We’re spoiled here in Los Angeles. It’s beach weather pretty much year round. As many of you pack away your swimsuits and bundle up for the cold weather, we would like to propose an alternative option. Take a warm vacation!
We did a ton of research and rounded up 5 family friendly destinations to consider. Added bonus, many of them offer discounted rates this time of year!
This place is full of charm! We’re not surprised it’s become a popular blogger vacation destination. Sayulita is a coastal village just north of Puerto Vallarta with a laid back vibe and thriving artisan community. If you’re looking for a more authentic cultural experience, this is the spot. Here you're able to mingle with the locals in a relaxed environment. The town square, pictured above, is known for being inviting, walkable and full of color. Its also easy to get to (read: short flight with your wild animal children). The average temperature this time of year on the beaches of Sayulita is a warm 90 degrees.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Yes, this is a more mainstream popular one, but the verdict is out: The Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas is a winner for families with young kids. The Atlantis hotel boasts 141 acres of water attractions including a specific area for you little ones including crazy water slides you will want to ride yourself and petting tanks full of sea creatures. And for the Mamas and the Papas – there are CPR certified baby sitters on call just by pressing 1 and getting the operator.
On a budget? Comfort Inn Suites on Paradise Island offers rooms at a fraction of the price and includes passes for entry into the Atlantis water parks. Best of both worlds!
Another hot tip, try the conch fritters. Trust us.
Costa Rica is the perfect place for Dora and Diego fans to go to town on their Spanish and quest for cute creatures. Dubbed the Switzerland of Central America, thanks to its natural beauty, peaceful politics and it’s “pura vida” lifestyle, Costa Rica will not disappoint. Monkeys, sloths, humpback whales, iguanas, they’re all here, along with tropical rain forests, amazing beaches and tree houses to bed down in. This is one place we would not mind going back to.
Our next stop is Kapolei, Hawaii. More specifically the Aulani Disney resort. During the winter months this amazing resort offers great off season prices with all the magic of summer weather. Disney's Imagineers worked side by side with local artisans, designers, builders, and historians to create a one-of-a-kind resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. They provide several amenities for families with little ones including a Beach House kid’s club, a private snorkeling lagoon that helps you keep an eye on your whole crew, a golf course, hiking trails around the resort, water sports, a water park and even sailing. We're headed here in a few weeks and cannot wait to share how our trip goes with you!
Santa Monica, California
We couldn’t leave our hometown off the list. This time of year is our favorite time to be here! In this case less is most definitely more. Less people. Less Traffic. Less lines. Less. The weather is perfect and the beaches are quiet in the loveliest way. The pier is basically an amusement park for kids above the water and the list of good eats is so long I will have to save it for another post. My point, come visit. Just don’t tell your friends. Let’s keep it a secret.
First time taking your little one to the beach? Read our tips on how to make it a huge success here.