Family-friendly travel: The Americas

Getting everyone together on a family holiday is a pretty special treat. But with only one holiday and several people to please, you want to make sure you pick the right place.

And who better to trust and take advice from than those with direct experience – the family travellers themselves?

So to help you find the perfect holiday, presents the best travel destinations for family travellers. This was calculated by selecting destinations that were more highly recommended by families than by your average global traveller.

Cape May, New Jersey USA

Victorian homes in Cape May

Cape May has long been a front-runner for family travel, still oozing seaside ambience but increasingly catering to a stylish crowd. A bit of a throwback to more wholesome times, horse-drawn carriages plod along quaint streets of Victorian buildings. While away the days beach combing or for spectacular swimming visit the beaches at Cape May Point State Park.

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Colourful architecture in Antigua

A petite and pretty 500-year old city, Antigua has a jolly feel. Colourful Spanish colonial architecture lines cobbled streets that fill up in the evening for live local music. The viewpoint on one side of the city offers views of the surrounding volcanoes, while for active families the area is also good for trekking.

Ucluelet, Canada

Ucluelet Peninsula in British Colombia

On the Ucluelet Peninsula in British Colombia, families can enjoy beautiful camping, hikes, kayaking, boat rides and surfing. The Wild Pacific Trail takes you along thickets of twisted tree trunks and wild coastline with stunning ocean views. It’s also worth visiting the area’s hot springs, while Ucluelet Aquarium is a popular family attraction.

Salento, Columbia

Colourful architecture in Salento

Traditionally a coffee town, Salento is fast becoming one of South America’s top tourism destinations. Friendly, lively and home to lots of restaurants serving humble but delicious local cuisine. There’s of course the chance to visit a coffee plantation, plus horseback riding through cloudy Columbian forest.

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

The white-sand beaches of Las Terrenas

Las Terranas is something of a tropical paradise, think picture-perfect white sandy beaches lined with palm trees. But it’s not just naturally appealing, it’s got a lively atmosphere to boot. Browse fresh fruits stands and souvenir stalls and enjoy a generous choice of restaurants. But most of all, make the most of the lazy, beach cottage ambience in this secluded spot.

El Chaltén, Argentina

El Chaltén

Adventurous families will love El Chaltén, primarily visited for its proximity to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Overlooking the northern part of the park, the summer sees keen trekkers head here to make the most of the epic mountain trails before winter closes up much of the local transportation.

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha

A volcanic archipelago off the coast of Brazil, Fernando de Noronha is a remote delight hailed for its natural beauty as well as its impressive eco-destination credentials. It appeals largely to honeymooners but also attracts families who are after a laid-back escape. The lazy way of life here features lots of lazing in hammocks, admiring the magnificent marine life, perfect sunsets and fresh local food.

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