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Advice for family vacation over Spring Break?(12 posts)

Advice for family vacation over Spring Break?ColnagoFE
Jan 7, 2004 9:51 AM
Any advice from the board on where to go for a RELAXING vacation this spring? We have a 2 and 8 year old. The 8 year old is no problem, but most "kid's camps" start at 4 and since this is supposed to be a relaxing vacation for all (meaning wife and I get SOME alone time without the kids) anything without a adequate kids camp is out. Only caveats are a nice beach and a good kids program that takes 2 year olds. Have been to Playa del Carmen and stayed at the Gala Resort when our oldest was 2 and that was OK though nothing super-special. Also been to Beaches in Negril but the flight was long and the bus ride once you got there felt even longer. Other options appear to be Club Med in various areas, but that is even more $ than the other options and don't want to break the bank if I can help it. Any other good options for those of you that have been there? Don't suggest leaving the kids at home as that is not a viable option for us. There are no living relatives that would be willing/able to sit with them for a week and babysitters are so expensive you might as well just take the kids and stay at a nicer place that caters to them and let them enjoy a vacation too. We also figure that any place in the price range we would be talking about limits the amount of beer swilling spring breakers somewhat.
Daytona? Ft. Lauderdale? Cabo? Cancun? Padre?No_sprint
Jan 7, 2004 9:57 AM
Of course, those are for some very *adultish*, even if immature type vacationing times...

I'd suggest the Cayman's for limited contact with the beer swillin', shot shootin', party nakedin', 3 some havin', young 20 somethin' crowds.
Key West?DougSloan
Jan 8, 2004 10:18 AM
Lots of miniature golf to play.

Cayman will cost a fortune. In 1987 it cost $15 for a burger and fries at Burger King there. Great place, otherwise, unless you like night life.

Learn to ski? nmBrooks
Jan 7, 2004 10:00 AM
Wife grew up in Boulder...hates skiing...go figure (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 7, 2004 10:10 AM
re: Advice for family vacation over Spring Break?Dave Hickey
Jan 7, 2004 10:21 AM
How about Atlantis in the Bahamas? I've never stayed there but I've heard good things about it. My work takes me to the Caribbean 4-5 times/yr but I rarely stay in resorts. The "hot" islands right now are St.Kitts and St.Lucia. You can't go wrong with either but I can't comment on packages for small children...

Another option might be Puerto Vallarta,MX. They have plenty of resorts and it's a short flight.
Disney cruise? nmDougSloan
Jan 7, 2004 2:04 PM
Kids would probably love it, but....ColnagoFE
Jan 8, 2004 9:50 AM
I think I'd be ready to punch Mickey by the end of it. Loved WDW as a kid, but having been to WDW tons of times on business I have to say that there is a blandness about it that really irritates me. Food all tastes the same. Almost TOO clean. Service there is top-notch though.
Hey, maybe Minney would strut her stuff in a nice thong... nmNo_sprint
Jan 8, 2004 9:56 AM
Now that image is just scary ;)... nmColnagoFE
Jan 8, 2004 2:10 PM
If it were a muppet cruise it could be Ms. Piggy! :) nmNo_sprint
Jan 8, 2004 2:52 PM
How about a Royal Caribbean Cruise?Len J
Jan 9, 2004 5:23 AM
A friend of mine does these every 2 years or so. They have an entire deck of the ships set aside for kids & counselers. They pick the kids up in the morning (if you want) and keep them busy with activities the whole day. They will even take them after you hae them ready for dinner, and give you an hour to enjoy & then bring them to dinner for you.

Call a travel agent and ask if they still have similar programs. My buddy said it was the only way he and his wife could get any time alone.