Aug 222009
 
Sunset in Cabo San Lucas
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Cabo san Lucas is a favored destination for people around the world, and is especially known for its great sport fishing in Marlin Alley. There are many attractions and sites, including some of the world’s best whale watching. Even if you’re just looking to soak up the sun, this is definitely the place to visit.

Cabo san Lucas was once a very inaccessible vacation spot, as the most elite were the only ones who were able to visit. With today’s abundance of international airports and flights, traveling to Cabo is no longer a journey. It once had a few hotels, but this number has grown to accommodate the rising count of tourists visiting the area. These hotels are designed for any kind of tourist, from those traveling on a budget to others looking for a luxury vacation.

This town is on Baja California’s southern shore, specifically at the intersection of the Carretera Transpeninsula and the Southern Cape Highway. Its location makes it an ideal place for driving and cycling. You’ll find a wide range of tourists, from excited college kids to high-rolling golfers and sport fishers.

The streets have no numbers in Cabo san Lucas, so finding something you want to do or see on the city streets is no easy task. You won’t have too much trouble navigating around Cabo san Lucas as the people are friendly and more than willing to help out any wandering tourists.

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Aug 052009
 
Las Vegas Strip
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Census statistics indicate that family size has been decreasing steadily over that last several decades. Ironically, this phenomena is accompanied by a seemingly counter-intuitive trend towards making commodities more family or child friendly. For example, the Las Vegas Strip, formerly the center of vice and sin for North America, has been undergoing a steady transformation to being a more family friendly destination, while cruise lines such as Carnival specifically target the family demographic with certain cruises and special offers. Not surprisingly, this trend has permeated the service industry, leading to the development and introduction of family friendly hotels, which are intended to serve groups with small children more efficiently than a regular hotel.

Family Hotels are a great option when you’re travelling with children of any age, whether infants or teenagers. On a certain level, they can be considered a reactionary movement initiated to counter adults-only motels and hotels, which attempt to provide a more peaceful atmosphere for older members of the population. By patronizing a family friendly hotel, you are making a positive difference on two levels. First of all, you’re providing your family with accommodations that were designed or remodeled specifically for children, and second you’re taking the concerns of older guests into consideration by self-selecting into the most appropriate rooms.

The extra considerations provided by family hotels are both simple and more complex in nature. For example, one great reason to consider a family hotel is the availability of rooms with cribs and/or bassinets for infants, as well as additional beds or cots for older children. The more subtle changes can include electric socket protectors, safety cords on the windows, and even specially designed toilet seats. Some of the best family hotels provide entire rooms built around a single theme, such as a safari, a space trip, or a sea voyage. Family friendly hotels also offer more common amenities such as pools, vending machines, and a concierge.

Interestingly, family friendly hotels are a great way to facilitate dates and couples nights out. This is because family hotels often offer baby sitting services for the benefit of parents. Child watching programs are yet another benefit of family friendly hotels, which often eliminate more adult-oriented entertainment options such as bars in order to focus resources on more family friendly programs. Some family hotels even offer fully featured playgrounds and other facilities, allowing both children and parents to have a great time.

There are entire websites devoted to providing information about family friendly hotels, just like there are internet resources for pet friendly and adults-only facilities. These hotels are often attached to restaurants with menus designed specifically to suit the highly picky and selective eating habits of children. There are literally thousands of child and family friendly hotels throughout the United States, ensuring that regardless of where you’re planning to vacation there will be a family hotel nearby. Many family hotels are located near and even run by popular corporations such as Disney.

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