The Explorer's Club, included in your Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, is wonderful not only for kids who have the time of their lives — but for parents who finally get time of their own. Created especially for youngsters 3-12 years old, all Explorer's Clubs are fully and professionally supervised and filled with adventures kids will really enjoy and treasure. Time flies by with daily activities based around nature, science and exploration. Hunting for hidden treasure. Splashing into the sea from an ocean trampoline. Sandcastle competitions. Creative arts and crafts. Even movies in the moonlight! Once a week, the Explorer's Club offers a camping adventure on the beach. They'll make new friends from around the world, while parents reconnect with each other. And no worries, because the Explorer's Club staff is certified in both CPR and First Aid. Parents can get a pager should they be needed for any reason.
Cabo San Lucas
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific, sits the beautiful blue waters and rugged mountains of Los Cabos. Known for its golden beaches, world class golf, lively nightlife and whale sightings, Cabo is the Marlin Capital of the World. Hot sunny days and low humidity make Cabo a favorite beach destination for families. Every Fall, thousands of gray whales make their annual migration to Cabo from Alaska. Tours will get you up close and personal with these creatures from December through March.
Resort Spotlight: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Located on one of the most majestic peninsulas in the world and offering spectacular views of the Sea of Cortes, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a luxurious all inclusive oasis of sophistication and comfort. This magnificent beachfront resort is minutes from beautiful downtown San José del Cabo and features plush accommodations, impressive amenities, impeccable service and is just minutes from the international airport.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a unique, all inclusive experience that offers a myriad of activities from fine dining options at six à la carte restaurants and two gourmet buffet restaurants, to unique spa treatments, Children’s programming and nightly entertainment shows. Enjoy deep-water fishing, scuba diving, world-class golf and many more adventure activities nearby. Or, simply relax and soak up the sun in one of the resort’s five swimming pools and breathtaking beachfront.
Sheltered by the jungled landscapes of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east with incredible views of the Pacific to the west, Puerto Vallarta provides an exotic blend of vibrant culture, Mexican flavor, and nature at her best. In downtown Puerto Vallarta, walk along the newly upgraded seafront Malecon and enjoy the open-air cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and active nightlife. Along the lively Hotel Zone, enjoy watersports, nightlife, and beachcombing.
Ten minutes north of Puerto Vallarta's airport, Riviera Nayarit stretches along nearly 200 miles of Pacific Coastline. and offers top-notch hotels, world-class golf, white and golden sand beaches, and eco-tourism adventures. Get a taste of old-world Mexico in the town of Bucerias, or take in the lush natural surroundings and luxury hotels in the new town of Nuevo Vallarta.
Perfect for romantics, Mismaloya offers hotels tucked into mountains and coves, and offers some of the best views in all of Vallarta. Verdant mountains tumble toward the sea along the shoreline south of Vallarta. Marina Vallarta is convenient to the airport, and offers championship golf and an exclusive marina with shops and open-air cafes. The fashionable neighborhood offers top quality hotels, plus abundant watersports, tennis, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
Resort Spotlight: Marival Resort & Suites
The perfect escape for families, Marival Resort & Suites is a large all-Inclusive resort stretched along an extensive sweep of prime waterfront in Nuevo Vallarta. Enjoy a great beach perfect for watersports, play a game of tennis on one of four outdoor courts, or take part in one of many organized games and activities offered throughout the day. There's plenty to do whether lounging in the sun, or visiting the sights of Puerto Vallarta.
The beach stretches over 900 feet and is considered by many to be the best in Nuevo Vallarta. The four outdoor pools offer a selection of options for your pleasure. Enjoy a day at the activities pool with swim-up bar or relax at the adults-only pool. You will also find a Grand pool with swim-up bar and Jacuzzi for adults. Kids will enjoy the pool designed especially for children's activities and featuring waterslides.
Daily activities include cooking and Spanish lessons plus shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce ball, and more. Land sports activities include miniature golf, bicycle riding, beach volleyball, tennis, and basketball. The gym is fully-equipped, and exercise programs include Pilates, spinning, and yoga, while watersports include aqua aerobics, kayaks, boogie boards, windsurfing, and sailing. After an action-packed day, be sure to save time to treat yourself in the wonderful spa!
Little guests will feel right at home in the kids' club for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Activities include miniature golf, repelling, a kids' movie area, and much more. Children will enjoy their own playground, pool, and supervised activities program. For young adults aged 13 to 17, activities include rock climbing, soccer, pool tables, darts, archery, ping pong, and Xbox video games.
Marival Resort & Suites features seven bars and six restaurants. There are two swim-up bars as well as a Lobby Bar and a Martini Bar for your pleasure. There are four specialty restaurants: Italian, Mexican, International, and a steakhouse, along with an abundant buffet option. After dinner, experience the excitement of Cesar's Club Disco, where there's no cover charge for hotel guests.