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Family Travel News: Beaches Resorts for Single Parents

By September 14, 2003

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Beaches Boscobel Beaches resorts have declared May, September, and October "Single Parents Months": "we will waive the Single Supplement for Single Parents traveling with children." What this means is not only a price break, but a chance to get together with other single parents at a family resort like Beaches Boscobel: kids make friends at the day camp, parents make friends at cocktail parties and other special events.

Recently I visited Beaches Boscobel, during an early-start week for their September Single Parents month: lots of single parents were in attendance the week of August 24th-- 42 single parent families, reportedly. Several parties and get-togethers were held that week, including a boat cruise. A number of the guests had signed up for their vacation at Single Parent Tours, associated with Single Parent Travel: founder Brenda Elwell was on hand to autograph copies of her Single Parent Travel Handbook.

Boscobel is a popular family resort, and was booked to 100% capacity. Almost all the single parent guests were single moms, and a lot of friendly socializing went on not only during scheduled get-togethers but on the beach, in the restaurants, and everywhere. Kids camps were open until 10 pm, giving moms a chance to sample a meal at the adults-only fine dining restaurant, if they liked; even better, they had new acquaintances with whom they could share that meal.

Two newly-met guests found that they lived within a block or two of each other, in New York: that's the kind of week it was.

All in all, Single Parents Month looks to be a great idea for solo parents, not only from the financial point of view with substantial savings to be had, but because of the social ambiance.

By the way, Beaches Boscobel schedules single parent get-togethers every week throughout the year, so an effort is always made to make solo parents feel welcome. But definitely, Single Parent Month is a special opportunity to enjoy a solo vacation with your kids. Three cheers for Beaches for being a pioneer with this great idea.
May 22, 2006 at 11:32 pm
(1) Noble says:

How can May, September, and October be single parents’ months??!! Kids are in school then.

Your site is woefully out of date.

May 23, 2006 at 2:08 am
(2) travelwithkids says:

- Beaches offers this deal during slow months, i.e. when most kids are in school. Parents with young kids or homeschoolers might benefit. At any rate, these months have been successful so I guess some parents, somewhere, are able to travel then.
-re “out of date” – you reached an old blog dated 2003.

November 25, 2006 at 12:01 pm
(3) One plus son says:

I have been searching for a way to travel with my 13 year old son and have an opportunity for us both to meet new people. Your dates make it impossible. Do you know of any other sites that feature better dates-when kids are on spring break for example?

November 25, 2006 at 12:27 pm
(4) travelwithkids says:

Thing is, Beaches offers this promotion during slower months when they have rooms to fill; it’s very unlikely a company will offer such a promotion during peak season like Spring Break. You can always check with SingleParentTours, though (-that’s the company that organizes a trip to Beaches every year, and several other trips as well.)
That website tracks specials for single parent travelers, and has a bulletin board where single parents can connect. Hope that helps.

Also, the way that Club Med resorts are organized is very welcoming and comfortable for single parents.


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February 25, 2007 at 3:37 pm
(5) Kate says:

I’m 15 years old and have recently come back from beaches boscobel with my 46 year old mother..we went as just us two and still found the holiday amazing..so amazing that when i got home i cried and can’t wait to re-visit jamaica! I just found everyone out there so friendly even though it’s a little nackering with every corner you turn people ask how you are but i supose you get used to it..we made a few friends so don’t worry about going out there if your single just enjoy yourself..x

May 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm
(6) Liha says:

I too have a teen son and find these ‘offers’ by resorts pretty lame. Sure it helps them in their slow revenue months by offering a trip cheaper so they can make some money, but as a parent, the discount is not worth the stress travelers endure with missed school assignments and not to mention sports schedules. Beaches revenue benefits, young single parents with little kids. How about Beaches and other resorts offering a ‘deal’ for single parents and kids 1 week out of the summer because you actually care.

April 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(7) Tierra says:

goodness people always want to complain! this is just a special offer that they come up with to help with slow months and while they benifit so do single parents who are able to get out! look at the dates they have plan ahead get your kid caught up set out a time to study for them and do work then enjoy the rest of the day figure it out it’s no ones fault if you cain’t make the deal there are ways around it THINK use your head or stay home and hush i personally think it’s great and will be taking the opportunity to do so!

August 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(8) Lori says:

I am the single mom of a 10 month old boy. I need a get away and he’s not in school, so this tip is helpful for me! Thanks!

January 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(9) Jane says:

@Tierra…I second that! I don’t see many other resorts offering the same type of deal so kudos to Beaches for being one of the few resorts that do. I think it would be impossible for a resort to set up dates that will make EVERYONE happy.

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