Photo: Natalie Southwick
Nestled on the western side of the Guajira peninsula, a remote spit of desert split between Colombia and Venezuela that juts out into the Caribbean, the pocket-sized town of Cabo de la Vela has quietly become a major eco-tourism destination – for those daring enough to brave the trip to try to find it. A two-hour drive from the nearest highway, Cabo de la Vela is the definition of “off the beaten path,” a tiny fishing village with a few houses and restaurants, a nearby lighthouse and some of the most beautiful water on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Photo: Kevin Raub
French bombshell Brigitte Bardot didn’t discover Armação dos Búzios (Búzios for short) but when she decided in 1964, at the top of her fame, to hide away in this small, unknown fishing village north of Rio de Janeiro for three months, she helped the world discover Búzios. The timeline of this gorgeous Brazilian beach resort, home to 23 some-odd beaches, each more perfect than the next, can be divided in two parts: B.B (Before Bardot) and A.B (After Bardot).
Photo: Beach Park
Bringing your kids to Brazil? No problem! Generally speaking, Brazil is a very kid-friendly country and the entire culture revolves around the idea of family time.
Let’s talk logistics: The airfare for children under the age of two usually runs 10% of the full-fare, rising to 50% until the age of 12. On long-distance buses, your lap is free, a seat is full-fare. Many hotels allow kids under five to stay free, but cots, cribs and other baby-oriented items may be more rare – plan ahead. Baby food and diapers are easy to find, but some of your favorite medicines may not be (best to bring those along). Overall, bring what you can’t live without, buy or borrow most of the standard necessities.
And if your kids can’t live without peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it’s best to bring your own PB! It’s rare outside of Rio, São Paulo and Brasília and expensive no matter where you are. Paying $18 for a jar of Peter Pan can ruin a vacation!
Here are Brazil’s top five destinations and attractions for kids:
With a stunning coastline of almost 3,000 miles, Chile definitely has a beach to suit every taste. There are beaches for checking out tidal pools, like Isla Negra, and for big wave surfing like Pichilemu, a couple of hours south west of Santiago, and of course, beaches for rock-scrambling, wading, long walks at sunset, and even the occasional chungungo (marine otter) sighting. The last one I saw in Maitencillo, on an early morning walk.
But if I had to pick just one beach, from the north, center and south of Chile’s extraordinarily long coastline, for long days at the beach, azure waters and sheer entertainment, I know which ones are my favorites, starting from the south.
Peru receives international acclaim for its man-made mysteries – primarily Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines – but perhaps one of its equally alluring destinations wasn’t manufactured by hand.
Peru’s beaches stretch more than 1,400 miles (2,250 km) down a sprawling coastline that kisses the Pacific Ocean. At nearly double the length of California’s famous seaside, Peru offers travelers a varied experience – from luxurious resorts to surfing Meccas to playful penguins.