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Make Family Travel Fun this Year

What beach should you take the family to this year? Where should you stay? What fun things should you make sure to see? These are all natural questions you ask yourself when planning for your family vacation. This year take the whole gang somewhere that has something for everyone - adults can relax, children can play and everyone will come home feeling happy and connected.

The Caribbean and Mexico tend to be great places for families and here's a few destinations you'll want to check out as you're making that dream a reality this year.

Jamaica - Fun for the Whole Family

What could scream family fun more than pearly white-sanded beaches, crystal clear waters and an island spirit that you'll never want to leave? Jamaica is the perfect destination for the whole family. A stay at a resort like Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay is the best compliment to a vacation packed with memories you'll never forget.

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Grab a drink by the pool while the kids play at the Kidspree Vacation Club!

This beachfront property comes complete with a half-mile, sugar-sand beach perfect for soaking up the rays. It features great activities for kids of all ages too. Mom and dad can appreciate that one of the two pools, with a swim-up bar, is for adults only, while the kids are rockin' it up in the Kidspree Vacation Club. We also suggest that parents try out the honey-ginger body scrub at Sol Mer Spa and Salon.

Never go hungry with six different restaurants that offer everything from Italian to the traditional Caribbean island fare at Sea Breeze. Once you've appealed to your appetite, it's time to make plans for the trip. A stop at Dunn's River Falls is an absolute must. Dunn's River Falls is known worldwide as one of Jamaica's natural treasures and features thundering falls, hiking tours and scenic views - perfect for plenty of great family photo ops.

Aruba - the Most Unique Family Vacay Yet

If you're looking for a family trip that might be a first for everyone on the trip or want a spot that's not the standard family destination, Aruba is a great option. Home to plenty of great all-inclusive vacations, Aruba has it all for one low price. One of our favorites when booking accommodations here is Divi Aruba All Inclusive.

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After checking out the Divi Winds Sports Center or taking a Zumba class with the family, stop by the main pool for some relaxation.

This resort has a little something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Divi Wind Sports Center, an oceanfront fitness center with a 30-foot rock-climbing wall on the beach. You can also spend your days windsurfing, kayaking or snorkeling. Don't worry, there are bikes in all sizes, tennis courts, beach Olympics and amazing brick-oven pizzas at Pizza per Tutti. There's even a disco for kids and a casino for adults. Or if you want to kick back with a frosty Aruba ariba rum punch and lounge by one of the three freshwater pools, that's okay too. We won't tell. We promise.

Dominican Republic - the Place No One Will Want to Leave

Even though Christopher Columbus was the first to visit the Dominican Republic ages ago, the DR is a spot that's gained some serious popularity in the past few years. It's typically fairly easy to get to and offers miles of golden sands and bold, blue waters at nearly the perfect temperature. One of our favorites places to stay while visiting Puerto Plata, an especially family friendly part of the Dominican, is Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa.

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Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort will make the family vacation one no one will forget.

One of the best all-inclusive family resorts around, it offers 1.5 miles of golden sands on the Amber Coast that sets the stage for complimentary access to snorkeling, boogie boarding, kayaking and the perfect tan. There are dance lessons, tennis, volleyball and a cool Kid's Club. The resort's pools offer a designated quiet pool or a main pool with a cool volleyball net and waterfalls, so every member of the family can take a dive. With all you'll save thanks to 24-hour food and beverage service, why not pop for a day at the spa or a round of golf the nearby courses?

While planning your family getaway to the DR, be sure to make time for a trip to 27 Charcos. Located on the Northern Corridor mountain range, Mother Nature has crafted 27 stunning pools etched out of limestone. Experience these impressive waterfalls and pools with the entire family, making for a perfect day spent in the Dominican Republic.

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One of the many stunning waterfalls you'll find at 27 Charcos.

There's no denying that you want your family vacation to be one full of memories and great quality time that everyone will enjoy. This year you don't have to chose one feature or destination over the other. With our top family vacation picks, every member of your family will have some fun, so much so, you might never want to leave!

4 Tips For Family Fun Vacations

Planning Your Summer Vacation With The Whole Family In Mind

Moms, get out your summer planners now… we know you’re headed to the beach and we want to make sure you’re uber prepared for the fun that lies ahead.

It’s so hard to find that one special place that’s right for everyone. Are you the one who gets to relax? Or do the kids get to run wild? You just have to know what to look for when you’re researching your Caribbean summer vacay. We’ve put together a list of features to consider while you’re checking out the resorts to make sure everyone’s happy.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya

Kids 12 and under stay and eat for free at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, where they can join the Explorer's Club and meet real lion cubs!

Kids Stay and Eat Free
Most families we know have a picky eater or two. Likes green beans, but doesn’t like it when they touch the mashed potatoes. Chicken nuggets? Yes, please. Why pay for your little one to take two bites of a piece of bread and declare that he’s ready to head back to the beach?! (Consider the savings if EVERY restaurant carried this philosophy!) Grab a resort that includes the kiddos for free and you’ll save quite a few pretty pennies!

Sunset Jamaica Grand, Jamaica

Pirate's Paradise Water Park boasts over 300 feet of water slide at the Sunset Jamaica Grand, Jamaica. This resort has two separate clubs for the younger kids and for tweens and teens.

Kids Club
You’ve been whisked away to paradise… but how will you keep the kids entertained AND do some relaxing yourself? The Kids Club is the solution, indeed. Resorts offer all kinds of fun activities – Sand Castle competitions, snorkeling, arts and crafts, giant water trampolines, mini explorations, swimming, fun games galore… and some even offer shows with well-known characters parading around. Best of all, the cleanup is left to the people running the place and that means zero mommy duty for you. Don’t be insulted if your kids are more interested in Kids Club than your ‘SO boring’ cabana lounging down by the beach. ;)

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

With 20 dedicated swimming areas and 141 acres of water park, coupled with the Atlantis Experience Pass, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, is a fantastic place for the whole family!

Water Park
Yes, two words that make up the place you spend lots of time every summer in your hometown so they can go on thrilling water rides and have a summer to remember. Running, laughing, jumping up and down… swimming in the lazy river, splashing in the waterfall! The place should really be named Kid’s Water Paradise, because they’ve literally just stepped into the epitome of what makes them happy. You relax, they play… what’s not to love?

Kids Activity Center - Holiday Inn Sunspree, Jamaica

The Kids Activity Center at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, Jamaica, is sure to keep the kids busy for hours on end!

Relaxation for the Parents
Even though you love ‘em, you might just have to leave ‘em for a few to have a moment for yourself! Get a couples massage on the beach, play a round of golf, go shopping in town, or relax in the water at the swim up bar. If even for just a cat nap in the hotel because you’re tired of waking up at 5 am for the weekday grind. Go ahead and sleep in, we won’t judge!

Knowing what to look for is half the battle. Use these tips to plan your summer getaway with the family, and you’ll be good to go!