The Seven Best Active Spring Break Vacations

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Spring break can often be defined by bikinis, beer bongs, and boogy boards… but we want to take this hallowed vacation back from MTV and introduce a bit of adrenaline into the equation. Why? Because lazing on the beach or waking up with regret can happen any time of year. I mean, come on… a hangover? Or flying with a jetpack?

Spend a Jet-Set Week in San Diego
Our personal highlight of this five-day adventure in SoCal is undeniably flying with a jetpack over the San Diego Bay. But you might be equally attracted to off-roading in the desert, flying a glider above the eastern mountains, or speedboating with the local sea lions.

Learn to Surf in Mexico
Spend six heavenly days on a full-on surf odyssey in the mellow-wave hotspot of Riviera Nayarit, with novice- and intermediate-friendly waters, plenty of cerveza, and loads of fresh food. We love the small student-to-teacher ratio, which assures that by week’s end you’ll be standing tall and carving toward a new lifelong obsession.

Head into the Peruvian Amazon
Lose yourself in South America’s vine-ensnarled jungle by bedding down for eight days at Tahuayo River Lodge, where you can hang with pink river dolphins, fly through the treetops on a canopy zipline, visit native villages, hike to pygmy marmoset trees, and canoe into a hoatzin rookery.

Ice Adventures in Sweden
Crank spring skiing up to the next level by heading to Sweden’s cold climate for a four-day foray into the wilds of Lapland. Crash at an ice hotel, ride dog sleds and snowboards, and stare down the country’s highest peak.

Go to Borneo and Discover Sarawak
This one exceeds your week-long timetable… but it’s takes nine days to get a real sense of the world’s most diverse ecosystem, where you stay with the locals and get blown away daily by things like seeing the world’s biggest flower. Plus… you're in Borneo!

Explore Belize’s Reefs and Cave System
Spend your week on Glover’s Reef, one of Central America’s most pristine locales, with daily access to the world’s second-largest coral system, massive limestone caves, and turquoise lagoons. Sea kayak, sail, dive, fish, windsurf, and forget that you’re there for only seven days.

Take a Green Tour of Panama
Greenspot runs this entirely customizable “green” tour of panama that will expose you the country’s exotic marine life, extensive flora and fauna (more than 900 species!), and the main artery of trade and transport that is the Panama Canal.

Published: 13 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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