"Children not Allowed" is a rare concept in Central America -- family values are very important here, so if you're traveling with your whole family, you can expect locals to welcome you with open arms.

A handful of hotels give discounts for children 11 and under, or allow children under 3 or 4 years old to stay for free. Discounts for children and the cutoff ages vary according to the hotel, but in general, don't assume that your kids can stay in your room for free.

Many hotels also offer rooms equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchen facilities. These can be a real money-saver for those traveling with children. Hotels offering regular, dependable babysitting service are few and far between, however. If you will need babysitting, make sure your hotel offers it before you make your reservation.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.