The colorful island of Cozumel is laid back, peaceful, and has a feeling of authenticity about it. Beach lovers, who come for the white sands and the sun, will find plenty of things to do in Cozumel. Snorkelers and divers explore the abundant reefs, part of the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef system… Read More
About Candyce H. Stapen
Candyce H. Stapen is an award-winning travel journalist and author. As travel editor/producer at USA TODAY, Stapen launched the company’s digital travel sites. Her work appears in many outlets, including the Washington Post and Frommers.com. Candyce has written thousands of articles and 29 books about family travel, including two for National Geographic. She founded non-profit Henny’s Kids to bring solar-powered laptops and computer training to rural elementary schools in Africa.
Candyce raised her family in Washington, D.C., and currently resides there with her husband and Lily, a Newfoundland.
Entries by Candyce H. Stapen
Puerto Rico is back! After Hurricane Maria’s devastation and Covid’s exclusion, the best hotels have been rebuilt, refreshed, and reopened—and families are returning. Some popular resorts line San Juan’s vibrant Condado Beach, but because that area can have rough waves and dangerous currents, we’ll leave those properties off this particular list (although if your kids are… Read More
The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix is a beautiful island with a complex past and alluring attractions. Forts and remnants of sugar plantations attest to the island’s Dutch colonial era, as do the colorful Dutch-built structures in Christiansted. Underwater reefs rich with corals, sponges, and schools of tropical fish lure snorkelers and… Read More
Unlike other seaside cities, Newport, Rhode Island, blooms with grand mansions built by the nation’s super-rich during the “Gilded Age”. Ocean breezes drew the wealthy, who constructed the “cottages” as summer residences to escape the heat of New York, Philadelphia, and other urban areas. Newport has become synonymous with sea, sailing, and society. Tour the… Read More
Discover the best things to do in Grenada, where sparkling sands and turquoise waters lure beach lovers. However, this jewel of an island has much more to offer. Enjoy these 14 Grenada attractions and experiences.
Whitewater rafting is a thrilling and surprisingly family-friendly adventure, giving kids, parents, and grandparents the chance to build teamwork while navigating churning waterways threading through forests, canyons, and other impressive sights. On most outings, no experience is necessary because guides accompany rafters and oversee their paddling. These mild-to-wild day outings and multiday trips let your… Read More
The Caribbean island nation of Grenada consists of three islands—Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique—collectively featuring some 40 beaches. Choose from grand strands in the heart of town, off-the-beaten-path hideaways, sugar-soft Caribbean sands, and wild Atlantic shores. Whatever you choose, Grenada’s beaches are ripe for “liming”, the Caribbean art of enjoying yourself by hanging out with… Read More
Congrats—you’ve found a great vacation rental for your family! Here’s how to be sure you get the best price and protect your purchase. Search multiple agencies. Owners often list a property with several rental booking sites that use different names for the same unit. To confirm it’s the same place, compare the descriptions and photos… Read More
Barcelona is a great place to take kids, especially tweens and teens. The city’s flamboyant mix of wide boulevards, medieval neighborhoods, contemporary museums, and parks gives families plenty of places to meander. The Catalan capital pops with great places to eat, too; you’ll find teen-friendly tapas bars all over the city. And if you want… Read More
Key West is a subtropical paradise of just seven square miles, packed with exciting and romantic things to do for couples. Nearly 100 miles from mainland Florida, Key West is the southernmost region of the continental U.S., infused with the sights and scents of the tropics and at the same time, quirky, creative, and romantic…. Read More
Even places that welcome kids don’t necessarily childproof their units. That’s up to you. Once parents have planned and booked a family trip to a new destination, the next thing they should do is ensure every step will be childproof. That starts with using an approved child restraint system in airplanes and rental cars and… Read More
One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica is the stuff of tropical dreams: gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, lazy rivers for rafting and caves for exploring. The mountains are high enough and cool enough for coffee plantations to flourish, and the West Indian culture is rich in tradition. Take time to… Read More