3 Sunny Spring Break Destinations Families Will Love
It may be cold and snowy in your corner of the country right now, but soon spring will arrive and the children will be home from school for a well-deserved break. From foodie hotspots to adventure-filled adventures in the sun to the most sublime beaches, here are three family-friendly destinations to explore during spring break to usurp all the others.
Best for Epicureans: Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun
Whether you have a deep passion for cooking and baking or just love to eat, especially when someone else is doing it, choosing a food-focused spring break destination is a good idea. Not only will parents fully enjoy the culinary experiences, but children will also be able to gain an education and savor special menu items designed just for them. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun offers culinary delights that are not only delicious tummy indulgences, but also, they are presented in a way that will entertain everyone in the family.
Visit for breakfast and order handmade churros from the churro cart and make a reservation for dinner to enjoy traditional homegrown specialties—Blanca Blue Restaurant offers exceptional Mexican cuisine with a different ambiance at both meals. Every dish, including the enchanting desserts, is delivered in a memorable way and you can expect top-notch personalized service.
You are going to enjoy Steakhouse Bocados, a must-visit restaurant for an upscale dining experience. Your server will be your steward, offering curated recommendations throughout the evening that will satisfy everyone in your family. Dine indoors to enjoy the contemporary decor or feel the warm ocean breeze on the outdoor patio.
Instagram worthy, food truck offers colorful elevated dishes with the most stunning seaside backdrop. fried tacos. If the kids become squirrels, they can play at the beach while you wait for the food to arrive.
The Japanese infusion restaurant, Hiroshi, offers a wide variety of appetizing delicacies, all with a characteristic Mexican twist. Expect creative, flavorful and spice-filled dishes unlike anything you’ve tasted before. And, as with all on-site restaurants, vegetarian and vegan family options are available.
It is true that the winner Davino-Restaurant at the sister property, Villa del Palmar Cancun, serves Italian dishes with market-fresh ingredients, but it’s the drinks program here that really shines. From fun coconut and pineapple drinks for the kids to a great wine list for the adults, your family will enjoy an evening here in spades.
Good to know: Because this hotel, which offers 24-hour room service, is new to the Cancun scene, there are still spaces to open their doors to guests. The highly anticipated Dao and the Rooftop Pool & Bar, for example, will soon welcome visitors.
Best for Adventurers: St. Kitts and Nevis
Beach destinations are, of course, wonderful, especially during spring break when most families crave a bit of sunshine and vitamin D. Saint Kitts and Nevis special, however, is access to great adventures across all islands. If you’re the type who can spend a day or two at the beach, but are ready to explore and do more, then this is the destination for you.
Hike on a volcano and see the crater
For sporty and intrepid hikers, you’ll love climb Mount Liamuiga, the highest point in St. Kitts and Nevis and surprisingly one of the highest peaks in all of the Caribbean at just under 3,800 feet. You’ll climb a root-strewn and often muddy trail as you wind your way through rainforest and up the side of this magnificent dormant volcano where, at the top, you can admire the lush crater.
The real treat, beyond the hike itself, is following the guide, O’Neil Mulraine, one of the fittest 65 year olds you will ever meet. For more than 40 years, O’Neil has educated visitors about the native plants and wildlife of the forest, paying particular attention to homeopathic plants that grow on the forest floor.
Good to know: This hike is great for older kids and adults, teens, or experienced hikers. Other great nature hikes include the Bat Cave and Waterfall, located at Bloody River and Stonefort; Dos D’anse Pond, located at Wingfield and Old Road; Lawyer Stephen’s Cave and Waterfalls, located in Olivees; and Shitten Bay, located on the southeastern peninsula.
Ride a Jetski to a snorkel spot
For all water sports, lean on Water Sports in St. Kitts. From jet skiing and snorkeling to kitesurfing, parasailing, kayaking, flyboarding and stand up paddleboarding, you’ll find something to excite you and keep you on the water for most of the day. . Owner Jeff Andrade can arrange bespoke adventures and personalized lessons if you’re a beginner, have young children, or prefer a more hands-on experience.
Good to know: If your kids have trouble unplugging from their devices, water sports are definitely the antidote. And, if you’re on a guided adventure, rest assured that someone else will be taking the photos.
Explore the viewpoints of the island
Leave Basseterre, the capital, and cross the crest of the hill to Timothy Hill Viewpoint. It is here that you will marvel at the views across the peninsula, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Nevis Peak shines in the background, often with clouds surrounding the summit. This backdrop is the perfect setting for taking photos with multi-generational families.
Good to know: Another great viewpoint, popular with cruise passengers, is the Black Rocks geological site. Located on the Atlantic coast, outside the town of Sadlers in Sandy Bay, these lava deposits are a sight to behold.
Go outdoors and get dirty on an ATV tour
A highlight on any adventure route, Spectrum MTB Tours drives guests around Sugar City in a super fun way. Snap photos at a shipyard, cruise past local villages, and experience the island outdoors on four wheels. If you are lucky enough to have the guide named Ivan, you will see him stop along the way to climb barefoot on a palm tree to retrieve a coconut for you.
During the tour, you will pass by the ruins of the Wingfield Estate sugar cane plantation, where Old Road Rum Company is making great strides in connecting culture, history and a modern aesthetic for discerning travelers.
Good to know: Ask your guide about ATV wheelies, either for a demonstration of their skills or to try your hand at a wild tandem experience.
Sip cool drinks and watch the sunset
More relaxing, but still kind of adventurous, book a sunset cruise on a sailboat or catamaran to take in the views from a different perspective. You’ll see where luxury yachts, complete with basketball courts and wide viewing platforms, dock for the night. And, with a fruity drink in hand, you will enjoy watching the sun set below the horizon, accompanied by your family.
Best for beachgoers: Maui, Hawaii
Maui Island, the island of the valley, boats on 30 miles of beaches, some of which are among the most beautiful on the planet. To bring your screensaver to life and see an otherworldly shoreline in the real world, mark the following shorelines. One of the most magical destinations to visit in the New Year, your family is sure to have the best time exploring these vast, sandy places on Maui.
Makena State Park: Located in South Maui, parents love that there is a lifeguard on duty at Big Beach during the day and kids love being able to snorkel, shore fish, boogie board or swim. The beach, sandwiched between two black lava geological formations, is one of Maui’s largest undeveloped beaches, which makes it quite special.
Good to know: The area also includes Little Beach, which is a small unsupervised cove.
Ka’anapali Beach: Without a doubt one of the most popular areas on the island, Ka’anapali Beach, located in West Maui, is close to the Whalers Shopping Village as well as many restaurants and shops. Great for kids, families can book a sunset cruise, parasailing adventure, or snorkel cruise from here.
Good to know: Keep an eye out for the cliff divers at Puu Kekaa, which provide an exciting atmosphere while you relax on this beach.
Hookipa Beach Park: Located on the North Shore, this beach is fun to visit to observe expert windsurfers and surfers. During the winter months, for example, the waves can reach a height of 30 feet. The best part for kids: there are a bunch of gigantic sea turtles located in a protected area.
Good to know: These massive creatures can be seen at dusk or dawn as they rest on the beach.
Baldwin Beach Park: Located north of Maui, this beach is very convenient. There are public toilets, showers and picnic areas. An attentive lifeguard is on duty during the day. The historic town of Paia is nearby, as well as many shops and restaurants. It’s easy to spend the day at Baldwin Beach.
Good to know: This is the beach to visit for bodyboarding, bodysurfing, sunbathing and relaxing.