Happy kiddies in the tropics

May 5, 2004
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Happy kiddies in the tropics

Happy kiddies in the tropics
Question: What do you know about Anthony's Key Resort? We're thinking about going there with our two kids next summer (ages 8 and 10). Will they be "happy" at night after all of the snorkeling and diving stuff? Thanks for any info.

Ruth Schneider
Quinton, VA
[email protected]

Underwater fun awaits
your snorkeling youngsters.

Adventure Adviser: Thanks to the family-friendly approach to life at Anthony's Key Resort in the Bay Islands of Honduras, keeping the kiddos "happy" after dark shouldn't be a challenge. There's a limbo contest every Monday night, cookouts on the beach a couple of days a week, impromptu concerts with local musicians, and--best of all--Tuesdays are crab-race nights. Most meals are served en masse, buffet-style in an open-air dining area and accommodations are rustic one-room seaside bungalows. (Bear in mind that there are no suites here, so prepare to share a room with the kids.)

Keeping them smiling during the day is nothing short of a breeze. Book them into the weeklong Dolphin Camp (ages eight to 14 only) that's sponsored by the Institute for Marine Sciences and they'll spend their days snorkeling and swimming with dolphins and learning plenty about marine life. Dolphin camp is $500 per child for the week (Sunday through Friday) and is offered only during the summer months.

If structured camp activities aren't their scene, there's still plenty for them to do--snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking the jungle trails.

Rates for non-campers are $55 per night and $600 to $675 per adult per week, including all meals, activities, three boat dives per day, and unlimited shore dives. For more details, call the resort at 800-227-3483.

And while you may be set on Anthony's Key, I'm going to suggest you comparison-shop at Franklin D. Resort, a Mediterranean-style resort midway along Jamaica's north coast. Well situated on Runaway Bay, Franklin D. caters exclusively to parents and their families, with one- to three-bedroom beachfront suites, and, better yet, a "kids under 16 stay for free" policy. Each family is assigned a "Girl Friday" to cook, clean, and baby-sit the kids between group activities like supervised games and sports lessons with the rest of the young set. Evening thrills for the kids include age-appropriate disco dancing (!), music, and movies. Meanwhile, you grownups can while away the hours snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, or diving. Summer rates start at $1,700 per couple per week. For additional info, call 800-654-1337.

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