Top Ten Alternative Spring Break Destinations

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FAMILY ISLANDS: Sailing, horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, and other family-friendly activities abound on St. John (Digital Vision)

Hot Spot:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
All-inclusive resorts are a logical choice for your next spring break family getaway, mainly for the ease and security of having your lodging, meals, pool, beach, and activities all in one spot for one price. Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, is one of the Caribbean's go-to family resort destinations, with high-quality beaches and facilities, plenty of kid's programming (including for teenagers) and affordable packages, especially if you're flying from the eastern U.S. and Canada.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
If you're looking for more adventure, consider taking the family to St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands' least developed island, St. John has sailing, horseback riding, and other family-friendly tours, plus plenty of do-it-yourself hiking and out-of-the-way beaches reachable by rental car. (And since St. John is part of the United States, you don't need to worry about the language or insurance concerns that deter some parents from renting cars abroad.) St. John has a couple of resorts, plus many condos and villas with full kitchens and multiple bedrooms, which make excellent home bases.

St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis
The larger of the twin-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Kitts offers families a good alternative to the typical resort vacation. It's easily accessible, with direct flights from several U.S. cities, and lodging ranges from all-inclusive resorts to private villas. Like St. John, St. Kitts has tours and do-it-yourself options—a new Marine World facility is a hit with younger kids, while families with teens can bond on challenging hikes through the island's dense forest and up its prominent volcanoes. Catamaran trips to Nevis, even less developed than St. Kitts, make fun day trips for the family.

Published: 25 Mar 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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