4 unique spring break destinations
By Aimee Heckel
There’s nothing wrong with heading to South Padre Island for spring break. There’s a reason why it’s so popular — especially if you are looking to party in the water with big crowds of college kids.
But what if that’s not your thing?
You can use your spring break vacation to explore other parts of the country, learn something new, enroll in a weeklong workshop about something you’ve always wanted to learn or avoid the crowds altogether and get out in nature.
Here are four unique spring break ideas that are sure to be more memorable (er, for several reasons) than yet another predictable MTV-style spring break.
1. Go somewhere remote, like Hamoa Beach, Hawaii, the top unique spring break pick for Lowfares.com. This sunny, yet remote destination on the east side of Maui offers sea cliffs and great surfing waves. During the day, enjoy what About.com calls one of the island’s loveliest beaches — in part because it lacks the tourist throngs. To get your nightlife fix, Maui’s got a fair share of clubs and bars.
2. Plan an eco-friendly vacation. A great continental location is Portland, Oregon, which Healthvoyager.com calls a top eco-friendly, heathy and vegan spring break destination. Instead of staying at a hotel, consider staying at a vacation rental property from VRBO.com or Homeaway.com.
If you’re looking to cross borders, consider Belize, which offers a wide selection of eco resorts, such as the Chaa Creek Resort. Here, you can “coexist with nature while creating a true jungle experience,” according to the website. The resort is sustain and green.
3. Go on a service vacation. Spend your time helping others in need with Globe Aware’s service vacations for spring break. Globe aware leads service vacations around the world: Peru, Costa Rica, China, India, Jamaica, Nepal and more. Check the program dates online to coordinate a trip with your school’s spring break. For example, March 18-24 is a trip to Thailand to help preserve the nation’s native elephant habitat.
4. Go on a fitness vacation. Look for health and fitness spa vacations, such as the Westglow Resort and Spa in North Carolina. In addition to spa treatments, here you can find a pool, aerobics, tennis, croquet, a nature trail and a weight room.
Here’s something new: A luxury camping excursion ($700 per person) in the Blue Ridge Mountains. After your 13-mile guided hike through the trails, your campsite will already be set up and awaiting you — complete with hors d’oeuvres, dinner prepared by a personal chef, a bed, fine Italian linens and breakfast ready for you when you wake up.
Money-saving tip: Check ShopAtHome.com for great travel deals and coupons.
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