Spring break will be here before you know it. Two months from now, thousands of students will be packing up for spring break. Some will be headed to warm beaches, some will be heading home, some may be headed someplace at all. What about you? Are you thinking about a trip for spring break?
You don’t have to be a student to enjoy spring break. My family and I are holding out until a little later in the year for our first trip but I’ll be with you in spirit! If you are in the planning stages for your spring break, or if you haven’t even started, below are a few ideas for a great vacation. It doesn’t matter if you are single, a couple, a family, a student, or even retirees. The suggestions I am giving will work for pretty much anyone who needs to take a break and have a little fun!
Ok so you may be thinking “Alaska for spring break?” Yes. While it is still a bit chilly, a trip up to Fairbanks will give you an amazing opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Generally speaking, you can potentially see the Northern Lights from any place in the state but the further north you go, the better your chances.
Northern Lights season is September and into April but using mid-March as a cut off point is your best bet. This is a great way to spend your spring break! Alaska cruise season starts in late April and runs through September for most cruise lines. The cruise itineraries don’t go far enough north to guarantee the ability to see the Northern Lights either so an air/land trip is your best bet.
If you are looking for an interesting place to stay, the White House in Skagway is rumored to be haunted. Built in 1902 and serving as a hospital during it’s life time, a stay her could add a little excitement to your vacation!
It seems a lot of people, when they talk about going to Mexico, are talking about the Yucatan region. Cancun, Cozumel, Isla de las Mujeres, Playa del Carmen are the places I typically hear about. I myself have visited them as well.
Fortunately for me, a few years back I was on a Caribbean cruise that had a stop in Costa Maya. I am so glad for the introduction because, at the time, it was somewhat undeveloped and untouched. There wasn’t even much by way of accommodations back then but the beaches were beautiful with plenty of beach clubs side by side with food, drink, cabanas, and hammocks in the water.
We were fortunate enough to get a cabana and table closest to the water and we made great use of the table service. The food wasn’t anything to write home about but it was what you would expect, and the drinks were good. Most of the beach clubs had wifi so that is a plus as well.
Nicaragua is one of those places that I think is absolutely underrated. Bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, it is referred to as the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” US citizens need a passport to go to Nicaragua but visas are not required for stays less than 90 days within a 6 month period (see more info about visting Nicaragua here)
Nicaragua has over 50 volcanoes however only 7 are active. Check out Masaya National Park for information about tours that take you right to the edge of a volcano, including night tours. There are several tours available from various cities including this private night tour by Viator.
Not into volcanoes? No worries. There are plenty of sandy beaches to satisfy most sun worshippers. Weather in Nicaragua is in the 90’s in March so it is ideal for relaxing to the sound of the waves with a fruity drink in your hand. January to April also happens to be ideal because they are the driest months.
I visited Bahamas a few years ago during a girls’ trip and found the food too interesting to pass up. My favorite, conch, is easily found at most restaurants and I found with great delight that it goes great with most adult beverages (in my humble alcohol fueled opinion).
While you need a passport to visit the Bahamas, a visa is not required. On my last visit we went on a cruise that had an overnight in Nassau. Nassau is not my favorite port but it is still a great place to visit. We did a city tour that stopped at several locations via bus with opportunities to try rum and rum cake.
If you want something truly exciting to do in Bahamas, check out the Grand Bahama Shark Dive with Viator. This 2.5 hour tour takes you out on a boat to Shark Alley where you dive in and get cozy with reef, lemon or nurse sharks.
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite spots. Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is shared by both California and Nevada. It is a freshwater lake and offers skiing, hiking, and beaches to tourists. There really is something for everyone.
On my trip to Lake Tahoe, we were driving in from Reno with a brief stop in Virginia City. If you are looking for an interesting place to stay, and if you are parnormally inclined as I am, you may want to consider the Tahoe Biltmore on the North Shore. Rumored to be haunted by a ghost named Mary, she is said to be seen in 1960’s attire.
If ghosts are not your thing, you have plenty more hotels, lodges, inns, resorts, and bed & breakfasts to choose from. I had my kiddo with me and I didn’t think she was ready for parasailing (we took a gondola tour instead) but you should absolutely consider the South Lake Tahoe Parasailing tour.
This city needs no introduction. I mean……who hasn’t heard “Vegas baby!” The weather is quite ideal in March: 70’s during the day, 40’s/50’s at night. I won’t even bother talking about casinos and gambling because everyone knows about that. There is so much more to Las Vegas than that!
One of my recommendations is the Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride. There is a sunrise ride that is less expensive but who wants to get up early after some late night gambling and bar hopping? Or maybe you can stay up all night and then go! A 1-hour ride plus a champagne toast…….doesn’t that sound dreamy?
If an hour in a balloon is too much for you, how about 15 minutes in a helicopter? On our next trip to Las Vegas (some time this year) I plan on the Night Flight Helicopter Tour. I have always wanted to do it and this year will be my turn!
Honduras is a commonly known as a cruise port for many cruise lines. I have been a couple of times and had such a great time that I will be going a third time. My first time included snorkeling over a ship wreck and it my daughter’s first time snorkeling altogether. I had to shove her into the water but, once in the water, she loved it.
Our second trip included swimming with dolphins which was more exhilarating than I expected. While they are friendly and gentle creatures, they sometimes swam by us closely and quickly which startled my daughter just a little bit. You can stay in shallow water though which is ideal for younger children.
Our next trip will likely include the Monkey and Sloth Hangout tour. I like this tour (despite the fact that sloths kind of freak me out) because it is a sanctuary that is home to these sweet rescued creatures.
Travel advisories exist from time to time so please check the US State Department website before planning a trip to Honduras. For air travel into Honduras, a passport is required but there is no visa requirement for visits up to 90 days.
So this one is my favorite. Why? Because there are SO MANY OPTIONS available! You don’t have to try to choose one destination and your accommodations + meals are included. It is very cost effective, especially if you don’t require luxury accommodations like a suite. (Personally I am a fan of suites because I travel with my family and we need the space.) I absolutely adore having coffee on my balcony every morning. The sound of the ocean is absolutely calming.
There are multiple US ports to choose from as well as itinerary and duration of cruise. If you are thinking of taking the kiddies on a spring break trip, a cruise is a great option for you because of the availability of kid’s programs on so many ships. You get the benefit of being able to drop the kids off for activities while you get a little down time. If you have accessibility needs, a cruise is a great way to go because arrangements can be made to meet your needs.
I hope this list has helped you narrow down your choices for a spring break vacation. If you travel during prime spring break time, you can expect prices to be higher. If you have the ability to be flexible, I encourage it to save you money and to avoid the hassle of crowds.
Make this beautiful day count!