Top International Destinations for Families

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You're an international jet-setter itching to dive into a new destination. Only one problem: you've got kids, and everyone thinks that kids or grandkids are a major hassle to drag overseas. Unless the overseas destination is amazingly kid-friendly, making it the perfect choice for a family getaway, just like these destinations below.

Costa Rica - Great things come in small packages, as anyone who visits Costa Rica will clearly see. When your choices include up-close encounters with sea turtles, exotic birds and sloths; outrageous adventures such as snorkeling, whitewater rafting and zip-lining; or simply chilling on the beach and hiking through rain forests—all at a good price, all while being embraced by a friendly culture—you'll see how this Central American nation is ready to please.

Scandinavian Capitals - If you're looking for a walkable city chock full of great museums, colorful parks, boat rides and enticing food—all wrapped up in a gorgeous, fairytale setting—look no further than Scandinavia's four capitals: Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The best way to experience them all in one unforgettable family adventure is through a Baltic cruise, and we know which cruise lines the youngins will love best.

Thailand - This southeast Asian country doesn't stand out as an obvious family-friendly destination, although it should. For Thailand is a magical place kids of all ages can enjoy, with elephant rides, endless beaches, friendly monkeys and awe-inspiring temples. But the best part is the people, who will fawn over your little ones and make them feel as special as they are.

Caribbean and Mexican Resorts - An easy and affordable way to experience the allure of an international destination while still pleasing the kiddos is to escape to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Caribbean. Spend your days at the resort, where your family will love giant waterparks and supervised kids programs. Or take an excursion into paradise, where you can dive into the colorful Caribbean culture or come face-to-face with Mexico's magical Mayan history.