Spring Break With Kids – Top 3 Destinations
Yippee! It’s almost that time of year again…Time for a spring break with the kids. Your kids. A time to forget about snowmen and hot cocoa and focus on sandcastles and fruity drinks. A time to trade in those warm winter coats and cold, red noses for sun-kissed cheeks and bright-colored swimsuits (even if only for a week). It’s time to dive in and have a little warm weather fun, and I’m here to help you plan your trip! That’s right, consider me your family travel guide for guaranteed fun.
Here I have listed my top three picks for family spring break destinations, and I bet they will win your clan over too… So, grab your sunscreen and let’s get going!
First Stop, Florida
Well, you must know that a native has to represent! From the Atlantic Ocean to the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico, sunny Florida has almost 1,200 miles of coastline and 663 miles of it are beautiful beaches. Although Daytona Beach has earned itself quite a reputation for spring break partying, there are plenty of other destinations for those seeking a more family-friendly Florida. I must admit, I am partial to Florida’s Gulf as I think the waves, or lack thereof, are a big draw for those of us who are packing…for kids, that is!
One excellent Florida destination is Pensacola Beach. You’ll love the breath-taking, whiter-than-white sand beaches and sparkling Gulf waters. When you need a break from the beach, take time to visit the “haunted” light house, the Naval Aviation Museum, a U.S. military fort that invites explorers, or the amazing 360° Observation (Ferris) Wheel that stands 200 ft. tall with enclosed, air-conditioned gondolas. This town has a ton of family fun to offer, and therefore takes the Florida spring break gold medal, in my book.
There are many area hotels that can accommodate the entire family, but I highly recommend Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. Centered in the heart of Pensacola Beach with a premier location, location, location, this hotel sits just across the street from the 360° Observation Wheel and right on the beachfront, with amazing Gulf views. It is not only convenient but also spacious, comfortable and a good fit for families.
On to Jamaica, Mon
Nothing says spring break quite like Montego Bay, b-a-b-y! Yea, mon, if a tropical get-away is what your bunch is after, then this is the place to be! Honestly, although trekking through town for a bite of the local fare or a day trip to the beautiful Dunn’s River Falls are both fun for the family, I really suggest shacking up at an all inclusive resort that allows you and your kids to enjoy all the tropical beauty that Jamaica has to offer.
Home to the most awesome water park in the Caribbean, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa certainly packs a punch… And yes, Rum punch too! With 1,800 feet of private beach that includes water-sport options in the spectacular Caribbean Sea, an onsite championship golf course, six (yes, six) tennis courts, a luxury spa and did I mention AN ENTIRE WATERPARK? This is one resort that will help make superb spring break memories for your entire posse. Word.
(For more information on Hilton Rose Hall, check out this article from fellow Hilton Mom Voyage team member, Kristine, who just got back from her trip there: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa – A Family-Friendly Beach Resort.)
Bahamas or Bust
…Come on pretty mama! (Because I’m 99% sure, that like me, you’re the one planning this spring break trip anyway, and it really is a great vacation destination.) Seriously, if you are in need of some fun in the sun for your tribe, visiting the Bahamas is another ticket to paradise. Nassau is such a beautiful place to lounge on the beach or explore the tropical, crystal-clear waters. It also offers one of the world’s best locations for boating, swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. In addition to all of the fabulous outdoor activities, my family also loved bargaining with the local vendors in the Straw Market and viewing the marine habitats and sunken treasures while visiting the Dig at Atlantis.
If you want to stay downtown and on a private beach, then British Colonial Hilton Nassau is your ONLY choice. So thank goodness it’s a great one. Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, this hotel not only has clean, spacious accommodations and a friendly staff, but also a beautiful (and did I mention private?) white sand beach. You can also lounge in the two lush gardens, complete with custom-sized hammocks, or relax by the beachfront pool that offers opium beds with soft cushions, throw pillows and tie-back shades for that much needed outdoor nap. Yes, this place has it all.
Get On Your Flip-Flops and Get Out There
If you choose one of these beautiful destinations for your family, I think it’s safe to say that your spring break will be superb and styling. I mean, how can you go wrong if you take your family to enjoy surf, sand, sun and fun? You can’t! So, I hope you start planning and let my suggestions become your memories. And, don’t forget to tell the kids, this is going to be a spring break to remember!
Belonging to the rare breed known as native Floridian, Mary Ellen is a wife, mother and freelance writer, currently living in Sarasota, on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast….