If you've always loved travel, there's no need to check your wanderlust at the nursery room door. Believe it or not, now -- while your baby is still, well, a baby -- is a great time to get up and go on a getaway. After all, babies and toddlers are lightweight and portable. Best of all, most airlines and hotels give them a free ride! Not all family vacation spots are created equally, though, if you've got young kids in tow. Here, our tips and picks for the best in baby-friendly destinations.
Hit the Beach
Beaches are one of the most popular destinations for all travelers. When tot-friendliness -- not ocean views -- is your prime concern, look for beach spots with plenty of family attractions and services.
Where to go: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Cool option: Atlantis
Why mama will love it: "Prompt Response Line," allows parents to order anything they need to care for their baby; custom meals for severe food allergies; Johnson & Johnson Gentle Travel Kits; Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) and Sea Squirts interactive marine animal program and feedings for kids ages 3 and up; CPR certified babysitters; luxurious Mandara Spa.
Why kids will love it: 141 acres of water attractions including Splashers, a waterplay area just for tots; 50,000 fish and sea creatures; make-your-own stuffed animals at Atlantis Pals; free nightly family movies.
When to go: Year-round with great rates during fall months
Best for: Families who love water activities, particularly those with at least one school-aged child.
More great options: The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Fla.; Isla Verde Beach Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha's Vineyard, Mass.