As the old Harry Chapin song "Cats in the Cradle" laments, the irony of working so hard while you raise your kids is that by the time you're ready to slow down and spend time with them as adults, they are off working hard to raise their own. This precious time goes fast, and the opportunity to get together and enjoy one another's company is rare.
Taking a special vacation together is a great way to find that time and create lasting memories as a family. But there's a problem: Vacationing with the whole family isn't always an easy feat. With two grandparents, a couple of kids, their spouses and the grandchildren, you quickly have a huge group that few hotels and resorts can comfortably or affordably accommodate. Since the point of the vacation is to be together, where can you vacation as a family and stay connected the entire time?
Caribbean vacation home rentals for your family
Comfortable shared space
When you travel in a group you will need a comfortable shared space that can accommodate the entire family, both indoors and out. That means multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, full-size kitchens, dining tables, etc. Without these extensive features, you feel like you're on top of each other at all times. On the other side of the spectrum, you may not have the option to rent rooms side-by-side, so you'll be constantly separated from one another. With a vacation rental, however, you will have spacious indoor and outdoor living space that you can enjoy as a family.
The affordability of vacation rentals
We have posted about vacation-rental savings before, but it's worth mentioning again: No matter where you go, vacation rentals are likely going to be much more affordable than hotels, especially when you are obligated to rent multiple hotel rooms.
We have written less about the relative expense of Roatan versus other Caribbean islands, but it is equally true that Roatan trades at a discount to its more well-known counterparts. When you combine those two factors into the cost of a Roatan vacation rental, you can see why so many people believe it is not only a great experience, but also one of the best values in travel.
The variety on the island
Every destination has that place, the region, town, village or area that provides a perfect setting for your family. Let's face it, even close-knit families enjoy different things and have different schedules, with individuals wanting or needing some alone time. The ability for the grandkids to play on the beach while the kids go shopping—or if the kids enjoy going out for pizza while the parents like to stay in and cook—a Caribbean vacation rental can accommodate all of that. Ultimately, the key to your enjoyment is for a range of options to be easily accessible for everyone, without turning you into a professional tour guide.
If you are considering getting the extended family together for a special event or even just for an annual vacation, there is an easy way to get all of these advantages wrapped up in a single trip.