The Caribbean is calling, and with so many islands and destinations to choose from, family travelers are spoiled with choice. But these four Dutch Caribbean islands might just be what the family needs for an exceptional 2024 holiday.
Go beyond the island’s many white-sand beaches and venture beneath the waves to see a world waiting to be explored. Go on an all-ages Ocean Lens “cruise” under the surface with the Aquafari Underwater Scooter Tour to see the island’s vibrant sea life. Or, get close with sea turtles at Playa Grandi. Back on land, families can witness the fastest-running birds in the world at Curaçao Ostrich Farm, where kids can learn about these unique birds. And for a fully immersive experience, head to Hofi Mango, a 24-hectare park home to white-tailed deer, colorful birds, lizards and more.
Located a 12-minute flight from St. Maarten, this 5-square-mile island is filled with adventure. The first adventure comes in actually landing from your flight along a mere 400-meter-long runway, the world’s shortest commercial runway. While in Saba, don’t miss the chance to scuba with sharks at some sought-after dive sites. There’s also the opportunity to hike to the top of Mount Scenery, the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
With no traffic lights and a population of less than 23,000, Bonaire is a safe and family-friendly island destination. A water sport hot spot, Bonaire also offers a wide variety of activities for those preferring land experiences. In fact, Bonaire is an excellent destination to try your hand at landsailing with Bonaire Landsailing Adventures’ blokarts. For a closer look at marine life, take to the waters and choose from more than 85 dive and snorkeling sites, including 1000 Steps Beach, where handbill turtles and star coral formations thrive.
This island offers some of the region’s most diverse offerings, from shopping to surfing to restaurants to snorkeling and everything in between. New this year, the recently opened underwater sculpture museum Under SXM invites families on an exciting and informative snorkeling adventure. This attraction boasts more than 300 artificial reef sculptures modeled after local moments and figures. Kids seeking a thrill can’t forget a trip to Rockland Escape to take on the steepest zip line in the world, The Flying Dutchman. Over on Maho Beach, families can watch massive planes fly close overhead. For parents, nearby bars serving up tropical drinks await.
LEGOLAND New York Resort is about to make it easier for family travelers to move throughout the park this summer. The Minifigure Skyflyer, opening this summer and a first for LEGOLAND Resorts, offers an interactive new way to travel between themed lands.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The family travel experience just got elevated at Cedar Lakes Estates, turning the traditional kids club on its head with a Home Alone-inspired twist. Located in Port Jervis in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estates sits on the grounds of a 1930s-era summer camp, offering families and kids an ultimate winter wonderland getaway.
Bulgaria has managed to slip under the radar for many family travelers, but, for those in the know, it is a fascinating country full of culture, history and natural beauty. For families, it is an ideal destination where you can find an affordable vacation with plenty of activity and adventure to make memories that last a lifetime. As you plan your next trip, be sure to keep these great reasons to visit Sofia, the country’s charming capital, in mind.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Prepare for your family’s spring break this year with some advice from TravelInsurance.com. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is an important consideration for spring break travelers and co-founder Stan Sanberg has some advice about making the important purchase for spring break this year.