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Singapore, the next on our list of best beach vacations for families, is one of those far eastern countries that boosts excitement levels whenever you think of going there. Why? Because it?s like this surprise party popper box that has something for everyone. And what better way to chill under the winter sun on a warm sunny beach?
East Coast Park is where you can relax and enjoy the sun, sand and beach waves along with enjoying some delicious barbecue from the nearby restaurants. Let the kids build sand castles and run wild playing tag. Additionally, you can opt for cycling, volleyball and inline skating.
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When to go? Good Question
The best time to visit Singapore is from November till early January when the average temperature is 30?C, along with occasional rainfall. This is the wettest time of the year and hauls in lots of tourists from around the world.
The Cost Factor
The Singaporean currency is known as Singapore dollar (SGD). Foreign currencies such as US dollars, Australian dollars, Yen and Pounds Sterling are accepted at major shopping malls. If you are carrying traveler?s checks, they can be exchanged at licensed money changers and banks. Additionally, all major credit cards are widely accepted.
- A daily budget of $50 will cover:
- A three course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant US $40
- A meal at a fast food restaurant US $5
- Local transport (one way ticket) US $1.23
- Taxi normal tariff US $2.5
- Taxi 1 km normal tariff US $0.40
There are numerous family friendly hotels around the East Coast area. My top picks are Pan Pacific at $606 per night for a double room, Carlton Hotel for $551 per night for a double room and Carlton City Hotel at $306 per night for a triple room, all can easily accommodate a family of 4.
The most convenient and affordable way to get around is through the tourist pass which allows unlimited travel on MRT and LRT trains and basic bus services, for a set duration. A one-day pass can be purchased for approx. US $7.50, for 2 days pass $11.50 and $15 for 3 days pass.
Things to do in East Coast Singapore
- If you have sports enthusiasts in the family, they will thoroughly enjoy Lilliput, which is a mini indoor golf course, perfect for kids and adults to brush up some golfing skills. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Open from Tuesday till Sunday from 10 a.m till 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per child aged 12 and below, $14 per adult and $42 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under age 12).
- Let your children?s imagination run wild at Kaboodle which is an indoor play center for children aged 1 to 12 years, with its’ main focus on the development of creative intelligence and growth. Every child must be accompanied by an adult.
Prices are as follows:
- Tickets cost $15 for one hour of play for children aged 3 years and above.
- Children below 3 years of age can enjoy unlimited play hours for only $15.
- Ticket cost per adult $10
- Forest Adventure is home to fun obstacle courses, jumps, climbing and zip lining activities for the entire family. The 2.5 hours duration Grand Course is for adults and teenagers measuring to a height of 1.4 meters tall and covers trapezes, logs, bridge crossing, 4 zip-lines, and the famous Tarzan jump. For the younger lot aged 5 to 10 of height 1.1 meters (at least), there?s a separate Kids Course which lasts for an hour, with 16 crossings and 1 zip-line. All activities are carried out under strict supervision and players are secured with a harness and must wear helmets before starting off. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets cost $31 per adult, $29 per junior (below 18) and $22 per child. You can also buy a family pass (includes 2 adults and 2 juniors) for $110.
- Shop directly from factory outlets of big brands such as Adidas, Nike, Charles and Keith and more at the Changi City Point shopping mall.
- For some high-end fashion shopping head to 112 Katong, a newly built shopping mall with more than 30 restaurants and cafes alongside.
- Heard of Paratha? You shouldn?t miss Prate Corner for a delicious serving of this Indian tortilla stuffed with every flavor imaginable, be it cheese, mushrooms or even something sweet for just $6.
- For more Indian taste checkout Yummy Punjaby and for a taste of Singaporean food along with some other Asian cuisine pay Katong Kitchen a visit. Got a sweet tooth? Then head down to Honey Moon Dessert and satisfy that craving.
Beach Vacation. Add it to your bucket list
Singapore is the perfect blend of comfort and modernization. Won?t believe it till you see it? Well, then what are you waiting for? Book a flight and pack your bags because it’s gone time!
Flights to Singapore: I recommend searching through KAYAK. They are the world?s leading travel search engine. It searches other travel sites to give travellers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation rentals. The website and apps also offer tools to help plan and manage your trip, including Price Alerts, Price Forecast and free itinerary management.
Rental Cars in Singapore: Rentalcars.com is the world?s biggest online car rental service. Working with leading suppliers, they offer great prices on all car groups, including luxury cars, people carriers, minivans
Travel Insurance: Make sure you get Travel Insurance before you fly. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It covers for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. You can read all about why you need it here
From here we take a short hop to Krabi, Thailand!
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