Tired of winter? Want to escape to somewhere warmer?
You’re not alone. The crazy cold winter much of the U.S. and Canada has suffered through has sparked many warm-weather travel dreams.
But the last thing you want is to select a spot for your getaway – and find that the young spring break party crowd have beat you there. For an adult spring break that successfully dodges the hordes, consider a destination that fits into one of the following categories.
Head to Central America.
Costa Rica is the 2015 Virtuoso Luxe Report’s top adventure destination. Guanacaste province in the northwest of the country has something for everyone. Explore volcanos, hike through rainforests, zipline over treetops, and surf at one of the famed beaches such as Tamarindo. With expanded flights into Liberia’s international airport, visitors avoid the drive from San Jose.
Explore jungles, caves and the world’s second largest barrier reef in Belize. Take in ancient Mayan pyramids, snorkel or dive, observe wildlife in sanctuaries, and hike in conservation areas and forest reserves. Or just lie on the beach.
Wine regions attract a more sophisticated demographic, so don’t expect to see spring breakers.
Another exceptional destination for an adult spring break where wine is front and center is the Mendoza region of Argentina. Travelers can also challenge themselves with activities such as rock climbing and hang gliding. As well, Mendoza offers tamer ways to enjoy the outdoors, including horseback riding and windsurfing.
In Mexico, steer clear of the crowds in Cancun and opt for Tulum instead. This low-key beach destination is famed for its breathtaking Mayan ruins. It’s less developed than other nearby towns and features scuba diving, snorkeling, wildlife viewing and kayaking.
Savannah, Georgia is steeped in history, with its stately architecture and cobblestone streets. Soak up its charm by browsing its boutiques, strolling through its squares and enjoying local cuisine.
The American Southwest is a great place to de-stress in peace and quiet.
Santa Fe is the perfect getaway for art aficionados and spa lovers. It fuses ancient native culture, Spanish colonial history and a modern vibe. The blending of old and new is apparent in everything from cuisine to architecture.
Sedona, in the middle of Arizona’s desert, is believed to have healing powers. The dramatic red rocks provide a stunning atmosphere for a getaway. Guests who want to get back to nature can hike, fish, mountain bike and ride horses. Sedona’s spas and resorts help visitors relax and renew.
With the party crowd living it up at beach destinations, you’ll have cities and their grown-up charms all to yourself.
What could be more romantic than Paris in the spring? Indeed, a stay in the City of Lights in April was the top romantic vacation selected by respondents to the most recent Virtuoso Life Travel Dreams Survey.
San Francisco’s breathtaking scenery, distinctive neighborhoods and imaginative cuisine provide a romantic backdrop for couples. It’s a diverse city where anything is possible.
Your best bets for an adult spring break experience on the water: choose an upscale cruise line where higher fares will deter budget-minded young people. Or go with a specialty line where the focus is on adventure, history or culture, not late-night partying.
For the ultimate way to escape crowds, why not rent your own yacht to sail the Caribbean or Mediterranean? A European villa – consider Italy, France or Spain – provides privacy and luxury. Or even steal away to your own private island?
Booking Your Adult Spring Break
If you don’t do your homework, you could end up in the wrong spring break destination. One way to make the planning and booking process easy is to ask a Virtuoso travel advisor for help. If you’re not already working with one, find one here at virtuoso.com.