Exceptional experiences + good value = win win By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher on Feb 7, 2014
The kids want their spring break to be jam packed with fun. You’d like a vacation that doesn’t cost a king’s ransom. Thanks to a crop of stellar deals, here are five fabulously fun-yet-affordable spring break getaways everyone can love.
Worship the sun god on the Mexican Riviera
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico Why: Because the upscale resort chain of Azul by Karisma has a trio of drop-dead-gorgeous, kid-friendly all-inclusives near Cancun, and all three—Azul Sensatori, Azul Fives, and Azul Beach—happen to be on sale right now. Save up to 33 percent with the 2014 Rock Bottom Sale when you book by Feb. 15 and travel by the end of April. Blackout dates apply. Use promo code ROCKBTM2.
(MORE: Find kid-friendly things to do on the Riviera Maya.)
Go biking, kayaking, and dolphin-watching on Hilton Head
Where: Hilton Head, South Carolina Why: Because the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, a kid-friendly resort on stunning Hilton Head, has bundled together a turnkey family getaway at a bargain price. The Ultimate Family Package includes seven nights in a two-bedroom villa; nature or dolphin cruise for four; two-hour kayak rental for four; weeklong bike rentals for four; and more. Rates start at $63 per person, per night. Available through the end of May 2014.
Grab a handful of pixie dust for less at Disneyland
Where: Anaheim, California Why: Because when it comes to creating magical family memories, nobody does it better than Disney Parks. Come for a midweek stay during the school break and save up to 25 percent on rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian, Disneyland, or Paradise Pier resorts, with an option to add tickets. Book by Mar. 6 for travel through Apr. 10, 2014.
(MORE: View a family trip plan: Disneyland or bust.)
Get a Rocky Mountain outdoor high at Snow Mountain Ranch
Where: Winter Park, Colorado Why: Because this wildly popular and budget-friendly family camp run by the YMCA of the Rockies offers a multitude of activities for the whole family, including guided snowshoe hikes, cross-country ski lessons, campfires, family tubing, and more. Get your third night free in the lodge or family-friendly cabin through May 31, 2014. Blackout dates apply.
Channel your inner dude at Tanque Verde Ranch
Where: Tucscon, Arizona Why: Because this award-winning, all-inclusive 60,ooo-acre dude ranch near Tucson offers plenty of horseback riding, nature hikes, and an excellent kids’ program. Book a stay of at least four nights and up to two kids ages 4 to 11 stay free. Available through Apr. 30, 2014.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to www.MiniTime.com.