Throughout Marriott International properties in the Caribbean and Latin America, family travelers have the chance to engage in a wide variety of activities to learn about history, science, culture and more. Several properties provide unique and educational programming for all ages to enjoy.
Situated on Saint Christopher Island, this beachfront resort offers fun experiences for guests to learn about the local community and its history. The hotel partners with Sunlinc and The Tours Desk to arrange tours like the Sugar Heritage and Culture tour, which takes guests to old sugar mills and UNESCO sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress, and the Scenic Railway tour, which brings attendees halfway through the island by rail. The Rainforest tours teach families about the flora and fauna of the island, while the Dolphin Discovery program’s popularity among the resort’s younger guests makes it a must for those wanting to learn more about these sea creatures.
Should travels take you to either Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo or the Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo, plenty of sightseeing tours and excursions await. Embark on the Colonial Zone Tour to admire historical attractions like the Sundial and Primate Cathedral. Want to take a break from the sun? Head indoors to the Colonial Cinema 4D for a short film or visit Kah Kow Museum to taste Dominican chocolate. The Tour to San Pedro de Macoris and La Ramona brings guests to the ancient Cuevas de las Maravillas and the tour of Altos de Chavon exposes guests to fine ceramic craft shops and an internationally recognized art school.
Explore Cozumel’s natural beauty with activities at The Westin Cozumel. Families can choose from activities like scuba diving, boating and eco tours. The resort’s proximity to some of the region’s historic sites like museums and Mayan ruins make it a perfect place for families to stay. At Kids Club La Selva, kids can discover the local area with the guidance of experts and learn about the local flora and fauna, the care of diversity and the importance of Cozumel as an island. Children can take short, guided walks to the wild areas of the hotel to observe species of plants and animals while also understanding the importance of conservation.
Located in an upscale neighborhood in Rio’s south zone, Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort is the city’s only beachfront resort with an extensive recreational area. This area boasts a Kids Club, staffed with a professional team trained in entertainment. Young guests can enjoy various sports and water activities, cupcake workshops, a costume wardrobe with a makeup area and more.
Ideal for families seeking a peaceful beachfront getaway, The Westin Reserva Conchal offers a diverse range of guest activities, including a renowned golf course, lagoon-style pool and The Westin Kids Club. At the Kids Club, kids can expand their minds through interactive programming and exploration. The club invites children to go eco-hiking to search for interesting flora and fauna on the resort grounds. The hotel also offers a new coloring book for children to learn about the different animals they may see during their stay at the resort.
Family travelers looking for a unique experience can take part in the Marriott Bonvoy Moment for Marine and Gallery Experience with Ocean Conservationist and Artist Guy Harvey. This experience takes guests on a personal boat trip to the Stingray City Sandbar with Guy and his daughter, Jessica. The father and daughter explain their conservation efforts and, following the visit to the Stingray City Sandbar, guests enjoy lunch at Guy Harvey Boathouse before embarking on a private gallery tour of Guy’s artwork.
Explore different programs and initiatives at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Developed by Grupo Puntacana Foundation, families can take part in an array of activities, such as the Sustainability Agriculture Tour around the Foundation. This tour allows guests to grab a basket and pick some products, as well as visit the apiary to see the creation of the award-winning Puntacana Forest Honey. Guests interested in sea preservation initiatives can visit the Center for Marine Innovation to learn about various projects like coral conservation and restoration, sea turtle conservation, ornamental fish nursery and Southeast Reef Marine Sanctuary. The resort also offers a birdwatching tour for guests to explore the native species of Punta Cana.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa invites guests of all ages to engage in educational and fun activities. Offered June to October, guests can participate in the protection of newly hatched sea turtles. The hotel collaborates with researchers and other scientists to allow guests to monitor nests, collect eggs and take them to hatcheries and guide newborn turtles directly into the sea to avoid predators. On certain dates, children can participate in this process with the guidance of the hotel biologist to learn about turtles and their process of reproduction.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
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.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.
On your way to Boston? Pack your favorite spoon! Museum of Ice Cream has a new, permanent home at Boston Seaport, set to open in 2024. The space has been designed by the team at MOIC and will feature two floors with 14 fun, interactive installations that include disco bananas, ice cream Sox, an exhibit exploring the history of ice cream and a multisensory lab.
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.