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1Orlando, Florida, United States
Orlando offers opportunities to ricochet through a thrilling itinerary of roller coasters, resorts, dinosaurs and Disney amusements. Fantastic family fun plus shows and rides galore come courtesy of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.
2London, England, United Kingdom
Offering the irresistible combination of atmosphere, history and the thrills of a vast, fast-paced city, London makes a majestic destination. From the ghoulish Tower of London and the pomp of Buckingham Palace to the buzz of a big wheel, the London Eye, this is a city that will have you in a spin.
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      London
      One of the world's top shopping cities, there's really nothing that you can't buy in London. Big name stores line Oxford and Regent Streets. Luxury items abound in upmarket Knightsbridge. For a distinctive London spree, head north to Camden Market and wander among stands of clothing, crafts and bric-a-brac.
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      London
      Lovers of history will fall in love with London. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Buckingham and Kensington Palaces and the Tower of London are must-sees, as are the Tate and National Galleries and British Museum. Military history devotees can spend hours at the Imperial War Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
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3New York City, New York, United States
New York's many zoos, museums and landmarks make the city a perfect destination for families of all ages. Explore Times Square or take the kids to FAO Schwarz, take a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty or an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, eat lunch at Carnegie Deli or picnic in Central Park - the choices are endless.
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      New York City
      Though it is not the oldest city in America, no place has more history or culture than New York. One visit can't fit all the highlights: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Natural History Museum and, of course, the moving site of Ground Zero.
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      New York City
      Perhaps the world's top shopping spot, the Big Apple hardly needs an introduction. Fifth Avenue. Madison Avenue. Soho. Times Square. The list of stellar shopping destinations and famous names is almost endless, so pack light and stock up on everything from electronics to vintage clothes while you're there.
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4Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Cancun is one of Mexico's most famous destinations, and despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, families will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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      Cancun
      Cancun calls with its stunning aqua-blue waters and white-sand beaches. Despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, anyone will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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      Cancun
      Blessed with a bounty of beaches, youthful, exuberant Cancun offers options for those seeking all sorts of romantic holidays. The resort city manages to boast both an energetic pulse and a laid-back ambience, with both party beaches and sands suitable for people preferring solitude and some time alone.
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5Paris, Ile-de-France, France
The City of Lights shines bright for kids of all ages. Living up to every pre-trip fantasy, Paris has a constellation of starring sights from the atmospheric Notre Dame to the elegant Eiffel Tower to thrilling Parc Asterix, Disneyland Paris and the wonders of the Louvre. Prepare to be dazzled.
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      Paris
      History is as easy to come by in Paris as fresh croissants. Just strolling along the Seine is a walk through the ages. But don't miss Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur basilica, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the once-bohemian cafes of Montparnasse, the Louvre and Orsay museums and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
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      Paris
      Under the bridges of Paris your dreams can indeed come true. Like countless other lovers in the French capital before you, share a drink at an outdoor cafe, hold each other tight at the top the Eiffel Tower or take a cruise on the Seine you are in the most romantic city in the world.
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      Paris
      The world capital of Haute Couture, Paris is a shopper's dream. Legendary addresses like Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore tempt the glitterati. Ancient flea markets perch at the city's hems, offering chaotic atmosphere and fascinating treasures, plus a peek into the real personality of Paris.
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6Rome, Lazio, Italy
With sights guaranteed to impress even the most jaded teen, the Italian capital makes for a captivating getaway. From the ghoulish bone-decorated Santa Maria della Concezione to the delicious slew of ice cream stops around the city, Rome is sure to have something unforgettable for everyone.
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      Rome
      Italian retail chains line charming medieval shopping streets in the vivacious capital. Family-run outfits still flourish and street market stands are laden with fresh fruit. Upscale fashion palaces are poised at the foot of the famed Spanish Steps, with looks fresh off the world's catwalks.
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      Rome
      Besides delicious food and delightful Italian culture, the best thing about Rome is its history. At its peak, Rome was the greatest, most powerful city and civilization in history. Today, sights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps remind us of what Rome once was.
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7Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
The winning combination of culture, coastline and a great climate make Barcelona a top choice for the whole family. Gaudi's astounding architectural creations amaze. Some appealing beaches provide daytime diversions. Sights such as the aquarium and Las Ramblas provide yet more entertainment.
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      Barcelona
      You'll be spoiled for choice in bargain-crammed Barcelona, where designer names jostle for attention in the city's thrilling array of stores. If you're in the market for some picnic shopping, trot to La Boqueria - a rambunctious market - and stock up on almonds, cherries and other tasty delights.
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      Barcelona
      You will not find any shortage of history in Barcelona, a city that is more than 2,000 years old. A trip through Europe's best-preserved Gothic Quarter turns the clock back to ancient and medieval times, and visually stunning churches and outstanding art museums also make excellent sightseeing.
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8Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, on the Mexican Caribbean, is home to sandy beaches, Mayan archaeological sites and child-centred theme parks. Kids and adults enjoy clambering through Discovery Jungle Park's authentic rope bridges and exploring Xcaret's underground rivers, butterfly pavilion and aquarium.
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      Playa del Carmen
      On the beautiful Mexican Riviera, Playa del Carmen is a place where you can spoil each other with an indulgent romantic getaway. Strolls or sunbathe on its alabaster-white beaches, swim or dive in sparkling clear waters, explore ancient Maya ruins and enjoy quiet sunsets together.
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      Playa del Carmen
      Bring your sunglasses and cool clothes to Playa del Carmen, where the hot sun lights up the white-sand beaches. This is heaven for beach-loving kids and those who enjoy swimming or just lounging under the sun.
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9Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Friendly, frenetic Dublin is a perfect destination for the family. Ride the Viking Splash Tour, visit Dublin Zoo, feed ducks in Stephen's Green, picnic in Phoenix Park and visit the Ark, a children's cultural centre in Temple Bar. After tiring the kids out, relax with a well-earned Guinness in the evening.
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      Dublin
      There are few better places to discover Ireland's rich history than Dublin. From Dublin Castle to St. Patrick's Cathedral to the James Joyce Cultural Centre to the Guinness Storehouse, the city has a range of historical attractions that date from medieval times to the modern day.
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10Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Experience the Caribbean and get back to nature in the Dominican Republic. Families can swim with sea lions, dolphins--or sharks for the truly adventurous--at Ocean World, or go into the tropical island jungle on a Jeep safari.
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      Dominican Republic
      Distinguished by long stretches of glowing white sand and gorgeous blue water, Dominican beaches rank among the best in the world. From Puerto Plata to Punta Cana to Barahona, these beaches cater to bar lovers, sunbathers, jet skiers and scuba divers.
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      Dominican Republic
      The New World starts here: The first cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas opened in Santo Domingo, on the Dominican Republic's south-central coast. Numerous city sights pay tribute to the isle's rich history, including the Castle of Columbus and the museums of the Cultural Plaza.
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11Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean
From the world-famous beaches of St. John's to the megaliths of Greencastle Hill, Antigua offers families both adventure and relaxation. Swim in clear waters, build sand castles and explore ancient geological formations, petroglyphs, nature trails and plantation ruins.
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      Antigua
      Behind a nearly unbroken coral reef, Antigua basks in balmy Caribbean breezes. With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, secluded romantic strolls under the palm fronds are guaranteed. Shirley Heights offers breathtaking views out over English Harbour.
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      Antigua
      With as many beaches as there are days in the year, Antigua and Barbuda make quite a splash. The northwest coast jostles with beach resorts, while harder to find, secluded spots dot the south and southwest coasts. Amazing pink and white sand beaches confetti the family-popular southeast coast.
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      Antigua
      In the capital, St. John's, the baroque towers of an 1845 cathedral dominate the skyline; an 18th-century courthouse holds a museum of island artefacts. Antigua's historical district unfolds around English Harbour, the world's only Georgian dockyard, and Shirley Heights, a colonial observation post.
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12Boston, Massachusetts, United States
With its host of revolution-related sites and an eclectic range of attractions, from the Museum of Science to the Museum of Bad Art, Boston is an inspired choice for family holidays. Watery wonder is on offer at New England Aquarium and from a swan boat on Public Garden Lagoon.
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      Boston
      From hot haute couture Mecca Newbury Street to the eclectic shops of historic Faneuil Hall Market Place, Beantown has an impressive array of places to shop and splurge. Vast Copley Place teems with shoppers stocking on upscale attire, while couples go antiquing on Beacon Hill's Charles Street.
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      Boston
      "The Athens of America" has an important place in American history. One can explore the city's past and present along the Freedom Trail and at Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, the Kennedy Library, Fenway Park, the Public Garden and the Boston Public Library, the first of its kind in the United States.
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13Jamaica, Caribbean
Whether petting crocodiles, feeding hummingbirds or bobbing down the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft as calypso bands play bankside, families can have a wonderfully wild time in laid-back Jamaica. Adventurous souls can hike by waterfalls and coffee plantations, clamber up Dunn's River Falls, or splash and sun on glistening beaches.
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      Jamaica
      Island heritage overflows in Jamaica, from the former seaside banana capital of Port Antonio to reggae legend Bob Marley's former Kingston home. Even natural attractions come with cool history: The age of stalagmite-filled Green Grotto Cave at Runaway Bay is estimated at 500,000 years.
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      Jamaica
      Looking for a destination where the two of you can tempt each other without the distractions of tours, tourist traps and too many other travellers? Couples can enjoy long stretches of beautiful beaches and waterfalls, joyous rhythms of reggae and the natural beauty of a tropical island.
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      Jamaica
      Blessed with miles of stunning natural coastline, Jamaica is a paradise for beach-lovers. Among the island's best offerings are Negril's Seven Mile Beach--rife with great snorkelling and diving, Treasure Beach on the South Coast and Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, which has sand that looks like sugar.
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14Chicago, Illinois, United States
One of the best places to go with family in tow, Chicago absolutely teems with attractions. Choose from the fun of touristy Navy Pier and photo ops at the mirrored Cloud Gate sculpture to riding a tandem along the hem of Lake Michigan, the (free) zoo or the wonderful Shedd Aquarium.
15Athens, Attica, Greece
Athens makes for a marvellous family holiday. Everyone will go away with astounding sights and experiences emblazoned in their memories; buildings the kids have only seen in cartoon form, from the Parthenon to the Acropolis looming up high. Plus towering statues, idyllic islands and stunning antiquities.
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      Athens
      Paradise for the history lover, Athens is filled with precious ruins of ancient Greek civilization. The most famous sights are the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Agora, the Theatre of Dionysos and the National Gardens, but to visit these attractions is merely to scratch the surface of what Athens has to offer.
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      Athens
      Known as a place to acquire antiques and leather goods, the Greek capital also has a famed flea market in Monastiraki. Chic neighbourhood Kolonaki teems with cafes, stores and restaurants. Situated within this fashionable suburb, Tsakalof Street is among the world's most expensive shopping addresses.
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16San Diego, California, United States
Beaches, fierce beasts and some serious splashes are just some of the sizzling hot family attractions in San Diego. The home of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND California's slew of more than 50 rides, holidays in San Diego are always hot commodities.
17Copenhagen, Zealand, Denmark
Make sure to take the little ones to see the famed Little Mermaid statue. Explore fairytale castles, then up the pace on the thrilling rides at Tivoli Gardens. First opened in 1883, the amusement park is now a virtual symbol of Denmark. The capital's safe streets are also fun for a family bicycle trip.
18Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Honolulu has more than history and tropical beaches. The entire family can delight in the astounding views from the short hike to Diamond Head crater, splash about in any of the water parks, investigate Hawaiian marine life in nature reserves and aquariums and indulge wonder in the many kid-friendly museums.
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      Honolulu
      History lovers will find much more to Honolulu than the beaches at Waikiki. Visitors should not miss Pearl Harbor and the accompanying USS Arizona Memorial. Those interested in the story of the islands will enjoy the displays of Polynesian artefacts at the Bishop Museum.
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      Honolulu
      Honolulu is the perfect base for enjoying everything Hawaii has to offer. Stroll or sunbathe on white-and beaches, climb a volcanic crater, surf the best waves, hold hands and watch the sun dip below the horizon or enjoy romantic candlelit dining and live entertainment.
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19Canary Islands, Spain
With their sandy beaches and appealingly priced family resorts, the Canaries are an inviting option for families. Tenerife offers a slew of fun attractions: Visit Europe's largest Aqua Park, Siam Park; meet the continent's largest parrot collection at Loro Parque. Hop on glass-bottomed boats to admire the islands' marine life.
20Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
After exploring the elaborate, fairytale palaces of Mad King Ludwig, the kids will enjoy a visit to the more practical Deutsches Museum, the world's largest technological museum, and its array of buttons, levers and pulleys. A visit to the Dachau concentration camp provides a sombre lesson in Germany's not-too-distant past.
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      Munich
      Almost completely destroyed in two world wars, Munich managed to re-create much of its folkloric, Bavarian past. It's home to world-class museums and elaborate Rococo palaces, plus the Hofbrauhaus, the world's oldest functioning brewery. The nearby Dachau concentration camp is a monument to a part of history that can't be forgotten.
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21Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States
D.C. diversity dazzles. Families find an endless variety of attractions to explore, from the buzz of Georgetown and funky Adams Morgans to more than a hundred monuments and museums, including the Smithsonian. And most are free! There's also a vibrant performing arts scene and major league sports excitement, courtesy of the Redskins and the Nationals.
22Salzburg, Austrian Alps, Austria
Top attractions in Mozart's hometown include its imposing fortress, Hohen Salzburg, a thrilling castle experience complete with cannons and dungeons. Follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapps on a many Sound of Music tour, visit the zoo or explore Mirabelle Gardens' labyrinth maze and dwarf gardens.
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      Salzburg
      Best known as Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg maintains its strong ties to the composer and classical music. The magnificent 11th-century Hohensalzburg (archbishop's compound) looms over the city, and the medieval Altstadt, or Old City, features grand 17th- and 18th-century baroque architecture as well as the Italian-style Salzburg Cathedral.
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23Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Fort Lauderdale calls itself the Venice of Florida, with frontage on the Atlantic Ocean, the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Families can journey through the Everglades, salt marshes and savannahs or relax on sunny, sandy beaches. Kids will especially love the Museum of Discovery and Science.
24Aruba, Caribbean
Clear waters and great weather are merely two of Aruba's draws. A smorgasbord of activities, from snorkelling to banana boating, entertains families above and below the waves, while jeep safari and quad racer tours are offered inland. A glimpse of the island's personality and past can be viewed at the Aruba Panorama.
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      Aruba
      Aruba has a good hand to play, with fine powder sand beaches, amazing surfing and big-name casinos. High-rise hotels house such casinos as Allegro Aruba Beach, Aruba Concorde and the vast 8,000-square-foot Alhambra Bazaar, where Caribbean Stud Poker is the big draw.
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      Aruba
      Spectacular for water sports or just sitting on the sand and admiring the tides, Aruba's beaches are truly special. Swimmers and sunbathers will enjoy the calm waters and white sand at Palm Beach, while water-skiers and surfers love the surf at Eagle Beach.
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      Aruba
      Aruba offers a delightful mix of daytime activities, nightlife and world-class dining to attract couples to its scenic shores. Indulge yourselves in romantic sunset walks on warm, sandy beaches and private coves, or explore the natural beauty or cultural attractions that make Aruba a popular honeymoon destination.
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25Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
All the right ingredients for a fabulous family getaway are on offer in, Puerto Vallarta; wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, great resorts and welcoming people. Perched between the ocean and the jungle, PV offers all the sports and activities of a perfect Pacific playground.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Puerto Vallarta has the ideal setting for a luscious romantic escape. Banderas Bay, the site of Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's big romance, offers fabulous beaches, some of the country's best restaurants, proximity to Old Mexico and boat rides to the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Thanks to the steady stream of cruise ship passengers passing through its harbour, Puerto Vallarta is geared toward the shopper, with virtually anything Mexican-made being readily available. The marina boardwalk, its nearby market, and the surrounding streets are full of shopping opportunities.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      On the second-largest natural bay on the continent, Puerto Vallarta has miles and miles of world-class beaches. The coastline is dotted with quiet coves and spectacular islands, and the water caters to all sorts of beach activities, from sunbathing to snorkelling to windsurfing.
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26Clearwater, Florida, United States
Although Clearwater is renowned for world-class golf courses, it offers plenty for families with small children. Parents and kids both can enjoy gorgeous white-sand beaches, dolphin-watching boat rides, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and nearby Busch Gardens amusement park.
27Anaheim, California, United States
Anaheim is ideally situated to take advantage of all Orange County's adventures, whether you plan on delving into the delights of Disneyland or basking on the bountiful beaches. Biplanes and hot-air balloons soar over O.C.'s aquariums, museums and restaurants. A visit to Nixon's Birthplace adds another element to family holidays.
28Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
With its beautiful beaches and scores of golf courses, popular Myrtle Beach offers plenty of great outdoor activities.  And if the weather doesn't cooperate, there's a great hands-on children's museum, Alligator Adventure and outlet malls that are sure to please.
29Santa Barbara, California, United States
Santa Barbara's picturesque coast and architecture make a fun backdrop for your family's holiday. Parents and kids enjoy riding the 3.2-mile bike path on bicycles or quadracycles, examining native marine life at the Sea Centre, or just exploring the beaches and parks along Cabrillo Boulevard.
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      Santa Barbara
      Santa Barbara's beaches have palm trees, wide shores, world-class surfing and annual beach volleyball tournaments--what's not to love? Families should fire up a grill at Leadbetter Beach, swimmers should take a dip in East Beach's calm waters and couples should share a view of the sunset at Butterfly Beach.
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      Santa Barbara
      Pamper yourself and someone special in Santa Barbara. Give yourselves over to the care of luxurious spas, take a day trip though California's "other" wine country, taste the pleasures of world-class dining by candlelight or treat yourself to unique shopping experiences.
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30Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Rich with history, Puerto Rico offers countless sightseeing and learning opportunities for the entire family. Visit El Faro--a 316-acre ecological reserve, shop Fortaleza Street, tour the Mayaguez Zoo or visit the largest radio telescope in the world at the Aricebo Observatory.
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      Puerto Rico
      Blessed with crystal-clear waters and gorgeous white or golden sands, Puerto Rican beaches have a lot to offer. Swimming is great at Luquillo Beach and Playa de Ponce, Playa Higuero is perfect for windsurfing and the breathtaking scenery and vegetation is everywhere.
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      Puerto Rico
      The chances of a good gambling trip to Puerto Rico are high, as elegant, atmospheric casinos abound. Considered the most enjoyable gaming destination in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has hotel and resort casinos across the island, from old San Juan to Dorado and Mayaguez.
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      Puerto Rico
      Steeped in Spanish tradition, Puerto Rico offers more than beautiful beaches, spectacular views and clear waters. You can wander trails leading to dramatic waterfalls, shop along the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and even try your luck at one of the island's elegant casinos.
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31Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Great country music may have put Nashville on the map, but other attractions are rapidly taking centre stage. The nationally acclaimed zoo features the largest community-built playground in the nation, plus great animal exhibits. And the Adventure Science Centre is perfect for all ages.
32Saint Pete Beach, Florida, United States
For a relaxing and entertaining beach holiday, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer young families. Play around at the Pier's Fun Centre arcade, test your driving skills on the go-kart track, go dolphin watching or dive into the blue waters, or get involved with the hands-on museum exhibits at Great Explorations.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      For a relaxing and entertaining beach holiday, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer sun-worshippers. Go dolphin watching, swim, snorkel or dive into the blue waters, enjoy every variety of water or sunny sport, or just lie back and soak up the sun on sandy Florida beaches.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      Nestled on the tip of a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Saint Pete Beach is perfectly situated for romantic strolls and pier dining. Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island are two of the country's best beaches, and Clearwater Beach's sunsets are breathtaking.
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33Bahamas, Caribbean
The Bahamas offers families 700 islands of fun, sun and nature. Marvel at the tropical wildlife, plunder away at Pirates in the Bahamas, or explore the Adventure Learning Centre's petting farm, planetarium and nature trail. Of course, there are always relaxing beaches for family fun.
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      Bahamas
      The Bahamas boasts an enticing array of gambling destinations. Grand Bahama's big draws include Freeport's Bahamia and Lucaya's Isle of Capri, while Paradise Island, adjacent to Nassau, boasts the thrilling, glittering Atlantis Resort, a fairy-tale destination with a 7-acre lagoon, towers, glass sculptures and fantastic gaming.
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      Bahamas
      Whatever you look for in a beach, the Bahamas has it. With sands that range from pink to white to sugary, waters that are blue or crystal clear, waves that cater to water sports or swimming and sunsets that are always romantic, the Bahamian shores are brilliant and unforgettable.
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      Bahamas
      Unique shopping opportunities can be found across the Bahamas' many islands, but the biggest concentration is along and around Bay Street in downtown Nassau, where you'll find department stores, boutiques and duty-free shops, as well as a lively straw market selling art, crafts and designer knock-offs.
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34Maui, Hawaii, United States
Whether on beautiful island beaches or volcanic craters, families will have a hot time enjoying all that Maui has to offer by foot, bike, car, helicopter or submarine. Kids will especially enjoy a Trilogy trip to Lanai, exploring Haleakala crater and visiting Maui Ocean Centre’s Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbour.
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      Maui
      The second largest Hawaiian Island, Maui is a tropical paradise. Explore the volcanic zenith of Haleakala, drive the curvy Road to Hana or just cool off at the black-sand beaches of Wai'anapanapa State Park. Stunning sunsets lure you into romantic evenings of beach strolls and candlelit dinners.
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      Maui
      Tropical trade winds cool Maui's thirty miles of glorious black, white and red sand beaches. With a constellation of splendid sandy spots ranging from secluded secrets to bustling beaches with restaurants and board hire, Maui has a beach to suit beachcombers, surfers, picnickers and swimmers.
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35Bermuda, Caribbean
The real Bermuda triangle comprises pink beaches, inspiring marine life and family fun. Even on rainy days, kids love the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and its 140,000-gallon replica of a living coral reef, as well as the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute's shipwrecks, artefacts and shark cage.
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      Bermuda
      The scents of hibiscus and oleander fill the air, balmy Trade Winds blow, secluded pink-sand beaches surround hidden coves, and candles twinkle during intimate dinners on this island made for couples. Horse-drawn carriages, stunning sunsets and moonlit strolls complete Bermuda's romantic ambience.
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      Bermuda
      Most famous for their pink sands, Bermuda's beaches are so good for swimming and water sports that most visitors will find that the Bermudan waters match the brilliance of its shores. Take a dip in the tranquil waters at Elbow Beach or try snorkelling at Warwick Long Bay.
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      Bermuda
      Bermuda's best shopping is in the City of Hamilton, the capital, where Front Street is the main buyer's drag. Fine British and Irish clothing and tableware are among the better finds, with prices cheaper than in their homelands due to Bermuda's lack of sales tax. St. George also boasts some good shops.
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36Tampa, Florida, United States
Tampa is the town for family entertainment and adventure. Go crazy at Busch Gardens/Adventure Island theme parks, get up close and personal with exotic birds at nearby Sarasota Jungle Gardens or experience science interactively at the Museum of Science and Industry planetarium and IMAX cinema.
37Key Largo, Florida Keys, Florida, United States
Home to America's only living coral barrier reef, Key Largo is your family's gateway to the Everglades. Explore the surprising life underwater on a glass-bottom boat, experience the "River of Grass" on an eco-tour, take your kids fishing, or play till their heart's content at Harry Harris Park and Beach.
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      Key Largo
      Amid tropical hardwoods and winding creeks, with coral clusters off shore, this northernmost of the Florida Keys feels a world away. Sunset sails, dolphin encounters, strolls through the mangrove wetlands and sumptuous meals for two make Key Largo a deliciously romantic destination.
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      Key Largo
      Key Largo's spectacular Sandspur and Caloosa Beaches are a part of protected area Bahia Honda. This divine duo of sandy beaches, with their coconut palms and year-round warm waters, offer marvellous swimming, snorkelling and kayaking in their calm waters. Sandspur is especially popular with families.
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38Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
Everyone is a kid again in Grand Cayman. Ride a submarine, visit Stingray City on a glass bottom boat, walk the plank or join a sword fight on The Jolly Roger replica, or enjoy the safety of snorkelling and the experience of scuba diving when you snuba.
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      Grand Cayman
      Grand Cayman is known as a scuba diving paradise with more than 130 dive sites surrounding the island, including its most famous one, Stingray City. Deep-sea fishermen enjoy the island's "national sport," and the coral reefs can be explored in many ways. The island also contains one of the Caribbean's best strands of sand, 7 Mile Beach.
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      Grand Cayman
      Coves and candlelight dinners attract romantics to cosmopolitan Grand Cayman. Sands stretch for miles, world-class restaurants serve sumptuous dishes, and Caribbean breezes lightly ripple across the island. It's a paradise both above and below water, as those who don snorkelling equipment will soon discover.
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39Sanibel Island, Florida, United States
Fans of seashell-collecting will rejoice on the beaches of Sanibel Island, where it's possible to find specimens worthy of the local Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Rent bikes and explore the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
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      Sanibel Island
      Saunter on the shell-speckled sands of tropical barrier island, Sanibel, on Florida's Gulf coast. Quiet, secluded White Beach, with its scurrying sandpipers, offers a respite from the holidaymaking hordes elsewhere, while Turner Beach lures those with their sights on shells or the day’s catch.
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      Sanibel Island
      The wedding wonderland of Sanibel Island lures lovers to its 15 miles of beautiful beaches. Shore strolls and embraces by the lighthouse, as the sun is setting, fill balmy days, while the island's melting pot of restaurants provide memorable menus for romantics.
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40Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Dazzling Daytona Beach is home to the International Speedway and is near Kennedy Space Centre, so kids of all ages can let their imaginations soar. Sunbathe and swim along 23 miles of sparkling beaches sure to please everyone.
41Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Boasting the world's longest pleasure beach, a renovated three-mile boardwalk and a plethora of parks--nature and themed--Virginia Beach is a perfect family getaway. You can escape the sun, but not the water; explore Virginia's largest aquarium or Ocean Breeze Water Park.
42Oahu, Hawaii, United States
There's no end to Oahu's family fun. Commune with dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays at Sea Life Park, ride a submarine to the site of sunken ships and reef structures, cool off on Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park' waterslides or explore 4,000 acres of Kualoa Ranch by ATV, horse, helicopter or kayak.
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      Oahu
      The promise of world-class nightlife and entertainment, opulent hotels and spas, and deserted beaches attracts romantics to Oahu. Horseback ride through the surf, walk barefoot on the sand, sail underneath the stars or stroll through lush tropical foliage while the sun sets on the Pacific.
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      Oahu
      With gorgeous beaches on each of its four shores, it's impossible for a beachgoer not to find something to love here. Oahu offers some of the world's best boogie boarding, bodysurfing and windsurfing. At tamer beaches, snorkelling is also great, and just watching the water from shore is always underrated.
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43Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Niagara Falls delights with scenery and interactive attractions on both sides of the border. Parents can bring their children to the water theme park at MarineLand and to the popular Aquarium of Niagara. But nothing tops the thrills of the roaring, thundering Falls themselves.
44St Maarten-St Martin, Caribbean
The island of Saint Maarten/Saint Martin offers twice the international flavour of a single holiday. Swim in the calm, clear waters of Le Gallion or Pinel Island beaches, hike through rain forest-like landscapes at Loterie Farm, or chase fluttering, colourful creatures at the Butterfly Farm.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      A glittering constellation of casinos is scattered across the vibrant Dutch side of St. Maarten. Some are Vegas-style, themed casinos, such as underwater-themed Atlantis and the Ancient Rome-inspired Coliseum. There's no shortage of hot entertainment options to add to the excitement.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      Dutch on the south and French on the north, St. Maarten/St. Martin is an entirely duty-free island, rendering it a playground for shoppers. Jewellery, high-end clothing and local and European crafts are especially popular. In St. Maarten, Philipsburg is the main shopping town; in St. Martin, it's Marigot.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      A spicy marriage of European and Caribbean cultures, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts lavish elegance and secluded beaches on the cosmopolitan French side and a bustling centre in Dutch-hued St. Maarten. Zouk, calypso, reggae and jazz soundtrack thrilling romantic dining experiences at some of the region's best restaurants.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      There is no shortage of beautiful shoreline on St. Martin, which boasts some 37 beaches. What sets these apart from other Caribbean beaches is their breathtaking environs--visitors will not only be stunned by the white sand and gorgeous water but also by caves, cliffs, palm trees and rock formations.
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45Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Try the coasters at the 100-acre, 17th-century Europe-themed amusement park Busch Gardens or get a taste of everyday 18th-century life in Colonial Williamsburg. Water Country USA's park boasts more than 30 rides and attractions plus terrific shopping and live entertainment.
46Ocean City, Maryland, United States
Billing itself as American's Greatest Family Resort, Ocean City offers 40 miles of coastline and fun. Enjoy the view from the 140-foot Ferris Wheel, ride thrilling roller coasters, wander the boardwalk shops or take a guided nature walk on the beach at Corsons Inlet State Park.
47Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
A small archipelago of adventure and relaxation awaits your family at Turks and Caicos. Go whale-watching, take a glass bottom boat to see iguanas running on the beaches of Little Water Cay, visit the popular Caicos Conch Farm or cool off in calm and shallow Sapodilla Bay.
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      Turks and Caicos
      Known for its amazing coral reefs and fascinating wildlife, Turks and Caicos is the ideal destination for the avid scuba diver or birdwatcher. The island's crystal-clear waters will also not disappoint those who enjoy snorkelling, surfing and swimming, and visitors will find plenty to do ashore, from sunbathing to shopping.
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      Turks and Caicos
      Just over an hour's flight from Miami, the Turks and Caicos Islands boast idyllic tropical beaches and turquoise tides. World-class spas offer opulent treatments and mouth-watering dishes with tropical twists. The islands are perfect for romantic strolls along deserted cays on starry nights.
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48St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
Looking for a peaceful family holiday on a mosquito-free island? Then look to St. Kitts. Sunbathe and swim on long stretches of pristine beaches, tour lava formations and tropical forests, visit the massive Brimstone Hill Fortress, or ride the Sugar Express.
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      St. Kitts
      Romance pervades the exotic tropical island of St. Kitts, with its wonderful beaches and cloud-tipped peak. An intoxicating blend of natural beauty, idyllic weather, stunning beaches, marvellous Colonial architecture and luxurious accommodations in former plantation homes are just some of St Kitts' Caribbean adventures.
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      St. Kitts
      Scuba divers delight in exploring hundreds of wrecks surrounding St. Kitts, some of which date back to the 1700s. This relatively undeveloped island features quiet beaches with volcanic black sand on the northern half and white sand on the southern half.
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49Marco Island, Florida, United States
Families flock to Marco Island for its idyllic weather, array of sun sports and plentiful golf courses. Tour the Ten Thousand Islands by airboat or ecotour, fish for Mangrove Snapper, go shopping and shelling, or admire 200 bird species while kayaking Rookery Bay.
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      Marco Island
      You can enjoy every imaginable water sport and get back to nature at a casual island pace on Marco Island. Swim, canoe, kayak or sail your way around the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands with miles of pristine beaches, nature reserves and protected marshes.
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      Marco Island
      Every kind of romantic will be wooed by picturesque Marco Island, an idyllic spot at the northernmost point of the Thousand Islands. Sumptuous restaurants, gleaming sands and luxurious accommodations make this a deliciously decadent destination for those with romance on their minds. Nights at the Philharmonic, in nearby Naples, add ambience.
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50St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
The Saint Petersburg area contains one of the top beaches in the country, but there's also plenty of room for culture. Kids of all ages love the pier, with its hands-on children's museum, aquarium and shopping. The Salvador Dali Museum and Florida Holocaust Museum provide more serious diversions.