Top 4 Best Spring Break Beaches

Well, we are in our home stretch! Spring is almost here, and to be quite honest, this winter wasn’t even that bad (I think I may be scarred for life from the Polar Vortexes we had a few years back). You may have noticed that I have been posting quite a few beach pictures over on my Instagram lately, just to get in the mood.  So, let’s talk Spring Break Beaches. Specifically, let’s look at 4 super doable beach vacations. No 8-hour flights for our crew this year!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina- This island is incredibly easy to get to and could even involve a quick road trip if you live on the eastern half of the US. There is something for everyone here. The beaches are beautiful for running, playing, sunbathing, and, yes, especially biking… they go for miles and miles! Just don’t get overzealous like we did and remember that you do have to ride back to the hotel. If you are wondering what else there is to do, I wrote about it here.

Naples, Florida- Another beach town that is quite easy to get to. A quick flight or a longer drive, but, nonetheless, doable. The beach is beautiful and again goes for miles and miles (can you tell this is a major requirement for me?). The sand is soft and easy to nap on or go for a long stroll. There are several different hotels, with hotel bars, along the way, so if you get thirsty, you will have options. 

Dana Point/Laguna Beach, California- Ahhhh… one of my favorites. Even if you don’t surf, it is amazing to watch all of the surfers getting their waves on (is that a phrase?) early in the morning. Our hotel overlooked the beach with gorgeous cliffs in the background- it almost felt as though we were in a different county. To the right on the beach, was an expanse of sand leading to some rocks and cliffs. To the left were extraordinary homes all stacked one on top of the other and fabulous nonetheless. Just as I was picturing our family living in one of these modern beach homes, we discovered the also-extraordinary pricing. I guess we will just have to look forward to hotel stays at this West Coast “must.”

Paradise Island, Bahamas- My happy place. I’ve been walking this beach since I was about 8 years old and will never, ever tire of it. It exudes calm and peace and a sense of timelessness. The water is so clear that you can see to the bottom and the sand is so white and powdery that even if you are one of those “no sand on my toes” kind of people, you won’t mind it. Everything is so clean and bright that you need sunglasses but really don’t want to wear them because you don’t want to dim all of that brilliant color. Again, you can walk forever on this beach and lose yourself in thought without much effort at all. This is my forever beach and I really hope you are able to experience it because it is much too beautiful not to share. 

I want to know…Do you have a US/Caribbean beach that you love? What is your favorite beach activity? Are you a solo or company beach walker?

Already have Spring Break plans but want to save these suggestions for next year? I have a pin for that 🙂

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Top 5 Hilton Head Activities with Kids

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We did it! Our first road trip. Naturally, we decided to drive to Hilton Head, South Carolina, a place my husband and I had gone together with our college tennis teams. (I can’t tell you how many times we have already forced our kids to take a walk down memory lane with us. Just add this to the list.) I won’t talk about the ride down, but once we finally got to the island, it made it all worth it. Listed below are our Top 5 activities that we did with our kids on the island.

hiltonheadtrip1.) Gregg Russell- Don’t skip this. It’s #1 on the list for a reason. Gregg Russell has been performing for over 30 years. Meet him under Liberty tree in Harbour Town. Your kids aren’t the only ones who will be laughing and singing along. We went twice and probably would have attended every night if we had been staying in Harbour Town. If your kids want to increase their chances of being called up on stage, they should bring posters saying, “Pick Me!” or something even more creative.

2.) Ride Bikes on the Beach- Again, this isn’t one to skip. How many beaches are hiltonheadtripthere that you can actually go for a bike ride on? I’m talking about riding directly on the sand. The beaches go for miles! Just be sure that you don’t get overly ambitious (as my husband often does) and go too far before turning around.

3.) Salty Dog Cafe– Located in Sea Pines, this restaurant is one of the most well-known on the island. You really shouldn’t go to Hilton Head without eating at the Salty Dog Cafe. And be certain to read The Legend of Jake, the Salty Dog to your children before you go.

4.) Watch a tennis match at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy– these kids are good! Players come from all over the world to attend this academy. We were staying right next door and were also able to use the courts to hit.

hiltonheadtrip5.) Take in the wildlife– all of the jellyfish that were washed up on shore were amazing, and our kids were entertained for a very good amount of time running from one to the next. (This is what happens to you after making it through another long Michigan winter- anything and everything outside becomes amazing.) We also were able to watch dolphins swimming in the ocean right from the beach and feed the turtles at our hotel. There were alligators on the golf course by the street leading up to our hotel. It was fun to look for them from the safety of our car.

Or, just go, have a seat, soak up some Vitamin D, and be happy you escaped a week of snow in April (Why, Michigan? Why?)

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