Finding a vacation rental that is family friendly means that you found a spot that caters to all the members of your family, from young to old. There should be no safety concerns for young ones and no discrimination of services based on age.
It is one thing to find a good vacation rental. It is another to find a good vacation rental that meets all your needs – and this includes being family friendly. Just so you don’t waste your time, here are a few tips for finding that perfect vacation rental.
Look for Family Friendly Activities
Many resorts and vacation rental areas offer activities for kids. This is something you want to pay attention to. If you check online or ask around about a particular rental and you hear things such as, “night club,” “lounge,” “pool bar,” or any other adult term, you may want to give the property a call to discuss the available kid activities before you consider other options.
It is common for family-friendly vacation rentals to have activities for every member of the family. For example:
- Kids clubs that provide activities such as dancing, contests, crafts, movie nights, face-painting, etc.
- Kid-friendly dining options available.
- Treats available for kids, such as popcorn, cookies, ice cream socials, etc.
- On-site playgrounds.
True family friendly locations will have options and activities for all members of the family. Sure, a playground can delight your nine-year-old, but what about a sixteen-year-old? Make sure of this before booking so that you won’t be disappointed.
The options for kid-friendly activities are unlimited. But it is comforting to stay somewhere knowing that while the adults often take vacations to get in some relaxation, the kids (of all ages) will have some entertainment!
Location, Location, Location
It is extremely important to do your research and make sure that the area you intend to stay is accommodating to the entire family. There is nothing worse than arriving at your vacation rental and realizing that there isn’t anything for the kids to do outside of the rental itself.
Generally, most individuals want to be closest to the activity – whether it is the beach, amusement parks*, shopping and dining areas, etc. However, due to the demand, these rentals tend to come with a slightly bigger price tag. Once you confirm that the area will be fun for your family, don’t rule out staying a bit off the beaten path. Besides, sometimes you find some hidden gems that you never otherwise would have!
The key is to get to know the area you are going to before you actually go.
Research the Area
Planning a vacation for your family may seem daunting, but researching the area will give you a good idea of what the destination has to offer so you can plan your vacation with ease. Look for family friendly activities available in the area, connect with others who have been there, and ask a local for recommendations.
Our team at Diamond Resorts is more than happy to help guide you and your family toward the best possible destination.
Researching the area ahead of time will ensure you and your family enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Consider the Amenities
Think about it – parents are busy on any normal day. On vacations, it is even worse! They need to tie up loose ends with work, ensure the house is protected and safe, pack a suitcase for themselves – and the kids, etc. It is a lot to handle and, often, something gets missed. This is where help is welcomed.
Vacation rentals themselves can provide amenities that make things easier for parents. These amenities can range from items that will occupy young ones to a sample supply of forgotten necessities. Other amenities that may be appreciated:
- A small variety of books (adult, teen, and kids)
- DVD player (preferably with a few family friendly DVD’s)
- Board games
- Coloring books with crayons
- Toiletry items for the family, including a sample of baby wipes, first aid kit, etc.
- Crib (and even stroller) availability.
Is the Rental a Good Fit for Your Family?
Those who advertise vacation rentals know what they are doing. They know what population they are seeking for their rental and gear their advertisements for them. While the system works well most of the time, we can never just rely on what an ad says.
- Is it family friendly?
- Is it a quiet facility that will make you stress trying to keep your kids at bay for fear of complaints?
- Is it a loud and rowdy party rental area?
- Will your kids be exposed to things that they shouldn’t or have difficulty falling asleep at an early bedtime?
What to Avoid
Although a vacation rental may try to convince you that it is family friendly, there are a couple of things you want to avoid when booking.
- Incorrectly worded rental ads. Don’t believe everything you hear or read.
- Great vacation rentals in bad locations. Make sure you research the surrounding areas and the rental property. The last thing you want is to have a vacation rental that has everything you need but makes you scared to venture too far off the property.
- Vacation rentals that require you to pay additional fees for all activities. If you have a very large family or intend to stay for an extended amount of time, these fees can add up.
Do your research and learn about the rental area. Speak to the property owner or management team and ask questions. These extra steps can save you time, money, and aggravation in the long run and result in an enjoyable vacation for your entire family.
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