Although spring break is rapidly approaching, January, despite the recent holidays, tends to feel like the longest month of the year, don't you think? Our sights are set on a couple months from now when the kiddos are on break, and parents—who are in desperate need of time away—seek a new place that's equally as enjoyable for them as it is for their kids.
Our team has a deep understanding of family travel, uniquely grounded in the firsthand experiences of Travel Designers Marni Granston, Sarah Bello, and Dana Wilson. As mothers and travelers, they've traveled extensively with their families, recently exploring places like Iceland, Kenya, South Africa, Greece, and Mexico as a family unit. At Tribù, we recognize the specific needs that come with traveling with children, as many of us have navigated these adventures ourselves. From selecting family-friendly accommodations to crafting itineraries that cater to all ages, our team's relatable experiences help to provide valuable and authentic recommendations for families seeking memorable and stress-free travel experiences.
Start drawing inspiration from destinations near and far that we believe the entire family would find enticing.
Costa Rica stands out as an exceptional destination for a family spring break, offering a perfect blend of natural wonders, adventure, and cultural experiences. The country boasts lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse ecosystems, getting your family fully immersed in nature.
For adventurous ones, Costa Rica offers an array of thrilling activities from zip-lining through the rainforest canopy to exploring volcanoes and engaging in water sports like snorkeling and surfing. And for animal lovers, colorful birds, playful monkeys, and the iconic sloths are just a few examples of the abundant wildlife you can encounter.
Explore charming towns, visit traditional markets, indulge in local cuisine, and interact with the friendly Costa Rican people to gain insights into the country's history and traditions. With its family-friendly atmosphere, safe environment, and a plethora of activities suitable for all ages, Costa Rica beckons as an exceptional spring break destination.
The Galápagos Islands are renowned for their unique and diverse wildlife, much of which is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearly 80 percent of land birds and mammals, over 90 percent of reptiles, more than 30 percent of plants and around 20 percent of marine life are native to the Galapagos Islands.Spring break provides an opportunity to witness the incredible natural wonders of the islands, from the famous giant tortoises to marine iguanas and an array of bird species. This time is also significant as it marks the beginning of the nesting season for sea turtles, adding a special touch to the wildlife experience.
The months of March & April fall within the transitional period between the wet and dry seasons on the Galápagos Islands, offering pleasant weather with warmer temperatures and calmer seas. This creates an ideal environment for outdoor exploration and wildlife encounters, since on the islands you'll be spending most of your time outdoors!
Galápagos Safari Camp, for example, is a popular choice for families who appreciate personalized service, flexible schedules, and the freedom to explore at the their own pace. Explore by land and sea; take a surf lesson on Santa Cruz, visit tortoises, hike, bike, snorkel, and island hop. We recommend the Galápagos Islands for kids ages 8+ who are strong swimmers. For multigenerational families, stay in a luxury camp, private villa, or embark on a superyacht expedition and admire the natural wonders found in one of the most pristine and remote corners of the world.
We get it. For Americans, this peaceful island nation in the South Pacific seems far. But with surprisingly easy and direct access to this part of the world, one can hop on a redeye flight at LAX and arrive 13 hours later in Auckland. Not too shabby.
Given many families are tight on time for Spring Break, opt for 7-10 days on the North Island. As autumn sets in New Zealand, you can embark on outdoor adventures amidst the stunning landscapes. Visit Hobbiton in Matamata for a magical experience in the Shire, perfect for young fans of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." Explore the vibrant city of Auckland, where the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium provide entertaining and educational experiences for kids.
Head to Rotorua to witness the geothermal wonders, including bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers. The region also offers thrilling activities like ziplining and luge rides. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to Waitomo Caves promises an enchanting experience with the glowworms illuminating the caves. Additionally, the Bay of Islands provides opportunities for dolphin watching and boat cruises suitable for families.
Have more time? Add on the South Island for extreme adventure in Queenstown from luge and skyline gondola rides to bungee jumping, explore the breathtaking Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound by taking a scenic cruise, or enjoy the golden beaches and crystal-clear waters of Abel Tasman. Families can partake in sea kayaking, coastal walks, and boat trips to explore the scenic beauty of this coastal paradise.
New Zealand offers a variety of family-friendly activities suitable for all ages and activity levels.
South Africa is a phenomenal destination year-round for safaris, but there's so much beyond the 'Big Five' that's appealing to all. South Africa boasts family-friendly accommodations, and many places provide activities and facilities specifically designed for families. Think private beach picnics, visiting penguins at Boulders Beach, biking, hiking, and paddle boarding to name a few. Our vehicles are outfitted with children in mind: from soccer balls, snacks, and everything in between, the young ones will stay active and engaged throughout their stay.
The Cape Winelands are a highlight (yes, even with kids) where properties such as Babylonstoren have acreage to explore. Wander and bike the trails, visit the resident chickens and ducks, pick vegetables and fruit from the garden, and mom and dad can, of course, enjoy wine and excellent cuisine.
March & April tend to be warm and pleasant in the Cape and there's endless options of exploration in pairing the coast with Greater Kruger National Park.
Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii for spring break; how original, right? But, have you been to Kona Village?
Along the sacred shores of Kahuwai Bay, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort is an iconic Big Island hideaway rooted in the legacy and moʻolelo (stories) of the native Hawaiians who came before. An inviting retreat for families, set amidst 81 acres where hardened lava has graciously parted for vibrant flora and native, bountiful greenery, Kona Village emerges from a decade of stillness. This long-awaited new chapter weaves a cultivated tapestry of formative experiences, signaling a revitalizing new era with the same steady pulse.
After a tsunami struck in 2011 and destroyed much of the original Kona Village, now reimagined, Rosewood Hotels became stewards of not only the land (they lease it from landowner Kamehameha Schools) but also of the legacy of the original resort. They've managed to honor and acknowledging the past while looking to the future.
Discover the Big Island by sunrise paddle on Kahuwai Bay, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, taking sailing lessons, and attending a Lūʻau. The whole family can gather under the stars for an open-air movie night.
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