Family Central America

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Plan them properly and family holidays in Central America can be among the very best you ever have. The reason(s)? An almost perfect blend of beautiful beaches, watersports, adventurous activities, cultural (but not too cultural) curiosities, family-friendly accommodation and great weather in some of the key school holidays. Read on to find out more.

Our Americas team know the region extremely well and are on hand to tailor-make family holidays in Central America designed to your exact specifications and family requirements. Then there are the additional services that come as standard on all Original Travel holidays - fast-track check-in and security at the airport, and lounge access even if you're flying economy. In addition, all children aged between three and ten also receive a fun pack from celebrated children's party people Sharky & George full of challenges, games and destination-specific quizzes. Even better, when you're on the ground in Central America, our clued-up local Concierges are on hand to make any additional arrangements.

So, what might the highlights be on a family holiday in Central America? Exhibit A would most likely be Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula in particular. You can hang out on wonderful beaches, snorkel (and older children can dive), see manatees in the wild, explore cave systems, wander around colonial towns, learn to cook classic Mexican dishes and - arguably best of all - visit spectacular Mayan cities.

Another classic destination for family holidays in Central America is Costa Rica. No Mayan civilisation here, but wildlife that is second to none in a country with unparalleled biodiversity. You and the brood can spot (and hear) howler monkeys, watch turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, white water raft, whizz on zip lines through rainforest canopy and generally monkey around in this verdant adventure playground.

Elsewhere, Belize is the biz for snorkelling and swimming off coral cayes (islands), and Guatemala offers an intriguing slice of indigenous life, while Nicaragua and Panama might just be the next big thing in family holidays in Central America. Watch these spaces…

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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