Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Family Spring Break Vacation Locations

Say the words "spring break" and you might conjure images of wild college students partying all night. While that may be fine if you're young and eager to spend your money and time drinking and dancing all day and night, it's not exactly the kind of spring break the rest of us are looking for. The vacation spots listed below are quieter and more mature, offering families, couples and singles a place to recharge and relax without tripping over college-age youth. And even if you do encounter some party goers, you'll be staying at a vacation rental, which will give you much more privacy and control over your environment when compared to a hotel or resort.

San Diego

With 70 miles of beaches, the legendary SanDiego Zoo, Sea World, museums, shopping and consistently beautiful weather, SanDiego is without a doubt a perfect place for a vacation. There's something for everyone. Even if you go without kids, you can feel like a kid again. And the area is sophisticated enough that you can find plenty of restaurants and nightlife to keep you entertained. It's large enough to have lots to choose from, yet small enough to take in all the attractions. 


The Florida Panhandle has gotten something of a bad rap for attracting college students, mostly because Panama City has embraced the wilder side of spring break. Other locations, such as Destin, are much quieter and geared towards families and snowbirds. Generally, property managers in Destin won't rent to people under age 25. While the water temperatures are still a bit cool, they're still great for splashing around and snorkeling. Of course, the beaches are always perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles and making memories with your loved ones.


Looking for a truly different spring break destination? Try Malta, an island in the middle of the beautiful Mediterranean. Malta boasts brilliant coasts, delicious food, and fascinating history. You'll find clear blue waters, stunning beaches, soaring cliffs, ancient ruins, and even rural settings. It's a perfect place to visit in April, when rainy weather has stopped but the higher prices of summer haven't yet started.

Colorado Skiing and Snowboarding

The snow's piling up in the Colorado Rockies, which means a spring ski trip might be in your future. Locals know that some of the best skiing and snowboarding is in March through May. There are generally heavier snowfalls and warmer temperatures. Whether it's Telluride, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge or another Colorado ski area, you'll avoid the spring break crowds, get a break on some of the costs because fewer people are skiing, and have a great time under the clear blue Rocky Mountain skies.