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Aruba Marriott Resort And Stellaris Casino

The moment we walked into the sprawling, six-story lobby of the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and received our complimentary tropical cocktail, my cousin and I knew we were in for a great family beach vacation. ...

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Viva Zihuatanejo On Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Ever need a quick dose of the 'foreign-ness' of foreign travel? My family found it on Mexico's Pacific Riviera, a favorite sun 'n' sand destination for California families. Despite the influence of high-rise, international Ixtapa next door, the lesser-known port of Zihuatanejo has retained its funky charm and a few traditional Mexican ways.The Residencias Villa del Sol (...

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More than five years ago, I was lucky enough to find myself vacationing on the island of St. Kitts, a lush, 68-square mile volcanic island in the West Indies. I fell in love with the people, the culture and the sweet air of the small island nation, affectionately dubbed, “Sugar City.” On my return, this time with boyfriend along my side, I wondered: would the taste of rum cake, the sting...

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Martinique Family Attractions

Martinique family vacations certainly include sun 'n' sand and a splash of French culture, but there are also plenty of other activities, especially for preschoolers. Martinique really is the perfect destination for parents vacationing with younger children. In addition to the appeal of sun and beach, there are many options for sports and recreation and, to top it off, the opportunity for all ages...

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Hotels And Resorts

Family-friendly resorts are among the  best and most affordable places on Grand Cayman, the main island in one of Caribbean's hottest holiday destinations. Yet, friendly smiles and warm sun await families at all three small Cayman Islands located in the western Caribbean, about 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. This former British archipelago includes Cayman Brac,...

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Sint Maarten and Saint Martin Share A Caribbean Island

Saint Martin is the smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two different nations, the Netherlands and France, but each side offers a surprising variety of quiet attractions.  It's a dangerous game, stereotyping. But can there be two places, two peoples as different as Holland and France, the Dutch and the French? What happens when these erstwhile Colonial powers cohabitate?...

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My Favorite U.S. Virgin Islands Haunts

Long considered the playground of the tan, the fit and the wealthy, and host to too many toga parties and limbo contests, the U.S. Virgin Islands are saying good bye to hedonism -- and they're welcoming families.It's true that cruise ships still ply the astonishingly turquoise waters (too blue to be believed in some cases), and on certain afternoons disgorge their passengers to crowd jewelry...

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A Volunteer Reading Road Trip at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Once upon a time, the questions my children asked during our family travels were easy.  Are we there yet? How long are we staying? Will there be other kids to play with? These questions were sometimes monotonous, but the answers didn’t require much thought or effort on my part.I recently had the chance to travel with my teenage daughter, Madeleine.  She just completed her first...

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Parent Teen Adventures in Puerto Rico

Once upon a time, the biggest hardship that I faced traveling with my kids was figuring out how to fit the stuffed animals and formula into our luggage allowance. I was rudely awakened when they hit their teen years, and the pre-trip questions started. Would there be Internet at our destination? How long would it take to get there?  Could they bring a friend? And the dreaded ‘do I have to...

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Guide To Family Cruising Aboard Carnival

Carnival Cruise Lines does a very good job of living up to its tag line of "Fun Ships" and, with Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades and a creative partnership with Dr. Seuss, they guarantee even more fun for all ages on the high seas. One of the world's largest cruise companies, there are 24 big vessels operating three to 18-day cruises that depart from 12 different US homeports, bringing a...

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