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Top 5 Family Vacations

These days, spending quality moments with the family are few and far between, but with these Top 5 Family Vacation Spots hand-picked by our travel agent experts, family time is just around the corner! When selecting and planning family getaways, the objective is  to incorporate fun, adventure, education (and even more fun, fun, fun!) with something for everyone, like these diverse getaways:

#1. ORLANDO, FLORIDA

For a family friendly, affordable vacation destination, visit the mecca of theme park adventure — Orlando, Florida! Each year, families with small children and “big” kids flock to Walt Disney World for an all around vacation value. With the free Magical Express transfers now included and all the great promotions Disney offers, it is a win-win for both parents and kids. Universal Studios also features promotions and fun-filled vacations for the entire family. Orlando also offers easy access to some of the best shorelines in the world, and Daytona Beach is just one hour away. If resorts aren’t your style, there are a multitude of beachfront condos that cater to families.

#2. CRUISES

Travel to the world’s most desired locations in the lap of luxury. Receive a well-appointed room, unprecedented menu choices, room service, Las Vegas-style entertainment, a casino, kids clubs and more! Cruising is such a wonderful way to relax, see new sites and enjoy the convenience factor of having almost everything pre-paid. Plus, most cruise lines have wonderful kids programs, meaning mom and dad can truly relax as well. The most popular family cruise lines include 4- to 7-night cruises with Carnival and Royal Caribbean with the Caribbean as the top destination. Consider a “no flying cruise,” such as those offered by Carnival. These are popular because the prices are very reasonable and there is less hassle for families. Royal Caribbean attracts families with older children because of the rock climbing wall and huge buzz surrounding the Freedom Class ships. Happy sailing!

#3. MEXICO

Young families are taking their clans beyond the boundaries of the United States to Mexico in growing numbers. Whether clients want the fun-filled, action-packed hotel zone with nonstop activities, or the opulent expansive golf and quieter spa resorts, there is something for everyone. Plus, non-stop flights to Cancun are very reasonably priced with short flight times to and from Mexico. Depending on the location you choose, Mexico offers history, culture, archeology, nature and so much more. Some resorts even include excursions at no charge. For all-age appeal, look toward family friendly favorites in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, as well as the Occidental Grand Xcaret, Club Med Cancun and the Iberostar hotels and resorts. More luxurious options like Hacienda Tres Rios and the Fairmont Mayakoba are also popular.  Most of these properties have programs set up for young children and teens, so mom and dad can enjoy alone time and yet have plenty of family fun, too.

#4. JAMAICA

Combine a white powdery sand beach, a luxury resort with every imaginable amenity, great food and drinks, a spa and free scuba, and you’ve got a haven for any family. One of the most popular choices in Jamaica, the all-inclusive family friendly Beaches Negril located right on the beautiful 7 mile beach. It offers “Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street,” which includes parades, stage shows and character breakfasts. An interactive gaming center called the “Game Garage” has the latest in XBOX 360® video games. There’s also a water park, Teen Club and much, much more! Adventurous local tours and excursions are also available. Rose Hall Resort is also popular at Spring Break. This deluxe beachfront hotel, once a legendary 18th-century sugar plantation, evokes the historic charm and hospitality made famous by the island. Indulge in cool ocean breezes, a private beach, one of the Caribbean’s largest water park, a championship golf course, and the relaxing services of Soothe Spa. Just 15 miles from breathtaking Montego Bay — and only 15 minutes from the airport—this all-inclusive Jamaica hotel and resort offers spacious, luxurious accommodations in an inspired setting.

#5. HAWAII

Hawaii provides gorgeous beaches with the most vivid color pallet imaginable. More and more families are flocking to Hawaii (and avoiding the extra passport expense) while still enjoying an island experience. All the islands of Hawaii have great condos to accommodate even large families, and most cost the same or less than many hotels. With a mini-van or car, families can explore the islands on their own and save hundreds on the cost of tours, enjoy great beaches, and breath-taking scenery everywhere they go. In Oahu, do not miss the Hanauma Bay Marine preserve, a capacity-controlled sanctuary that’s home to thousands of colorful tropical fish (remember to bring a picnic lunch and snorkel gear!).A day trip to the North Shore’s Polynesian Cultural Center will never be forgotten. Top off the day and stay for the luau and hula show! Maui provides more action and adventure. Arrive at Haleakala National Park in time to see the sun rise above the clouds and bike ride down the mountain. Take a boat trip to snorkel at the Molokini Crater. If you are staying in the Kaanapali Beach area, pour a glass of wine and sit on your balcony to watch the nightly cliff dive from Black Rock. It’s simply paradise!

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