Don’t let them fool you; spring break isn’t just for partiers. Families it’s time to pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.
When you have a family, packing up your bags and hopping on the next flight out of dodge isn’t as easy as it once was. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from exploring to your heart’s content—and when the opportunity for holidaying shows itself, you ought to take it.
From a relaxing beach vacation to an adventure-filled trip, there’s a destination for everyone. Break the mold this spring with one of our 10 best family spring break destinations.
Soufrière, Saint Lucia
If you’re looking for a relaxing, calm and serene vacation, St. Lucia is a great pick. The island packs a lot into a small space and is all about enjoying the sunshine and the outdoors during the day. Whether you like swimming and snorkeling or lazing on a hammock, there are numerous beautiful beaches to suit every taste. This mountainous island is home to great beaches, reef-diving, rainforests, and waterfalls. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then zip lining through the lush rain forests of Saint Lucia is a must. There are also numerous hiking trails throughout the island, with plenty of wildlife to view along the way. Also, St. Lucia has exceptional luxury resorts. Its capital, Castries, is an ideal base for island hopping to some of the more luxurious Caribbean destinations.
In the heart of Andalusia in Southern Spain is Seville, a remarkable city bursting with culture and beauty. Seville ticks off so many of the boxes for the ideal trip: beautiful streets, nice weather, calm pace of life, open squares, and endless gardens. Throw in the cultural highlights like cathedrals, and royal palaces, and, well, there’s no need to look for other places to go. You won’t want to miss the Real Alcázar, the royal residence featuring a wonderful mix of grand halls and lovely gardens and Plaza de España along with many of the pavilions you can see in and around the Parque Maria Luisa. After exploring the sights in Seville, take a day trip to nearby cities for a wonderful experience you won’t soon forget. Northeast of Seville is Córdoba, an ancient city with a blend of cultures, cuisines and architecture from around the world. Another great city is Granada, located close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and popular for the amazing Alhambra.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
The DR’s family-friendly scene goes beyond Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata is evidence. Here, you’ll find a culture that’s been around longer than its cousin destination, with rocky coasts, restaurants, shopping and plenty of resorts to suit the whole crew. Puerto Plata is well known for its white sandy beaches and one of its most popular ones is Playa Dorada. Playa Dorada is Puerto Plata’s tourist hub with numerous all-inclusive resorts, restaurants, a shopping center, and the Robert Trent Jones golf course. The warm waters and sun also make it ideal for swimming and sunbathing. If you have young kids, consider spending a day at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino. If historic and cultural sites are more your scene, check out Fort San Felipe and Mount Isabel de where you can take a cable car to the peak for stunning views of the city. From Cofresi Beach to Playa Grande, your next trip is closer than you think. After all, isn’t fun in the sun just what you’re seeking for a spring break away?
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Belize is one of the world’s most sought-after eco-tourism destinations offering a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers in an unspoiled Caribbean setting. Head to Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, popular for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and the Western hemisphere’s largest and most magnificent barrier reef. The Belize Barrier Reef features famed snorkeling and diving sites including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, with an abundance of sea life, and the Great Blue Hole. Beyond its stunning beauty and outdoor activities, this island offers a more sophisticated lifestyle. Combining a casual beach life with upscale amenities, it’s no wonder Ambergris has become so popular. La Isla Bonita is home to top-notch hotels and has a great mix of tourism development with a laid-back atmosphere. The town of San Pedro is the island’s gateway and center for sailing and reef exploration. Here you’ll find plenty of action where golf carts and bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses and home to local seafood restaurants and beach bars.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand appeals to all travelers, young and old. The gorgeous natural landscapes of Queenstown are not only amazing to see, but the town offers exciting activities needed to keep the kids entertained. Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is for those seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills. There’s no shortage of epic activities here, including skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating, skiing, paragliding and more, it is often hard to choose just one. For those who enjoy nature and dramatic scenery, you’ll appreciate the full day’s hike up the Ben Lomond hiking trail where you’ll experience beautiful views of the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. Take a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola where you can experience a spectacular panorama view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and the Queenstown city below. Have dinner at the top, sit back, relax and take it all in.
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
If you’re traveling with young kids, there’s one place in the world that’s sure to send their imaginations swirling. Atlantis features fun for any age, with a water park for the kids, a casino for the adults and so much more. The tropical climate, pastel-colored British colonial buildings and beautiful Caribbean waters make it a great destination for families. This island has plenty of events on the docket for the upcoming spring season, too. All the while, the Kids Concierge at Atlantis makes your life easier, so everyone can enjoy their ultimate spring break. Take a day cruise to Blue Lagoon Island where you can snorkel with stingrays, swim with dolphins or just spend all day relaxing on the beach. Those looking for a unique adventure should head to Exuma, Bahamas, to swim with wild pigs at the famous “Pig Beach.” With plenty of outdoor activities for the kids, including snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing, this destination is a perfect escape. Talk about paradise on earth!
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
March to mid-April is the best time to travel to Vietnam as it is not too hot and not during the rainy season. Despite the bustling noise of the city, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city holds plenty of charm. It gives your family the chance to see what authentic Southeast Asia is like while still providing you with fun activities. The Saigon Opera House, Vietnam History Museum and private tours into the countryside are sure to fill your time. Meanwhile, District 1 houses plenty of 5-star hotels to keep you feeling luxurious during your stay. Those seeking a unique day trip should head to the Mekong Delta where you can take a boat ride through rivers in the delta to different islands and experience the rural lifestyles of the local people. Ho Chi Minh City is a popular destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. Explore the city filled with great history, immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and try some delicious pho.
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
With its pristine wilderness, tropical jungles and sunny beaches, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to adventure as a family. Arenal Volcano National Park is the perfect family vacation for those seeking a thrilling trip. Located northwest of San Jose, about 3 hours driving, Arenal offers an abundant of natural wonders, hot spring resorts and thrilling activities throughout the volcanic terrain. Lake Arenal sits on the base of the volcano with great places to stay in the surrounding area. La Fortuna Waterfall is a picture-perfect waterfall set in the rainforest and can be reached by foot or horseback. The exotic rain forest setting is spectacular and filled with wildlife including tropical birds and Howler Monkeys. Bring along your swimsuit and enjoy swimming in the clear waters of the Fortuna River. Arenal is the adventure area of Costa Rica with a wide selection of excellent zip-line adventures, river excursions, hiking, biking, hanging bridges, waterfall rappelling and horseback riding.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
In Mexico, a 100-mile coast called the Riviera Maya makes for quite the family-sized destination. Whether you choose to settle in Tulum, Playa del Carmen or another town is up to you. You’re almost certain to encounter pristine weather, Mayan ruins and a rainforest jungle that will redefine your kid’s view of the world. Coral reefs, cenote sinkholes and an eco-park called Xcaret will keep your adventure meter up. Riviera Maya is full of amazing day trip excursions including one of the top attractions, Chichen Itza, the complex of Mayan ruins shaped like pyramids. If islands are more your scene, head to Isla Mujeres for the day, a tiny yet beautiful sleepy little island located off the coast of Cancun. Visit Playa Norte, one of the best beaches in Mexico, and check out MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) where you can do snorkeling and diving tours.
Whistler, British Columbia
Who says you have to head to the beach for spring break? Spring break falls during prime skiing season at North America’s greatest winter resorts. Whistler has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, with coverage on the slopes lasting long into May. Beyond alpine skiing and boarding, there’s a world of winter fun for the entire family. There are plenty of family-friendly activities and events during March and April to entertain you and your family during your spring break vacation. From enjoying the Whistler Cup, an international ski race for athletes aged 11 to 14 years, to attending the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series. You won’t want to miss the weekly Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire & Ice Show, where families gather every Sunday through March at the Skiers Plaza to watch spectacular demonstrations.
Spring Break, the Family-Friendly Way
It’s time to start thinking about your next family getaway. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box for your spring break adventures. Whatever you do, keep in mind that family fun can follow you wherever you roam, so long as you have love to keep you afloat.