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Family Bucket List Travel Ideas

by Mary Melnick

Jun 22, 2022

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This summer is the perfect time to cross destinations and experiences off your family travel bucket list. If you need some ideas for your family’s list, check out these unique experiences.


Puerto Vallarta

Summer is the season for baby sea turtles in Puerto Vallarta! Families can stay at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and participate in the seasonal sea turtle release program, running through December. This program is perfect for the whole family, allowing guests to release newly hatched turtles into the ocean from Marriott’s beach. If you don’t get the chance to participate in the turtle release program, make sure to visit the turtle sanctuary located on the resort.


After spending time with the turtles, send the kids to the Kids’ Club for them to engage in locally inspired activities, as well as fun and colorful indoor and outdoor play areas for ages 4–12. The teachers at the club teach kids about Mexican culture, facilitate Spanish lessons, pottery making/painting and Mexican cooking lessons. While the kids are at the Kids’ Club, parents can relax at Ohtli Spa to enjoy traditional treatments. Parents can also indulge in some R&R with a cocktail at Nosh, the new open-air beachside bar. Take it one step further with the unique tequila-tasting experience, led by the resort’s in-house tequila sommelier.


Currently, the resort offers a Discover Puerto Vallarta deal until Dec. 22. This deal includes complimentary daily breakfast, 20 percent off food and beverage, and kids under 3 can eat, stay and play at the Kids’ Club for free!


Panama Canal

Take your family to see one of the seven wonders of the modern world — the Panama Canal. The Santa Maria, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort is the perfect place to stay while embarking on this adventure. Situated in the heart of Panama City and about an hour drive from the canal, the resort offers world-class amenities, including an all-access country club where guests can play tennis, soccer and more. The resort also boasts a Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole signature golf course both kids and parents can enjoy. For a different perspective of the canal, take a helicopter ride over it for a more exciting view.


The resort offers the Discover Panama package, perfect for families and including free breakfast for two adults and two children under 12. Rates start at $175/night when using promo code ZJL.


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