‘Tis the Spring Break season! It is an important season for us here at UpTake’s Beach Blog because it means that we get to ramp up again and start talking about sand, waves, surfing, fashion and all that good stuff. What better way to start of the season but with a list of the top spring break beach destinations for families. Here we go, in no particular order:
Hilton Head, South Carolina has just about everything you would need for an awesome family vacation. The twelve miles of Atlantic facing beach is fantastic as far as East Coast US beaches go. There is certainly enough to do on the island to keep both parents and children happily occupied from biking, golfing and kayaking to fishing and getting some sailing time in. For the full luxury experience check out the Sea Pines Resort.
Half Moon Bay, California in San Mateo County has a lot to offer a family on the hunt for a beach spring break. Apart from the fantastic beach setting there is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, one of only 34 coastal habitats that the State of California has designated as having “Special Biological Significance.” If dad happens to be a pro surfer, he would already know the significance of Half Moon bay and more specifically the legendary Mavericks where big wave surfers challenge 50 ft. waves. Obviously I urge you to not even consider Mavericks as a ‘cool swimming spot’ because it isn’t. If curiosity gets the best of you, go check it out and WATCH the PROS. Apart from beach life you can head over to Montara Mountain for some outdoor fun.
Rated America’s Best Beach in 2005 by the Travel Channel, Naples’ 10 miles of pure white sand beach and blue waters does not disappoint. What is most impressive about this beach is how clean it is and to me that is quite simply a must for a beach to make it onto any list. Naples’ Botanical Garden is a great place to check out if you need a break from the sun and surf in addition to hunting down some historic homes such as the Palm Cottage and perhaps a visit to the Keewaydin Club, an inn that was open from 1934 until 1999 and has been added to the US National Register of Historical Places.
Why Myrtle Beach for spring break? Well, for starters they have a lot of beach, next they have a boardwalk that National Geographic considers the #3 boardwalk in the US. Then there is the water park, the nature preserve, the sculpture garden and a lot more.
Keeping the family classy this Spring Break? Then San Diego is for you. Once again, we have a destination with great beaches and LOTS to do. I sense a theme here, do you? Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Belmont Amusement Park; there is so much to do. One of my favorite things about San Diego are the historical sites in the city such as Mission San Diego de Alcala and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
When it comes to beach destinations in the US, Hawaii seems to always come up, I wonder why…Hawaii is not close for everyone but if you are able to go for spring break, Kona is my recommendation. The beaches here on this piece of the Big Island are breathtaking. If you have been saving up for a beautiful and very memorable spring break, consider staying at the Kona Village Resort – a former fishing village that now offers inclusive packages. Just get there and start unwinding.