Its spring break season and if you haven’t decided where to go yet, why the heck not? Depending on where you may want to get some warmth at the beach or perhaps prefer the pleasant weathers of a European city. Here are my picks for Best Spring Break Destinations for Families.
Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
With two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado come together in Joshua Tree National Park to create a landscape awash in seas of yellowcups, purple mat, white blazingstars and beavertail cactus blooming magenta buds. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.
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Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
The Buffalo National River is located in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. The mild Arkansas weather means spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoor fun! The Buffalo River is perfect for family floats, and you can explore beautiful hiking trails and caves in the area. Local outfitters keep a
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This is a great time of the year to visit Ireland as both airfare and hotel prices are lower and many attractions are not as busy as they would be during the high season. Unless of course, you go around St. Patrick’s day and then that’s a whole different story for the grandkids. Temperatures in Ireland warm by mid-March, flowers start to bloom and everything seems quite green even though the trees are not yet in bud. Guess that’s why they call it The Emerald Isle. Some businesses might close on St. Patrick?s Day and Easter Monday as both are public holidays.
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San Ignacio, Belize
The best time to visit Belize is between November and April, making this accessible Central American destination ideal for a cheap spring break trip.
San Ignacio is located about an hour from nature reserves and caves like Jaguar Paw and Blue Hole National Park, and it’s only two hours from the famous Tikal ruins of Guatemala. It’s a great spring destination to enjoy beaches, culture, and adventure.?
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Washington, D.C. USA
The National Cherry Blossom Festival occurs every spring to celebrate the blossoming of 3,000 cherry blossom trees. These trees were gifted to Washington, D.C. by Tokyo’s mayor in 1912. With more than one million visitors, it’s the country’s biggest springtime festival and festival events include parades, pageants, art exhibitions, concerts,
The Festival runs March 20 – April 15; peak bloom varies by year and is predicted here
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Budapest is the perfect place if you want to capture a piece of history yet enjoy the comforts of modernization. Definitely an affordable option for spring break family travel, with a mix of architecture and indoor and outdoor activities – walk across the Chain Bridge and climb up to Buda Castle. The Fisherman’s Bastion looks a lot like Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings. Across the river on the Pest side of the city, make sure you visit St. Stephan’s cathedral, Doheny Street Synagogue, or Budapest’s Central Market. One thing you cannot skip is a visit to one of the city’s many bathhouses and its warm spring waters.
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Lisbon & Porto, Portugal
A doubleheader and only a 3-hour drive apart are my top 5 spots for Spring Break 2019.
Lisbon is rich in history and food which you can experience in its many restaurants and markets. The pretty seaside city of Porto enjoys moderate temperatures all year round, meaning that it makes for a perfect weekend escape throughout all seasons. While it is likely to still be too cold for a full day on the beach, at this time you can already enjoy outdoor terraces and long coastal walks.
With its bright sunny days and mild temperatures, it is perfect for sightseeing. As the tourism high season doesn’t start until June, you can get a taste of local life which you miss in the height of summer.
San Salvador, El Salvador
Due to safety concerns, many travelers tend to overlook El Salvador even with its 186 miles of coastline! It is extremely affordable and can still be a safe destination for families to visit.
This tiny Central American country is home to 25 volcanoes and 14 lakes, with three distinct regions to explore. You can take a city tour of San Salvador, visit the famous Joya de Ceren (also known as the Pompeii of the Americas) archeological site, and travel along the Ruta de las Flores?a route of colonial and indigenous villages. Other inexpensive El Salvador tourist activities include hiking the Santa Ana volcano, visiting a coffee plantation, taking an indigo workshop, and surfing along the famous Pacific Coastline.
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Shoulder season (the travel period between the peak and off-peak seasons) brings deals to both the city of Vancouver and its neighbor, Whistler Blackcomb. From cherry blossom spotting to spring skiing, an affordable spring break in these two British Columbia destinations is a must.
Cherry blossoms come into full effect in April in downtown Vancouver, so enjoy the free and beautiful scenery as you explore areas like Granville Island and Stanley Park. Or, head to Whistler for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April and enjoy the warmer temperatures and apres ski vibes.
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Los Cabos, Mexico
Tired of Cancun but still want to visit Mexico? Then head over to Los Cabos! With over 300 days of sunshine, your family will enjoy the snorkeling, camel rides, whale watching, surfing lessons and sunset cruises to the Cabo Arch. You can also explore the art community of San Jose or take some cooking classes. The variety of activities and resorts make a Cabo spring break the perfect choice for families.
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This may sound cliched but spring break in Orlando is a must and a rite of passage for all children. The home of theme parks with Walk Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Aquatica,
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The fairy tale town of Hallstatt in Austria is real. Picture perfect at any time of the year, the Austrian city really comes to life during springtime when the cherry blossom is blooming (can you see the theme yet?) and a glass mirror lake reflects the entire scene back at you.
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Amsterdam + Spring = Tulips in Bloom!
While there are many reasons to visit Amsterdam (some of which I cannot mention as this is a family blog), this is especially so in and around April when these iconic flowers are in full bloom. Don’t expect beach weather around this time but it does mean fewer tourists around and more time to enjoy the beauty of the canals. While you are in the Netherlands, try to visit the famous Alkmaar cheese market, the traditional windmills in Zaanse Schans and Anne Franks’ House.
There’s only one word for Amsterdam in Spring, and that word is tulips. While Amsterdam is always worth a visit, this is especially so in and around April when the iconic flowers are in full bloom. Head to Amsterdam in the springtime to visit the city with fewer tourists around and to enjoy the beauty of canals surrounded by greenery.
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Like all Greek Islands, Paros is no exception is worth a visit. Head to Paros in late spring to experience history, great food and a sea warm enough to swim in!
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Okay, this may be a bit left field for a spring break destination but spring in Sweden is a welcome break from the hard weather and colder months unless you live in Dubai as I did and then you go from pleasant to COLD! If you want to maximize the amount of spring greenery you’ll see, make sure you visit from April onwards. Highlights of visiting Stockholm include the Bergius Botanical Gardens, cycling paths, and hiking trails up and out of the city.
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Although the weather can still be chilly and rainy, let’s face it, the weather in London can be crummy any time of year, so why not visit when the tourist crowds and pricing are not as intense as during peak summer travel?
St James’ Park is relatively compact, beautiful for strolling, and easy to pair with other prime attractions such as Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square. Hampstead Heath is another local favorite with playgrounds, ponds, and pretty views. There are loads of fun activities happening around Easter Weekend as well.
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Though the Spanish city of Granada can get particularly hot during the summer months, spring provides the perfect opportunity to experience Granada at the best temperatures. While in Granada, be sure not to miss the medieval architecture and numerous castles and fortresses.
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The Northern Polish town of Gdansk is filled with history – museums, 17th-century lookalike Dutch-style architecture and all the pierogis you could ever ask for. This is truly a hidden gem of a city in Central Europe. If you into castles, you have hit the jackpot! Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world and is located just an hour’s train ride from Gdansk.
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Sun, sun, sun, and more sun. If you want to visit one of the very best Spring break destinations in Europe and be guaranteed some good weather, then you need to look no further than the Spanish city of Seville. Filled with Roman ruins, pretty architecture, and plenty of Spanish cuisines, you can?t go wrong by heading to the vibrant city ASAP. And in April, the Feria de Abril is held; a spring festival that?s perfect for those wishing to experience Spanish culture on a deeper level.
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Things to know before visiting Europe in the spring
While the weather is much better than that of the winter, prices are generally cheaper and crowds are fewer than in the summer. Though there is certainly going to be less rain than during the coldest months of the year, showers are still fairly common across much of Europe and so you’ll want to bring a good umbrella or light rain jacket. Be sure to also bring a great camera along as there are plenty of great photo opportunities to be had around almost every corner.
P.S. As someone who spent close to 20 years working in insurance, I strongly recommend buying travel insurance if you are going on holiday. It costs a fraction of your holiday but covers the potential risk of the entire holiday. You can read my post on why you need travel insurance.
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