Portugal Road Trip Itinerary

The Perfect Portugal Road Trip with Kids

Portugal is an increasingly attractive option for families looking for a European holiday — it has beautiful, historic cities, amazing food culture and plenty of coastline for any sort of beach vacation you could want. While you could easily spend 10 days in and around Lisbon or Porto, the largest two cities, it is a surprisingly easy drive along the…

Best Caribbean Islands with Kids

Best Caribbean Islands With Kids: Find Your Perfect Match

For beach-loving families, the Caribbean islands can be the ultimate in vacation bliss. But with almost 30 different countries — and a whopping 7,000 islands between them — how do you winnow it down to the one that’s right for you? The answer depends on a host of factors, including your travel style, kids’ ages and…

Tips for Europe with Toddlers

Essential Tips for Traveling in Europe with a Toddler

I started Ciao Bambino in 2004 to help take the fear out of traveling to Europe with young children. It’s not easy, but thoughtful planning will help ensure that the gain outweighs any pain. Despite the hardships of flights, time changes and inevitable travel snafus, the vast majority of brave families who embark on a…

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Best of Maui with Kids: Sun and Surf on Ka’anapali Beach

Mention Ka’anapali Beach to my teenagers and a smile immediately comes to their faces. In its simplest terms, this stretch of Maui is a happy place for traveling families. Its sand, sun and warm surf are all popular with swimmers and friendly sea turtles. A family could easily spend days along Ka’anapali Beach, either without a…

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Postcard from Austria: Hohensalzburg Fortress

It’s such a joy to scroll through old travel photos and relive a fabulous moment or two that had slipped from memory — like this one. During a stay in Bavaria several summers ago, my family took an impromptu side trip to Salzburg, Austria, which is both postcard-pretty and compact enough to explore in a day. The highlight…

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Soak Up Beachfront Southern Charm at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Nestled against the state line off the northeastern coast of Florida, Amelia Island bears a closer resemblance to the Golden Isles of Georgia than the palm tree-lined beaches farther south. The natural, laid-back vibe, with a focus on the beautiful shoreline rather than the happening pool scene, carries over to the luxe yet family-friendly Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. From…

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Essential Tips for a Patagonia Family Vacation

At Ciao Bambino, we’ve seen a big surge in families looking for what we think of as “second level” destinations: off-path locales that push both parents and kids beyond their comfort zones and offer authentic experiences, unique adventures and a deep connection with nature. South America’s mystical Patagonia region — the very word conjuring images of austere peaks, desolate pampas and ends-of-the-earth isolation — is…

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Carefree Caribbean Luxury at Antigua’s Curtain Bluff Resort

Curtain Bluff in Antigua is a low-key retreat that feels more like a private club than an all-inclusive resort — thanks, in part, to its family ownership. This boutique luxury property was originally opened by Howard Hulford in 1962, and his wife Chelle still lives in her home on the bluff, hosting weekly cocktail parties for…