By Morgan Medeiros
It’s no mystery why Hawaii and the Caribbean are popular family destinations, regardless of varying vacation budgets. Miles of sandy beaches, a plethora of outdoor and aquatic sports, stunning natural beauty and luaus: A tropical retreat to Hawaii or the Caribbean offers an unforgettable vacation for every family.
Located along the breathtaking Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, The Hilton Waikoloa Village is the height of tropical luxury. The resort features canals and boats in the interior of the hotel to transport its guests to and from its award-winning restaurants, three freshwater swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, sport clubs, and spas. The Hilton also offers Dolphin Quest for an up-close encounter with the animal so iconic to the Hawaiian Islands. If the Hilton Waikoloa Village is out of your budget range, the Royal Kona Resort offers stunning oceanfront rooms and restaurants in the heart of the Kailua Village at a very affordable rate.
No matter where you stay, a Luau is accessible at any price range, and is a treat for anyone visiting Hawaii. Hula and fire dancers will delight and impress children and adults, and the native cuisine of Hawaii is pure culinary bliss. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Catamarans, Kayaking, Boogie boarding, and surfing offer glimpses into the unique Hawaiian ecosystem, and are available at a variety of price ranges, so be sure to shop around before making a decision.
The Caribbean offers many of the same activities of its tropical cousin, but its location adds an international flair. The sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean gained popularity with honeymooners, but have steadily become family destinations, teeming with friendly islanders and the guarantee of a spectacular cultural experience.
Puerto Rico is a popular family destination-no passport required! Although Puerto Rico carries the same promise of stretches of beach and enthralling outdoor activities, Puerto Rico’s waterfalls and jungles make this island a standout among the various Caribbean destinations. Hotel El Convento, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, sets the standard for luxury and service. The hotel offers fine dining both in the hotel and nearby, as well as a pool and fitness center. Although more affordable, Casa Del Caribe features a welcoming and helpful staff, as well as gardens, verandas, and complimentary breakfast.
Your quest for an affordable escape that the whole family will enjoy will undoubtedly be found in either Hawaii or Puerto Rico- the hardest part will be choosing between the two!