Spring break is an exciting time for families to escape their daily routines and create memories together. Finding the perfect destination that offers something for everyone can be a daunting task.
The options are endless, from beautiful beaches to exciting outdoor activities and cultural experiences. This article will explore some of the best family-friendly spring break destinations that offer fun and adventure for all ages.
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1. Cancun, Mexico
While there is never a wrong time to visit Cancun, known for its year-round 80-degree forecasts, it is the perfect place to visit in the Spring to soak up the sun and avoid those last few weeks of Winter. A convenient flight from most major U.S. cities, Cancun will feel like a world away from the stresses of everyday life.
Guests checking in to one of the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa’s luxurious guest rooms will enjoy the views of the sprawling beach and turquoise waters. Forget the Winter Blues entirely in a private beachfront cabana or Bali-style day bed and spend the day basking in the sun to the soothing ocean sounds. There is no shortage of activities to enjoy, as the resort provides easy access to the Yucatan’s most amazing sights – from the ruins of Chichen Itza to the cenotes of Tulum.
2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Those looking for a sunny escape with an artsy edge in Spring Break can visit the vibrant city of Fort Lauderdale, a laid-back alternative to the hustle and bustle of nearby Miami.
Stay in the heart of the city’s spirited entertainment district at Hyatt Centric Las Olas, close to the area’s best beaches, museums, galleries, and cultural institutions while offering plenty of on-site amenities. Guests can spend their days cooling off at Elev8, the property’s sleek 8th-floor pool, and bar where skyline views and larger-than-life murals await while indulging in hand-crafted cocktails and light bites.
Another great place to stay would be South Florida’s signature playground, Fort Lauderdale Beach. Situated directly along the shores, W Fort Lauderdale lives up to its chic and glamorous reputation, where spring breakers are invited to live it up from sunrise to sunset with an endless list of amenities to enjoy. Strike a pose and soak in the sun at the hotel’s most infamous hotspot – WET East, the Insta-worthy pool with art-deco tiling, plush daybeds, and live DJs.
Enjoy the sun, sea, and sky of the world’s first Blue Destination, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, nestled outside the hurricane belt. With no street lights, lots of flamingos, and a population of just 22,000, this easy breezy, and lesser-known ABC island is a hidden gem for adventure seekers ready to explore with outdoor activities such as kayaking through a protected mangrove, taking a lesson in the Caribbean’s windsurfing capital, or exploring the cacti-clad cliffs, beaches, and wildlife in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
A scuba divers’ paradise, Bonaire is known for its spectacular shore diving and over 85+ dive sites. Other activities include caving, land sailing, flamingo-spotting, or taking a safari through the island’s Donkey Sanctuary. Visitors can be adventurous eaters too, thanks to a growing culinary scene where guests can indulge in local dishes like iguana soup, goat stew, and cactus liqueur but also enjoy a variety of dining experiences from beachside food trucks. The unspoiled island’s appeal is found in its untouched nature, warm locals, and commitment to sustaining the beauty of Bonaire for years to come. It’s the ideal escape for those who enjoy getting off-the-beaten-island-path with natural charm and local culture around every corner (and sometimes even a donkey in the road!).
4. Oxnard, California
If you’re up for miles of golden beaches, incredible food, and want to be close to an access point to Channel Islands National Park, Oxnard, California is for you.
Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton, the only all-suite oceanfront resort in Southern California, debuted following a multi-million-dollar renovation. Nestled between Malibu and Santa Barbara in Oxnard, California, the all-suite beachfront resort is perfect for an effortless California getaway with its spacious accommodations, complimentary beach gear and games, and divine culinary delights spotlighting SoCal cuisine, craft cocktails, and local breweries.
5. Maya, Mexico
Located on the sparkling Caribbean beachfront of Riviera Maya, Mexico, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is the perfect Spring Break destination.
With a vast open layout surrounded by nature and spread out over 590 acres of breathtaking oceanfront, preserved mangroves, and tranquil lagoons, Andaz Mayakoba offers a barrier-free design, luxury accommodations with Mayan-inspired décor, multiple pools, an expansive white sand beach, nature trails, multiple outdoor dining venues, Naum Spa, more.
6. Key West, Florida
Looking for the perfect spring break destination? Situated along the southern limit of the famed Duval Street in Key West, the award-winning Southernmost Beach Resort features a tropical, warm, and cozy feel while ocean views abound.
Known for its modern, sleek design and classic coastal charm, discover the resort’s luxurious amenities, allowing you to relax and reconnect. Near all of the action but in a world of its own, Southernmost Beach Resort is the perfect spring break escape.
7. St. Maarten
The Caribbean island nation of St. Maarten welcomes curious visitors inspired to renew their passion for life with diverse experiences — making this the perfect destination for adventurous spring breakers willing to try anything!
On-land are 37 sundry, diverse beaches; while some are perfect for kitesurfing, sailing, and snorkeling, others are quiet and ideal for sunbathing. For underwater excursions, visit one of the seventeen dive sites — a mix of historic boat wrecks, vibrant coral reefs, and remarkable encrusted rocks — just a boat ride away.
Take a 15-minute ferry to Anguilla, a 45-minute ferry to St. Barths, or a 90-minute ferry to Saba. These surrounding territories are great for a quick day trip and change of scenery to explore different islands and cultures, all within close proximity.
8. Tulum, Mexico
When you’re looking for a family-friendly spring destination, don’t skip Tulum. Tulum offers more than pristine beaches, like its well-preserved Mayan ruins, lush jungles, and abundant wildlife.
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton’s largest resort in the Caribbean and Latin America, with 735 rooms and suites, including the premier Enclave room with enhanced service, private experiences, and access to the Enclave Lounge, and more than a dozen restaurants in which to feed even the most discerning child’s palate. There’s never a dull moment at Hilton’s all-inclusives, from watersports to kids’ clubs, culinary programs to local artisan events, and wellness events to fitness programs, all ages will be entertained before settling into spacious family rooms with living areas every evening.
9. Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
For those families looking for a spring break destination with a little bit of everything, look no further. Located within the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Resort is sure to bring families together and is home to exceptional cuisine, charming cottage-style accommodations, shops, and memorable activities for all ages.
Sprawling over 3,000-acre families can experience golf, horseback riding, archery, ax throwing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities to connect with nature and the ones they love most. Regarding accommodations, the families can stay under one roof in the resort’s private Estate Cottages, which can sleep between six to 18 people, and boasts pantry-style kitchens and shared living space.
10. Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Your haven for a unique yet exclusive getaway this spring break is just a quick flight to Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit. Located on one of the best surf breaks, W Punta de Mita is the ideal escape for those looking to enjoy the serenity and perhaps learn a new skill – surfing! Guests who want to practice their paddle can visit the resort’s beachside WAVE Surf Shop, which offers private and group surf lessons taught by locals (most of whom have been surfing since childhood).
When they’re not practicing their hang-ten, guests can unwind at the resort’s AWAY spa with locally inspired treatments, bask in the sun at the two beachfront pools, indulge at restaurants ranging from Jean Georges’ renowned Spice Market to a vintage 1950’s Chevy truck that’s been converted into a beachside ceviche bar, or embark on a tequila tasting journey at the specially curated Jose Cuervo Tequila installation.
When they’re ready to explore the area, guests can enjoy whale watching tours, private catamaran parties, or catch local surfers in action while sipping a cold one beachside in the nearby surfing and fishing village of Sayulita.
11. Tuscany, Italy
Can’t wait for an Italian summer vacation? Make it an Italian spring break instead and head to Tuscany for an unforgettable stay at either Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooking the colorful mountainous Serchio Valley or Grand Universe Lucca situated within the charming walled city of Lucca.
Travelers chasing after those bucket list experiences can look forward to the Prelude of Existence experience at Grand Universe Lucca, where they’ll return home with the most unique souvenir of all – a personalized theme song. At both hotels, indulge in authentic Tuscan wine, hand-made pasta and the picturesque sights of Italy all around.
12. Memphis, Tennessee
Looking for a spring break road trip destination packed with delectable barbecue, soulful views, and scenic views? Look no further than Memphis, Tennessee. Spring breakers can set up camp at the world’s first-ever Caption by Hyatt or the famed Hyatt Centric Beale Street.
Designed for the next generation of travelers, Caption features a grab-and-go Talk Shop eatery that doubles as a relaxed hangout spot, outdoor beer garden, and a social, “feels like a friend” ambiance.
The Hyatt Centric Beale Street is a sleek, history-making hotel sitting in the heart of downtown Memphis that has made its mark as the perfect launching pad for discovering what makes this music city so iconic. Pro tip: head up the Hyatt Centric’s rooftop whiskey bar, Beck & Call, for the best views in the city and a special light show that takes place every night over the M Bridge.
13. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This spring, head to The Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a full refresh and detox of the mind and body. The lush, serene property is a former palm tree farm turned wellness oasis located in one of the friendliest cities in the world. It sits on the white sands of Mexico’s Pacific coast overlooking the sparkling Banderas Bay and is home to over 600 palm trees.
Aside from a private beach, large pools full of palm trees, and private seaside picnics with stunning sunset views, the resort offers an ‘Eat Well’ menu – there’s even one for the kids! Health enthusiasts and plant-based foodies will surely enjoy some great options throughout the property (like vegan ceviche tostadas). The resort also offers a large fitness center, yoga classes, a spa with rejuvenating massages and treatments, and a sauna!
14. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Just a short plane ride away from most major US cities, Puerto Rico feels like an international destination offering lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant cities with all the perks of staying close to home (no passport required!).
Centrally located just minutes from the heart of historic Old San Juan, Caribe Hilton is a beachfront oasis where travelers can enjoy a tropical escape this spring break! From cooling off in the oceanfront swimming pools and exploring with on-site snorkeling and ’snuba’ to practicing your backhand at the Monica Puig tennis center, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
While kids explore the tropical sanctuary or outdoor playground, parents can enjoy the full-service spa, any of the ten on-site dining options, or lounge poolside with a piña colada in hand.
15. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This Spring, pack your swimsuit and head to the southernmost tip of Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, where the average springtime temperature is 75° and sunny. Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa is the newest luxury property in Cabo San Lucas. Nestled near Cabo’s famous marina along the area’s best swimmable beach, the new and luxurious resort treats travelers to an opulent beachfront getaway in the heart of Cabo.
It offers a lavish rooftop bar with 360-degree views, a private beach club, unique water sports like eFoil, an on-site spa, and two infinity pools overlooking the famous Cabo Arch. Corazón Cabo is the perfect place for travelers seeking fun in the sun, relaxation by the sea, a buzzing nightlife scene, or all three.
16. San Diego, California
San Diego is the perfect destination for a spring break getaway. With its idyllic weather, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, this coastal city offers something for everyone. During the day, visitors can soak up the sun on one of the many beaches, take a stroll through Balboa Park or visit the famous San Diego Zoo. For those looking for adventure, there are plenty of outdoor activities like surfing, paddleboarding, and hiking in nearby parks.
Located less than a mile away from the San Diego Convention Center and surrounded by vibrant nightlife, you can find Andaz San Diego. Guests staying at Andaz San Diego can enjoy meals at The Rooftop by STK, STK Steakhouse, parties by the rooftop pool, and enjoy views of downtown as they work out at the rooftop fitness center. The heated rooftop pool is open year-round and the perfect spring break relaxation spot for guests of all ages.
17. Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii, is a popular spring break destination due to its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and abundant outdoor activities. Some popular activities to enjoy during a Hawaii spring break include surfing, hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Located along the beautiful Ka’anapali Beachfront, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers endless tropical fun for those looking to get away to warm weather for Spring Break. The resort adds authentic Hawaiian customs and activities for guests to enjoy while they take a week to enjoy the sunshine. Whether they visit for a girls’ trip, a guys’ trip, or a vacation for the whole family, there’s something for all ages to enjoy on the property.
This post originally appeared on Spark Nomad and is republished with permission.