Choose your own spring break adventures
Guest post by Karen Ellis
Beat the winter blues and pack up your vacation gear for a spring getaway you will never forget. Start 2015 with one of the spring break adventures below for fun in the sun, good eats, mountain views or exotic scenery. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure; vacation style!
Road Trip Fun: Panama City Beach, Florida
To people of all ages, the road trip is the classic American experience where friends bond, memories are made and the beautiful topography, small towns and open road bring joy and relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Often known for its spring break popularity among college students and young millennials, Panama City Beach has many activities and sights for visitors of all ages. If you are looking for outdoor fun, the Gulf World Marine Park is a popular stop for aquatic shows and performances by friendly dolphins, sea lions, reptiles, tropical birds as well as exhibits with flamingos, alligators sea turtles and more.
If marine shows don’t quite complement your agenda, consider Shipwreck Island Waterpark for fun in the sun, shop until you drop at Pier Park or have a picnic on the pristine beach at Camp Helen. The options for fun are plentiful and await you in just a short drive from Georgia’s capital city.
Beach Vacation: St. Lucia
St. Lucia is emerging as one of the most exclusive and desired Caribbean beach vacations. A quiet island, tourism saw a dramatic increase in hotel arrivals, yachting and cruising in 2014.
For romance, adventure or rejuvenation, St. Lucia is filled with a beautiful natural landscape of the Piton Mountains, beaches, rainforest, waterfalls and of course, desirable tropical weather.
Mountaintop: Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada
Mountain adventures can be just as (or more) majestic and peaceful than beach vacations. Popular for its location among the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia is the ideal North American getaway for any mountain lover. Choose from in-town lodging to more secluded, mountainous accommodations to fit your vacation desires.
Food Lovers’ Paradise: Negril, Jamaica
Take some time from the beaches and soft sands to explore the myriad of dining options that Negril has to offer. Many popular Negril eateries have live music and dancing to enhance your dining experience. From curry goat to jerk chicken, oxtail and plantains, Jamaica has plenty options to keep your stomach full and satisfied.
An Exotic Experience: Diani Beach, Kenya
If you are looking to take an exotic beach vacation this spring, look no further than Diani Beach in Kenya. Just an hour south from Mombasa, this destination has sparking white sands and lush greenery sure to help you relax and unwind under the sun. Be a typical tourist and hop on a camel ride, or consider an inland bike tour to see more of the surrounding area and local culture. Year round weather is perfect, with temperatures this spring in mid-high 80s.
Taking a vacation this spring is exciting as you escape to warmer weather for much-needed fun in the sun. Treat yourself to rest, relaxation or adventure and excitement with a vacation this spring. Bon voyage!
Karen Ellis is Westfield State alum, and a freelance writer for blogs and newspapers. She also enjoys traveling and writing articles about her favorite vacation destinations, outdoor adventures, and traveling tips. You can find Karen on Google+.
Featured image via Terri Needham