Lush and Lovely All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica for Families

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river tubing in Jamaica
Must do in Jamaica? River tubing!. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Just an hour and a half’s flight from Miami, Florida, Jamaica is an easy destination for a quick getaway that the entire family will enjoy. The best part is that Jamaica undoubtedly has some of the best all-inclusive family resorts in the world.

Jamaica is one of those jaw-dropping vacation destinations that is truly multi-generational. I was just a teenager during my first trip to Jamaica. Our large family group of 12 included both pre-teens, teens and adults. We all had an unforgettable time enjoying the friendly Jamaican people, culture and laid-back vibe.

When you’re at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, your vacation is made even better. Everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips and already planned for you from meals and excursions all the way to your own private nanny!

Here’s our round-up of 13 of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for your family vacation:

Four beach chairs under a palapa at Beaches Negril, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
Spend the day enjoying the ocean view while lounging under a palapa. Photo credit: Kendra Pierson

Beaches Negril Resort

Norman Manley Blvd.
Negril, Jamaica
(876) 957-9270

Beaches Resorts has just three resorts: Two in Jamaica and one in Turks and Caicos. Its Beaches Negril Resort is set on the breathtaking white sand seven-mile beach facing shallow, crystal blue water.

An all-inclusive vacation with the family includes everything you need for a relaxing vacation. You get unlimited meals, snacks and drinks at 10 restaurants and access to seven bars (including swim-up bars).

There are countless amenities and activities included in your stay. Get wet at one of three freshwater pools or Pirates Island Waterpark. Or, get out in the ocean for scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. If you prefer to stay dry you can play a game of mini-golf, beach volleyball, basketball, tennis or pool. Additionally, there is daily and nightly entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

Need some adult time to explore or go to the spa? There’s a kid’s club with certified nannies and a game room to keep them busy. If your kids are anything into gaming like my eight-year-old, they’ll probably be begging you to go out so they can spend time in the XBox Play Lounge. There’s even a club exclusively for teens.

And when it’s time to wind down, you’ll have no problem relaxing in your spacious, bright room with a balcony, fully-stocked bar and 24-hour room service.

If you have a little one who is into Sesame Street, it’ll be a dream come true when they see their favorite characters walking around the resort. SheBuysTravel contributor Kendra Pierson visited with her two sons as well as a few of her girlfriends and had an incredible experience.

In her words, “I gathered up a few girlfriends and had an adult evening out with plenty of champagne toasts, giggles and girlfriend conversation while my children were watching a live Sesame Street show with their friends just 20 feet away. I feel like it would be a place to please all members of the family on a multi-generational family trip.” Read more about her time at Beaches Negril here.

Why Beaches Negril Resort is great for families:

  • Childcare available with certified nannies
  • Countless activities and entertainment for all ages
  • Roundtrip airport transfers to make transporting the family easy
  • Close proximity to Kool Runnings water park


Kids and adults alike will love splashing around at Pirates Island Waterpark. Photo credit: Beaches Ocho Rios

Beaches Ochos Rios Resort and Golf Club

Old Main Road
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(876) 975-7777

Beaches Ochos Rios Resort and Golf Club is the second of the Beaches Resorts in Jamaica. It is also voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts for families by Parents magazine. This family-friendly resort sits on a private white sand cove beach along the Caribbean and is just 2km from the Ian Fleming International Airport.

There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy including multiple swimming pools, two hot tubs, sports courts and golf. There’s also daily and nightly live entertainment. Like its sister resort in Negril, Beaches Ochos Rios is also home to the Pirates Island Waterpark. However, this waterpark is even larger with 27,000 square feet of heart-pumping water slides and adventure. If learning to scuba dive has been on your bucket list, you’ll be glad to know that the resort’s comprehensive diving program is included in your stay.

When you want some time away from the kids to go on an excursion or perhaps even a romantic dinner, rest assured that they’ll be well taken care of in the Kids Camp with certified nannies. Like its sister resort, there’s also an Xbox Play Lounge as well as an exclusive teen nightclub.

SheBuysTravel contributor Tara Settembre visited Beaches Ochos Rios with her husband and twin 2.5 year-old toddlers. In her words, “Beaches Resorts makes traveling internationally with toddlers a day at the beach. What I especially like about Beaches Ocho Rios is that there are so many activities that families can do together, but also there’s the included Kids Camp for when parents want some adult-time to connect as a couple again and go snorkeling or even have a romantic dinner. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge at one of the resort’s seven gourmet restaurants. Or, enjoy a meal in the comfort of your own room with butler service and a fully-stocked minibar.

Why Beaches Ochos Rios is great for families:

  • Kids Camp with certified nannies
  • 27,000 square foot waterpark with attractions for all ages
  • Kids scuba program for children 8 and up
  • Complimentary airport transfer with car seats available
  • Proximity to Dolphin Cove Jamaica


An overhead view of a small beach and blue waters at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
Imagine looking out into the Caribbean from the resort’s relaxing strip of white sand beach. Photo credit: Grand Paladium Jamaica Resort and Spa

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa

Point, Lucea
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(984) 873-4825

The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa is an upscale, beachfront resort ideal for families of all sizes and age groups. Adults and children alike will feel spoiled and pampered during their Jamaican getaway.

You’ll have access to 10 restaurants, eight bars, five outdoor pools, an exciting kid’s waterpark and first-class spa with fitness center. Just steps away sits one of its four picturesque beaches. The resort’s main infinity pool overlooks the beach. There are also family-friendly pools and adults-only pools with stylish swim-up bars.

Perhaps one of the best parts about the kids club at the Grand Palladium Jamaica is that it is separated into three age groups. The baby club is reserved for children ages 1-3 and the mini club is reserved for ages 4-12. And then there’s the teen club reserved for ages 13-18.

There are also several activities to keep the entire family active such as windsurfing, snorkeling, tennis, football, beach volleyball, archery and boating. If you’re a golfer, you won’t want to pass up a game at the resort’s world-renowned golf course. Feel the urge to get your dance on? Check out the Boogie Woogie Disco after dinner!

Why Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort is great for families:

  • Kids clubs for all age groups: Baby club (1–3 year olds), mini club (4–12 year olds) and Black & White Teen Club (13–18 year olds)
  • Waterpark with easy-access shallow water and activities for all ages
  • Choice between family-friendly and adults-only pool


A large oceanfront swimming pool at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
A view of the oceanfront pool area. Photo credit: Nasreen Stump

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort

Rose Hall Road, A1
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 618-1234

Located right on the beach in Montego Bay, the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort’s expansive number of family-friendly activities and conveniences makes it one of the best hotels in Jamaica.

Once you’ve arrived at the resort, you’ll have a blast with a calendar full of daily activities already planned, Choose from beach volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, pool basketball or cornhole. Or, get fit at the 24-hour fitness center or in one of the many classes such as dance, yoga, pilates or boot camp. There’s also a kids club with a playground, game room and lounge to keep the children, teens and tweens of the family busy. At night, get your groove on with live reggae and dance shows.

Spend some time at the Zen Spa or at one of the resort’s pools and whirlpools. When it’s time to refuel, you have unlimited access to 16 restaurants and lounges serving up international cuisine such as American, Italian, Asian and traditional Jamaican fare.

After a plane ride, sometimes an additional taxi or shuttle ride to the hotel is too much. But according to SheBuysTravel Nasreen Stump, it won’t be a problem at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort: “One of the most exciting things about Hyatt Ziva for me was the location. It was far enough out of Montego Bay’s center to be tranquil but close enough so that when you arrived at the airport you were a short shuttle ride away and those shuttles (more than one) ran frequently.”

Why Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort is great for families:

  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and bathrooms
  • Kids club with playground and game room
  • Close proximity to airport with complimentary airport shuttle service


Family with small children and beach toys on Jamaican beach at all inclusive resort
Dig in! Spending quiet family time building sand castles and memories in Jamaica. Photo credit: Franklyn D. Resorts

Franklyn D. Resort and Spa

Main Street
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
(876) 973-4124

Located in Runaway Bay Jamaica, Franklyn D. Resort and Spa is self-proclaimed as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for kids. There’s absolutely no doubt that children and families were in mind when planning its fun and interactive programs and amenities. In addition to its beautiful white-sand beach, there’s also a private beach just for the kids.

Get active with the family and take advantage of the included land and water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, volleyball or biking. Or, spend the day relaxing at one of the four swimming pools with a 100 ft. waterside and play feature for infants and toddlers.

Just for the kids in the family is the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club and Kids Activity Room with board games, video games, arts and crafts, contests and excursions. Toddlers have their own playroom with building blocks, ball pit, books and toys. Teens even have their own game room with the latest video game systems, pool tables, ping pong and Foosball.

When you’ve worked up an appetite from a day of entertainment and excursions, head over to one of the several resort restaurants included in your stay. There’s even a designated kids’ buffet serving up delicious fare all-day including popular Jamaican fare such as jerk chicken.

But perhaps the #1 thing that makes Franklyn D. Resort and Spa one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for families of this resort is a free vacation nanny. As a part of your package, you get your very own professionally trained and certified nanny to help care for and entertain your children so that you too can get the well-deserved vacation time you need.

Why Franklin D. Resort and Spa is great for families:

  • Family fun day picnic (with goat racing!)
  • Luxury accommodations including suites with up to three-bedrooms
  • Free CPR certified vacation nanny to take care of your family during your entire stay
  • Private kids beach, 100 foot waterslide and infant/toddler water play feature
  • Special kids buffet with delicious Jamaican fare
  • Free ground transfers to and from the airport


An overhead view of a large blue pool with water slides at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
Cool off from the heat in the large pristine resort pool. Photo credit: Hilton Rose Hall Resort

Hilton Rose Hall Resort

Rose Hall Main Road
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 953-2650

If you have water lovers in the family, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort absolutely needs to be on the list for your family getaway to Jamaica. From lagoons and waterfalls to glass-bottom boat rides, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean will have you splish-splashing to your heart’s content.

Boasting more than 400 acres along the bright blue Caribbean coast, this oceanfront resort has a private white-sand beach with a gentle surf. Its Sugar Mill Falls Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Jamaica with giant water slides, a lazy river, cascading waterfalls, lagoons and a suspension bridge.

Kids ages 4-12 will surely be entertained by the daily games and activities in the complimentary Kids Club such as seashell searches and glass-bottom boat rides. Meanwhile, teenagers will be quite content in their club with activities such as arcade games, video games, air hockey and foosball.

When the tummies start to rumble, you’ll have access to 11 dining options serving up international fare such as Italian, American and Asian, as well as traditional Caribbean and Jamaican fare.

Why Hilton Rose Hall Resort is great for families:

  • Children age two and under stay free
  • Year-round Kids Club and gaming area for teens
  • Rooms with private terrace or private balcony
  • Home to one of Jamaica’s largest waterparks


Two kids playing under water sprinklers at Moon Palace Ocho Rios, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
Kids of all age can cool down at the splash pad with water sprinklers. Photo credit: Moon Palace Jamaica

Moon Palace Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort

Main St.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(800) 943-5032

For an all-inclusive resort that is also close to other popular tourist attractions, the Moon Palace Jamaica fits the bill. Just minutes from downtown Ocho Rios with world-class shopping, dining, rainforests and waterfalls, there’s plenty to do to make for a well-rounded family vacation.

Moon Palace is commonly known for its popular all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. However, Moon Palace Jamaica is just as incredible! Dining options include unlimited seafood, Asian, Italian, Caribbean and Jamaican fare as well as premium drinks. Late night hunger? No worries! Order from the comfort of your luxurious room with 24-hour room service.

Together, the family can enjoy a day at the beach, at the pool, or off on an excursion. Non-motorized water sports are part of your stay including paddleboarding, kayaking and catamaran rides. You can also give surfing a try with the FlowRider double surf simulator.

While you’re off being pampered at Awe Spa, the largest spa on the island, children ages 4-12 can enjoy the complimentary kids club. There they will equally enjoy their family getaway with a state-of-the-art playroom with jungle gym, arts and crafts and splash pad. Meanwhile, teens will also enjoy their own space with arcade and console video games.

If you want to get off the resort for a bit, be sure to ask about the excursion to world-famous Dunn’s Rivers Falls. This popular excursion includes a sightseeing tour and ends with a 600-foot ascent of a natural cascading waterfall. I remember taking this trip with my family as a teen and the climb although heart-pumping was completely worth the trip!

Why Moon Palace is great for families:

  • Baby puree menu with nutritious ingredients delivered straight to your door
  • Kids and teens under 17 stay for free between May and December
  • Spacious multi-bedroom rooms and suites with 24-hour rooms service
  • Kids club for children ages 4-12 and gaming room for kids, teens and adults


An overhead view of a waterpark at Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
An overhead view of the resort. Photo credit: Royalton White Sands Montego Bay

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay

Highway A1 Mountain Spring Trelawny
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 632-7401

Just 35 minutes from the airport, Royalton White Sands Montego Bay is an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for families who want a touch of luxury on their vacation.

In addition to its spacious, upscale rooms and suites with balconies and sea-themed accents, a stay at Royalton White Sands includes 24-hour room service and unlimited dining at 17 restaurants and bars. With direct access to the beach, you and the family can spend the day soaking up the sun in the soft white sands or spend the day relaxing poolside at one of its three outdoor pools and pirate-themed waterpark.

There are also a number of family-friendly activities and activities. For example, there are water sports, instructor-led fitness classes, daily entertainment and nightly shows. You also get full access to the sister resort, Royalton Blue Waters. It’s like getting two vacations for the price of one!

The supervised resort kids club keeps children ages 4-12 entertained with plenty of games and play. The supervised teens lounge for teens ages 13-17 will give them a space to make friends, participate in water sports, watch movies and play the latest video games. They can even take introductory scuba lessons.

If visiting during the summer, your kids will love the Kids Club Seaside Camp where they’ll learn all about Jamaican culture through a variety of interactive activities and games. They’ll do arts and crafts, go on nature hikes, take language lessons and even take a cooking class!

Want to get off the resort for a bit? Not far from the resort you can explore some of the local sights, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Don’t forget to check out the Montego Bay Craft Market, Stewart Castle Ruins and Dunn’s River Falls.

Why Royalton White Sands Montego Bay is great for families:

  • Supervised kids club for children aged 4-12 and special summer camp program from June through September
  • Designated teen club and lounge for children aged 13-17
  • Waterpark, family water activities and daily family-friendly entertainment
  • Access to neighboring Royalton Blue Waters resort for double the fun


A view of a large, oceanfront pool area at Royalton Blue Waters, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
An view of the resort oceanfront pool. Photo credit: Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay

Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay

Mountain Spring, Trelawny, A1
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 632-7401

Located next door to its sister resort, Royalton White Sands, Royalton Blue Waters also earns its place as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for family travel. Plus, members get full access to the sister resort, making it an incredible bang for your buck.

Similar to the Royalton White Sands, Royalton Blue Waters also boasts a supervised kids club, supervised teens lounge and immersive summer camp program. There’s also a spa, lazy river pool, water sports and regular live entertainment that the entire family can enjoy together. Cabana rentals are available at the pool for an added fee.

When it’s time to chow down, take your pick from eight restaurants and eight bars including a steakhouse and a sports bar. When it’s time to relax and wind down for the day head up to a spacious and modern suite with 24-hour room service, minibar, rainfall showers and a balcony or terrace. The larger two- and three-bedroom suites even have whirlpool tubs and/or swim-up access!

Why Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay is great for families:

  • Supervised kids club for children aged 4-12 and special summer camp program from June through September
  • Designated teen club and lounge for children aged 13-17
  • Waterpark, family water activities and daily family-friendly entertainment
  • Access to neighboring Royalton White Sands resort for double the fun
  • Spacious guest rooms with private balcony or terrace


An overhead view of the beachfront resort Holiday Inn Montego Bay, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
The entire family will enjoy a stay at this large beachfront resort with private island. Photo credit: Holiday Inn Montego Bay

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive

Rosehall Parish
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 953-2485

Less than 10 minutes from the Montego Bay International Airport, the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is an affordable all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for budget-conscious families also looking to enjoy some off-resort activities and excursions.

In addition to its beautiful and comfortable suites with private balconies and patios, there are also plenty of amenities and activities to keep the family busy. There are volleyball courts, large outdoor pools, garden courtyard, game room and even a children’s activity center. For the adults, there’s a casino, fitness center, spa and salon. Take your vacation adventures even farther with easy access to local attractions such as the AquaSol Theme Park, Martha Brae River and Dunn’s River Falls.

If you’re looking to stick your toes in the sand, a private white sand beach is just steps away. The resort also has its own “Tek it Easy” island equipped with plenty of sunloungers for soaking up the sun.

My son is a picky eater, but one thing he could probably eat every day of the week is pizza. This resort would be right up his alley because in addition to a kid’s buffet, there’s also a pizza bar! Additionally, you’ll have your choice of five restaurants serving up seafood, Caribbean, Japanese and Italian fare.

Why Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is great for families:

  • Two children under 12 years old stay and eat for free when with two adults
  • Kids Suites Available
  • Kids Buffet with pizza bar


An overhead view of the oceanfront pool at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
An overhead view of the large oceanfront pool. Photo credit: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach

Branch Developement
Rose Hall Main Road Little River
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 680-0000

The Iberostar Rose Hall Beach is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay. With direct beach access, beautiful rooms with balconies and plenty of amenities to choose from, it’s a wonderful place to spend a family vacation in Jamaica.

With multiple outdoor pools, tennis courses, game room, spa with hot tub and sauna, fitness center and diving center, there is plenty to keep active and busy while on your tropical vacation. The kids will absolutely love the Star Camp, which has its very own park and pool area. And when you need some adult-time to go to dinner or participate in excursions, babysitting and childcare service is an option.

I don’t know about you, but when I travel with my son, room location as well as layout is important. I prefer a room that is close to the amenities that we’ll use the most, as well as comfortable for the both of us. That said, one of my favorite parts of this resort is that you can take a virtual tour of your room before you arrive to make sure it meets your needs!

Why Iberostar Rose Hall Beach is great for families:

  • Star Camp kids activity program with separate pool and playground
  • Childcare available upon request
  • Family rooms and kids menus available
  • Virtual tours of your room prior to arrival


Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort

FM7C+3HP North Coast Highway
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
(305) 774 0040

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort is an upscale all-inclusive resort ideal for families who want a relaxing private getaway amongst lush, tropical greenery.

As a part of the all-inclusive package, you can decide between seven restaurants, two snack bars and two beverage bars. You’ll also have access to an 18-hole golf course, private beach, Jewel Lagoon waterpark, three outdoor pools and play areas. Other amenities include a beach volleyball court, basketball court and tennis court.

Ready for some fun on the water? Non-motorized water sports are at your fingertips for complimentary use. And for parents who want to enjoy some time on the resort without the kids, there’s the Jewel Runaway Bay Kids Camp and teen lounge with plenty of fun activities for both younger and older kids. There are activities such as laser tag, mini golf, cooking classes, arts and crafts, dress up and trivia. There’s even a petting zoo and a special lounge for the older kids with video games, board games and movies.

SheBuysTravel contributor Danielle Faust stayed at Jewel Runaway Bay with her two- and four-year old children. In her words, “The women at the Jewel Runaway Bay Kids Camp are phenomenal. They treated my children so lovingly. I have issues leaving my kids in the care of non-family members, so trusting the women at the Kids Camp with my babies was a big deal for me. They knew I was anxious and were very reassuring.” Read her 10 reasons to stay at Jewel Runaway Bay here.

But the fun doesn’t stop at the resort! Just minutes away from the resort are aquatic excursions, first-class shopping and authentic Caribbean cuisine.

Why Jewel Runaway Bay is great for families:

  • Waterpark with a lazy pool, slides and play structures for younger children
  • Professional nannies available for childcare
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Large, spacious rooms with balconies and private plunge pools available


Sunset Beach Resort, Spa & Waterpark

Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 979-8800

Formerly Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, the Sunset Beach Resort offers an incredible all-inclusive experience for all ages. Just minutes away from the Montego Bay International Airport, it won’t take long before you can start enjoying the sand, sun and jammin’ Jamaican vibe.

The family-friendly activities are endless at the Sunset Beach Resort. In addition to the exquisite white-sand beach, there are five pools including a children’s pool, an activities pool, an adults-only pool and a main pool with a swim-up bar. There’s also an action-packed waterpark complete with a lazy river, waterfalls and waterslides.

Ready for some action? Take advantage of one of the many non-motorized water sports or try a game of giant chess, mini-golf, tennis, beach volleyball, soccer or basketball. For an additional fee, you can participate in motorized water sports such as scuba diving or a glass-bottom boat ride. There’s also an on-site Escape Room (for an extra fee). Off-resort, local excursions such as the Dunn’s River Falls, Rose Hall Great House, YS falls and bioluminescent bay await you.

There’s also plenty to do on those days you want to sit back and relax including a full-service spa and live Jamaican entertainment. The kids will be kept busy with the various children’s programs as well as the supervised kids and teens club.

With kid-friendly menu options, you won’t be stuck trying to find your picky eaters something to enjoy at one of the four restaurants, snack grill or 24-hour cafe (a life-saver for someone like me with an allergy-prone, super picky eater).

Why Sunset Beach Resort is great for families:

  • Kids and teens club for children ages 3-17
  • Endless family friendly activities, tours and excursions
  • Family-friendly waterpark and designated adult pool with swim-up bar
  • Spacious suites available with private balcony, plunge pool and butler


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Kimberly Miles is a mother of one and an experienced solo and single mom traveler. So far, she has traveled to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Dubai, Bahamas, Aruba, Mexico, and several places in the U.S. Kimberly was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, but in 2018 she took a leap of faith and made the beautiful beach town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico her home with her young son. In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Kimberly ghostwrites blogs on a variety of topics. She also provides marketing consulting services and business guidance to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations via her independent business KNM Virtual Solutions. When she’s not traveling or writing, you can find Kimberly working out, eating tacos, dancing the night away, or spending time at the beach with her son. You can read more of her work at Travel Unapologetically.
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