The birthplace of mariachi music, tequila and charrería (Mexican rodeo), the Mexican state of Jalisco delivers family fun for all ages, from the tiniest tot to Grandpa and Grandma. Here are three destinations in Jalisco the whole family can enjoy.
Originally an exclusive community developed by an Italian financier, Cayares today is an escape for celebrities, the wealthy and families in the know. Rent a one- to four-bedroom residence through El Cayares Club & Residence, a villa or “ocean castle” through Airbnb. While it can be pricey (expect to pay at least $300 per night per bedroom), many of the properties come with staff, including a chef.
Besides lounging at one of the five club infinity pools (or one at your accommodations), you can take tennis lessons, ride horses on the beach, arrange for private yoga classes, rent a boat or enjoy other water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking (additional charges may apply depending on the activity). You can also release baby sea turtles at Cayares’ sanctuary for an extra fee.
For a mix of beach and city, plan a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. The seaside city has eight designated beaches, many lined with resorts perfect for multigenerational families traveling together. Close to the resort, spend the day relaxing on the beach with a book, or swim, snorkel, paddle board and kayak in the water.
Further out, adrenalin junkies can zip line through the surrounding jungle, scuba dive at Los Arcos Marine National Park or ride an ATV across the Jorullo Bridge while those looking for a tamer experience can take a jungle Jeep tour or go Humpback whale watching mid-December to late March. You can also tee off at the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, take a food tour and watch the daily Papantla Flyers show at 6 p.m. on the Boardwalk Malecon.
The capital city of Jalisco makes a great base for multigenerational travel. While younger family members and non-drinkers explore the artisanal shops of Tlaquepaque, a city within the Guadalajara metropolitan area, other family members can drive or take a train to Tequila for the day. There, you can watch the Sauza bottling process from the distillery’s new Skywalk, tour Jose Cuervo’s and Herradura’s facilities or sample some of the more than 1,300 certified brands of tequila on the market.
For an activity the entire family can enjoy, take a daytrip to Lake Chapala instead. At the largest lake in Mexico, you can dine on fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant, listen to mariachi music, take a boat ride and purchase local crafts.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
There is an ever-growing number of options for wellness breaks — but it’s up to you to choose wisely in order to get the most from your experience. First, decide what kind of setting is best for facilitating an environment you find personally soothing or rejuvenating: city, forest, historic, mountain, ocean or lake? Do you want access to a yoga instructor, dance classes, hiking, cooking classes or another specific activity? Are you a solo wellness warrior, or do you prefer to travel with a partner or friends?