Best Spots for Spring Break
Collected by Erin Bogar , AFAR Local Expert
At the beach, on the mountain, or in the jungle, rejuvenate during your spring break.
16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Getting to Portofino from Genoa is quite easy. Take the train from Genoa's Brignole Station to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then catch the 82 bus to Portofino (a 12-minute trip around the bay). While I'm not a huge bus person, this is one of the...
Coconut Boat, Pasikuda 30410, Sri Lanka
An oil massage and herbal bath is just the treatment to complement a stay at the wonderful Maalu Maalu beach resort in Passikudah, on Sri Lanka's eastern coast. The resort's qualified ayurvedic doctor prescribed the herbal mix, as well as the...
Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Philippines
El Nido trumps them all when it comes to above water sceneries. The towering karst formations around the archipelago are absolutely stunning! One of the highlights of an El Nido island hopping is Pinagbuyutan Island. It came as no surprise if...
Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Though it has a silly name, the Potato Head Beach Club on Seminyak beach is a cool spot to spend the day. A collage of antique 18th-century veranda shades surrounds an amphitheater-like space that contains a beach bar, a grassy lawn, and an...
Samana. Dominican Republic., 5, Samana City 32000, Dominican Republic
This secluded beach within the Vista Mare complex is great to escape the crazy metropolis of Santo Domingo and unwind. The cozy apartments overlook the Bay of Samana and the nearby island of Cayo Levantado. Early in the year you can even see the...
Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230, Thailand
With no electricity, running water or communications of any kind this floating camp is completely off the grid. This is a remote and dramatic landscape created by a dam and dominated by limestone up-thrusts and virgin forest. The only...
1, Keomoku Highway, Lanai City, HI 96763, USA
It's hard to focus on a technically-sound tee shot when the wide open Pacific stretches out to the horizon. Like an uninterrupted blanket of blue, the waters are home to dolphins and whales which can occasionally be spotted in the waters below....
Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Imagine with all the ice, sleet and snow right now plaguing the US, that in just over 3 hours from JFK you could be lazing about on powdery sand gazing out to an azure sea at Half Moon Bay Resort in Jamaica mon? This resort set on over 400 acres...
Playa Gigante, Nicaragua
After a week in Nicaragua's capitol Managua, I had a chance to cruise down and stay at Casa Swell in Playa Gigante. The time was used reading, surfing, and long walks reflecting on new scenery and extraordinary people. This was taken from the...
Moosstrasse 40, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
The sharp peak of the Matterhorn provides visual drama to the backdrop of Hotel Matthiol, which is nestled among evergreens on the periphery of Zermatt, Switzerland. The stone-and-timber exterior evokes storybook Alpine chalets; inside, select...
E6 80, 9146 Olderdalen, Norway
Situated on the Lyngen Fjord, this timber lodge is well suited for boat skiing. From March through May, a skipper ferries guests to nearby islands, where they hike up peaks and ski back to the beach. From $4,500 per week. 47/ 4762-7853. This...
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
I was working at CLazyU ranch in Granby Colorado, when my roommate suggested we take a day trip to Steamboat Springs. We got our hiking gear together, filled the car with gas and was off. We made it to Fish Creek Falls trail head and started off....
4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Great location to learn new-found love for snowboarding. They have an amazing bunny slope for beginners, complete with a people conveyor, coined the "Magic Carpet." An extensive amount of slopes available among the Whistler and Blackcomb...
52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
While staying at Dunton Hot Springs, I had the opportunity to go on a great hike to Colorado's only active geyser. Though it is not an Old Faithful-like show-stopper, it is still very cool to be one of the very few people who see it every year.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Dense jungles and white-sand beaches have turned a 30-mile stretch of Pacific shoreline into a hot spot among in-the-know wellness seekers. Located north of the beach town San Juan del Sur, the Emerald Coast began attracting yogis with resorts...
Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
This used to be the old highway to get from the leeward to the windward side of the island. It was literally built into the side of a mountain and was barely hanging on. It’s now been replaced with a proper 4 lane highway complete with a tunnel,...
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
The ultimate jungle adventure is found just a short puddle jump from the States, in the only English-speaking country in Central America. At Francis Ford Coppola’s former family retreat, Blancaneaux Lodge, you can ride on horseback in...
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