Orlando, FL 32802
When people think family, they immediately think Orlando. It’s the theme park capital of the United States with Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World located just blocks from each other. There’s plenty of shopping, fine and affordable dining and there’s always something to do for all ages. In addition, the crowd typically consists of other high school children, middle schoolers and younger, since the more mature spring breakers opted for the beach. So pack your fanny packs and your patience for a week of fun at an amusement park.
Nassau/Paradise Island, Bahamas
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Florida happens to be close to everywhere you want to be and the Bahamas is no exception. Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas are only 185 miles from Miami and a short cruise ride or island ferry away. While there, your children can play at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino’s 141-mile water park featuring two water slides that actually go through a real shark lagoon. Parents can sample one of the many casinos and fine dining options and children can take advantage of the area’s lush beaches and crystal blue waters. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid the spring breakers at this destination, but you can escape them by taking a short car ride over to explore the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau.
Marco Island, FL 34145
Naples and Marco Island are located two hours west of Miami on Florida’s Paradise Coast. Marco Island is the largest of the 10,000 islands and boasts amenities like golfing and some of the best beaches in all of Florida. Wildlife lovers will love its close proximity to the Everglades and animal lovers can take a walk on the wild side at the Naples Zoo. The best part of all is that not only is this serene and secluded locale perfect for families, but you are unlikely to run into spring breakers unless they are local. So have a ball and discover all that the paradise coast has to offer.
Islamorada, FL 33036
Key West is synonymous with spring break, which is exactly why you can’t go there. Instead, head two hours north of Key West and two hours south of Miami to a sleepy little town called Islamorada. This town is located on the Overseas highway, so seeing the sun rise or set over the ocean is just a matter of crossing the street. There are plenty of local bars and restaurants serving the best seafood you’ve ever had and your younger children will have a blast a swimming with the dolphins at the Theater of the Sea. Top off the vacation with plenty of swimming, fishing, snorkeling and basking at the beach and you’ve got a cozy and quiet family vacation.
Hollywood, FL 33022
Hollywood Beach is a great place to take the family for spring break. There are tons of family activities like the five-person family bike, rollerblading, fishing, swimming and more. Plus, it’s only 25 minutes to the spring break mecca, South Beach, and 15 minutes to Fort Lauderdale. So you can experience a little bit of the traditional spring break and then leave when things get too wild. Unfortunately, you will not be able to avoid the crowds at Hollywood Beach because it’s frequented by Canadian snowbirds, locals and other spring breakers. But you can always head 20 minutes west to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to take a break from the beach.
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