Dream Winter Trips for Families
The search for the sun. Who doesn’t dream of a tropical vacation in the middle of winter? Rain, snow, ice, dreary days that can seem to go on forever. A burst of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered. Taking a family trip to a warm destination in the middle of winter can reenergize parents and kids and make those last cold, dark weeks bearable. A little escape from the gloom for the whole family!
The time to plan though is when it is still warm out. Maybe you aren’t yet quite ready to think about mid-winter trips? Planning ahead will give you the best bang for your buck. You’ll find deals and get the first pick of vacation rentals. Christmas and New Years are key times and everyone is booked up. Spring break varies by school district so there is some flexibility there. If you have young children and aren’t bound by the confines of the school calendar, you are golden. You can find flight and vacation rental deals if you plan ahead.
Here are some of our favorite winter escape family destinations. Read on and dream on…
Jamaica is not so far from the United States and has so much to offer families. The sparkling blue waters of the warm Caribbean are so inviting for all ages. The Jamaicans are a friendly bunch and just love kids. You’ll find so much to keep you busy: waterfalls, ziplining, quad tours, boating, water sports. Forget about the resorts and create your own adventure. Stay in a vacation rental and couple fun with a cultural experience that you can’t get from staying in a resort. Many vacation rentals have staff too so your family vacation can be relaxing for all!
Fun with the kids: Dunn’s River Falls – the famous falls near Ochos Rios are a can’t-miss excursion in Jamaica. Also, for some ocean adventure, check out boat trips or swimming with dolphins!
The Dominican Republic is another Caribbean getaway that is perfect for families. There are many communities with luxury homes that are the ultimate family escape. Rent a home with a golf cart for easy local transportation. Ride horses on the beach, try a new watersport or just relax and soak in the sun.
A not-to-miss site with kids: The Indigenous Eyes Park and Reserve, with a network of trails that lead to 12 freshwater lagoons that provide habitats for an abundance of birds, reptiles, insects, and other local flora and fauna. Check out the iguana habitat, petting zoo, sugarcane exhibition and a fruit tree garden.
Costa Rica is on many families’ bucket lists. It is time to scratch that one off! Eco-tours and amazing beaches make for incredible family memories. If you are ready for an adventure with your children, consider Costa Rica. It is accessible, safe, friendly and oh-so-fun. Leave your worries behind and find the ‘pura vida’ in Costa Rica. You may not want to go home!
Don’t miss: Manuel Antonio National Park, snorkeling, monkeys, surfing and boogie boarding, ziplining through the rainforest. So much to do for families in Costa Rica!
Hawaii is another bucket list family trip and Kauai is the best of the best. Great beaches for all ages, amazing flora and fauna and once-in-a-lifetime hikes are all waiting for you on Kauai. Barefoot living at its best, with great food options and funky shops, Kauai is a great choice for a family vacation. Soak in the winter sun!
Adventure awaits too… visit the 2,500-acre Princeville Ranch, where you can zipline through the jungle, explore the local waterfalls on horseback, and kayak down Kauai’s picturesque Kalihiwai Stream.
So if your family is dreaming of a winter trip filled with sunshine and warmth, consider one of these amazing options. Memories are made here!
Clanventure has a selection of family-friendly vacation rentals in these destinations and more. Visit clanventure.com to check out what we have to offer!