Top Kid-Friendly Activities in Cabo San Lucas

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Once best known for wild nights and romantic weekends, Cabo San Lucas is increasingly popular as a family travel destination, and for good reason. This former fishing village at Baja California’s southernmost tip has gorgeous sandy beaches, endless opportunities for recreation and a wide choice of hotels and resorts with some of the latest family …

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Why Istanbul Should Be Your Next Big Family Destination

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Walking through the arrival doors of the vast and sparkling new Istanbul (IST) airport, we were greeted by a colorful backlit photograph of Istanbul’s Bosphorus river with the slogan: “A glittering meeting of two continents.” Having read about Istanbul’s importance in world history as the intersection of Europe and Asia, we were well ready to …

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Summer in Santa Cruz: The Perfect Beach Town for Families

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

For generations of Californians, Santa Cruz has been synonymous with beach town, thanks to its long stretches of sand, colorful boardwalk and host of family-friendly activities. Today the sleepy seaside town’s retro appeal and laid-back vibe are drawing a new generation of families who come as much for the area’s scenic beauty as for the …

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Reshaped by Kilauea, the Big Island of Hawaii Welcomes Families With New Adventures

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Always a land of drama and change, the island of Hawaii was dramatically shaken by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano last year. Then, just as things looked like they were settling down, Hurricane Lane lashed the island with 3 feet of rain and wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour. While the Kilauea …

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Things to Do in Oahu With Kids

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

While the beach at Waikiki is justifiably popular, Oahu has much more to offer than Honolulu and the surrounding area. For example, a recent visit to Ko Olina, on the island’s less crowded western side, introduced our family to an unspoiled refuge of palm-shaded sandy coves and rugged shoreline known for its spectacular sunsets over …

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How to Take a Family to Costa Rica and See Volcanoes, Monkeys, Jaguars and Sloths

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

When the monkey swung down out of the tree and lifted my daughter’s peanut butter sandwich straight out of her hand, we knew that our trip to Costa Rica was going to be everything we’d hoped. We were in Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, walking the vine-draped trail to the beach, …

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Pick and Choose: Comparing 8 Different Puerto Vallarta Points Hotels for Families

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Taking the family to Puerto Vallarta is a little bit like taking a litter of puppies to the dog park — everyone’s running, playing and having the time of their lives. But it’s not necessarily a relaxed experience for those in charge. The secret to avoiding this pitfall: Choosing the perfect hotel, with all the …

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5 Cool Wildlife Conservation Activities for Families Around the Globe

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

If there’s one surefire kid-pleaser no matter where you go, it’s the chance to interact with animals — especially those that your children don’t get to see every day. Hotels, resorts and local communities are spearheading a wealth of family-friendly wildlife conservation programs that allow children to be participants, not just observers, in helping animals …

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