Summer vacation is around the corner and there’s no time like the present to start planning this year’s family getaway! From jungle adventures to history-rich destinations and more, here are three trip ideas that will strike up wanderlust for every member of the family!
For a Beach Getaway
From the moment you walk into Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, views of the ocean -- and possibly hunchback whales splashing in and out of the water -- can be enjoyed in the newly renovated open-aired lobby space, from any guest-room or suite of choice, or during dinner at the hotel’s outdoor restaurant. Activities centered around water like the hotel’s snorkeling, swimming and kayaking excursions nearby, seasonal whale watching and a sea turtle release program, make this beachfront oasis the perfect summer escape for the whole family!
A Mountain Vacation (with a little learning too!)
Cusco, Peru is the perfect destination to travel to with the kids if you’re looking for a little more than your average family trip. Immerse the youngsters into a completely different culture when visiting this educational bucket list destination. Stay on preserved historical grounds at the five-star JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, an exclusive property featuring original colonial arches and ancient relics on site. Explore the archeological museum in the basement level and take a day trip to visit Macchu Picchu, one of the most most iconic sites in Peru and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Don’t forget to take a family selfie with Panchita, the baby alpaca that visits the hotel’s courtyard on the daily and is always happy to pose.
Outdoorsy Adventure in the Jungle
A short drive away from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel sits on more than 300+ acres of lush, private reserve where the wild flowers are always in bloom. This year, gather the troops to embark on an active vacation where families will enjoy guided hikes around the Mayan ruins to work up a sweat amidst history, as well as trekking, cycling or hiking through the jungle, and kayaking on the lagoon in front of the hotel surrounded by gorgeous views of nature. Other fun activities that will keep the little ones entertained include boat rides to Monkey Island for a meet-and-greet with friendly monkeys, and safari-like ATV tours to visit rescued animals being nurtured back to health in the hotel’s jungle conservatory! The hotel comes complete with 19 spacious bungalow suites for all members of the family to feel at home, in-house Shultún restaurant, and a brand new museum (and only museum in Petén) for some extra fun learning experiences!
Enjoy the summer!