Now that your baby has arrived and you’re ready to resume parts of your old life, like traveling, you might be wondering where are the best places to travel with a baby. We talked to real parents who have been there and came up with this list of best places to travel with a baby around the world.
Best Places to Travel With a Baby
- Tips for Baby Travel
- Where to Travel with a Baby
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Europe
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in North America
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Asia
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Oceania
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in the Middle East
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Central America
- Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Africa
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- Baby Travel 101
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Tips for Baby Travel
Traveling with an infant or baby can seem intimidating at first, especially for your first holiday with baby. But it doesn’t have to be…We have no doubts that you’ll find that traveling with a baby will be rewarding wherever you decide to go, as it will be more about the time you have together.
Once you’ve been through this list of baby friendly holiday destinations and decided on where to travel with a baby that will suit your family best, make sure to read our best tips for flying with a baby and our top baby travel essentials.
Choosing your baby friendly destination and booking your flights are the first step! After that, you’ll need to start thinking about the details of travel with a baby. But don’t worry, we have you covered. We’ve always tried to keep things as simple as possible and even managed to avoid traveling with all that baby gear.
We have all the baby travel tips including how to deal with jet lag and how to get your baby to sleep on vacation. Our list of the best baby travel beds will help you decide what to pack, as will our packing list for travel with baby (sign up and get it directly to your inbox at the end of this post).
On to the fun part…
Where to Travel with a Baby
Choosing where to travel with a baby isn’t just about finding places with high chairs and baby friendly activities. You still have an opportunity to travel to places that you’ve always wanted to visit and see what you want to see. The best vacations with a baby are the ones where you will enjoy your time the most. It also helps when the people are welcoming to parents traveling with a baby, but in all likelihood you will find this everywhere. People can not resist a cute baby!
Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Europe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Traveling to Amsterdam with a baby is an amazing experience. The city is one of the most walkable and friendliest, with a host of activities, parks, boat rides and museums to explore. If arriving by plane, a train will take you to the city center.
Walking around Amsterdam with a baby is easy, as the city is incredibly friendly for babies, though its best to use a carrier to wander the beautiful canals. Strollers are great too, though in some areas, you may need to leave it and walk up or down steps. Going on a family canal ride is a peaceful way to explore the city. Numerous canal rides occur each day with an evening canal ride recommended by many families as well.
Amsterdam has several great parks for babies including Vondelpark and a small zoo, Artis, that is worth a visit. NEMO museum is a wonderful family friendly museum that provides hours of indoor activities and hands on exhibits. At the least, your baby will be amazed by the abundance of noise making machines, gadgets or bubble wands creating huge illusions. It must also be said, that the Dutch are extremely welcoming to families and will help you if you need it, which makes traveling to Amsterdam with a baby all the better.
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Barcelona was our first international trip with a baby and found it to be a great place to visit with a baby. We loved the fact that we could easily get from the Barcelona-El Prat Airport to the hotel without needing to take a taxi and getting around Barcelona with a baby was simple. We were able to walk almost everywhere and the metro was easy to navigate. We used both a stroller and baby carrier for Barcelona, which worked really well since not all attractions in Barcelona were stroller friendly.
There was so much to see around Barcelona, that we easily filled a week. From walking through the maze of alleyways in the historic Gothic Quarter, spending time on Barceloneta Beach and marveling at the architecture by Gaudi, you can’t go wrong with Barcelona. Our daughter was 3 months when we took her to Barcelona, so we really got to just enjoy our time together and really take in the sights. Traveling with an infant usually means just doing what you want to do since they sleep most of the time, however she did seem to really enjoy the family friendly L’Aquarium Barcelona.
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Dublin is a great city to visit with a baby. Most of the attractions and tourist spots are in the center of the city and are easily reachable by walking. The city has a lot to offer those visiting Dublin with kids of all ages, and many of the main streets have wide footpaths making them accessible for strollers and buggies. There are also two long pedestrian-only streets as well, making it very family-friendly.
For babies, there are some great parks for them to enjoy, weather depending of course. St. Stephen’s Green, located on the southside, has wide open spaces, a lake with ducks who will gladly receive any food thrown their way, and a refurbished playground. You might find a queue for the baby swings though as they are quite popular.
If your baby is past the newborn stage, then they might enjoy a visit to Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park. The new African Plains area is a great addition to the city zoo. The Phoenix Park can also be enjoyed with a baby with the People’s Gardens, a playground and more on offer. Check around the Papal Cross for the herd of fallow deer too.
If you are looking for a great indoor place to take a baby, then a visit to Imaginosity, the Dublin Children’s Museum in Sandyford is a must. This museum, set across three floors, allows children to be children and has two dedicated baby and toddler exhibitions. With babies from 6 to 12 months costing just €2 and those between 1 and 2 years of age priced at just €6, it’s brilliant value for an indoor activity.
Dublin is an extremely family-friendly city and can easily be enjoyed with a baby in tow.
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Our first international trip with the Babe was to Nice, France. The laid back atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur made an ideal location for traveling with a baby. Avoiding the rush and hustle of a big city meant we could focus on figuring out how to incorporate nap schedules and diaper changes into our travel style. We relaxed our normally hectic itinerary and focused on spending time together as a family.
One of the things we enjoyed the most during this trip was relaxing on the beach. The French Riviera is best known for its azure blue waters. Thanks to its pebble beaches, the waters are crystal clear. Still, pre-Babe, I scoffed at pebble beaches. Clear water or no, sunbathing is much more comfortable on a sugar sand beach. Our trip to Nice post-Babe taught me to appreciate pebble beaches. No sand getting into every nook and cranny. No fighting a sandy baby to reapply sunscreen. And no digging sand out of curious mouths. We found sitting on an inflatable float made our beach trips much more comfortable.
Another thing we enjoyed about Nice was all the great food! On our first visit as a family to Nice the Babe hadn’t started solids yet, but she enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city as we wandered around finding restaurants to try. The great thing about traveling with a baby is that they go where you take them and don’t have an opinion about where you eat!
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I have been to quite a few distant places for holidays with my little girl and husband and not everything is hunky-dory when you travel with a child; you still are on feeding schedules, trying to fix nap times and mastering the art of diaper changes at odd places & all the usual baby business that happens along the way, but that doesn’t in any way deter my excitement for planning a next one.
Out of all the places that I have been with my little tribe I’d pick Sicily (Italy) as my most favorite place to visit with a baby and the one with a dramatically lasting experience and here is why:
This places is not just about emerald water beaches; it has so much more. Sicily offers a very diverse landscape and cultural composition as you navigate from the north to the south. It has some of the best vineyards and most colourful fishing villages all around. And for all those foodies, the island will be a sure culinary delight; especially for those trying to satiate their sweet tooth; the place boasts of quite a few prolific restaurants/ cafes that serves Sicily’s timeless recipes.
Apart from all that, the highlight of our trip was the time we spent in this one of a kind luxury resort ‘Cita del mare’ that feels straight out of a film set. This place has so much, from all the entertainment and recreational activities like live music, spa, sauna, salsa class , sports ground, kids play area, private beach, Olympic size pools, theater nights plus a water slide that propels you straight into the Mediterranean Sea. This adrenaline inducing slide passes three decks and at each level you see some spectacular views of this huge property as you come splashing all the way down.
So whatever your style of holidaying is or vacation preferences are; Sicily has enough to craft an amazing and unforgettable experience.
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Italy is incredible with babies or toddlers! Read more on visiting Rome with a baby or toddler, Cinque Terre with a baby or toddler or Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with a baby or toddler.
Best Places to Travel with a Baby in North America
Acadia, Maine USA
Acadia National Park in Maine is one of the best baby friendly destinations. With it’s close proximity to the beautiful coastal town of Bar Harbor, there is plenty to see and enjoy for 4-5 days. The town of Bar Harbor is easily walkable with cute cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants and a walkway along the waterfront that is also stroller friendly.
In a short shuttle ride or five-minute car ride, you’ll be at the entrance of the stunning Acadia National Park. Take your time while driving along the loop road and take plenty of breaks to take your baby to see the sights. There are great shorter hikes, multiple parking lots, easy to find bathrooms and serene beauty. Don’t forget to stop at the Jordon Pond house for tea and “popovers”, they are delicious!
Want to read more about taking a family trip with baby to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor? Here are 10 things to do in Acadia National Park and what to do in Bar Harbor Maine with kids.
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Grand Canyon, Arizona USA
Visiting Grand Canyon National Park is a perfect destination option for families who love the outdoors and who want to enjoy the canyon while their baby is still young and not yet fully mobile. We recently visited the Grand Canyon with our nine-month-old, and she loved enjoying the fresh Arizona air and stunning views. The Grand Canyon offers a wonderful, free shuttle service that makes getting around the park quick and easy (with plenty of storage space for your collapsible stroller).
The Rim Trail is the perfect option for families who want to experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon with a baby without doing a major hike. The Rim Trail is well-paved, so feel free to bring your stroller! Some points of the trail will feel safer than others, but it is always recommended to keep your baby close to you in either a stroller or a baby carrier.
The Grand Canyon offers several amazing restaurant options that are all baby-friendly. El Tovar offers amazing views of the canyon and delicious food, and they will make you feel welcome as a family.
Overall, your baby will truly enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous national park!
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New York City, New York USA
Visiting New York City with a baby is a fun adventure for both parents and baby! We loved that we could walk almost everywhere we wanted to go with the exception of a few subway rides, which we avoided at rush hour with our stroller. Most places are stroller friendly, but be sure to bring a baby carrier for those that aren’t.
It’s a great city to visit with a baby because there’s so much for parents to enjoy while your baby is napping in the stroller. If museums are your thing, there are plenty to choose from, like the American Museum of Natural History, MoMA or the Guggenheim Museum. The parks are fabulous and we recommend taking a stroll along the High Line and of course, you could spend days in Central Park.
If you don’t have time to visit the Statue of Liberty, you can take the Staten Island Ferry for incredible views of it and the NYC skyline. Don’t miss seeing the city from up high from some of the observation decks too. We tried both and recommend Top of the Rock vs the Empire State Building observation deck! Finally, you can even take in a New York Yankees game.
There’s really something to please everyone in New York City, along with incredible food and restaurants.
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Yellowstone National Park, USA
You might not think a land of scalding water, precipitous cliffs, and wolves and bears is the best destination to travel with a baby, but I do. Living about an hour north of the world’s first National Park means our kids grew up visiting Yellowstone from the time they were infants.
There is a lot of science telling us we all need to spend more time outside, especially kids. The numerous benefits include better mental well-being and physical health. Of course, you have to do it safely. Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place to take little ones because there are stroller-friendly boardwalks, easy-access swimming areas, and many short, wonderful trails. Lodging is family-friendly (though in high demand, make your reservations early!), there are plenty of restaurants, and the markets and general stores have all the necessities you might have forgotten at home.
As your kids get a little older, children’s Ranger programs and campfires, interactive visitor centers (especially at Old Faithful), and Junior Ranger programs, will keep them entertained while they learn more about the park.
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Yosemite National Park, USA
It may sound surprising, but Yosemite National Park is an awesome baby-friendly travel destination! And that doesn’t mean just driving to overlooks to see the views and snap selfies of yourself with your little ones. There are so many baby-friendly hikes you can do with a good off-road stroller, and even more options if you’re willing to use a baby carrier to hike with your baby.
We visited recently with our baby boy for a long weekend, and bringing him along didn’t hold us back at all. We took him on three great hikes to see some of Yosemite’s most picturesque waterfalls. We used a stroller to get to Bridalveil Falls and Lower Yosemite Falls (two relatively easy hikes), and used a baby carrier to reach the Vernal Fall footbridge (a slightly more steep and strenuous hike). He even had fun crawling around some of the displays at the visitor center!
Visiting Yosemite with a baby — actually, visiting any national park with a baby — is a great idea. With just a little extra gear, you can take baby all over the park and still have an epic mini-adventure.
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Sedona, Arizona USA
Sedona may not immediately come to mind as one of the best places to travel with an infant, but traveling with a toddler as well made it perfect! Our daughter was 2 years old and our son was just 2 months old when we decided to go hiking in Sedona. As is typical when hiking with toddlers, our daughter just wanted to explore, which at 2 months post-partum the pace was just fine with me.
There are so many family friendly hiking trails in Sedona that offer incredible views. With our son being so young, he was happy to be in the baby carrier the entire time. Given that he was also breastfeeding, made it easy to just stop along the trail as needed. We also rented a backpack carrier in Phoenix before driving to Sedona, which allowed us to carry both kids on longer trails. It even allowed us to hike the popular Devil’s Bridge trail.
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Babies are pretty portable especially under 6 months which makes it so easy to travel with them whether it be by plane, train or car. We took our daughter on her first flight across Canada when she was only 4 months old and visited the Vancouver area. Vancouver is perfect for traveling with a baby for many reasons. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the city being set between the ocean and the mountains.
- Weather: The weather in Vancouver is almost always nice as it stays fairly warm all year long and never really gets super hot in the summer time, which is when we visited, making it pleasant to be exploring outdoors all day.
- Lots of Baby Friendly Outdoor Activities: Take a stroll around Stanley Park, visit Kitslano Beach, enjoy a treetop adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Transportation: Vancouver has amazing bus and SkyTrain service making it super simple to travel with a baby in either a baby carrier or in a stroller. We found there was lots of room on the Sky train for our stroller as long as you travel off peak times.
You can read more about visiting Vancouver with a baby here.
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Looking for more Canadian destinations for travel with a baby? Ottawa in the winter with a baby is worth a visit!
Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Asia
We’ve always loved Bali and have traveled all over the island as a couple. So when it came to booking our first baby friendly holiday, it seemed like the natural choice. We could not have been happier with our decision.
The kindness and friendliness of Balinese people is well known but when you travel with a baby they go over and above for you! Everyone knew the three of us by the second day and we couldn’t walk down the street without people shouting our daughters name and waving as we walked by. People were in no way intrusive and never tried to grab the baby for a hold (something I was particularly worried about beforehand). Instead hotel staff and locals out and about were just happy to see us and were very respectful!
Bali was where our daughter had her first experience in the ocean and her first taste of banana!! Those firsts were made all the more special by the lush green scenery and warm tropical waters. I couldn’t recommend it enough!
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When traveling with a baby, Japan will always continue to be my number one choice for baby friendly vacations and here’s why:
- Baby Friendly Facilities: Japan is a germaphobe’s dream, my friend. Even in the big department stores, the escalator handles are disinfected by staff 4-5 times a day. Baby rooms in department stores, tourist attractions and major train stations are equipped with private nursing cubicles, microwaves, vending machines with juice and crackers, change tables and even have small play areas.
- Warm and welcoming approach to breastfeeding: Since Japan is a modest country I was hesitant about the approach to breastfeeding but had nothing but positive experiences and even less stigma and stares compared to many Western countries. It is best to use a nursing cover when in public but I’ve fed in parks, in restaurants and even on the train. You needn’t worry about traveling to Japan with a baby that is nursing.
- Japan is so visual: The country is fast paced in parts and calm and relaxing in others. This makes for a fantastic day out with a baby in a carrier. The aquariums, for example, are designed with little eyes in mind and in Autumn and Spring, the gardens are colorful and bright. Read more on when to visit Japan here.
- Clean & Reliable Transportation Options: This provides true peace of mind for young parents because, as we all know, sometimes you just need a quick “out” strategy if the day doesn’t go to plan.
- Playcenters: I have never been so comfortable to put baby on the floor in a playcenter as I have in Japan. The toys are cleaned often, broken toys are removed or mended immediately and all surfaces are soft and squishy. Japanese playcenters focus more on imaginative, colorful play so it is not uncommon to find miniature shops or trains inside.
- Convenience: This is the land of convenience. Did you know that Japan has 50,000 conveniences stores – and most of them never close. They sell toiletries, baby goods, fruit and other healthy snacks and some even sell towels and hand sanitizer. It just takes the pressure off forgetting something or choosing a restaurant that lacks the kinds of food that your baby needs right away.
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When it comes to traveling with a baby in Asia, there will hardly be a better and easier country than Malaysia. The long haul flight will pretty much be the hardest part, because everything else is very well organized.
Public transport is a breeze with relatively short distances and very, very comfortable buses (really, I still dream about them!) and a clear railway system in Kuala Lumpur. Getting around on foot is doable both with the stroller or the baby carrier.
Eating (out) in Malaysia is a feast, even for the picky eaters. As it is a culinary hotspot, you’ll encounter a lot of different things. Some are spicy, but there are a lot of more neutral things as well. Try the Roti Canai (flatbread with dips), baked rice (always a win) or one of the many fresh fruits! There are high chairs available in a few places, but bring a portable high chair just to be sure.
And last but not least: the Malaysians absolutely adore children. Everyone will go out of their way to accommodate you and your kids. You’ll get picked out of a line to go first, people will let you have their seat and you hardly have to pay for your little ones. Be aware that the attention can sometimes be a little overwhelming, as a lot of people will want to touch your child or take a picture with them.
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Seoul is a great city for many different reasons. It is very easy to visit Seoul with kids of all ages. First of all, the public transportation system is great, especially the subway system. So when traveling with a stroller, getting around the stations is quite straightforward. There are elevators in every subway station, making it easy to get to the platform or to transfer.
Another great thing about Seoul is the stroller rentals. Most museums and attractions have stroller rental services. Here visitors can rent a stroller for the whole duration of the visit. If you want to have your own stroller for the whole trip, you can rent one at the airport upon arrival and return it when leaving Korea. Most public toilets are equipped with a nappy changing station or even a separate toilet for moms and babies. Lastly, like most other countries, babies can enter for free at attractions or museums.
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Singapore is a perfect destination for families, although the accommodation and the attractions are pricier than in other Southeast Asian countries, it is still a must see country. The public transportation is well organized and easy to get around even with a stroller. Babywearing was not comfortable in such a hot and humid climate, so a a good travel stroller was best traveling in Singapore with a baby.
We also loved strolling around the Gardens by the Bay. You can explore the CloudForest or SuperTrees easily. Our son especially enjoyed the evening light show at the SuperTree Grove then fell asleep on the way back to the center while we had a romantic walk along the Bay surrounded by skyscrapers and the famous landmarks of Singapore.
If you have spare time, make sure you visit Sentosa Island and its beaches as well. We spent our afternoons frequently on Siloso beach swimming and playing on the playground.
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Sri Lanka is, without a doubt, one of our favourite baby friendly destinations! Sri Lanka is not your traditional family travel destination, but it offers so much variety that it is perfect for stimulating babies’ senses and the rest of the family’s senses too. From the exotic sights and sounds to the unusual smells and tastes, our nine month old baby had a wonderful time during our Sri Lanka travels.
Our trip to Sri Lanka with a baby offered perfect variety, ranging from challenging climbs to relaxing beach vibes. Our baby practiced her crawling at the tea plantations, fed elephants at the orphanage in Pinnawala and was thrown in the deep end of Sri Lankan culture when she was center of attention at a Hindu festival in Kandi. She explored ancient and modern temples, giggled at monkeys at Sigiriya Rock and took her first trip to altitude when we climbed 2243m up a volcano! She then saw more animals when we did a safari in Yala National Park and she even got to hold one day old baby turtles in Bentota! Then after all of the excitement we had some well-deserved down-time at the beach in Bentota.
Whilst not everywhere in Sri Lanka was set up for children, if you are flexible and willing to improvise (you know, the kind where you tie your child to a seat with a muslin because there is no high chair), then your baby will get so much out of their trip to Sri Lanka!
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We think that Thailand has to be one of the best places to travel with a baby. With a wonderful tropical climate, amazing beaches, great food, fascinating culture, friendly locals and stunning scenery, Thailand has it all.
When we traveled in Thailand with our baby and toddler it was really the beaches and islands that we loved the best. Thailand surely has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world and many of them retain a low-key relaxed vibe that is very family friendly. The breeze on the beach helps to take the edge off the heat and you should be able to find a spot under a palm tree to provide some shade.
One of the great things about Thailand is that you can find some really good accommodations for reasonable prices right on the beach. This makes it so much easier to manage with a baby than elsewhere where you may find yourself carting your baby (and all their baby paraphernalia) down to the beach from your hotel elsewhere.
We have to be honest and admit that our little girl ate more sand than we would have liked, but it was a wonderful way to bond with our baby whilst enjoying the glorious sunshine and scenery.
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Looking for other beach destinations for a baby friendly vacation? Check out these best resorts for babies!
Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Oceania
Australia is one of the easiest places to travel with a baby. No matter which city you visit, there are family friendly services, accommodation and attractions to make the most of your Aussie holiday. Almost every restaurant will have high chairs and most places in Australia are stroller friendly.
A stay in any of Australia’s states would be an enjoyable one, each offering different highlights. If you are looking for warmer weather all year round and a quieter big city experience, Queensland would be our top recommendation. There is plenty to see and do in Brisbane, loads of options for day trips from Brisbane – Gold Coast hinterland and rainforests, Sunshine Coast beaches, country vibes out west.
Our second favourite place to travel in Australia with a baby would be Tasmania. Separate from the mainland, Tasmania has some of the most beautiful landscape in Australia and a cooler climate most of the year if you are not such a fan of hot weather.
However you can’t really go wrong, wherever you decide to go. Australia has something for the whole family.
But don’t be fooled by the fact that Australia is an island. It is a massive country and the biggest challenge when visiting with a baby will be potential long haul flights, so consider overnight stopovers if you are traveling from the other side of the world.
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If you are ever thinking about taking off on an international trip with a baby, there is only one place you need to consider: Fiji. It is the ultimate kid-friendly destination and the perfect chance for you to truly unwind and enjoy some time away. Here are just some of the perks that you will experience:
- All-inclusive deals: start scrolling the sites and you will find so many amazing Fiji package deals, most of which include kids staying and eating for free.
- Kid-friendly activities: all the hotels in Fiji cater to kids – they love them over there. You will find kids’ clubs at every hotel, with plenty of other activities geared towards kids as well.
- Nannies: not only are they nice and cheap, they are amazing! Book yourself in for a massage, or enjoy a cocktail by the pool and trust your little one is in capable hands.
- Days out: jump on a boat and go visit an island, head to mini putt putt or the water park in Denarau, or head to the port and enjoy some seafood. You and the kids won’t find yourself bored at any part of the trip.
One of the best parts about Fiji is the slow-paced lifestyle over there. It is so easy to go with the flow and wind down and relax amongst the locals, while your kids can run around and just be kids.
Best Places to Travel with a Baby in the Middle East
Israel is one of the most family-friendly and baby-friendly countries we’ve ever visited. Not only does nearly everyone have children, but the family unit is so central to the nation’s culture that kids are welcome everywhere. We’ve taken our children to nice restaurants and other “adult” venues and never been made to feel unwelcome.
There are also great kid-friendly amenities everywhere. In Tel Aviv the beaches have play structures right there on the sand and toy sharing boxes in many locations (allowing you to haul less baby beach gear). You can easily keep baby protected from the strong sun with the affordable beach chair and umbrella rentals available at beaches – prices are set by the municipality, so you won’t face exorbitant resort gouging. Once you move away from the sand, the city’s wide, leafy boulevards are perfect for strolling.
Jerusalem is just as welcoming of babies, with a splash pad just outside the Old City walls and lots of shady parks in family neighborhoods like the German Colony. Find the best family-friendly places to stay in Jerusalem. Just be sure to bring a comfortable baby carrier for the Old City, as the narrow streets and stairs won’t work well for a stroller.
There are also plenty of baby-friendly food options in the country. Much of the cuisine skews toward fresh, simple preparations of produce and meat. The “Bamba craze” that has swept worldwide baby food research over the last few years even began in Israel!
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When my last baby was four months old, we set off together to Oman. It is a fabulous holiday destination with a baby.
There are many great attractions and interesting places to visit in Oman with truly spectacular scenery and interesting forts, villages and beautiful beaches.
We found Omani’s to be friendly and welcoming and always happy to help me with my baby. It’s also an easy, modern country to visit (while looking not modern at all making it extra interesting!) so it’s easy to get around with a baby and to find essential baby supplies.
Muscat is very stroller friendly and any time I even approached a step, someone would appear and help lift the stroller up – even for just one step! Many attractions are outdoors which makes it even easier with kids. The only problem is that under 10’s can’t enter the magnificent Grand Mosque which meant we couldn’t visit.
Taxis are readily available although they can be expensive. The easiest way to travel around is by private transfers. Everyone was happy to take us both.
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Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Central America
Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the western hemisphere, this small country in Central America is also one of the most family friendly. We visited Costa Rica when our daughter was just six months old.
I was initially hesitant to visit Costa Rica with a baby because the country is known as an adventure destination. Activities like ziplining and surfing are vastly popular, which made me worry there wouldn’t be much for us to do with a baby in tow. But we were relieved to find plenty of family-friendly options and excursions in Costa Rica. For those wanting a relaxing vacation, hit up one of the all-inclusive resorts in Guanacaste where you can lounge on the beach or enjoy the calm, warm water at the hotel pool with your little one. For families looking for something more adventurous, there are plenty of beautiful, yet gentle hikes through the rainforest that can be done while wearing your baby.
But the number one thing that makes the country one of the best holiday destinations with a baby, is its people. Everywhere we went people would go out of their way to accommodate and entertain our daughter. On several occasions, waitresses would even offer to hold our baby while we ate. Traveling with a baby can be difficult at times, but the way the Costa Rican people embraced our family made it much easier and less stressful.
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Best Places to Travel with a Baby in Africa
South Africa is a diverse country and, having spent a month exploring with our 8 week old, we consider it an amazing baby friendly travel destination. South Africa has many baby friendly highlights including Cape Town, with the iconic Table Mountain and the historic Robben Island, the Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the UNESCO designated Drakensberg mountains and the mesmerising Garden Route.
We were made welcome everywhere we visited and most of the hotels, bars and restaurants were baby friendly. Baby J was fussed over at every opportunity and the locals always had a smile and a kind word for the young adventurer. Like many visitors to South Africa, chasing the Big 5 on safari was high on our bucket list and we enjoyed an amazing safari with a baby in tow in Madikwe, one of its malaria-free parks.
With great healthcare and high-quality supermarkets and pharmacies, South Africa is an easy and safe place to travel with a baby.
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