While we’re still enjoying lazy summer nights, pool days and summer camps, the start of the school year is right around the corner. September is a very busy travel planning month for me and my clients, as kids are back in school and everyone is looking to the year ahead.
However, July and August are actually the best months to book a family Spring Break trip.
By booking early, you can be sure to get the best pricing on flights (prices only go up as the months wear on) and there is plenty of accommodation availability. Plus, you’ll score early booking discounts and other amenities when booking well in advance.
If you’re thinking about a family vacation this next Spring Break, here are a few great options to book right now!
Spring Break is a great time to hit the Caribbean. After a cold winter, the vibrant blue water and laid back beach living of Jamaica is what many families crave.
If you have late-elementary to high school kids, Goldeneye Resort is a fabulous option. I love their spacious Beach Villas, literally steps from the private beach, as well as the Lagoon Villas, where you can jump into the warm water right off your deck or paddle board to breakfast. The resort’s laid-back approach to luxury is very Jamaican and sets the tone for a relaxing week. This is the kind of place where you’ll take your shoes off when you arrive and not put them on again until you leave.
Kids are free to run around the large resort area, exploring 3 pools, 3 private beaches, 2 water sports centers with plenty toys available for use and super friendly and helpful staff. Adventurous kids who thrive on bring outside will stay busy from morning to night at Goldeneye Resort, which mean you will have plenty of time to relax by the uncrowded beach or pool.
Plus, you’re ideally located on the island for some fun excursions like river rafting, exploring the lush mountains and snorkeling along the reef.
Here I can get you added amenities like free breakfast, room upgrades and a nice resort credit. But with only 15 villas (which are ideal for families) it’s best to plan and book well in advance for peak seasons like Spring Break.
British Virgin Islands
The best way to do the British Virgin Islands is to charter a boat and spend the week exploring the islands on your own schedule and at your own pace. In the British Virgin Islands I work with a Tortola-based company. Their boats are manufactured in South Africa and they have an amazing, well maintained fleet and some of the best crews in the Caribbean.
When you charter a yacht like this you are able to completely customize your week. There is SO much for the kids to do, this pricing includes all the toys (paddle boards, snorkel gear, etc) as well as everything for the week – boat charter, crew, all food and drink, etc. As the yachts typically stay relatively close to shore, sea sickness isn’t really a factor as the waters here are easy and calm.
Before you depart, we work together with the team to customize a perfect itinerary for your family. When you arrive, you’ll also have a chance to discuss with your captain and further customize the week based on weather, interests, etc.
Rates for the yachts are based on the size of the boat. Book a small one for your family, or gather 2-3 families and book a larger vessel (which also brings down the price per family!)
Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Believe me when I tell you that all-inclusive resorts are not all equal! I’ve spent years visiting resorts around Mexico, getting to know the management teams, seeing for myself and also monitoring my client’s feedback. While active Caribbean adventures are a great option for families with school-age or older kids, all inclusive resorts are definitely the ticket for families with younger children. Not having to worry about meals, drinks, exploring beyond the on site pool and beach, and having built in entertainment makes for a fun and relaxing vacation for the entire family.
I definitely have my favorite all inclusive resorts in Mexico‘s Riviera Maya, but if you are looking for an affordable beach getaway for Spring Break with young kids, consider Puerto Vallarta.
Here, Velas Vallarta offers an easy, all inclusive experience that is great for families with young kids. This is the original resort from the Grand Velas family, who operate luxury all inclusive resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, all of which are also excellent options for families with more flexible budgets.
While Velas Vallarta is the lower-priced sister property to the Grand Velas resorts, management, food and the entire experience is top notch. I have a great relationship with the Velas team and can secure special amenities and perks for my clients at all of these properties.
Morgan’s Rock continues to be my favorite beach destination in Central America. If you are looking for a warm weather beach getaway – but something a little different – be sure to consider Nicaragua and Morgan’s Rock for Spring Break 2018.
Here you’ll find pristine, wide beaches and bathwater warm water. It’s a great place to learn to surf! Morgan’s Rock happily loans boards and rash guards so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.
Or hop in a 4×4 safari truck seeking the 3 species of monkeys found in the Nicaraguan forest: Howler monkeys which can be heard from a mile away long, the shy spider monkeys, and the mischievous white faced Capuchins.
And kids love exploring the on-site farm, where a majority of the food served in the lodge is grown. Here kids can milk cows, gather eggs, visit all the animals, and make fresh corn tortillas.
I have access to some amazing special offers and added value here, and love booking this in combination with a few days in the charming, colonial town of Granada on the front end of the trip.
Belize is a fabulous destination for family travelers who are looking to escape the cold, winter weather and have a little adventure at the same time! I always recommend starting out inland Belize, exploring the jungle and ancient Mayan ruins for a few days, followed by some time at the beach, relaxing at the warm Caribbean seaside and exploring the barrier reef teeming with underwater wildlife.
Because many of these properties are small, they do book up early for peak weeks like Spring Break so now is the time to start planning your Belize tip.
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