The 16 Best Places to Go on Vacation With a Baby or Toddler

Planning a vacation with a baby or toddler? Check out these 16 great child-friendly options! (17 Photos)

Nancy Schretter and Ellen Parlapiano on Jan 1, 2013 at 3:21PM

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Baby-Friendly Vacation Spots You'll All Love

Atlantis Resort

a Nancy Schretter and Ellen Parlapiano on Jan 1, 2013 at 4:24PM

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.

Cost: $$$$

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.

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