This article is part of the “Beach 2019 Series,” which comprises of 4 articles. Read part 1, part 2, and part 4 for more information.
Don’t let summer fly by without planning amazing affordable family vacations! Life is good when the whole family is on vacation. Here we’ve rounded up the ultimate family vacation destinations. This summer, keep your whole family happy (even on a smaller budget)! These are some amazing destinations and options that are just a short flight away:
Due to favorable exchange rates and lower costs, Mexico has long been a favorite for family and group travel. You’ll get more bang for your buck in Mexico than most other places in the world. And whether you are looking for an adventurous trip focusing on nature, Mayan history, ancient ruins, or simply relaxing at an all-inclusive pampering resort (complete with a full line-up of kids’ and family-friendly activities), Mexico always has something for you and your family.
We especially love The Finest Resort, located in a scenic spot on the Yucatan Peninsula, for having one of the biggest and most impressive kids clubs in Mexico. Finest also has great food – some of the best all-inclusive food you can find – and a number of different options in terms of accommodations, activities, and amenities (read more about this here). Also situated on the Yucatan Peninsula is Hotel Xcaret. This is another great all-inclusive option for families looking to explore Xcaret’s natural park, which is easily one of the most unique and fun things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Switching coasts to the Pacific side, Los Cabos (including the beach town of Cabo San Lucas) is an amazing spot to visit at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. It is popular with people of all demographics and age groups. Los Cabos has something for everyone all the time! Moving a bit south, we would be remiss to not mention Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita off Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. There are a number of great options mentioned here, but be sure to consider Sayulita’s great but cheap or affordable hotels (many under $100 a night). Also be sure to eat at Sayulita’s amazing restaurants, including a number of fine dining options!
Our Picks for Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in Mexico:
- The Finest Resort all-inclusive, Playa Mujeres
- Hotel Xcaret all-inclusive, Yucatan Peninsula
- The Westin, Los Cabos
The Bahamas is also a fantastic, affordable vacation option for families. With a vast number of beaches and resorts (including all-inclusive ones) to choose from, there are so many good choices! However, if you’re looking to escape to the Caribbean on a vacation that’s just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids, definitely check out some of the options below!
While Atlantis is one of the biggest resorts in the Bahamas, the Comfort Suites Paradise Island is the best way to experience everything the Atlantis has to offer (from waterslides, river rides, and pools to Dolphin Cay and Aquaventure) on a budget! The Comfort Suites features 223 newly renovated junior suites. These include flat screen TV’s, free WiFi, and a complimentary hot American buffet breakfast daily. But its largest draw is that it’s located adjacent to the Atlantis. Here you’ll get full access to all the facilities at Atlantis Resort and Casino.
And if swimming with pigs is on your and your family’s bucket list, bring them to Gems at Paradise Resort on Long Island. The resort can take you directly by boat to a nearby cay for mingling with some adorable pigs! All rooms have balconies or terraces with coastal, ocean-themed decor. You can even see beautiful sea turtles and manta rays often glide by right outside your door!
Our Picks for Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in the Bahamas:
If you can score a good flight deal (budget airline Southwest is now flying directly to Maui), Maui, Hawaii can definitely be done on a budget. By staying in the United States, you won’t need to apply for a visa, bring your passport, or exchange currency. Nicknamed the “Valley Isle” for its beautiful mountainous and breathtaking terrain, it’s easy to see why Maui is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii.
We love hotels like the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Maui – an affordable traditional Hawaiian hotel located on Ka’anapali Beach that can’t be beat for the price. The hotel’s Aloha Value rooms (which face exterior lawns or surrounding hotels) are a fabulous deal. The hotel even offers a free Aloha Passport for Kids program for families with children 12 and under. This cool program guides families through the property while they participate in activities, such as hula lessons and lei making, and get free Hawaiian souvenirs.
The Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger is another choice with great food, rooms that come with their own kitchenettes (to save on eating out everyday), and a number of family-friendly amenities.
Our Picks for Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in Hawaii:
Cruises are the ultimate way to relax and be taken care of by a friendly staff. While cruises can often be pricey and lengthy, there are actually a number of budget and family-friendly cruises!
For all of 2019, Royal Caribbean is offering a kids-sail-free promotion for kids aged 12 and under on four-night or longer cruises. This includes trips to the Caribbean, Alaska, and other exotic bucket list destinations, making this cruise a great family vacation for this summer! This offer can be included with any of the other hot deals they run seasonally and throughout the year.
Another great option to consider is Norwegian Cruise Line, which also maintains a kids-sail-free promotion for select cruises. Norwegian also runs multiple youth programs on-board its cruises (for different age groups) along with a number of special cruise deals and promotions throughout the year.
With so many great and convenient choices close to home, you and your family can take your pick! Are you looking for the perfect beach getaway? Maybe a different culture, language, or educational experience are of interest? Or do you all simply want to relax and bond together for some great memories? However you plan your summer vacation, you can be sure these options can make you and your family very happy. And if packing and planning are a concern, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the most useful and affordable travel accessories! Bon voyage!