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2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Winners in the Family Vacation Categories


This year, About.com's Readers' Choice Awards included three Family Vacations Categories. Thanks to all who participated: those who cast votes, those who mobilized their voters... And big congratulations to our winners! Look for a repeat of the Readers' Choice Awards next year-- come back and nominate your favorites next February.

Poll results were audited by an independent tech team based on criteria applied to the About.com Readers' Choice polls for all topics.

Best Spring Break Destination for Families: Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach, photo  © Zain Deane.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico, photo © Zain Deane.
Spring break is prime time for family vacations, and families can head to beaches, to ski slopes, to city sightseeing... In other words, our winner Puerto Rico won its top spot over lots of competition. This Caribbean island has beautiful beaches, many direct flights, and attractions such as historic Old San Juan and the El Yunque rainforest. Bonus for U.S. citizens: no passport is required to visit.

Favorite Resort at Walt Disney World: Disney's Polynesian Resort

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World's 23 themed resorts range from Value to Deluxe and all are terrific places to say, with plenty of on-property fun plus great perks for guests such as extra hours in the theme parks. Disney's Polynesian Resort got the lion's share of votes: this Deluxe resort has a prime spot on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and monorail access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks. Fun on-site includes the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, a Character Breakfast, the Never Land kids club, and a Volcano Pool with waterslide.

Fave All Inclusive for Families in Carib'n or Mexico: Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turks and Caicos, photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Families love their beach vacations at all inclusive resorts, and this category drew the most votes from readers. Congratulations go to Beaches Turks and Caicos, which draws families year-round to the tiny island of Providenciales. Beaches is the family brand of Sandals resorts, and Beaches Turks and Caicos is a flagship property, with family suites and villas, concierge and butler services, white-sand beach and coral reef offshore, kids programs, teen programs, nursery, water park, Sesame Street characters...

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