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Five vacation ideas for families with a toddler: Caribbean, Florida, more

At the FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica,

At the FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, Vacation Nannies are available to look after the kids. Photo Credit: FDR Resort

Take advantage of the years when you are not limited by school holidays and summer vacations: Travel with your toddlers. Here are five ideas to consider.

1. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

Youngsters can access a mini zip line and rock wall, a petting zoo and plenty of water play. Three of five resort pools cater to kids and include a lazy river and a zero entry splash pool. When parents opt for a night on their own, kids can enjoy their own Pirates Night or Movie Night on the Splash Lawn.

INFO cbayresort.com

2. FDR Resort, Jamaica

At the FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, a Vacation Nanny is available to look after Junior, while you enjoy an afternoon playing golf, scuba diving or exploring by kayak. Trained in child care and housekeeping, this nanny’s goal is to fill in where needed, whether by looking after youngsters in the pool or making sure the kids’ favorite snacks are on hand in the room.

INFO fdrholidays.com

3. Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida

Through the Loews Loves Kids program, spend the day at a SOAK cabana with air-conditioning, flat screen TVs, private butler service and rooftop terraces. Attend a pizza-making class together or take advantage of Family Happy Hour during which kids can enjoy complimentary lawn games while parents sip cocktails.

INFO loewshotels.com/miamibeach

4. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas 

For families that check into The Coral, the resort’s recently revamped, family-centric tower, a new level of luxury awaits. The Kids Concierge can schedule family swims with the dolphins or register you for Sea Squirts, an interactive marine program where youngsters feed baby stingrays, sharks and schools of fish. 

INFO atlantisbahamas.com

5. Kids on the Trail

Visit a local trail and watch as your child explores with wonder, turning over rocks and observing small animals and birds. Choose a loop trail or plan a scavenger hunt. Bring along a picnic and plenty of water or juice so that the whole family stays hydrated. After a few close-to-home practice rounds, include nature walks and hiking in your travel itineraries. 

INFO childrenandnature.org; trails.com; nps.gov

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