The Hottest Spring-Break Destinations for Singles, Couples, and Families
The birds are singing, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to take a break! Whether you love relaxing beaches, bustling cities, or country getaways, and regardless of whether you’re traveling solo or have the kids in tow, Jetset Extra has got you covered – we scoured the globe for the best spring break destinations around.
For an exotic spring getaway, plan a safari adventure on the eastern edges of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. April is one of the best times to visit the area, as millions of wildebeest flood the area during their annual migration. Naturally, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards are also present in abundance. Go on safari with a knowledgeable Tanzanian guide and the freedom and enjoy a private camp and vehicle.
If a white, sandy beach and bottle-blue water is what you’re after, think about visiting the Bahamas this spring. Just a three-hour flight from New York City, Nassau Paradise Island has a variety of adults-only and family-friendly resorts. At Atlantis, the kids will love the Aquaventure waterpark, the Atlantis’ Kids Adventure, and CRUSH Teen Club. Adults will savor the Balinese-inspired spa, fine dining, a casino, fitness classes, and golf. For families on a budget, the Comfort Suites Paradise Island offers a Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free package that includes accommodations, hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner for children under 12 at their choice of nearby restaurants, and unlimited access to all Atlantis facilities.
If you’re looking for a romantic couples’ getaway this spring, head for the Hotel Caesar Augustus on the island of Capri in Naples, Italy. The hotel features stunning views and is located on a historic site that dates back to the 9th century. The Hotel Caesar Augustus is offering a Royal Honeymoon package from April 18 to May 17 that features two nights in a master suite, a romantic dinner featuring a dedicated waiter, and a private boat excursion to the Blue Grotto.
For a unique perspective on the Galapagos Islands, check out the land-based adventures offered by ROW. In addition to the diverse wildlife found in the Galapagos Islands, they offer a glimpse into the region’s human population. Their small-group tours include two nights camping on the islands. They also offer an unusual five- to eight-day lodge tour.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly getaway in British Columbia, check out Maple Leaf Adventures’ sailing cruises in Gulf Islands National Park. They’re planning two spring cruises – Easter in the Gulf Islands, April 5 – 10, 2012, and Spring Fling in the Gulf Islands, April 11 – 16, 2012. Board a classic 92-foot schooner departing from Sydney into some of the most pristine, wildlife-rich areas of British Columbia. Naturalists and guides take adventurers on bluff hikes with amazing views to check out wildflowers, beaches, and dry rainforests.
For singles or couples looking for something special, consider an all-inclusive week at the Wilderness Trails Ranch in Durango, Colorado. They offer a special singles’ week and two adults-only getaways during the year. Learn to ride horses and enjoy relaxing massages, dance lessons, guitar playing, hayrides, and fishing. For other opportunities to hit the trail, check out Dude Ranch Vacations.
If you’re dreaming about bright lights and the big city, consider taking a bite of the Big Apple. The Around Town Tour allows 48 hours of hop-on, hop-off sightseeing capabilities throughout New York City, in downtown, uptown, Harlem, and Brooklyn. and Night loops. Book on the web for $49 for adults and $39 for children, and see Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Times Square, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
For a spring break getaway that’s off the beaten path, check out Taos, New Mexico. Taos offers dozens of fun activities for singles, couples, and families. Try a white-water rafting trip down the Rio Grande River on Class 4 rapids. Half-day rafting trips start at $50 per person. http://losriosriverrunners.com/. After a day on the river, soak in the healing natural mineral springs at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, located just 45 minutes from Taos. For an unforgettable adventure, go llama trekking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or along the Rio Grande Gorge.
If you’re itching to feel the wind on your face and hit the open road, think about renting a motorcycle and cruising through the Arizona desert. Wind Horse Motorcycle Rentals and Skunk Motor Sports outside of Phoenix rents cycles for one-day excursions or overnight trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other beautiful destinations.
For a spring fling with an environmental or service focus, consider one of more than 300 trips around the world offered by the Sierra Club. They have something for everyone, including singles, couples, and families with children. Explore the verdant greenery of Kauai on foot or go sea kayaking in Alaska’s Chugash National Forest.