With snow on the ground in much of the Northeast, families are ready to enjoy some warm weather on their spring break family vacations. Wondering where to go on vacation with your kids during spring break? Here are Family Travel Magazine’s top destinations for spring break family vacations. Did we miss your favorite destination? Leave us a comment.
Spring Break Destinations for Families
You won’t need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, yet it’ll feel like a world away. April is a great time to visit, because it falls in between the winter busy season and the rainy season. Our hotel pick is the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, located right on the ocean.
My daughter and I had the opportunity to visit the Caymans last year, and we loved it. We’ve been raving about it so much that my husband and son would also like to go, so we’re thinking of visiting again – in the spring or the summer. Our hotel picks are the Ritz-Carlton or the Westin Casuarina Resort – both located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. While April is a busy time in the Caymans, JetBlue is offering some vacation package deals.
Turks and Caicos
We haven’t been to Turks and Caicos yet, but it’s definitely on my family vacation bucket list. It’s just a 75 minute flight from Miami, making it a relatively short trip. Our pick is the Ocean Club Resorts, a “Top 500 Hotel” by Travel + Leisure readers.
San Antonio, Texas is a great family travel destination, with lots of things to do with kids. For some great deals, San Antonio has a program called SAVE – you can get great discounts on hotels and attractions like Sea World San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Visit their website here.
Fort Myers or Orlando, Florida
Of course, Orlando is one of the most popular family vacation spring break destinations, and right now, Walt Disney World is offering some great deals for travel in the spring. While you are there, you can enjoy other great things to do in Orlando – like Sea World Orlando and Universal.
If you’d rather stick with a more relaxing beach vacation, Fort Myers may be the best destination for you. Consider Captiva or Sanibel Islands which are both relaxing and fun.
San Diego/Orange County
San Diego or Orange County are great options if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation combined with some family activities. Attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, and Legoland are just a short drive away. Our hotel picks are the Loews Coronado Bay, where activities include tennis, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and gondola cruises, and the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, where beach butlers can help set you up with everything you need for a great beach day.
The Azores, the closest and one of the most affordable European destinations, is a temperate 65-70 degrees in April. With family activities like whale watching, hiking, biking, gardens, forts, and museums, you’ll find plenty of things to do. SATA airlines is offering 29 different hotels on six islands including the first ever fly and stay package to Graciosa Island. There are six hotels offered on the island of Terceira, two on the island of Faial, one on the island of Santa Maria, two on the island of Pico, and 17 on the island of Sao Miguel.
Our lone European destination on this list is Portugual – a wonderful place to bring your family to experience European culture. Our hotel pick is The Yeatman in Porto which is offering a fabulous spring deal which includes a morning breakfast buffet, complimentary lodging for children, and a wine picnic (among other things).
Would you rather visit several Caribbean destinations? Then choose a cruise – perhaps a Disney cruise leaving from Florida and stopping in the Bahamas? I really love Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island in the Bahamas – and think it’s great for families.
We worked with CheapOAir to offer our readers some great deals on a few of these destinations. Here are the packages – you can also search the promotions page for different destination airports and travel dates.
Miami to San Juan
CheapOair is offering airfare from Miami to San Jaun for travel from April 13th through April 20th, starting at $280 per person, along with a stay at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino for $179 per night.
Philadelphia to Fort Meyers
CheapOair is offering airfare from Philadelphia to Fort Meyers for travel from April 13th through April 20th, starting at $384 per person, along with a stay at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa for $220 per night.
Boston to San Diego
CheapOair is offering airfare from Boston to San Diego for travel from April 13th through April 20th, starting at $441 per person, along with a stay at the Palomar San Diego A Kimpton Hotel for $147 per night.
Dallas to Grand Cayman Islands
CheapOair is offering airfare from Dallas to Grand Cayman for travel from April 13th through April 20th, starting at $513 per person, along with a stay at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for $265 per night.
New York to Providenciales
CheapOair is offering airfare from New York to Provendenciales for travel from April 13th through April 20th, starting at $538 per person, along with a stay at the Alexandra Resort for $235 per night.
All deals can be found here: http://www.cheapoair.com/travel/promos/flights-hotels.asp
Sample hotel rate listed for travel from April 13th through April 20th and is based on availability; additional dates and locations available. Taxes and service fees included.
Check prices for your vacation on Expedia, Southwest Airlines Vacations, and Hotels.com.