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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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Introducing Skiing And Snowboarding

A seasoned pro shares advice on when and how to introduce skiing and snowboarding -- both great family sports -- to your kids. The sports of skiing and snowboarding can provide an excellent opportunity for the entire family to enjoy winter together. Yet many parents, even from skiing families, have important questions when it comes to getting their child on the snow for the first...

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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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Overland Across Switzerland And Italy

Enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, leisurely drives, and many more on-the-ground adventures as the slow-paced way to get to know Switzerland and neighboring Italy. Mix stunning scenery with a new culture, wonderful cuisine, eons of history and the majesty of the Alps, and you'll understand why France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy are some top destinations for active on-the-ground vacations...

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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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San Vicente, Forever In My Heart

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, California, Guatemala City, Guatemala, I've been to all those amazing places all that share a special memory in my mind. But they were all vacations taken for pure pressure. I never found myself being the kind of person to change the world or even have a major impact on it. I have also never found myself the kind of person that can be thrown completely...

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SIDEKICK Pro Is The Must-Have Bag For All Hitting The Slopes

The SIDEKICK Pro can easily hold all of your skiing gear as you glide down the mountain this season.Transpack debuted its newest addition to the Pro-series of carry-all ski/snowboard-boot backpacks in Fall 2008. The SIDEKICK Pro seems to be able to hold everything but your skis. With two padded side pockets with air/water drainage holes for your boots, a large central compartment (1400 sq.in./23...

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My First Missionary Trip To The Dominican Republic

I never expected that a beautiful country such as the Dominican Republic could have such poor living conditions and lack basic infrastructures.  I was completely culture shocked when I realized that not everyone in the world lives as Americans do and everyone is not as fortunate as I am.   My parents are Christian missionaries.  They often travel in order to bring assistance to...

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