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  • 1. Turks and Caicos. "With 12 miles of sugar-white sand and calm blue water, the beaches are perfect for families," said Karen Cicero, Parents Contributing Editor.
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  • 2. Jamaica. "Many of the resorts on this island are family-friendly -- even have programs for babies and toddlers," said Cicero.
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  • 3. St. Lucia. "Even the kids will be blown away by the scenery -- it has striking mountain peaks -- and the beaches are awesome too," Cicero said.
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  • 4. Dominican Republic. Cicero said: "Your vacation dollars will stretch far here -- lots of great deals on hotels and airfare."
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  • 5. Puerto Rico. "You don't need passports, which can be a huge savings, and there's a lot to explore outside of your resort," Cicero said.
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  • 6. Caymen Islands. "It has fabulous beaches, plus many of the comforts of home," she said.
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  • 7. Bahamas. "Just off the Florida coast, these islands -- and their family-friendly resorts -- are an easy trip with the kids," Cicero said.
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  • 8. Barbados. "It's a family beach and nature trip all in one, since the middle of the island contains nature preserves," Cicero said.
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  • 9. Mexico. "The Riviera Maya section is teeming with family-friendly beaches and resorts," Cicero said.
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  • 10. U.S. Virgin Islands. Cicero pointed out: "The Cinnamon Bay area of St. John is actually a National Park. But you can take a ferry from one island to another to get a great mix of local culture."
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