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Bruce Mar 26th, 2001 08:16 AM

Where to go w 18-month daughter
My wife and I are thinking about taking our 18 month (will be at time of travel) to Caribbean in June-July. Any ideas on where to go?

eileen Mar 26th, 2001 08:56 AM

I like to recommend Aruba to families with young children because it is clean, safe, family-friendly and has good medical facilities. Also, no water problems. Check out La Cabana Resort.

momtoo Mar 26th, 2001 09:14 AM

No specific recommendations for an island but here are some general recs. Try not to cross to many time zones in travel. If you are on the west coast, try, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta. East coast, caribbean should be okay. children just don't adapt as well and don't understand time changes. The last thing you want is a fussy baby on vacation. Next, do you want an active vacation or are you just looking to hang out on the beach? If you just want to relax, i would go somewhere less commercial and rent a condo. with a condo, you have a full kitchen which comes in handy when you need to refridgerate baby food and bottles. Also you can fix up little snacks for the baby as I'm sure they won't be eating regular food. If you want active, ther are two good choices. Either the FDR resorts (2 in jamaica) of Beaches resorts (severl throughout Caribbean) Both cater to children and families. for a smaller hild I'm not sur eBeaches is as good of a choice as the child is left in a daycare type atmosphere with activities all day and evening. Great for older children but some younger children don't adapt as well. FDR gives you your own nanny at arrival to take care of chold which is wonderful (don't know anyone else who does this!) though FDR is not nearly as deluxe as Beaches. Hope this helps some!

jean Mar 26th, 2001 09:42 AM

Yes - STAY HOME and don't ruin someone else's vacation by having to be around children.

sheli Mar 26th, 2001 11:01 AM

Hmmm, or maybe Jean YOU could stay at home and not ruin MY vacation with your blatant rudeness.

sam Mar 26th, 2001 11:34 AM

you said it all Sheli ... I second your opinion.

Paul Mar 26th, 2001 12:02 PM

Bruce; <BR> <BR>My family and I have been to FDR 2 times and are huge supporters. It's not the fanciest place we've been to, but for the $$ it's hard to beat. <BR>The Nanny's really are terrific!

bob Mar 27th, 2001 09:50 AM

That's very rude to say stay home.

sarah vogt Apr 2nd, 2001 05:39 AM

Yes you can travel to the Carribean with a young child...My husband &amp; I travelled to St. John with our 8 mo. old daughter in july '99 and had a wonderful time! Very safe..we stayed at Gallows Point Suite Resort(very kid friendly and absolutely beautiful!)

Eric Apr 2nd, 2001 06:48 AM

A condo on seven mile beach on Grand Cayman would be a very good choice also.

Wanda Apr 2nd, 2001 04:43 PM

Jean,<BR>I felt the same way you did about children until I had my own at 37 years of age. (he's 18 months old) You have no clue what you're missing. (I pray you have none!) I am so thankful that I now realize the joy a child can bring to your life and the life of others, if you aren't such a self centered stone. I have learned better :-) Best wishes

JAKE Apr 2nd, 2001 07:32 PM


Jeri Apr 3rd, 2001 07:02 AM

Wanda, You are ruder than Jean is. She didn't say she hated kids. She just doesn't want her vacation ruined by them. Me either!

cupcake Apr 4th, 2001 06:22 AM

Thank you Jeri!! I don't understand why no one of this generation can give anything up - they think their kids have to experience a vacation to Bermuda at that age. Like they would even know where they are. The other honeymooners and travelers have to listen to the kid. No one ever thinks of anyone else - its just full steam ahead, what ever I want to do is fine. Children do not belong at an vacation resort like Bermuda.

john Apr 4th, 2001 07:03 AM

I agree. I have 7 kids. We didn't even start taking them to Disney un till 4 or 5. Its such a waste to take the real little ones.<BR>We saw a couple with infant twins (1 month) board the Disney Cruise. I mean, really. We had twins. Forget it. They'll be in their cabin for 7 nights-- and it won't be the good time of cabinning!!!! <BR>We take our kids all over the place but you have to have some common sense.<BR>

ohliz Apr 4th, 2001 12:03 PM

Some people don't have the option of leaving their kids with a babysitter or relative. Or don't want to. My kids have come with us most everywhere because we do most things together - if they don't remember Jamaica when htey're grown up, so what - I got to go and if i couldn't have brought them none of us could have gone.<BR><BR>On the other hand, you ALL have the option of staying at a hotel that doesn't accept children - so if you have a huge problem being around children, stay at one of them!<BR><BR>:) Liz

Wanda Apr 4th, 2001 04:51 PM

Thanks Liz<BR>I have no any interest in being away from my 18 month old son for a week! People amaze me that are so ready to "get away alone" after they have a baby. My husband and I enjoy having our little guy with us. I am also taking my mom, who he adores, to spend some time playing with and tending him if he is fussy. I have already inquired as to whether they allowed children at the formal dinners, and believe we have sense enough to realize a lot of people would not want to be bothered by my child.... but to some, he wouldn't be a bother. To a grandmother, he might just make her day. If he's whiny or bad, he'll be removed from the situation.... so hopefully he won't ruin the vacation of anyone! But I've been on a few vacations, where an abnoxious drunken adult should've stayed home! You can just never tell. I would hope you might wait to pass judgement based on the specific child and situation... not all children on board, would ruin everyone's vacation. There definitely are non-children cruises available... if you want the guarantee of no children, take that one! Otherwise, I paid the same money you did and a little more to bring my child.

Karen Apr 4th, 2001 06:24 PM

Hi Bruce: we stayed at La cabanna in Aruba and it is very kid friendly. The suites have separate bedrooms so there'd be a quite spot for naps ect and there is a kitchen to prepare breakfast etc. The resort has a good child care program. On site is a casino etc for adult fun and you would never be to far away from your mom and son if you and your wife went out alone for dinner or the casino. The beach is nice and there are two pool areas. One has a slide and there are alot of kids around this pool. My sister took her young daughter to the Bahamas to the South Ocean Hotel and had a good time. She enjoyed coral world. They found meal time a bit of a hassle as they had to go out to eat every meal. I think Lacabana would be better because you would have kitchen facilities if you so desired. Karen

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