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Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

A vacation at an all inclusive resort is truly a vacation for every member of the family. You don’t have to worry about cooking meals, cleaning up afterwards, or how to entertain the kids all day. Plus, you don’t have to worry about how much you’re spending on meals and activities while you’re away because it’s all taken care of in advance. With so many all inclusive resorts out there, it’s hard to know which ones to choose for your family vacation. As both travel experts and parents, we are recommending the best all inclusive resorts for families.

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Beaches Turks & Caicos

“Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. This amazing all-inclusive resort features a 45,000 square-foot waterpark; five magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; 10 impressive pools, endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco—all located on Grace Bay, voted the World’s #1 Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travelers.”

What’s Included:

  • Unlimited gourmet dining at 21 restaurants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime snacks
  • Unlimited premium liquors
  • 15 bars, including swim-up bars
  • Stocked bars in every room
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines
  • All tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Kids Camp with certified nannies
  • Pirates Island Waterpark
  • Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street®
  • PADI-Certified scuba diving (and all equipment)
  • Snorkeling (and all equipment)
  • Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks
  • Professional instruction for water sports
  • Beach volleyball, basketball, pool tables
  • Liquid at Beaches nightly teen club
  • Xbox Play Lounge
  • Day and night tennis
  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • Free WiFi (in room and all common areas)
  • The Caribbean’s first Certified Autism Centers
  • 10 freshwater pools, 4 whirlpools & 1 scuba diving pool

Pirates Island Waterpark: The whole family will love Pirates Island Waterpark, the most thrilling waterpark in the Caribbean. Pirates Island Waterpark offers a 650-foot lazy river, SurfStream surf simulator, eleven waterslides, kids swim up bar, water cannons, pop-up jets, zero-entry pool for little ones, ice cream machine, and so much more. You can even enjoy creative street food concepts in between laps on the lazy river or waterslides with the waterpark food trucks.

Room Recommendation: The Together Nest suites are perfect for families of all sizes looking for space and privacy. These suites offer one to four bedroom villas and suites, all including butler service. You’ll also enjoy private VIP in-room check-in and 24 hour room service.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

“Imagine elegance to the hilt, days brimming with promise, the melding of luxury, technology and convenience, alluring magical nights, and having your every craving satisfied. Now, picture this rapturous realm set on a beach that seems as if it was plucked from a dreamy postcard. Pinch yourself, it’s real, it’s The Grand At Moon Palace Cancun.”

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Bottle of wine on arrival
  • Luxurious accommodations
  • World class dining
  • Top shelf drinks
  • Delicious appetizers
  • 24 hour room service
  • Free wi-fi
  • Double whirlpool tubs
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Water park
  • Unlimited calls to the Continental United States, Canada and landlines in Mexico

Room Recommendation: Grand Family Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to six guests. These two room suites include a daily refreshed mini “bar” full of chocolate milkshakes, juice, soda and snacks; kid- sized bathrobes and slippers; an Xbox; L’Oreal Kids bath amenities and more.

Playroom: The Playroom at The Grand is a world of wonder, filled with amazing activities such as: Neon Mini Golf, a 3-floor Labyrinth, Arcade, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Time Freak, Interactive Sports, Sky Trail, Mirror Maze, and much more. The Playroom is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm for children ages 4-17.

Wired Lounge: This is a world brimming with arcade and console video games, internet access and a menu of tasty sweet and savory snacks to feast on.

Water Park: Float in a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, and choose from a selection of different thrill-seeking slides.

Special Offers: Kids and teens stay free; Up to $1,500 USD in resort credit; and Free airport transfers

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Hard Rock Punta Cana

The Hard Rock Punta Cana offers thrilling gaming action in the biggest casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with our legendary rock and roll vibe.

Kidz Bop Experience: Kids ages 6-12 will get the ultimate VIP treatment at The KIDZ BOP Experience, where they can live like a KIDZ BOP Kid! Kids can check in to the Pop Star lounge, where they’ll be guided by their personal tour manager to create the coolest band name, learn brand new dance moves, select a red carpet worthy wardrobe, take their A-List photo, and perform on the big stage! 

Music Lab: Introducing the ultimate way to live out your fist-pumping guitar-shredding fantasy with expert instruction and accelerated stage training at the Music Lab of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. As part of your all inclusive stay, there’s no experience needed and all guests ages 12 and over are welcome to play.

More Family Fun: There’s even more family fun awaiting you at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. Grab a putter and challenge your family to a game of mini-golf. The Bowling Bar offers six lanes of bowling, bowling balls, tables, and automatic scoring system. Escapology challenges your family to work as a team, find clues, solve puzzles and open padlocks and doors in order to escape in less than 60 minutes. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy the excitement and fun of a wide selection of games in our Arcade Center. Catch a wave at the Flowrider surf simulator. (additional fees apply)

Room Recommendation: The Signature Family Suite comes with all the indulging amenities fit for a true star. One master bedroom with a king size bed in addition to an adjacent family room with two double beds and dining room with a full bathroom.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

What else can say “Family Fun” like getting Slimed? In addition to a huge variety of Nickelodeon activities, there is a world of Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experiences to enjoy here at the five star Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. All-inclusive access to aqua aerobics, dance and more means there is no better time to explore new interests. Go above, beyond and into the deep blue sea during scuba diving trips, fishing trips, an island tour, snorkeling, golf and almost any activity you can think of.

Gourmet Inclusive:

  • Cuisine crafted to perfection
  • Globally-sourced premium libations
  • Superior accommodations featuring indulgent amenities
  • Service above and beyond the expected
  • An intimate Nickelodeon experience including the orange carpet, character meet and greets, and Slimings

Aqua Nick: Enjoy winding water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river ride. Join the fun with a Nick Live! Poolside where the mess hits the deck in our interactive games shows where guests are pulled right into the action. Inspired by Nickelodeon’s iconic game shows and characters. Experience Nickelodeon’s ultimate honor during our daily Mass Sliming events, where everyone is welcome to join the free-flowing celebration. Or sit for a unique family photo under the Slimulator. Get ready to get messy!

Just Kidding: Part clubhouse, part artist’s studio, Just Kidding is the hub for free play as well as more structured activities for families. You’ll find a mega ball pit, two-story slide and a whole lot of do-it-yourself Nickelodeon fun, from arts and craft classes to science experiments, along with daily, supervised activities for kids 4 to 12 years old. Plus, you never know when your favorite character will stop by!

Character Breakfasts: You can enjoy Character Breakfasts every Saturday & Sunday at Zest. Join SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora, Boots, Paw Patrol & the Fairly Odd Parents in your jammies for the Pajama Jam, or ninja chop with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during the Turtle Power Breakfast. (surcharge applies)

Room Recommendation: The Flat Swim-Up Suite offers direct access to the pool right from your terrace! The suite also includes a private master bedroom with a king size bed, smart TVs, a marble bathroom with an indoor shower, double sinks and freestanding tub.

Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana offers an all inclusive family vacation with activities centered around 5 different themes:

  • Time to Splash: enjoy giant water bubbles, slip’n’slide, water volleyball and more!
  • Time to Play: test your skills with brain games such as giant domino, molky, and giant janga.
  • Time to Quest: work together to find treasure on a digital treasure hunt as you explore the grounds of our flagship resort.
  • Time to Recharge: relax with family yoga classes, extra large hammocks and other calm games.
  • Happy Time: learn new skills together with family archery, pickleball, and Club Med CREACTIVE as you try flying trapeze, trampoline and juggling.

Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil: Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil is a unique circus playground where you can fly above the palm trees with the flying trapeze, learn to climb silks, juggle, and more with the help of expert Cirque du Soleil Circassiens.

Mini Club Med: Mini Club Med offers activities for children age 4-10. From 4 years and up, children can try a range of land sports. They’ll hone their artistic talents in creative workshops, and invite you to join them for fun team games. From 6 years and up, they’re ready to try archery and some water sports. And once they reach 8, a whole new raft of specially designed activities is available to tempt them, both on and off the water.

Club Med Passworld: Club Med Passworld is for guests age 11-17. Teens can broadening their horizons with a range of sports, forge new friendships on the sports pitches, triumph in epic tournaments, lounge by the pool, or try their hand as a DJ or gamer.

Room Recommendation: Your family can enjoy one of the new 2 bedroom family suites in the new Tiara Exclusive Collection space. Here, you’ll experience a mix of both modern and local design touches in these oceanfront rooms complete with your own dedicated pool, kid-friendly bar area, and other amenities.

best all inclusive resorts for families

Dreams Riviera Maya

Set along a natural white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis for couples and families. Ideally located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Unlimited-Luxury includes:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi and free international calling to the US, Canada and Mexico with Unlimited Connectivity. The mobile app also allows you to view the schedules of all events, activities and restaurants at the resort, plus to learn about local destinations, excursions, and much more

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Created especially for youngsters, the Explorer’s Club is fully and professionally supervised and filled with adventures and activities that they will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime, while giving parents time on their own to spend vacation time their way. Time flies by with daily activities based around nature, science and exploration.

Room Recommendation: Family suites can sleep up to seven guests (with a maximum of four adults) in a king size bed and two double beds. Family suites are also available with Preferred Club privileges including access to a private lounge and beach access, special concierge service and other enhanced amenities.

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay is located on a secluded peninsula in Montego Bay, Jamaica with over 1,800 feet of powdery beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

“Unlimited Fun” Inclusions:

  • 24-hour access to food and beverage options including kid-friendly menu options 
  • In-room mini-bar fully stocked with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Bars and lounges serving international and domestic brand beverages 
  • Unlimited fruit juices, soft drinks and snacks 
  • Endless daily land and water activities for all ages 
  • Live music and local entertainment 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Explorer’s Club for Kids ages 3 to 12 with supervised activity programs daily 
  • No wristbands required 
  • All taxes and gratuities included 

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Kids ages 3-12 will have a blast with all the fun-filled activities at the Explorer’s Club for Kids, open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This fully supervised club has games, a playground and so much more. Kids can have fun while learning with program based on science, nature and exploration, as well as weekly campout adventure in the tents at the club or on the beach. They’ll experience sand castle competitions, movie nights, a playground and endless activities.

Core Zone Teens Club: Teens ages 13-17 have their own space to hang out and relax at the Core Zone Teens Club, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Teens get to hang out with others their age, play video games, board games, watch movies and more.

Water Fun: Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark (on-site waterpark with pirate ship, two water slides and a lazy river), five swimming pools, motorized water sports*, and scuba diving* 
*Additional costs may apply. 

Royalton Riviera Cancun

You can escape to the shores of the Mexican Riviera to create family vacation memories that will last forever. With age-appropriate activities, a stay at Royalton Rivera Cancun means more fun for everyone in your family. Their team of professionals will ensure your children stay safe, busy and entertained throughout your stay. 

Clubhouse Kids Club: Children ages 4 to 12 will be able to socialize with others their own age while interacting with our newest guest, the best-loved on-screen characters, Max & Ruby™.  Younger ones are also welcome to enjoy some quiet time indoors watching cartoons and playing games or have an active afternoon discovering the playground – safe and sound.  

Max & Ruby: Give the whole family an experience to remember, when your little ones see their favourite bunny siblings, Max & Ruby, right in front of them! Enjoy live appearances, themed activities, and evening entertainment with the loveable and adventurous pair.

Splash Safari: Royalton Riviera Cancun offers families the ultimate vacation experience at Splash Safari. Water spritzes and sprays to tame the tropical heat while your child plays on water slides shaped like friendly hippos, crocodiles and giraffes. Hours of excitement await!

best all inclusive resorts for families

Paradisus Playa del Carmen Le Esmeralda

Paradisus La Esmeralda offers family concierge rooms with exclusive services and private areas designed especially for families. These rooms were specially designed for superior comfort and greater privacy so parents can choose whether they wish to relax or have fun, safe in the knowledge that the kids are enjoying a vacation they will never forget. You’ll even have access to a personal Family Concierge butler to take care of your family at all times.

Exclusive Family Concierge Areas:

  • Access to the Family Concierge private heated pool for all the family with a swim-up bar and Bali beds
  • Private beach area with a beach concierge service for everything you might need
  • Elegant multi-level Family Concierge lounge with air conditioning and sensory harmony for private check-in and check-out, library, Wi-Fi, daily continental breakfast buffet, all-day coffee and drinks, international press and drinks and aperitifs in the afternoon
  • Luxurious Family Suites with a select range of extra services and facilities specially designed for families
  • Access to the restaurant Olio exclusively for guests staying at Family Concierge.
  • Access to the YHI Spa water ritual facilities
  • Exclusive massage area for Family Concierge guests (*)
  • Private Family Concierge fitness facilities

Exclusive Family Concierge Services:

  • Assignment of your own personal Family Concierge butler on arrival to attend to all your needs during your stay
  • Complimentary cell phone during the stay so you can stay in touch with your Family Concierge
  • Majestic check-in and check-out coordinated by your butler
  • Packing and unpacking by your butler if desired
  • Preferential bookings for the themed restaurants, YHI spa and activities
  • Life-enriching activities organized for all the family to enjoy together
  •  “Bathtime Fun” whirlpool set-up.
  • Special turndown service for the kids with milk and cookies.
  • Personalized mini-bar stocked with drinks and snacks for children
  • Paradisus welcome beach kit for children
  • PS2™, XBox 360™ or Wii™ available in the Suite on request
  • Aromatherapy menu for children
  • Kids and Teens activity menu
  • Special amenities for children in the Suites including kid-sized bathrobe and mini-slippers in the closet
  • Kid’s bathroom amenities such as mini kit with soaps, toothbrush, shower gel, mosquito repellent and towel

Family Concierge Butler Service:

  • Personal tour of the resort to help you settle in
  • Room spa: preparation of your whirlpool bathtub with aromatherapy (*)
  • Ironing of up to two garments per day per room (not including delicate items)
  • Shoeshine service whenever you need it
  • Laundry collection and delivery
  • Preferential reservations in the à la carte restaurants, YHI Spa and sports and entertainment facilities
  • Personalized minibar in the room with products for adults and kids
  • Postal delivery
  • Personalized wake-up calls
  • Service to sterilize bottles on request

(*) With additional charge

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond all inclusive where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatan jungle. You can savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs, bring balance to body and mind with treatments in the holistic spa and unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools and uninhibited water views. Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from our concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins. Or, grab a drink at one of the vibrant lounges.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour gourmet suite service
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner à la carte or buffet at Bistro, Azul and Chaká restaurants
  • Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Life Fitness Center and fitness classes
  • Non-motorized water sports (kayaks and boogie boards)*
  • Dinner à la carte at 5 signature restaurants: Frida (gourmet Mexican cuisine), Cocina de Autor (creative-evolutionary cuisine), Piaf (traditional French cuisine), Sen Lin (Asian cuisine), and Lucca (Italian-Mediterranean cuisine)
  • 24-hour personal concierge
  • Smoke-free hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Premium domestic and international beverages at Koi Bar, Aqua Bar and throughout resort
  • Kids’ Club with daily activities program
  • State-of the-art Teens’ Club
  • Recreational activities program for kids & adults
  • Pool concierge  
  • Beach concierge
  • Beach & poolside waiter service
  • * Services available in the resort at an additional charge.

Family Fun through the Ambassador Experience:

  • Kids’ Club: Guests age 4-12 can enjoy supervised fun designed especially for them
  • Teen’s Club: Cool activities and experiences for guests age 13-18
  • Beach Games: Hit the beach for family fun with volleyball and football games
  • Kayak Tour: Explore miles of coastline by sea on this fun, guided experience
  • Snorkel Tour: Everyone can explore the colorful reef and fish on this easy tour
  • Swim with Dolphins: Make new aquatic friends on this once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Bike Ride: Pedal your way through paradise

Room Recommendation: Ambassador Family Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs, sitting areas and home-style amenities and are located near the Kids Club & Teen Club. They also surround the main infinity pool and offer private terraces, spectacular sea views, luxe amenities and sitting areas. You can even choose one with a plunge pool for pure indulgence.

Barcelo Maya Beach

The Barcelo Maya Beach hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The hotel has been partially renovated to include a club house featuring reception services, lounge, Beach Buffet restaurant, and more.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at 16 restaurants (4 buffet restaurants, 4 beachfront grill restaurants, and 8 à la carte restaurants)
  • Tennis
  • Paddle tennis
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Miniature 18-hole golf course
  • Fitness studio
  • Activities program
  • Non-motorized water sports

Water Fun: Barcelo Maya Beach has 7 swimming pools that include special shallow areas for children, semi-olympic pools and swimming pools for adults. It also features the Barcy Water Park for kids where kids can enjoy castles, slides and waterfalls within the swimming pool.

The swimming pool area boasts a stunning sun terrace, a sun lounger and hammock area and a fully equipped games area with a beach shop and lots more. There is more family fun awaiting at the Pirates Island Water Park (additional charges apply), with slides and attractions designed for all ages. Plus, the most adventurous members of the family can enjoy surfing on the Surf Rider wave pool (additional charges apply).

Stay in 1 Hotel and Enjoy 4: When you stay at the Barcelo May Beach, you have access to the restaurants, bars, swimming pool and beach facilities at the Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical hotels.

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Have you ever taken an all inclusive vacation? What do you think are the best all inclusive resorts for families?

Complete Disney Cruise Packing List for Tropical Cruises

Disney cruise is a vacation for the whole family that is unlike any other. In addition to the family fun you will find onboard the ship, these itineraries include visits to beautiful destinations like the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and of course, Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay! With Disney Cruise Line vacations sailing out of Florida year round, you can (almost) always enjoy a warm and tropical cruise vacation.

Even if you are a veteran cruiser, packing can still be tricky or intimidating…so we’ve compiled an all-inclusive list! It’s perfect for warm weather itineraries to the Caribbean or Bahamas, filled with all of your must-haves plus a few items for fun! Here are some of the essentials for your Disney cruise packing list:

Daytime Fun on the Ship

With everything from fun family pools to exclusive spaces for kids and adults alike, Disney cruises are jam-packed with activities for the whole family! Here are the important items you should consider bringing:

  • Swimsuits and cover ups – Pack at least two options to ensure you can spend as much time at the pool, in the hot tub or riding the AquaDuck as possible!
  • Shorts, shirts, tank tops and sundresses – You’ll be spending lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine, so pack accordingly for the warmer temps.
  • Athletic wear and gym shoes – There’s lots of ways to break a sweat on a Disney cruise! Bring clothes to play basketball on Goofy’s Sports Deck or to squeeze in a quick workout at the fitness center. The ocean view from the treadmill can’t be beat!

Evening Entertainment, Dining and Deck Parties

On your Disney cruise, the fun lasts all day! From family and adult-exclusive dining options to Broadway-style entertainment and high-energy deck parties, make sure you come prepared for a different experience each night:

  • “Cruise casual” dinner attire – Plan to dress “cruise casual” in our main family dining rooms, which means no tank tops or swimwear.
  • Dressy dining outfits – Bring dressier outfits for semi-formal and formal nights so you can take advantage of the onboard photography services. Those of you who plan to eat at Palo or Remy, be sure to dress to impress while you enjoy your adult-exclusive dinner! Men should pack dress pants and a collared shirt, while women should bring a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse. For more information, click here for dress codes at Palo and Remy.
  • Pirate attire – There’s no better place to become a pirate than IN the Caribbean! You’ can transform into pillaging pirates and become a part of the crew during “Pirate Night.” Your “pirate style” can include anything from pirate tee shirts and bandanas to eye patches, pirate hooks and even stuffed parrots!
  • Light sweater – Temperatures can be cooler in the dining room and theater or out on deck with the evening ocean breeze, so don’t forget to pack a light sweater or jacket, just in case.
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Adventures Ashore

From exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico and ziplining through the trees in Jamaica during a Port Adventure, to lounging on the warm sand of a sun-drenched beach, there’s an exciting adventure ashore to fit everyone in your party! 

When you visit Disney’s award-winning private island, Castaway Cay, everything you need for a perfect day is included, like an all-you-care-to-eat buffet lunch, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, hammocks and more … but you can still pack a few extra items to make the most of your day!

No matter what shore excursions you experience, here are a few helpful packing tips to prepare:

  • Backpack or collapsible tote bag – This will come in handy for carrying your personal items, as well as toting souvenirs you may buy in port. Considering throwing in some plastic zip-top bags as well in case your belongings get wet during your time ashore.
  • Lightweight pants, capris or leggings – Shorts and a t-shirt are great for many shore excursions like historical village tours or sightseeing at the ruins…but more active experiences like hiking, climbing or ziplining will be more comfortable with pants.
  • GoPro or underwater camera – There’s a lot to see and photograph under the water (including some hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay) so make sure you have a way to capture it all!
  • Appropriate shoes – Prepare to be on your feet! Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, sneakers for hiking or biking activities and flip flops or water shoes for a day at the beach.

Just for Fun!

There are lots of small ways to enhance your Disney cruise experience! Consider packing these fun items as you prepare to come aboard:

  • Door magnets for your stateroom – Unique decorations will always bring a smile to your face as you return to your room, and it helps families distinguish their door as they head down long hallways. You can bring your own fun magnets, or buy them onboard.
  • Pajamas – Make sure your kids have at least one pair they are comfortable walking around the ship in. They won’t want to miss pajama parties at the kids clubs or on the last night of your sailing!
  • Autograph book – Never miss an opportunity to grab a special moment with your favorite Disney characters…and commemorate it with autographs! Disney Cruise Line autograph books are also sold onboard the ship.

What’s on your Disney cruise packing list?

Six Reasons to take a Mexican Riviera Cruise on the Disney Wonder

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The Disney Wonder sets sail from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, visiting an eclectic mix of Mexico’s most popular ports of call: Cabo San LucasMazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. If you’re planning a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Disney Wonder, here’s what you and your family can expect …

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Beaches, beaches and more beaches. You may recognize Cabo San Lucas for its dramatic rock formations, but did you know it also has 20 different major beaches with white sand and turquoise waters? Puerto Vallarta also offers a number of spectacular beaches (40 to be exact), while Mazatlán boasts 10 miles of palm-lined, silky sands.

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Water sports galore. The Mexican Riviera is known for all types of water activities, from sailing and parasailing, to boating and jet skiing, to scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. The outdoor sports mecca of Cabo is famous for fishing, earning a reputation as the billfish capital of the world. If water sports are your thing, your playground awaits.

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Open-air adventures. Those who prefer adventure on land can enjoy the sunshine with golf, horseback riding, nature hikes, bike rides and more. For a, adrenaline rush, embark on a 4-wheeling excursion through the jungle, take in extraordinary views from a zipline or explore a secluded beach high atop a camel.

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Local culture. Mazatlán’s daily downtown market, Centro Mercado, is brimming with handmade clothing and goods, and the artesian markets in Cabo offer an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs, such as silver, ceramics and wood carvings. In Puerto Vallarta, soak up the culture with Mariachi bands, woven Huichol Indian art and traditionally dressed cowboys when the locals celebrate a special occasion.

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A playground at sea. When the deep blue waters of the Pacific are the day’s “destination,” the Disney Wonder offers fun and relaxation for the entire family. Pools for families, children and adults, plus fanciful kids clubs (with Marvel Super Hero Academy!), a sports deck, a luxurious spa retreat, and much more, will keep you happy from morning to night.

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World-class entertainment and dining. Each night onboard the Disney Wonder, you’ll be treated to Broadway-caliber musicals – including “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” – lively deck parties and plenty of other activities the entire family can enjoy. Our signature dining includes family-friendly restaurants, like the spirited Tiana’s Place, and the adult-exclusive Palo, serving up delicious cuisine and a one-of-a-kind dining experience at every meal.

Black Friday Travel Deal: Receive Up To $100 Disney Gift Card

disney gift card

We are having a Black Friday sale to help you save even more on your next Disney World vacation! When you book a Disney World vacation package or transfer your Disney World vacation package to us, you will receive a Disney gift card, valued up to $100! With an extra $100, you could treat yourself to a Disney Dooney and Bourke, a spa treatment, special surprises for your kids, and more!

  • If your packages total is between $2500-$4000, you will receive a FREE $50 Gift Card
  • If your package total is between $4001-$5500, you will receive a FREE $75 Gift Card
  • If your package total is $5501 or more, you will receive a FREE $100 Gift Card

I would be happy to prepare a quote for you and I guarantee I can match or beat all Disney prices! All you need to do is send me your dates, number of people including ages of any children, and which resort you are interested in. I am also be happy to discuss resort options with you to help you decide which would be best for your family! You can contact me at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or request your free quote on the right side of the page!

This offer is available through Monday, November 28, 2016 (Cyber Monday)! Your package must include a minimum of three days of theme park tickets and total package price is considered before airfare.

We are also running a Cyber Monday sale if you are planning to visit any other vacation destination! If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, take a cruise, or visit an all-inclusive resort, you will receive a $50 resort or on-board credit, plus a $50 travel voucher! To qualify for this offer, your package must be at least $2,500 before airfare. Hurry, this offer must be booked by December 2, 2016!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and would love to help you plan your next magical vacation at no cost to you! Contact her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote! 

12 Days of Christmas Travel Deals

Would you like to get the rest of your Christmas shopping done quickly and easily? Give your loved ones the gift of a trip! Parents often spend lots of money on toys that their kids will quickly outgrow. Why not give the gift of memories that will las a lifetime instead this year? To help inspire you to find the perfect vacation for your family, check out these 12 days of Christmas travel deals:

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You can visit the incredible state of Alaska by boat or by land (or both!) to experience the amazing wonders of wildlife, glaciers, and scenic beauty. Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, there is a great opportunity for you to have the vacation of your dreams in Alaska.

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With the weather getting colder, a warm, tropical cruise may be just what you and your loved ones have been dreaming of. From sandy beaches and palm trees to world class cuisine, a cruise offers something for every member of the family. Plus, your kids will love having their own areas to play and explore on the ship.

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What child or family wouldn’t love the gift of a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort? When you book with us, you will receive complimentary itinerary planning, help with dining reservations, free gifts, and more! Plus, you are guaranteed to get the best deal possible!

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Hawaii is a bucket list destinations for so many people! Why not send mom and dad or take the whole family to paradise? You can check out Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, on Oahu or try a Norwegian Cruise to visit a few islands in a week! You can also plan to island hop and spend a few days on each island to truly enjoy the unique activities and scenery on each island!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower, watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, or ride in a gondola in Venice? All of these dreams can come true in Europe! From guided tours to cruises and individual explorations, you can see first hand the rich history that you’ve learned about for years!

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You can visit the Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama Canal, California, Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and more with Disney Cruise Line! With spacious accommodations, the best children’s programming, and amazing food, the whole family will love a Disney Cruise Line vacation!

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Explore the City of Lights when you book a vacation to Paris, France. You can shop at some of the world’s best known retailers on the Champs Elysees, wonder at the Eiffel Tower, take in the Mona Lisa at the Lourve, and more! You can venture into the city on your own or enjoy it with the help of a guided tour to help you see and do the most during your vacation!

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Do you want the ultimate relaxing vacation? Book an all inclusive getaway to Mexico (or anywhere in the Caribbean)! You truly don’t have to worry about a thing on these vacations because your food, drinks, entertainment, and more have already been paid for! You can enjoy a week in the sun on the beach for probably less money than you ever expected!

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Would shopping in Times Square or watching a live Broadway performance be more your style? Book your trip to New York City to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city. You can head to the top of the Empire State Building, watch Good Morning America, or just explore the streets of New York City.

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When you book a Royal Caribbean Cruise by December 31, you will receive 50% off the second guest’s fare, up to $300 in onboard credits, and 50% reduced deposit. You can sail to destinations all over the world with Royal Caribbean without having to pack up and move each time you visit a new place! Plus, you can enjoy incredible dining and more!

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If you or your kids love Harry Potter, then the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will be the vacation of a lifetime! You can actually ride Hogwarts Express, drink a butterbeer, cast a spell, and so much more here. There is more than Harry Potter though, too! You can cause some mayhem with the minions or battle with Transformers at Universal Orlando!

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Could you and your special someone use a short getaway? If you don’t have a lot of time, a long weekend to Las Vegas may be just what you need! You can enjoy incredible buffets, nightlife, and more in Las Vegas. Plus, there are some great add-on excursions if you’d like to visit the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, or California during your visit.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Plus, you will receive lots of other perks and gifts! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information. 

Enjoy a Rockin’ Summer Escape at Hard Rock Hotel This Summer

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Are you ready for a rockin’ summer escape? You can receive up to $1,800 resort credit or unlimited golf plus kids stay free at Hard Rock Hotels this summer!

“Taking a cue from the modern mythos of rock and roll, and building on a culture of sophisticated style, unparalleled service, and the most awe-inspiringly beautiful tropical locations in the world, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic are more than a breath of fresh air within the all-inclusive vacation market – they’re the game changer.”

$1800 Limitless Resort Credit
When you book your vacation at one of the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Caribbean, you will receive up to an $1,800 Limitless Resort Credit that can be used on all services and/or amenities such as spa and beauty salon treatments, upgraded wine selection, tours, romantic dinners, the Colin Cowie Wedding Collection and more! Plus, the best part is, there are no limits or caps for any one thing, no coupons, no restrictions!

Unlimited Golf
You can also choose unlimited golf instead of the $1800 Resort Credit. Forget your $1800 Limitless Resort Credit and you can receive unlimited rounds of golf for all guests in the room!

Kids Stay Free

  • Two kids aged 12 or under will stay for free when sharing applicable category rooms with one full paying adult

Check out the spectacular Hard Rock Hotels below:

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Which Hard Rock Hotel would you like to spend your rockin’ summer escape at?
Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for your free, no obligation quote or more information. 

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Grand Opening May 4-5, 2014


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The All Inclusive Collection by Hard Rock Hotels is expanding next month with the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening! Formerly the Aventura Spa Palace, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will make a grand debut on May 4 and 5, 2014 with guests, celebrities, and VIPs. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening will even include a performance by Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.

“As the fourth addition to the All Inclusive Collection of Hard Rock Hotels, we’re thrilled to host what is sure to be an event to remember with the upcoming Grand Opening celebration,” said Rafael Chapur, chief operating officer of All Inclusive Collection. “With Hard Rock’s signature vibe and All Inclusive Collection’s unmatched guest services, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a vacation experience unlike any other.”

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Grand Opening celebration will kick off on May 4, 2014 with a “star-studded Red Carpet, Hard Rock’s signature Guitar Smash and a live concert performance by Jon Bon Jovi and his New Jersey side band. The Kings of Suburbia that will be exclusive to hotel and Grand Opening VIP guests.” After the show, there will be a VIP After Party, hosted by renowned DJ Connor Cruise, at the brand new Club Heaven. The next day, May 5, will include an exclusive press conference followed by a high-energy pool party hosted by DJ Jack Novak.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration with All Inclusive Collection and look forward to opening the newest property in Riviera Maya,” said John Galloway, chief marketing officer of Hard Rock International. “We’re certain Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will exceed expectations and All Inclusive Collection will continue to bring incredible value to our brand.”

Here are just a few of the highlights you can enjoy at the all new Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya:

  • Located just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea
  • Both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences
  • 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms boasting balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views and hydro tubs in each room
  • World-class shopping
  • The largest celebrity-branded Rock Star Suite in the Hard Rock International collection designed by legendary singer Bret Michaels
  • Expansive outdoor pools and a private beach
  • Nine world-class restaurants
  • Eight bars and lounges
  • 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts and more
  • Youth-friendly components including HIT Entertainment’s Little Big Club, Teens Lounge & Club, snorkeling and kayaking for an unparalleled adventure
  • Adults-only section Heaven, includes the Hard Rock signature Rock Spa® with 75 treatment rooms, four restaurants and three sophisticated bars and lounges, including a premium service nightclub

Would you like to attend the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your all inclusive getaway at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or to start planning your vacation! 

The Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Dominican Republic

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There’s lots of fun and activities in store for your kids when you plan a family vacation at one of the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or Dominican Republic. Your kids will love playing in the Little Big Club at your resort that’s included with your stay!

Your kids will get to see some of their favorite characters including Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™, Bob the Builder™, and Barney™. Your kids will get to sing and dance with their favorite characters as well as participate in other exciting activities like building, dressing up, learning, and more. There are live stage shows, character breakfasts, crafts, and movie nights, complete with characters!

Your kids are in good hands at the Little Big Club with their friendly and well-trained, BLAST! qualified staff. BLAST stands for Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training. This is an exclusive babysitters certification that provides extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare.

Your family can enjoy the Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, or Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Plus, kids stay free all summer at the Hard Rock Hotels so it’s now more affordable than ever to enjoy an all-inclusive tropical vacation as a family!

Check out this video to learn more about the Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Dominican Republic:

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or to request your free, no obligation quote. 

Plan Your Destination Wedding at Hard Rock Hotels with Colin Cowie Weddings

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When you plan your destination wedding at one of the Hard Rock hotels, you will enjoy a wedding designed by Colin Cowie, exclusively for the all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. These beautiful weddings are available in Cancun, Mexico; Vallarta, Mexico; Riviera Maya, Mexico; or Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

When planning your destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotels, you will have nine different collections to choose from, depending on the color and vision that you have for your wedding.

The complimentary collection includes

  • Wedding ceremony location
  • White ceremony structure
  • White ceremony podium with a golden manzanita branch and a gold mirrored vase filled with white roses
  • 30 white avant-garde chairs
  • Themed one-tier wedding cake for 30 persons
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Justice of the Peace or minister to perform legal, symbolic, or vow renewal ceremonies
  • Sparkling wine for 30 persons during ceremony
  • Honeymoon Wishes wedding website and wedding registry
  • CD system available during the ceremony
  • Wedding planner
  • Witnesses, if required
  • Complimentary Honeymoon Package

However, there are optional enhancements available to add to your collection as well. You can add some color or change the decor to design the wedding of your dreams. If you have family and friends join you and stay at the resort, you may be eligible for a cocktail reception and/or dinner.

Plus, you can take advantage of the $1,800 limitless resort credit to indulge in spa treatments and more.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan the destination wedding of your dreams at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information. 

Cyber Monday Sale: $50 Resort Credit Plus $50 Travel Voucher

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Where would you like to go in 2014? Would you like to enjoy a family vacation a Disney Park or Universal Orlando? What about a tropical getaway to Hawaii or the Caribbean? Would you like to try a cruise? Where ever you’d like to go, we can help get you there!

When you book any vacation package totaling $2,000 or more, you will receive both a $50 resort credit or on-board credit as well as a $50 travel voucher to be used for a future vacation! This is in addition to any other specials and promotions available at your destination! Plus, you will still receive all of our perks and world famous service!

This offer must be booked by December 6 so request your free, no obligation quote today on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com.

Don’t forget, we are offering up to $100 Disney gift card for Disney World packages booked through today if you are planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next getaway at no cost to you. You can contact her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com or 734-771-1290.