Five destinations with sun and fun for the whole family.

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Are you ready for some sunshine? Here are five destinations to consider.

COSTA RICA

“Pura vida,” the locals’ friendly attitude and approach to life, provides a hospitality-rich backdrop for a sunny holiday. Be there to watch the “arribada” (the Spanish word for arrival) when sea turtles lay millions of eggs on the country’s pristine beaches.

Surfers give the richly diverse nation top marks, as do adventure lovers who visit the small country for river rafting, hiking, biking, canopy tours and volcano watching.

Families can take advantage of culturally focused volunteer vacations, clan-friendly resorts and beachside boutique accommodations.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Willemstad is the capital of Curacao in the Caribbean. (Thinkstock)
UNESCO World Heritage Site Willemstad is the capital of Curacao in the Caribbean. (Thinkstock)

CURACAO

Visit this colorful, southern Caribbean destination to sample more than four dozen cultures, ranging from Dutch to Portuguese. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital city of Willemstad, and relax, snorkel and splash at any of 35 different beaches.

The island’s annual Carnival, celebrating its diverse heritage, gets underway in February.

Families can participate in a Kids’ Carnival Parade, during which little ones don traditional Curacaoan costumes and face paint and learn to move to the beat of tumba music.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club has Camp Loggerhead where counselors provide kid-friendly activities. (Resort at Longboat Key Club)
The Resort at Longboat Key Club has Camp Loggerhead where counselors provide kid-friendly activities. (Resort at Longboat Key Club)

LONGBOAT KEY, FLA.

Warm up with a stay at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, a 410-acre beachfront playground near Sarasota. While the kids enjoy arts, crafts, ice cream socials and sporting activities with Camp Loggerhead counselors, grown-ups can play tennis, enjoy 45 holes of top-notch golf and take advantage of beach yoga and shopping.

Later, join the kids for movie nights, beach barbecues or a nature walk. Head into town for shopping, museums, dining and music performances.

St. Croix’s Bounce Back promotion, offered by the Tamarind Reef Resort and others, provides a fifth night free and other bonuses. (Tamarind Reef Resort)
St. Croix’s Bounce Back promotion, offered by the Tamarind Reef Resort and others, provides a fifth night free and other bonuses. (Tamarind Reef Resort)

ST. CROIX

Take advantage of the sunny Caribbean island’s Bounce Back promotion as a way to get in a midwinter getaway. From adventure tours and fishing to kite-boarding and snorkeling, you’ll enjoy the 22-mile-long paradise where trade winds blow and the sun warms visitors with an average temperature of 77 degrees.

Children stay free at 12 participating hotels with a fifth night free. Book by July 16 and travel by Dec. 1 to receive an additional $500 in spending credits for activities, dining and shopping. Use booking code: BBSC.

The new Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has a water park, lazy river, included meals and more amenities for the whole family. (Royalton Blue Waters)
The new Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has a water park, lazy river, included meals and more amenities for the whole family. (Royalton Blue Waters)

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

Royalton Luxury Resorts has opened the Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay, a 228-room upscale property where an around-the-clock concierge will make sure your holiday gets underway in style.

Junior guests at the Royalton Blue Waters will be impressed by the brand’s lazy river, water park and splash pad, as well as the Clubhouse Kids Club, where youngsters 4–12 can engage with famous cartoon characters Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight. Teens 13–17 have their own Hangout Teens Club and lounge, where new friendships are forged over billiards and pingpong.

Water sports and reservation-free dining are included in the all-inclusive experience.