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When it comes to planning a family vacation it can be a bit daunting when trying to choose the most “family friendly” destinations, especially when you have young children. The joke among our friends is…”are you going on a work trip or vacation?” Let’s face it, traveling with kids can be stressful. The best way to go into a family vacation is with a positive attitude…we do believe a low stress and fun family vacation is possible! So, we did some legwork for you to make the planning details stress free!  We have researched and traveled to many of these locations ourselves to bring you what we think are some of the most family friendly summer vacation locations. Enjoy and please let us know your favorite spots!

Where to stay:  

Grand Cayman Marriot Beach Resort

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

 If you have a larger group or multiples families, The Residences has condos from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms.

What to do:

Play on 7 Mile Beach, take a submarine tour, visit Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Farm, snorkel or rent a jetski, sailboat ,or paddleboard!

Where to eat with kids:

Sunshine Grill

Tukka– located right on the beach + oceanside

Veranda– located in the Marriot

Where to eat if you have a babysitter:

Calypso Grill – get the sticky toffee pudding for dessert!

Cassanova Ristorante

Pappagallo

Morgan’s Harbor

Luca

Where to stay:

Hyatt Grand Aspen

Limelight Hotel Aspen

 The Westin Snowmass

Viceroy Snowmass

There are great home/condos rentals located in town you can look into renting through VRBO

What to do: Hike Maroon Bells/Crater Lake, Smuggler or one of these kid friendly hiking trails,  visit one of the many parks, take the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain and play for hours, Indoor water park at Aspen Rec Center, story time and puppet show at the library, Snowmass Rodeo every Saturday night, take a kids cooking class at the Cooking School of Aspen, white water rafting, camping, horseback riding at T Lazy 7 Ranch or Aspen Wilderness Outfitters

Where to eat with kids:

Brunelleshi’s-build your own pizza

CP Burger

Tasters Pizza

White House Tavern– a favorite! the small patio is better for kids 🙂

Paradise Bakery– great ice cream + baked goods

Hotel Jerome Terrace Restaurant– perfect for a beautiful + outdoor morning brunch

Where to eat if you have a babysitter:

Matsuhisa – great sushi

Acquolina Trattoria + Pizzeria

Cache Cache

Aspen Kitchen

Hooch–  fun for an after dinner drink

Where to stay:

The Pearl Hotel is the only hotel located in Rosemary Beach. It is beautiful and a great place to stay.

There are also many home and condo rental options available which is awesome if you are traveling with a large group. The rental companies we would recommend are Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Sunburst Beach Vacations. The really cool thing about using these rental companies is that they also help with reserving any needs you might have i.e.-cribs, rails, bikes and beach supplies.

There are several other options along the highway 30A. There are more small communities such as Alys Beach, Watersound, Seacrest, Seaside + Watercolor. They are all along 10 miles of the highway.

What to do:

Days on the beach are perfection, an afternoon treat at The Sugar Shak is always a favorite, there are 4 pools located throughout the community, the splash pad + open green area in Alys Beach (also a great option for renting a condo/house) is a great afternoon activity, take an 8 mile drive to Seaside for evening entertainment and food trucks, the weekend farmer’s market is always a favorite, open on Saturday and Sunday

Where to eat with kids:

George’s

Cowgirl Kitchen

Summer Kitchen

Bruno’s Pizza

Donut Hole 

Where to eat if you have a babysitter:

 Paradis

Café 30A

Caliza

La Crema Tapas

Edward’s Fine Food + Wine

George’s is also fun if you are kid-free

Where to stay:

Hotel Del Coronado, Lowes Coronado, Coronado Island Marriot Resort + Spa or Legoland Hotel, which is most convenient if you are going to spend much of your time at Legoland.

What to do:

There is an endless list of places to explore in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Visit the famous The San Diego ZooThe New Children’s Museum, take an easy hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Legoland, Sea World, Maritime Museum of San DiegoBirch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla Underwater Park + play and so some water activities
on one of the many beautiful beaches…our favorites are Coronado Central Beach, Glorietta Bay BeachLa Jolla Shores

Where to eat with kids:

Hodads– locals love this burger joint

Bluewater Boathouse Seafood + Grill

Bo Beau Kitchen + Garden-a chalkboard wall where kids can fill in “what they want to be when they grow up”.

Village Pizzeria– kids can build their own pizzas

Beaumont’s

Where to eat if you have a babysitter: 

Searsucker

Bottega Americana– named as one of the hottest new, Italian restauants by Zagat

BiCE

Juniper + Ivy– listed as one of San Diego’s best restaurants 2016

Where to stay: When you travel to Paradise Island with kids of any age, the place to stay is The Atlantis. You could spend an entire week here and never have to leave the property. This is truly the ultimate kid friendly vacation.

What to do with toddler aged kids: Kids PoolsAtlantis Kids AdventuresSea Squirts, Dolphin Training, Build a stuffed animal

What to do with kids 7-12 years old: Kids Pools Aquaventure Water Park, Dolphin Cay experiences, play in the arcade, pottery class and visit the Atlantis Theatre

 All of the restaurants are on the property and very convenient!

Where to eat with kids: 

The Village Burger Shack

Murray’s Deli

Lagoon Bar + Grill

The Point Bar + Restaurant

Marina Pizzeria

Shark Bites

Breakwaters Grill

Splashers Snacks

Where to eat if you have a babysitter:

Nobu

Cafe Martinique

Bahamian Club

Seafire Steakhouse

77 Degrees West

Wherever you travel and whatever you do this summer, we hope you get out there and do some fun exploring with your family!