If your children are young it may be a good idea to start talking up the trip in advance. Letting children know what to expect, and what is expected of them, will go a long way in making the trip less stressful. Including children in the planning stages will make the entire trip more memorable for the entire family.
Air travel can be very stressful at this time of the year. We recommend you check with your airline, as well as airport to review guidelines regarding children and security, as well as what may be brought onto the plane. Preparing ahead of time with plenty of travel games, activities, and more importantly, snacks, will help the time at the airport and during the flight pass more easily.
No matter the means of travel you choose, the destination is what really matters. Renting a hotel will limit your options and cramp your space. Try renting a vacation home or condo during the holiday season. A vacation rental will allow your family the freedom to store groceries, cook and have the space to spread out and relax during your holiday getaway. You’ll have the space to help you keep some of your Christmas traditions from home, such as bake cookies, wrap gifts and play games as a family. Kids will also be able to have a separate room. Many vacation rentals will even allow you to set up a Christmas tree, or may even already have one on display. Check on the Christmas tree guidelines for your rental when you make your reservations.
With a vacation rental, holiday travel can be as much like home or as far different as you like. Fully furnished, vacation rentals allow you to relax in a private environment. Unlike hotels, the location of many vacation rentals gives you more flexibility to experience the true flavor your chosen destination. The best benefit of all may be price. Many vacation rentals are more affordable than a week’s stay at a hotel. In addition to more affordable rates, you will save money on tipping hotel staff and service fees, as well as meals out, since you’ll have the option to cook-in. When you stay in a Vacation Homes for Charity vacation rental you will not only create a wonderful family holiday memory but will make a difference in someone else’s.
Spending the holidays with your family in a vacation rental will add to your holiday travel experience and make for wonderful memories.
Built in 2007, this beautiful condo is located in the historic beach town of Cabarete. You can enjoy the beach just 100 meters away or just dive in the big pool or relax in the Jacuzzi. Rattan/banana leaf furniture gives a modern tropical feeling at the place. It will feel just like home with all the modern appliances including flat screen TV and cable.
Every February Cabaret hosts Masters of the Ocean, the world’s most complete watersport competition in four categories, which has created a new class of elite and multi-sport waterman/woman. This is the only competition of its kind. Master of the Ocean challenges the most skilled Surfers, Windsurfers, Kitesurfers and Subsurfers with 5 days of extreme water skills and showcases the best of the Caribbean-Cabarete-Northshore-of the Dominican Republic.
What’s even better is half the rent for the Blue Fish residence goes to a charity of the renters choice! Vacation for good and have fun while your at it!
We know how hard it is for vacation rental owners to fill every week. Here at Charity Helpers, LLC (who operates Geronimo Vacation Rentals for Charity and OneSpareWeek) we are helping owners do just that all while helping charity.
Charity Helpers helps with those spare weeks by promoting your rental to a new audience, supporters of thousands of charities. We help to fill your vacancies, increase your rental income and help a deserving charity. What’s better than that?
You load the rates and set the availability and we take care of the rest. Please check out our video to learn more about how we’re helping owners just like you. When you’re ready, sign up for your free Geronimo listing today: Geronimo.com/List
Here’s a Featured Geronimo property that is near Camp Creek Golf Club in Florida. Terrific property with one of the best floorplans in all of Seacrest Beach.
Find details and book your stay at: http://www.geronimo.com/10013
Charities- Claim this listing for your event! Remember you can print (or save and email to donors) a PDF flyer of this property (and all Geronimo properties). Simply look for the “Print PDF” link on the property listing page!
Thank you to Akumal Villas for participating in the VacationHomesForCharity program. Together we are helping charities around the world raise money.
If your idea of a dream vacation includes stunning beaches, calm turquoise waters, friendly locals and luxury accommodations, our rental villas on the Mayan Riviera are the place for you! Just an hour south of Cancun, Mexico, 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 20 minutes north of Tulum, Akumal is a little piece of paradise! All of our privately owned vacation rental villas are located on a 20 mile stretch of coastline that includes Akumal, South Akumal, Jade Beach, Puerto Aventuras, Soliman Bay and Tankah Bays.
When Akumal Villas posts vacation rental space for charity, it will be found at Geronimo.com
Terms: 5 Night Stay was donated for silent auction. Subject to availability from April 30 to November 18, 2011
Retail Value: Between $2300 – $4500
Thank you Steven Connel & the partners at The Kalua Beach Front Estate for partnering with us to help charities raise money in our past auctions.
Rarely do luxury vacation rental opportunities of this magnitude arise—anywhere. Located on the sun drenched shores of Oahu’s Windward coast, this spectacular 8 bedroom 8 bathroom 11,000 square foot Kailua estate commands one and a half acres of world-class beach front property. The lush, fragrant landscaping of the Kailua Estate provides an inspiring tropical and luxurious setting, and upon entering, it becomes evident that the gardens extend far beyond the front door. Within the “moss rock” walls, a spacious inner courtyard is brimming with life and color. The sights and sounds of tropical birds, swaying palms and waterfalls, enhance the pool and spa area.
We hope that Steven will soon post his charitable listings to Geronimo.com
Terms: 7 Night stay, Subject to availability February, March, September – November, excluding major holidays.
Retail Value: $65,000
Thank you Tropical Island Retreats for your generously giving your homes to help raise money for charity. We hope to see your future listings / donations posted to Geronimo.com!
Welcome to Tropical Island Retreats. Extraordinary Vacation Rentals – Caribbean Family Vacations. We have been Caribbean villa owners and operators since 1998. We serve a discerning travel clientele, who expect only the highest quality of service and ambiance. Please peruse our selection of villas to the menu on your left. Each home has a distinct personality. Enjoy your visit!
Terms: 7 Day Stay, Subject to availability June – November 15, Blackout Dates: Nov. 15-31 July 4, Labor Day, Boxing Day, & Thanksgiving
Retail Value: $3,000 – $5,000
Thank you Encanto Resorts for your generous partnership with Vacation Homes for Charity.
Sharing the comforts and intimacy of your own home with your entire family while you enjoy the best that life has to offer. Surround yourself by the luxurious and laid-back ambiance that Encanto Resorts Collection affords at any of its distinct and privileged locations in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. All of our two and three-bedroom suites feature a fully-equipped deluxe kitchen, as well comfortable, spacious and elegantly decorated living and dining areas.
For more information please visit: encantoresorts.com
Terms: 4 Night Stay, Subject to availability, Holidays Blacked Out
Retail Value: $3000
Thank you Casa Bella Vista for generously helping charities raise money.
Casa Bella Vista overlooks the #2 green on a beautiful half-acre site, a few minutes from the beach, within Los Almendros Residential Community at Hacienda Pinilla. Hacienda Pinilla is in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Hacienda Pinilla is a beach resort and residential community amid an exclusive oceanfront Costa Rican ranch with Spanish Colonial influences. You can enjoy the privacy, tranquility and natural beauty in this 4500 acre authentic and environmentally sustainable property, which includes a Championship golf course, tennis, beach club and equestrian center.
For more information please visit: www.casabellavistacostarica.com
Terms: 7 night stay 4 suites Sleeps 10, subject to availability, Blackout Dates: 2011: 1/1-1/9, 2/12-2/21, 3/19-4/9, 11/20-11/27, 12/17-12/31
Retail Value: $8,000
Thank you Casa Ramon, Costa Rica for partnering with Vacation Homes for Charity. For the last two years you have helped raise over $400,000 for charities.
Casa Ramon in Costa Rica is “Your Home Away From Home”. Better than just a vacation villa, our home can be yours for a week or month.
Giving you a lifetime of memories at Casa Ramon is all we want to do, while exceeding your expectations and making sure your vacation here is perfect.
At Casa Ramon we have used Eco Green Tropical Costa Rican Architecture that blends itself into the surroundings, using rustic and modern finishes with bamboo, coral stones, volcanic and river stones, tropical hardwoods and recycled glass.
In our Costa Rican villa all details, plants and art work harmonize to echo with the surroundings. The mountain of “Cabeza Del Mono” (Monkey’s Head) and the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking ocean views that boast unspoiled natural beaches are located just below Casa Ramon. The villa is enveloped by tropical forests teaming with exotic wild life and accented by lush gardens and fountains.
Experience first hand the ultimate in tropical coastal living in Costa Rica as redefined through Casa Ramon. Our unique property is the best way to experience Costa Rica’s culture, food and fine art, the ultimate PURA VIDA!
For more information please visit: www.casaramoncr.com
Terms: 7 nights / 8 days 5 bedrooms Sleeps 12, Subject to availability April – November, Holidays/spring break blacked out
Thank you Casa De Golf, Costa Rica for generously partnering with Vacation Homes for Charity to help raise money for incredible causes.
Casa de Golf is a two-story Costa Rica vacation villa (resort) with luxurious accommodations, stunning ocean views and abundant recreation, including full exclusivity by the 18th hole of a world class championship golf course.
For more information please visit: casadegolf.com
Terms: 7 nights / 8 days 8 bedrooms Sleeps 16, Subject to Availability, Holidays Blacked Out, 2011 Black Out Days: 1/1-1/9, 2/12-2/21, 3/19-4/9, 11/20-11/27, 12/17-12/31
Retail Value: $20,000
Thank you Villa Balboa for generously working with Vacation Homes for Charity to help make a difference!
Traditional and contemporary design meet to create a sophisticated ambiance embracing the flavor of Puerto Vallarta and modern Mexico in an exquisite oceanfront villa.
Villa Balboa features spectacular oceanfront and city views, authentic cultural excursions, private cinema & on site spa experience. Villa Balboa is fully staffed including a private house chef, English speaking concierge, chamber maids & security.
Villa Balboa is located on the exclusive south shore beach of Playa Venado, the best option for villa rentals in Pto Vallarta.
For more information please visit: http: villabalboa.com
Terms: 7 night stay 7 Bedrooms Sleeps 16, Subject to Availability May thru October, Major Holidays Blacked Out, No children under 8.
Retail Value: $20,000
For two years in a row, Las Terrazas Resort has generously donated 10+ stays a year to charities through Vacation Homes for Charity. Thank you!
Las Terrazas Belize Resort is among the newest luxury Belize resorts to be built on the island of Ambergris Caye – one of the most popular tourists destinations in Belize. This new island community and resort is nestled on 4.8 acres of palm-shaded private beachfront property. All townhomes have full kitchens complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and are stocked with dishes, glasses, linens and towels. Every residence is fully furnished with modern amenities including flat panel televisions, hand-crafted furniture and luxurious fabrics. Guests to Las Terrazas will enjoy laid-back island vacationing, world-class scuba diving off the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. But while the accommodations are luxurious, the atmosphere is casual. The dress of the day is usually shorts and sandals (if you can’t handle being barefoot).
Property Terms: 5 nights / 6 days 2 bedrooms/2 bath Sleeps 4 Private beachfront
Subject to availability Holidays blacked out Available April 17 to December 15, 2011
Retail Value: $4,000 Cost: $1,100