Spring break offers teens a chance to relax and have fun.

Spring Break Vacation Spots for Teens

by Rachel Pancare

For some teenagers, vacation weeks are the highlight of the school year! Spring break is the perfect time for teens to get away from class work for a little while and have some fun. While teenagers may not be able to experience the same kind of spring break vacations as college students, they still have plenty of options. They can spend time with friends or family or both. Parents should help their teens develop safe but enjoyable spring break plans to make the most of their week off from school.

1. San Diego

Many teens want to relax in warmer weather during spring break. San Diego, California, can be the perfect destination for families with teenagers who can't wait to hit the beach. San Diego temperatures tend to be pleasant year-round. According to SanDiego.org, the city has many budget-conscious hotels and dining options as well as iconic vacation spots like Coronado and La Jolla. Most San Diego hotels have programs for children of all ages, making it easy for teens to find plenty of activities to keep them busy when they're not riding the waves. Programs may include video games, crafts or sports lessons and may even be complimentary. In a Parents Magazine article called "Best Beach Resorts for Families," Karen Cicero recommends Loews Coronado Bay Beach Resort and Spa. Close to Silver Strand Beach, this resort offers a range of family activities such as cooking lessons, animal presentations and family movies.

2. Atlantis Resort

If you take a family vacation during spring break, Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas is an exciting, luxurious spot. The resort is expensive, but has numerous activities for people of all ages. You can feel safe allowing your teen(s) to wander off, hang out at the pools, enjoy the water park, lie out at the beach or check out the aquariums. Atlantis also has a nightclub called Crush for teens ages 13 to 17 and tweens ages 9 to 13. The club has an Internet lounge, a gaming room and a live DJ. There is also a café that serves snacks and drinks. You will feel safe knowing that your teen is enjoying spring break nearby, and you can keep tabs on where he is and what he is doing while enjoying your own vacation, too!

3. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is another popular spring break destination for families. Vacations here can be more affordable, especially if you choose an all-inclusive resort. The Travel Channel recommends Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as one of the top 10 spring break destinations for families. This resort has oceanfront family suites and the Juniors Club Med, where teenagers can spend time participating in a variety of sports or just hanging out. The Club Med Passworld areas are designed for teenagers to experiment with high tech equipment in creative activities involving video and cinema.

4. New York City

Many families head to warmer or tropical destinations for spring break, but New York City can be just as much fun. In the spring, the weather is often perfect for walking the streets of Manhattan and doing some sightseeing. In the article "10 Best Spring Break Spots for Families," Family Vacation Critic reminds us that spring break does not have to center around beaches. New York has many museums, landmarks, restaurants, parks, shopping and sports to enjoy. For teens who live in small or suburban towns, Manhattan can be an exhilarating change of scenery and a chance to explore new stores and foods. They can even take some pictures in famous locations. Like in any big city, parents should review safety rules with their teens before allowing them to wander off on their own.

About the Author

Rachel Pancare taught elementary school for seven years before moving into the K-12 publishing industry. Pancare holds a Master of Science in childhood education from Bank Street College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College.

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