Family By Lisa Kahan

Fun in the Sun

Sun, sand and surf — you hardly need much more for the perfect beach vacation. But these days, many popular spots are upping the ante with experiences, tours and adventures that will excite your entire family. Of course, we love relaxing on the beach as much as you do, but on your next vacation, take some time to explore what’s beyond the sandcastles and boogie boards. You’ll be glad you did — we promise.

To get you started, here are some of our favorite family-friendly beach destinations and what we like to do while we’re there.

El Castillo standing tall at Chichen Itza
Mesmerizing statues at the Underwater Museum of Art

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

Many of the things that once made Playa del Carmen so popular with the spring break crowd — great weather, beautiful beaches and world-class resorts — are exactly what make it the perfect destination for families today. Add in fascinating cultural experiences, eye-popping outdoor adventures and direct flights from most U.S. cities, and Playa ticks all the boxes for a top-notch family vacation.

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  • Take a day trip to Chichén Itzá, the ruins of a great Maya city. Our agency can arrange for a private car and driver as well as a knowledgeable tour guide.

  • Visit the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). Unlike any other museum in the world, MUSA is home to a spectacular collection of underwater sculptures that can be admired on glass-bottom boat tours and organized snorkeling trips.

  • Discover the mysteries that lay beneath the sea on a thrilling submarine adventure. Step aboard, close the hatch and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.





Blue iguana bathing in the sun
Meeting the locals at Stingray City

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS

Grand Cayman is a glitzy, cosmopolitan paradise famed as much for the friendliness of its locals as it is for its yacht-filled harbors. Ideal for families, the island’s Seven Mile Beach is a stunningly beautiful stretch of powder-soft, white sand lined with luxury hotels and resorts. Here, you’ll find everything you could wish for, from kid-friendly restaurants and ice cream shops to activities galore.

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  • Do the impossible and walk 26 feet underwater on an unforgettable helmet diving experience. Perfect for those over 8 years old, our agency can help you book this unforgettable experience.

  • Get up close and personal with the gentle creatures at Stingray City on a tour that includes swimming with and feeding huge southern stingrays.

  • The Cayman Islands have worked hard to save their famous blue iguanas from extinction; appreciate their efforts on a Blue Iguana Safari at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.




Beach fun in Nassau
Friendly pig swimming in the Exuma Cays

NASSAU,  BAHAMAS

From its beautiful beaches and pastel-colored houses to its flamboyant Junkanoo parades, Nassau is a postcard-perfect snapshot of the Caribbean. Blessed with year-round sun and welcoming locals, Nassau has been a family favorite for generations. These days, Nassau is more popular than ever, thanks to the over-the-top amenities found at many of the island’s luxury resorts.

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  • With epic waterslides, river rides and pools of all shapes and sizes, Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise is the largest waterpark in the Caribbean and not to be missed.

  • The Bahamas are made up of 700 islands, some inhabited, but many not. Indulge your inner Robinson Crusoe and go island hopping. Our agency can find you the perfect charter.

  • There’s no better place to spot a pirate ship than from atop Fort Charlotte. Overlooking Nassau Harbour, this 18th-century stone fort is a fascinating relic of British rule.





Quiet afternoon at Santo Domingo Square

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

With spectacular beaches and endless days of sun, Punta Cana’s all-inclusive resorts attract vacationers from around the world, and with good reason. Set on the far eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a true tropical paradise. Chock full of fun activities from whale watching to sea kayaking, there’s something for everyone here.

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  • Take a half-day snorkeling cruise and you might just find yourself face-to-face with some rather startling creatures. Our agency can book the perfect, age-appropriate tour for your family.

  • Santo Domingo is the oldest European settlement in the New World. Filled with fascinating historical sites, our agency can organize a private tour of the most kid-friendly highlights.

  • The Dominican Republic offers an incredible array of unique outdoor experiences perfect for thrill seekers, including jungle tours and one of the longest zip lines in the Caribbean.





Sea lions ready for their close-up
Up close encounters with whales

LOS CABOS, MEXICO

With over 350 sunny days a year, the resort town of Los Cabos all but guarantees perfect beach weather. Set at the far end of the Baja Peninsula, this onetime sleepy fishing village is now the ideal family destination with plenty of luxury resorts and world-class golfing, sailing and surfing. The beaches, known for their golden sand and dramatic rock formations, are pretty spectacular as well.

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  • Los Cabos is a year-round surfing destination with several well-recognized surf schools. Our agency can organize private lessons so your family can start catching the waves with the best of them.

  • Every year between December and April, pods of humpback whales make their way from Alaska to the warm waters around Los Cabos. Watch this magnificent parade on a whale-watching tour.

  • For a day you’ll never forget, visit Wild Canyon Adventure Park, which offers zip lining over canyons, off-road ATV rides and snorkeling with sea lions.




Memories made on a paddleboard

Our agency will help you find the perfect family getaway while also providing VIP-worthy privileges and unique amenities you can’t access by booking on your own. Contact us today to book!