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Jul 9, 2015
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Read Eileen’s travel diary and keep up with her travels. You might just pick up some ideas for your next family vacation!

Families getting out of the comfort zone above the tree line


Ski School class at Breckenridge
It’s dumping snow on Breckenridge Mountain and we’re above tree line at the new Peak 6 bowls. Some of the terrain is hike-to expert -- some of the most extreme at the big resort -- but all of the buzz here has been about the above tree line blue terrain. more
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Family central at Breckenridge CO and its new Peak 6


Peak 6 map at Breckenridge
The mountain—it’s huge, even larger with the newly opened Peak Six that has added 543 new acres of terrain, the biggest ski resort terrain expansion in over a decade. There are Kids’ jumps and small trails through the trees and kids terrain features with names like Rip’s Ravine and Dragon Trail. more
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Carving snow and ice In Breckenridge CO — you can do this at home!


Sculpture by Team Mongolia
With much of the nation covered in snow this week, and temperatures well below freezing, this is a great family cabin-fever-reducing activity. But here in Breckenridge, snow carving is a huge event each winter. more
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Last day in Turks and Caicos – so may options for families


Kids off to the beach at The Somerset Turks and Caicos
I like that Turks and Caicos is not only safe and that beachfront hotels are just 15 minutes from the airport but that there are so many options—from the all inclusive huge Beaches with over 750 rooms to the Somerset with less than 60. more
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Day 3 in Turks and Caicos: bonefishing and a sunset cruise


Directional signs on Grace Bay Turks and Caicos
Families come to Turks and Caicos to relax, but also to enjoy the fishing and water sports, like kite-boarding on South Beach. more
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At the Beaches Turks and Caicos — kids everywhere, and that’s year-round


Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos
It's not even a holiday week but the Beaches resort on Turks and Caicos is fully booked, including 841 kids running, jumping, splashing and sliding down the water slides at the water play area. “So worth the money,” said Greg Vogel, from Baltimore. more
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Four Days in Turks and Caicos — rapidly expanding for family vacationers


Yoga class at The Somerset
Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands and Cays just 575 miles from Miami. Providenciales, where we’re staying, is famous for its beaches, diving, snorkeling and fishing. There are a growing number of resorts catering to families here, including the giant Beaches resort. more
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A family vacation includes volunteering at a nearby children’s center


Entre Amigos play area
In our family, an afternoon away from the resort is fundamental. A 20-minute taxi ride from the luxurious Iberostar Playa Mita brings you to the sleepy fishing village of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. In this tiny seaside town, you will find Entre Amigos. more
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Day Two — a visit to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


The beach in Sayulita
An afternoon visit to laid-back Sayulita, a few minutes drive from the Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Pacific Cost. The crescent-shaped beach is fringed with tall palms. Fishermen sharing the beach with surfers and hippies. more
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Three days at the new Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico


Splash Park at Iberostar Playa Mita
If you think all-inclusive resorts are nothing but rowdy sun-seekers, conga lines, mediocre buffets and cheap liquor, meet the new Iberostar Playa Mita. A vacation here should do wonders to change any preconceived notions you may have about all-inclusive hotels. more
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