With spring break on your mind, we know you can’t wait for that awesome getaway with the whole family.
Remember, spring break is not just a playground for young adults to party during their university vacation period. It’s also a moment for children and parents to spend quality time together in the idyllic settings of a new country.
So, if you’re at a loss about where to go, here are some destinations offering perfect family spring break experiences.
What Are the Top Family Spring Break Destinations?
Mexico’s Caribbean (Cancun / Riviera Maya) and Pacific coast (Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Huatulco), Jamaica, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Hawaii provide wholesome, family-friendly spring break adventures. Though, remember, any moment of the year is a great time to visit them!
The words “spring break” and “Cancun” have become so intertwined over the last two decades, they’re almost synonymous. However, while the idea of college-aged revelers is prevalent, Cancun and neighboring Riviera Maya have plenty of options for the whole family.
To get a feel for the area, everyone can enjoy the world-famous Jungle Tour, the best exploration of Cancun’s mangroves and the magnificent creatures in this ecosystem. Or, how about a nice pirate dinner show? It will entertain the family aboard a pirate ship while having a delicious meal on Cancun’s turquoise waters.
Of course, simply spending family time in Cancun’s gorgeous beaches can create lasting memories.
If you’re in Cancun and decide to go south to Playa del Carmen, you must visit the Xcaret eco park. It’s an obligatory Riviera Maya stop for family spring break fun. A little farther down the road, your family can swim to your heart’s content in Xel-Ha, one of the largest natural aquariums in the world.
Across the sea is Cozumel, the largest inhabited island in Mexico and a wonderful destination for snorkeling in a marine park. And, while you’re in the area, your family can venture out to the mythical city of Coba. There, you can climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. Consequently, because you’re so close to one of the Wonders of the World, take the whole family to Chichen Itza. Plus, everyone can get refreshed in one of Yucatan’s clear water cenotes.
Mexico’s Pacific: Los Cabos
From the Baja California Peninsula to the nature-filled vacations in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico’s Pacific has everything for a family spring break. How about experiencing Los Cabos in Baja by sailing on its astounding waters as a family? You can explore both land and sea in Los Cabos, where a glass-blowing factory and a snorkel adventure await.
Next comes Puerto Vallarta, where you can interact with loving sea lions. Kids can also bring the parents to make a splash at the Aquaventuras water park, or even go horseback riding in the area’s breathtaking countryside.
Ixtapa and Huatulco
At Huatulco, an adventure such as the exploration of the area’s seven bays is appropriate for all ages.
A Jamaican vacation is a lively experience — lush forests, crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife.
One way to experience it all is with a Montego Bay horse ride that begins in the jungle and ends in the beach. Children as young as 6 years old are welcome to try it.
Another relaxing activity for family spring break is tubing along the Great River of Jamaica, where going with the flow is the norm. In addition, the wonders of Black River can be discovered along with the breath-taking YS Falls on a nice safari.
Also, Dunn’s River Falls is a must-see, so make sure to check out this staple of Jamaican tourism.
Maybe, you and the kids can go on the Tranopy Mystic Mountain Tour for a panoramic aerial view of Jamaica’s greenery.
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic hosts all sorts of fun for the entire family. One way to experience it is by revving the engines during the Jungle Rally, exploring Punta Cana’s countryside aboard an ATV.
Another great destination for the whole family is Monkeyland, where kids and adults can interact with the island’s friendly squirrel monkeys. Speaking of animals, seeing sea life face to face is something kids can’t help being curious about.
That’s why the Marinarium is here to save the day. It’s a combination between a glass-bottomed catamaran expedition and a snorkeling outing. Hence, it’s a complete, family-friendly excursion within the waters of Punta Cana.
When travelers return from Costa Rica, they tend to go on and on about how they have just left paradise.
Now, you and the kids can have a paradisaic spring break with an adventure that includes horseback riding, zip lines and the natural springs of Guanacaste.
Likewise, in Guanacaste, let your family enhance their senses at Sensoria, inside Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where the rain forests will give you so much to touch, smell, hear, see, and even taste.
Additionally, you can let the Arenal Volcano of Guanacaste guide your excursion toward a lifetime of inspiring memories.
By the way, if you and the kids like to be a little more active and move around, you can explore the canopies’ zip lines. Or even cross the border toward the natural scenery and colonial cities of Nicaragua’s countryside.
The 50th state in the United States might be tucked away in the Pacific Ocean, but the generous displays of natural beauty are hard to hide. If the family would like to see it all at once, a helicopter ride above the Big Island of Hawaii will be the best way to start amazing even the youngest of kiddos.
At Oahu, you have to see Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach with a four-hour excursion that will show it all. Or, if you’re going to be in Maui, make sure to take a short hike to its gorgeous waterfalls and swim in the pools. Just make sure you pre-book your transportation from Maui Airport (OGG) to your hotel on this breathtaking island.
Finally, you and the family can delight in the flavors and dances of Hawaii with an out-of-this-world luau!
Family Spring Break a Click Away
In conclusion, if you’re looking forward to a family-friendly spring break, you now know where it’s at. Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Hawaii are packed with adventure for all ages.
Please feel free to contact Amstar so we can help you experience your best family spring break, or to have an incredible vacation any time this year!