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Bahamas a top destination for family vacations

Convenient, relatively affordable, and teeming with activities for kids, The Bahamas is always a popular choice for families. In a list of child-friendly destinations, Family Vacation Clinic–an online family travel planning guide–has placed the island nation in the top three. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013

ALT TAG HEREPENNINGTON, NJ, Jan. 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Families kick off the new year by starting their vacation planning, according to Family Vacation Critic®, an online family travel planning guide, which reports that January is the peak month for family-vacation related searches. (Data gathered using Google Trends)

“We’re seeing parents researching their spring and summer breaks immediately after the holidays. In fact, the first day of January was a very popular day for family vacation planning,” says Lissa Poirot , editor of Family Vacation Critic. “With spring break just a few months away, it’s important to move quickly to secure accommodations, especially if you’re looking for a family room or suite, as these are often the first to be booked.”

To help narrow down the choices, Family Vacation Critic offers this list of the top family vacations for 2013, based on family-friendly appeal and recent additions:

  1. Amelia Island, FL: With 13 miles of beaches, this barrier island has a rich history and laid-back, outdoorsy vibe. In the spring of 2013, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will unveil its massive $85-million renovation.
  2. Montreal: Montreal’s cobblestone streets, marvelous boutiques and creperies make it the ideal destination for those looking for a distinct change of pace. Kids will love the Biodome and La Ronde, the second-largest amusement park in Canada.
  3. Bahamas: Convenient, relatively affordable, and teeming with activities for kids, the Bahamas is always a popular choice for families. Princess Cruise Line’s new ship, Royal Princess, begins sailing in 2013, and will stop in the Bahamas on its maiden Caribbean voyage in October.
  4. Park City, UT: A visit to the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, is a must. Widely known as a hotspot for skiers, families can trade in their skis for hiking boots and bikes in the summer and explore miles of biking and hiking trails.
  5. Galveston Island, TX: Galveston Island offers families tranquil beaches, the 242-acre Moody Gardens, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The historic Pleasure Pier reopened in 2012 with major renovations after being damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

For the full list and details, visit the 10 Best Vacation Bets for 2013.

After 40 years in the tourism industry, veteran hotelier J Barrie Farrington bid farewell to an industry that he had a hand in establishing as a regional powerhouse. Watch an interview with Farrington here.

Speaking at the Bahamas Business Outlook conference last week, chief executive officer of the Bahamas Financial Services Board Aliya Allen said that The Bahamas needs to put a greater emphasis on marketing to enhance its reputation on the global stage.

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