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Aruba: No Longer Just a Gambler’s Paradise

While Aruba's glittering casinos have drawn adult tourism for years, many resorts are implementing family packages and kids' programs to "family-friendly-ize" the island. Despite the lack of lush vegetation on Aruba, there is an abundance of clean, exhilarating air and a seven mile stretch of white-sand beach. The island is making strides to transform this traditional "honeymooner's...

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Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay

This older resort, spruced up to compete with its glittering neighbors, still offers top values for your vacation dollars.Though the Holiday Inn brand may not jibe with your image of a tropical resort, at this Holiday Inn MOntego...

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What’s New Under the Sea

FTF investigates underwater gadgets and new programs designed to introduce children and elders to the undersea world in a fun and safe way. You probably marveled at one of those little torpedo-like devices in the James Bond movie, Die Another Day, but now children over age 8 in many Caribbean resorts are taking advantage of Sea-Doo's Seascooter Dolphin to make snorkeling...

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Across The Caribbean Aboard Westerdam: A Floating, Family-Friendly Hotel

Have children who want to learn about the world on the ultimate field trip? Holland America cruises can fulfill and exceed that educational requirement. It's winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This means late sunrise, low temperatures, gray days, precipitation, and early darkness in the mix. What might bring warm days and sunny skies, powder-sand beaches and destinations that offer unusual...

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A Local’s Take On Oaxaca, Mexico With Children

Use the suggestions from a long-time resident to visit historic sites and various artisan villages with the kids in culturally rich Oaxaca, in the southwestern part of Mexico.With ruins, churches, museums and a tradition of fine art, Oaxaca is usually considered an adult destination. But my family has been visiting the region with our daughter since 1991 and now that we have...

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Bahamas: Scuba-Loving Parents Pursue Excellent Childcare

Family Travel Forum's insiders guide to the best scuba destinations for divers with young children, with recommendations for superior childcare in Andros, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos. For six years, my husband Michael and I have made an annual scuba diving pilgrimage. When our son Alexander was born three years ago, we vowed that we'd continue to pursue our passion for diving. Well, we...

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Pebbles Beach Resort, Jamaica

We actually traveled to Pebbles on the 4th of October.  Yup, we finally made it to Jamaica! I wanted to thank the FTF staff very much for all the trouble you took to make this trip happen. After all the emails, calls, faxes and fuss, Jonathan, Raphael and I actually had a relatively trouble-free journey in both directions, and greatly enjoyed our stay at the resort.

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Playa Las Tortugas

Independent, active families will treasure their time at this eco-friendly villa compound and turtle conservation area.We clicked off our flashlights and were enveloped in darkness, the only light coming from the reflection of the stars and moon off the sea. We'd set our plastic bins down in front of us in the sand and the scrabbling and scratching noises became more pronounced. As I look down...

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Cayman Islands Restaurants

The best places to dine together for a family visiting this pricey Caribbean hot spot. From our recent visit, we found very little that distinguished itself as Cayman cuisine and, unfortunately, none of the top-dollar silver and linen places we tried stood out. Our family did enjoy eating at: Kaibo Bar and Grill (345/947-9975),...

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Sapphire Beach Resort And Marina, St. Thomas

Contributing editor Laura Sutherland grades a popular family resort that has changed management on their effort and accomplishments, and notes what needs improvement. Located at the east end of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as far from the hustle and bustle of shopper frenzied Charlotte Amalie as you can get, is the Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, formerly known as the Doubletree...

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