As the coldest months of the year are upon us and the lack of sunshine is really starting to kill everyone’s vibe, now is the perfect time to start thinking about using those vacation days and heading somewhere warm.
Oh yes, were talking about spring break.
But not the spring break you see in movies where there’s just a sea of students chasing down Jell-O shots. We’re talking about a grown up spring break that’s filled with excitement and fun, while still allowing you to relax and recharge.
So stop simply day dreaming about taking a vacation and actually take off.
Known for its historic charm and incredible nature, the possibilities for adventure are endless. For those interested in staying active while away, Telluride is the place to visit as there are countless hiking trails to explore. Hike around the blue lakes of Colorado and experience the most stunning views.
Punta Gallinas, Colombia
Located at the northern point of South America, Punta Gallinas is a beautiful part of Colombia where the desert meets the coast. To reach Punta Gallinas you must first make your way to the remote town of Cabo de la Vela. After spending two hours driving on a bumpy dirt road you will be greeted with the most brilliant turquoise water you’ve ever seen. Dine on traditional Colombian cuisine with the freshest ingredients and take in the most spectacular sunsets.
If you prefer less touristy places, while still getting to explore a unique city, make your way to Kennebunkport, Maine. You’ll find great white sand beaches, clear, warm water, and the freshest New England cuisine. Spend your days cycling, kayaking, exploring the unique sea side shops, lobster hunting, or trying to catch a glimpse of the Bush family at their second home.
North Shore, Hawaii
Kauai’s North Shore is a stunning setting, filled with lush taro fields, heavenly beaches and spectacular sea cliffs. Spend your days visiting the wildlife sanctuaries, whale watching, and exploring the welcoming town of Hanalei. A must see hidden gem is the Queens Bath near Hanalei. Although far from a secret, if you pick the right time of day you can find yourself all alone with the sun and waves. Pure bliss.
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
From the stunning beaches to the 60-foot cliffs and the unspoiled nature preserve, Playa Grande is a perfect mix of sky, earth, and water. Explore the coast by horseback and take in the stunning turquoise views. Or spend your day playing golf on the world-class Playa Grande Golf Course. This island is defined by its friendly people, vibrant culture, and unique history.
Anguilla is home to some of the most exquisite sugar-white beaches in the Caribbean. Think: turquoise waters, scenic bays, gentle breezes, and palm trees as far as the eye can see. And you can find relaxing hotels that are less expensive than other British islands like Turks and Caicos and St. Barts. If you’re looking to relax and unwind, this is the place to be.
You’ll be amazed by the beauty of this small island country and blown away by the kindness of the people you will meet there. On the island’s west coast there are two mountains to explore, the Pitons. If you’re not up for a hike, spending your days on the beach, reef-diving and visiting waterfalls doesn’t sound too rough. If you are interested in a hideaway with breathtaking views, this is your spring break destination.
Costa Alegre, Mexico
While were used to seeing the wild side of spring break in Mexico, it’s not out of the question to enjoy a more tranquil escape in the same region. Head to the wonderfully untouched Costa Alegre area around Puerto Vallarta, where the main activities are poolside lounging and spending quality time with your travel partner. Horseback riding, sunbathing, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, and sailing options all help to round out your stay.
U.S. Virgin Islands
If prefer staying really active while your hanging at the beach, make your way to the U.S. Virgin Islands where the outdoor activities are endless. Spend your days sailing, hiking, deep sea fishing, or snorkelling in the crystal clear water at Trunk Bay. Not to mention that you’ll be eating and drinking well on this island. Since bearing the American flag, there are plenty of recognizable dining options, but traditional cuisine of the Virgin Islands still dominates the food scene. The best places to sample the authentic flavours of the islands are local restaurants, bakeries, and mobile food vans, as well as the many food fairs and fish frys that take place throughout the year.
San Francisco, California
If you care less about tan lines, seeing a new city is always a good plan. And San Francisco is a great option for young professionals as there are countless dining options, shops, museums, and sights to see. While in town you need to make your way to Marin Headlands to watch the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge.