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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jamaica's FDR Resorts Offers Discount Package


Jamaica's very family-friendly FDR Resorts, with two locations on the island's north coast, are offering a special package to families booking a minimum of five nights now through December 17, 2009.

Families who book a seven night stay will receive US$500 discount per full paying adult, and families booking a five- or six-night stay will receive a US$350 discount per full paying adult.

Both of the FDR Resorts properties, Franklyn D. Resort & Spa and FDR Pebbles Resort offer two bedroom suites, and they are the only resorts in the Caribbean whose prices include a dedicated vacation nanny.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

USVI's Wyndham Sugar Bay Offers Summer Special


The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa is helping families control vacation expenses this summer by offering an all-inclusive SunValue Island Getaway package for stays through August 24, 2009.

The Package: The package includes:
  • unlimited food and beverages, entertainment
  • non-motorized water activities
  • half-day access to the supervised Kid's Club
Price: The package price starts at $387 per room, per night, for two adults staying four nights or more. Children under the age of 12 who share a room with their parents stay, play and eat (from the children's menu) at no additional charge. The cost for children ages 13 to 17 who stay in the same room with their parents is $95 per child, per night. Rates are subject to availability.

Don't Forget: Passports are not required for U.S. citizens who visit the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Single Parent Promotion Offered by Starfish Trelawny


Jamaica's Starfish Trelawny is offering a Single Parent promotion, which waives single supplements for single parents looking to vacation with their children.

Starfish Trelawny is also offering its Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free promotion where children two-to-13-years old can stay free, a savings of US$100 daily for a family of four.

Dates: Both offers are valid for travel May 1 – December 22, 2009.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photo Gallery: Chukka Caribbean

We just returned from JAPEX, the annual Jamaica travel trade show, this year held in Montego Bay. On one day, we had the opportunity to visit several family-friendly attractions on the island's north coast. While headed to Ocho Rios, we stopped to visit Chukka Caribbean.

Once a polo training ground, Chukka (with two main locations in Jamaica) has become Jamaica's largest soft adventure tour operator, offering everything from ATV and bike tours to ziplines and horseback rides. The horseback rides begin with an instructional period (no experience required) and work their way down to the sea for a dip (on horseback) in the Caribbean.

After checking out the horses, we went over to the dog area, home of the Jamaica Dogsled Experience where Paris met several of the dogs:

photo courtesy Eleanor Wilson, publisher, TripsandTrends.com


The sled experience begins with a video about the operation including commentary by Jimmy Buffett, the "godfather" of the Jamaica dogsled team:


The Dogsled Experience is a unique one in the Caribbean. The sled dogs are rescues primarily from Jamaica's shelters. The crew has formed a dogsled team which was the subject of a documentary, Sun Dogs; we met one member, Newton Marshall, who starred in the documentary and had just returned from the Yukon Quest:

Children age 6 and over can take part in the Dogsled Experience and the Horseback Ride 'n Swim.

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Aruba Resorts Offer Family-Friendly Packages


With its location south of the hurricane zone and large number of family-friendly activities, Aruba is a natural choice for Caribbean family vacations. Travelers can take jeep tours of the island, go snorkeling, take a nature tour, and visit the Butterfly Farm, Ostrich Farm and Donkey Sanctuary.

We've just received word of several family packages at top properties in Aruba:

"Delight" in Family at The Westin Resort Aruba

The Westin Resort Aruba is offering a "Delight in Family" package including:
  • amenities for children such as complimentary admission to the Westin Kids Club
  • free dining with parents at six on-site restaurants.
  • Price: The package starts at $309 per night with a two-night minimum based on two adults and two children.
  • For resort reservations or further information, call 1-877-822-2222 or visit www.westin.com/arubaspecials. When booking, ask for rate plan WIFAMILY.
Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Family Package

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba is offering an all-inclusive family package with use of both Divi Aruba & Tamarijn resorts; it includes:
  • Children under the age of 18 receive free accommodations and all-inclusive amenities.
  • Children in the program enjoy free meals and snacks from over 10 dining options, all non-motorized sports, admission to the children's camp and much more.
  • Price: Rates start at $362 based on a maximum of two children up to 18 years old in a room with two paying adults.
  • For more information, call 1-800-554-2008 or visit www.tamarijnaruba.com
"Escape!" Family Package at The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering an "Escape!" promotion for families this summer. The package includes:
  • complimentary daily breakfast for two adults and two children
  • one pizza and movie night
  • milk and cookies as part of the nightly turndown service
  • Price: The package starts at $314 per room, per night with a minimum four-night stay.
  • For more information: visit www.arubamarriott.com or call 1-800-228-9290; when booking enter promotional code MAJ for the "Escape!" Family Package.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

FunJet Vacations Offers Mexico Special for Texas Travelers


Attention Texas families: FunJet Vacations has just released a new special promotion to Mexico with all-inclusive vacations for under $400 a day for adults! You'll find departures from both Dallas and Houston but travel has to be booked by April 23, 2009.

For all the details, check out our posting on our TexasTripper.com site today.

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Congratulations to our Contest Winner

Congratulations to Judy in Florida, the winner of our CaribbeanFamilyTripper 2.0 Contest! Judy wins two SuperClubs t-shirts, a St. Martin beach tote bag, some beach toys, and an autographed copy of the latest edition of our Caribbean with Kids guidebook.

Stay tuned for a new CaribbeanFamilyTripper.com contest this week!

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