Spring break is commonly associated with partying and drinking. Destinations like Miami Beach and Cancun are filled with university students and post-graduates celebrating the usually week-long break from school or work, but these places aren’t perfect for families.
While these celebrations are needed and an essential part of tourism, not everyone wants to be at an all-inclusive with their neighbor furiously throwing up because they drank too much. This rings especially true for families who wish to take advantage of their little ones’ school break and discover a new worthwhile destination.
Spring break can be when you and your family explore something new, and it doesn’t need to be complicated. New places to check out range from a different side of Mexico (far away from the party crowd) to quaint beach towns like Cocoa Beach. Not everything has to be all-inclusive, even though they take the pressure off having to divvy up payments.
Check out these seven easy spring break vacations that are perfect for families. Hopefully, this list inspires you to check out a new destination without fearing getting stuck with the college crowd.
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Punta de Mita, Mexico
Mexico is commonly associated with spring break and is often used by North Americans for partying. But not all parts of the country are the same.
Cancun and other spots are great if you want a margarita, but Punta de Mita is perfect for a family visit. The W Punta de Mita is a beach-front resort that is hip, culturally sourced, and perfect for families looking to have a different experience.
The property is conveniently located 20 minutes from Sayulita (a trendy beach town) and 10 minutes from Marina La Cruz.
It’s the type of place you bring your kids to learn how to surf while you observe from a beach hammock, drinking something cool. The hotel’s specific west coast vibe makes it trendy but not intimidating.
Florida Keys, Florida
The Florida Keys are a network of islands off the coast of Florida known for beach-like vacations. Each key differs from the others, and some, like Marathon, have things like The Turtle Hospital.
The Turtle Hospital is a perfect stop on the key for kids to learn about sea turtles in the area. It has a tour to take you around the hospital and show you where in-patient turtles live.
The keys are also home to Petite Retreats (tiny homes) that you can find on Fiesta Key. These adorable rental homes are perfect for glamping; almost all are waterfront.
La Fortuna, Arenal, Costa Rica
If you want to check out Central America for spring break, stop at Costa Rica. La Fortuna – Arenal, Costa Rica, is perfect for families that are looking for adventure. There are tons of hills with zipline and canopy tours.
If you’re looking for hot springs, check out Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa. It’s a minimal resort that has access to the best hot springs. It’s also suitable for families since you can leave your kids in one spot and go to the adult-only hot springs. It’s perfect for parents who are looking for a small space safely.
The hot springs are unique, and the hotel brings them straight to your restroom so you can take a shower or bath in the same waters. Some rooms also view Arenal Volcano, probably the most visited destination in Costa Rica.
Snowmass is known as one of the ski capitals in Colorado, and if you get there on time, you can try it out. If not, the weather is warmer; you can check out rock climbing and rollercoasters.
The Limelight Hotel is an excellent destination for kids and is open year-round.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are the perfect place to relax and have a good time with your family. There are three islands, each offering a different experience for you and your loved ones.
Grand Cayman has activities like Seven Mile Beach and stingray city. It’s great to snorkel and soak the Caribbean vibes.
Río Grande, Puerto Rico
Not too far from El Yunque National Rainforest, you’ll find Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve, Puerto Rico. This resort offers rooms with kitchenettes and direct beach-front access.
It’s essentially made for families and doesn’t miss a beat regarding being an accessible accommodation.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Known as part of the space coast, Cocoa Beach is home to fantastic hotels like Beachside Hotel Cocoa Beach, which offers laid-back amenities close to the surfer’s beach.
You can also try other activities like the Brevard Zoo and bioluminescent tours. It’s a great beach getaway from the hustle and bustle of some of the party crowd.
Have fun with this list, and have a safe and happy spring break this year.
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