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Seeking the sun? Here are five places to check out

Are you a snowbird?

The moniker has historically been reserved for retirees. But, with the increase in remote and flexible work environments, as well as home schooling options, more families are considering longer stays in sunnier climates. Here are five ideas to consider.

Beautiful Belize

Experience the calming effects of nature during an extended stay within this Central American gem where rainforests and expansive barrier reefs are a part of the 87 distinct types of ecosystems.

Choose from a wide range of lodging options in coastal areas where you can snorkel, dive, float and paddle. Or go inland for dense greenery, ad venture tours and the chance to see colorful native birds.

Stay at the Lodge at Chaa Creek for early-morning bird-watching tours, to visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm, learn organic gardening tips, and for medicine trail tours where you’ll learn about the native plants that provide globally significant remedies. Sleep in a cottage, a tree top villa, an eco-pod or with a view of the river.

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Sweet South Carolina

The Palmetto State is ripe with sun-soaked destinations including favorite spots like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. With its beautiful beaches, varied cuisine (including fresh-caught seafood and shellfish), ample state parks and mild temperatures, it’s no wonder this southern state is a popular destination for snowbird families, including their four-legged friends.

Relax on sugar-white sand beaches, play golf on world-famous links, take up paddle sports or birding and indulge in a seaside shopping spree. Coastal lodging options range from traditional resorts and condos to clever treehouses.

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Sunny Arizona

Many visitors to the Grand Canyon state are surprised by the diversity to be found in our 48th state. From cactus strewn deserts and crimson canyons to swaying grass lands and towering pine forests, there is much to see and do during an extended stay.

Known for year-round sunny skies and reliably warm temperatures. Phoenix is the epicenter of a sprawling metro area (the country’s fifth-most populated) known as the Valley of the Sun.

You’ll find world-class resorts and rental properties of all shapes and sizes. Expect dozens of top-notch golf courses, scores of hiking and biking trails, Cactus League baseball, a slew of award-winning eateries and the well-regarded, family-friendly Phoenix Zoo.

You’ll want to head north for stunning, red rock vistas unlike any you’ve seen elsewhere. Whether you choose to stay for an afternoon or several days, spectacular Sedona will steal your heart.

Explore via more than 400 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through a wonderland of colorful stone, forest and creek beds. Consider a famous jeep or helicopter tour, part thrill ride and a unique way to discover historic native sites in the area. Sedona is well known for its energetic vibe so be sure to ask about the area’s vortexes.

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Fall for Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Surrounded by water, this Northwest Florida beach destination is a compelling destination, for its sunny clime and wide variety of aqua adventures and emerald green waters. Be on the lookout for dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life while relaxing on the signature sugar white sand. Take a surfing lesson, experience sailing. Learn to kayak and paddleboard.

The whole crew can take lessons in sand sculpting or opt for a dolphin excursion to get up close to the amazing creatures. You’ll also have the option to venture to the grass flats where families can swim, snorkel and play off a trimaran.

You’ll enjoy “Gulf to table” dining and even have the option to cook your own catch. Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin also has a rich historical heritage. Capt. Leonard Destin moved to the region from New London, Conn., around 1845, pioneering the fishing industry, which continues to be an important part of the present-day community.

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagaya

Seamlessly integrating the Peninsula’s vibrant landscape with the amenities of a contemporary eco-luxury hotel, the 182-room resort will deliver the sun-drenched vacation for which you’ve been yearning.

Tap into the “pura vida” lifestyle (it’s for real) with a visit to this family-friendly country. As the centerpiece of a longer stay, consider checking in to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagaya, a contemporary eco-luxury resort that is seamlessly integrated into the Peninsula’s vibrant landscape.

Choose from a long list of adventure, spa, fitness and wellness opportunities served up in a relaxed and welcoming indoor-outdoor environment. Access kayaks, paddleboards and jet skis from the beach, take an electric bike tour or relax by one of several pools that overlook the volcanic sand beach areas.

For a family-friendly introduction to the exotic fauna and flora of Costa Rica take a guided tour of the Trail of the Giants, a scenic adventure that showcases the region’s birds, monkeys, iguanas, butterflies and giant trees while providing jaw dropping views of the resort’s Arnold Palmer golf course and the Pacific Ocean. The Kids For All Seasons club features a kid-sized pool and junior lounge chairs as well as a range of immersive programs to entice the youngest guests.

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Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook or via

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