One of Thailand’s driest months, the average rainfall is 40mm
Start of the peak season
All ages, although older kids may cope better with the hustle and bustle
Traditional palaces, the iconic Temple of Dawn, street and floating markets, and a busy river. Vibrant Thai food is found at a tiny price, and both kids and adults alike will love testing out new tastes
Loi Kratong – a festival in which locals release banana leaf rafts containing a flickering candle, in tribute to the Water Goddess
Sunny and cloudy, with the majority of the 90mm rainfall occurring towards the end of the month, mostly in the north
Picturesque hiking paths, pebbled and black-sand shores, world-famous wine and mountainous terrain. If you’re looking for swimming, though, choose accommodation with a pool, as the sea’s currents are strong.
The annual Chestnut Festival, Funchal International Film Festival, and other cultural events.
Middle of the dry season, days are sunny and clear.
Before the peak Christmas holiday season.
All ages, nature lovers.
Wild safaris where you can spot giraffes, zebra, elephants, hippos and wildebeest. For active families with older kids, September offers pleasant weather for tackling Mount Kilimanjaro. Water sports fans can head to the beaches of Zanzibar, for kayaking, water skiing and diving.
November falls at the beginning of the dry season although resorts may still experience a bit of rain.
With an average sea temperature of 28°C it’s the perfect time to spend it relaxing on the beach.
Peak season is between December and April, so November remains cheaper as well as avoiding the rainy season.
Without the high humidity, this is a much more pleasant time of the year to visit, especially if your kids aren’t well equipped to deal with intense heat.
There’s so much to see in Mexico that it’s hard to know where to begin. Visit the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean coast and soak up the sun and beaches with some ancient history. On the Pacific coast, head for Puerto Vallarta where the Sierra Madres supply adventure and kilometres of white sand. If you want to see some cities in the mix, Oaxaca is home of one of Mexico’s most famous Dia de Los Muertos festivals.
Foodies won’t want to miss the chance to take part in the Taste of Playa event held in Playa del Carmen in November. Taking place in Parque Fundadores in November it sees some of the best chefs around showcasing their new menus. The Xel-Ha Triathlon also takes place in November and is one of the most highly-attended sports events of the year.
The latter part of the year is a popular time to head to the Bahamas, temperatures are slightly lower but so is rainfall and it’s a lot more comfortable in the evenings.
Grand Bahama, Nassau and Paradise Island are the most active islands for kids, with our recommended secret island Bimini a fantastic hit, make the most of your holiday by the enjoying the entertainment they have to offer.
The third largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands does family holidays beautifully, which sometimes comes as a surprise in light of its infamous party reputation. But clubbing doesn’t really leave a very small area and instead the island has a relaxed feel with beautiful beaches and towns.
Pick a child friendly hotel for facilities that the whole family can enjoy. Look for pools, gyms and entertainment if they’re important to you and a good location near to the cafes, bars and shopping of the towns. Visit the family-friendly museum workshops such as the Museo Puig des Molins museum in Eivissa for some inclusive fun.
Sant Carles De Peralta Festival is held in honour of the Patron Saint of Sant Carles and features loads of cultural, sporting, gastronomic and leisure activities which take place throughout the village and religious services. Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera Festival is celebrated each year in the Plaza de Santa Gertrudis with numerous competitions and cultural events such as exhibitions, traditional dancing, craft markets and local food tasting.
There’s a lot more to family holidays in Florida than white-knuckle rides and Cinderella’s Castle – visit the Everglades National Park and 2,170km of coastline for a unique take on the popular destination.
Temperature: min. 14°C, max. 25°C
Visit the Florida Keys for a Caribbean climate and warm balmy evenings – even in December! Blue skies, warm sunshine and low humidity await.
In subtropical South Florida, high season is in the winter, from mid-December to mid-April
Visit Little Havana for Viernes Culturales on the last Friday of every month between 7pm and 11pm. This wildly colourful and exciting district goes into overdrive, with everything from music and dance to street food, theatre, performance and art – it’s a very family-friendly celebration and kids fit right in. Take the two-hour train journey through the Everglades’ Shark Valley our the glass-bottomed boat tour of the US’s only living coral barrier reef, in Key Largo.