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Avoiding Kids When Traveling

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When school is out, it seems like all the resorts and destinations promote their family-friendly options. But what about those of you want to AVOID kids on vacation?

The good news is that there are plenty of resorts that don’t allow children. But make sure you read the fine print before you book.

Some resorts like the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica say no kids allowed, but that actually refers to children under age 12.

Palm Island resort in the Grenadines is adults only, but that’s only in the high season, between December and April.

Cruise ships are often touted as being family friendly, but there are some adult-only spaces if you know where to look.

On Carnival Cruise Lines, just look for the Serenity Retreat Deck, and on Princess Cruises it’s called the Sanctuary.

No kids are allowed in those areas meaning you get some peace and quiet. Even if a destination doesn’t have a firm no-kids policy in place, there are some tricks.

Travel just before or after families traditionally take vacations—that includes just before spring break, in late September and early May.

Pick hotels that don’t have swimming pools, and call ahead to find out if the hotel offers a kids menu or kids clubs—if it doesn’t, well, that’s a very good sign.

For more kids-free options, check out our Romantic & Couples Travel section.

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