There comes a time when beer bongs and half shirts fade into fuzzy memories on a Facebook page, and Yo Gabba Gabba replaces date night at the movies.
You’re parents now, and you have to vacation accordingly.
Soon co-eds will be hitting the beaches of Florida, California, Mexico and the Caribbean, looking for sun and singles. That’s not where you want to be. Families need quiet, room for a Pack ‘N Play and a kitchen to cook mac ‘n cheese at a tantrum’s notice.
Consider these kid-friendly vacation homes on the beach, where the likeliness of running into Chad and Trixie from Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Sigma Sigma are slim to none.
1. Destin vacation condo
The Emerald Coast is known for its sugar white sand and tamer waters, a tranquil setting for you and your brood. Teach the kids how to make sandcastles, let them run through the mushroom shower in the pool and put them to bed in the bunk room while you two enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. This comfortable piece of Destin real estate comes at an affordable weekly rate of $1,200-$1,400.
2. Treasure Island vacation rental
A winding wooden boardwalk wraps around this Gulf-front property, which is surrounded by water on three sides. Parents, brush up on your tennis game or take a dip in the pool. Kids, watch for the dolphins swimming and feeding along the Intracoastal Waterway. This is one spring break you’ll all remember.
3. Myrtle Beach vacation condo
This vacation rental begs for time spent in the water. Check it out: six indoor and outdoor oceanfront pools, two indoor lazy rivers, five kiddie pools, five jacuzzis and two hot tubs. Don’t forget to take a photo of your fingers turning into prunes.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.