5 vacations to plan if you are missing the sun right now; Lynn O’Rourke Hayes; The Seattle Times

Netherlands – Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

Five destinations with sun and fun for the whole family.

Are you ready for some sunshine? Here are five destinations to consider.

COSTA RICA

“Pura vida,” the locals’ friendly attitude and approach to life, provides a hospitality-rich backdrop for a sunny holiday. Be there to watch the “arribada” (the Spanish word for arrival) when sea turtles lay millions of eggs on the country’s pristine beaches.

Surfers give the richly diverse nation top marks, as do adventure lovers who visit the small country for river rafting, hiking, biking, canopy tours and volcano watching.

Families can take advantage of culturally focused volunteer vacations, clan-friendly resorts and beachside boutique accommodations.

CURACAO

Visit this colorful, southern Caribbean destination to sample more than four dozen cultures, ranging from Dutch to Portuguese.

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