Family vacations offer a great opportunity for creating memories and connecting with loved ones. These family bonding trips are popular with some families taking more than one annually. Getting everything sorted and organized, plus trying to keep everyone happy can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some considerations to help you with your planning.
Are you going to revisit a favorite destination or experience a new location?
You need to pick a destination that is suitable for everyone’s wants, for example beach or skiing?
Where is everyone coming from? The vacation destination needs to be convenient to access.
Are you planning a trip for a small family vacation, or a multi generational group?
Carefully consider the accommodation options available for your family. Are you going to stay in individual rooms, a large family suite, or larger villa?
Make sure there are suitable and enough activities for all members of your family.
Think about activities that you can all do together.
There is a lot to think about and we can help you take the pain out of the planning and booking process, by doing most of it for you. You'll still have to make some decisions and do your own packing. We can recommend the best location and accommodation options for your trip depending on your specific needs, budget and travel dates. We’ll customize a travel itinerary for your needs and you can sit back, relax and hang out for your vacation.
Here are some of our favorite family location recommendations and vacation options below. Please note that we customize travel itineraries to each clients requirements.
TOP FAMILY RECOMMENDATIONS
Some of our favorite family vacation locations can be found in these countries. Each offers visitors something different, and you'll find that a vacation to any of these destinations will be a fun and memorable holiday for all your family.
The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean country and is easily accessible from the USA. Only two hours from Miami or four hours from New York and you can be sunning yourself on amazing Caribbean beaches in no time. The rich cultural diversity combined with stunning beaches, a wide variety of accommodation, entertainment and recreation options for everyone makes the Dominican Republic a great vacation destination.
Jamaica offers visitors the opportunity to experience its unique culture, stunning landscapes, and a range of activities to keep you well and truly entertained. You will find beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets, reggae, rum and exotic foods to try. Hang out in a hammock on the beach, or enjoy some of the outdoor activities on offer.
Mexico has a variety of vacation spots and something for every visitor to enjoy. Beach lovers will find stunning shorelines with beautiful sandy beaches. History buffs can immerse themselves in the ancient ruins and cultural attractions. Enjoy delicious food, shopping and nightlife, water activities or just chill out and relax. We can help you determine which locale is best for your holiday based on your vacation preferences.
ALL INCLUSIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
Booking an all-inclusive vacation takes much of the stress out of planning your trip. Your resort provides most of what you need for your vacation at a predetermined price. As long as you stick to included activities and dining options, you will know exactly how much your vacation will cost before you leave.
With an all-inclusive resort, you know what your final price tag is going to be; with pay-as-you-go travel, budgeting is foremost in your mind the whole time, and so you can never fully relax. This can be very stressful, diminishing the benefits of a getaway. Eating safe food and staying hydrated are travel essentials, and with an all-inclusive stay, they're always available. If you choose a non-All inclusive deal, you may end up spending half your day trying to find water at non-tourist (aka astronomical!) prices and restaurants that appeal to you.
When vacationing in a foreign country, knowing the proper amounts and times to tip becomes challenging. All-inclusive vacations often include necessary tips and gratuities in the cost of the trip. This not only helps you budget, but it also keeps you from facing uncomfortable social situations with your service staff at the resort.
If you are traveling on a strict budget, there is simply no room for mistakes with a DIY package. If you choose a local restaurant and discover you hate the food, too bad — you've blown the lunch budget on it. Now your options are: starve until dinner, or skip another fun activity to buy a more edible lunch.
All-inclusives not only offer reliable food, but often a variety of it. Most packages include several resort restaurants and a couple of bars so you don't wind up eating the same thing every night. This variety normally offers at least one "American-style" restaurant with food that you can be sure you'll like. This is great for families and groups as it means there'll be something for everyone's taste. Many resorts also have a reciprocal dining offer, allowing guests to eat at a nearby resort or restaurant for increased variety.
Not only do all-inclusive resorts include food and lodging, but they also include on-site activities. Resorts on beaches give guests snorkeling gear, non-motorized watercraft, and even sand pails and shovels for the kids. Cooking, Scuba Diving, Stand up paddle boards, yoga and fitness classes may be included as well. If you have your children with you, access to supervised children’s programs, camps and clubs may also be included. Some resorts even provide their guests with off-site tours as part of their vacation packages.
Of course, the benefits of these resorts are contingent on picking a good one, so make sure you do your research and check out user-based message boards like Trip-Advisor to get honest reviews. And be sure to check our travel deals for all the latest offers.
Beaches Resorts (Family friendly)
Beaches Resorts includes all the fun, adventure, and luxury that families want most, elevating the family vacation to world-class standards on the Caribbean's best beaches. With locations in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica, Beaches Resorts offers something for everyone. Beaches brings families together, enabling mom, dads, and kids to reconnect with each other, far removed from the stress of everyday life. And that is the true luxury: time. Time to appreciate each other, to refresh relationships, and to rediscover all the things you love about one another.
Dreams Resorts (Family friendly)
Dreams Resorts & Spas offer couples, friends and families endless vacation fun in opulent surroundings. Immerse yourself in Unlimited Luxury® a new and better way to have it all. Everything is included...gourmet restaurants and lounges, premium beverages, endless activities, 24-hour concierge and room service, and much more. Delight in the world-class spas while the youngsters are being enthralled at the supervised Explorer's Club. Dine in one of the many international gourmet restaurants. Enjoy fun activities and invigorating nightly entertainment.
Hyatt Ziva Resorts (Family friendly)
Hyatt Ziva Resorts offer families all inclusive resorts on the beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean. Families can indulge in luxury surroundings with incredible amenities including infinity pools, water parks with lazy rivers, swim up suites, world class restaurants, bars and lounges all set in amazing destinations. Enjoy quality recreation and relaxation time with your loved ones at the Hyatt Resorts.
Get in touch with any travel questions you have. We'd love to help you with your upcoming family vacation. Please note, we do not charge booking fees for creating customized itineraries.