Relaxed Beachfront Luxury on a Pristine Private Ranch in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Rancho Santana strikes the perfect balance between delivering laid-back luxury and staying true to its traditional ranch-style setting, with large swaths of untouched land as the centerpiece. This is reflected in the main inn’s Spanish-inspired architecture, which blends perfectly with the landscape. The ranch sits on 2,700 acres of rolling hills and two miles of rocky, dramatic shoreline, with…


A Family-Friendly Vacation at One of Costa Rica’s Top Ecolodges

Families seeking an authentic taste of Costa Rica in 1,000 acres of virgin rainforest bursting with life should look no further than Lapa Rios Lodge, part of the Cayuga Collection. One of the first true ecolodges in the country and recognized as one of the top 50 such accommodations in the world by National Geographic,…


Creature Comforts in the Panamanian Jungle at Red Frog Beach Resort

Dreaming about a beach vacation to an unspoiled archipelago in Caribbean? Bocas Del Toro deserves a place on the short list. Dating back to Christopher Columbus, who explored the area in 1502, these islands in northeastern Panama offer a unique vacation experience for adventure-seeking families who want a rugged, exotic and off-the-beaten-path destination to explore…


A Kid-Friendly Costa Rica Adventure

I was in my front yard catching up on everything I didn’t do while I was on vacation when my neighbor asked me about my trip to Costa Rica and if I would go back again. I didn’t even hesitate to answer, “In a heartbeat,” I said. Her next question was of course, why?

And I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about it until she asked. On our trip, there were two parents, one grandparent and two borderline tween girls.


An Immersive Boutique Hotel Experience in the Historic Heart of Panama City

There are modern cities where an immersive experience of another age can still be found, and Panama City is certainly one of them. Casco Viejo is the heart of Panama City’s historic quarter and American Trade Hotel exemplifies the gentrification and unbelievable transformation happening in Panama, one of the fastest-growing economic zones in Central America today. Owned by the…


Summer Family Vacation Brainstorm for 2015

Still deliberating over what to do this summer? I’ve asked family travel experts from around the Web for a list of their favorite summer destinations, paired with links to followup information. The question isn’t if, it’s where! This is a great list— a big thank you to everyone who participate for this awesome brainstorm.


Most Popular Wildland Adventures in 2014

Award-winning Wildland Adventures specializes in Family Adventure Travel and is one of our Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations sponsors. Mulling over an exotic adventure this year? I asked them to highlight a few of their most popular itineraries for families in 2014. South Africa Wildland Adventures South Africa Family Safari is one of our…

Costa Rica Zip Line Canopy Tour in Arenal

Choosing Between Arenal Zip Line Canopy Tours in Costa Rica with Kids

A zip line canopy tour is a must for thrill-seeking families vacationing in Costa Rica. In our case, we decided to divide and conquer as I’m not a heights fan, but the joy that comes with gliding down these cables in the jungle is priceless and is more often than not a trip highlight. Costa Rica has unbelievable Adventure Family Travel infrastructure and the challenge is choosing between all the the options.

Per my recent Best Itinerary for a Costa Rica Family Vacation article, Arenal, 90 km northwest of San Jose …

Costa Rica Beach Photo

New Kidtastic Ciao Bambino Costa Rica Adventure

We loved our recent family vacation in Costa Rica with Kensington Tours so much that I worked with them to create a new itinerary based on our experience. Kidtastic Ciao Bambino Costa Rica Adventure is the result of those efforts. It’s the perfect itinerary for families visiting Costa Rica for the first time with school age and up kids.