The island of Tenerife, in Spain’s Canary Islands, garners a reputation for its long, wide beaches of golden sand and the modern resorts surrounding them. The resorts and beaches of Los Cristianos and Las Americas on the southwest coast are the biggest and best known, popular for family travel.
Playa Las Americas is an upscale resort with good surf, as well as pools and water play areas for younger children. Nearby is the elaborate Siam Park, filled with wave pools, rides and other water activities.
Not far from Las Americas is Los Cristianos, where the family-oriented Playa de Las Vistas lies. More upscale, but still welcoming for families, are the resorts of Playa del Duque, which also offer children’s activities and babysitting.
For a more low-key beach atmosphere close to the capital city of Santa Cruz, Playa de las Teresitas was created from soft, golden sand brought in from the Sahara (the Canary Islands are off the coast of North Africa). The long beach faces a lagoon protected by artificial reefs and features a gentle slope that’s safe for young children.
The calm waters also invite snorkeling and swimming. Las Teresitas is easy to reach by bus from Santa Cruz, and you’ll get more of a Spanish atmosphere here than at the tourist beaches south of the capital. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas and buy lunch and drinks at little beachside kiosks.
Although the northern shore is not known for its beaches, there is a beautiful outdoor swimming complex at the lively little town of Puerto de la Cruz. The huge park of Lago Martiánez surrounds an artificial lake with islands, gardens, terraces, cafes and restaurants.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
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.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.
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.