Tired of the cold weather and want to venture someplace new for spring break? Consider a family vacation in Latin America where you can visit an exotic, tropical locale without breaking your budget. Plus, these vacations are geared for eco-conscious families who want to sustainable and green accommodations and and educational opportunities for kids to learn about the environment, such as snorkeling with sea lions, releasing butterflies from a hatchery, visiting a bear sanctuary and much more.
Get off the grid and stay at Casa de las Olas, a sustainable villa with five rooms that sits on the southern end of a secluded stretch of beach by the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million-acre nature preserve. Casa de la Olas is 100% solar powered and collects water from underground sources and through a rain collection system. All plastics and glass from the property are recycled and all organic waste is composted to use in the garden. Plus, the villa was designed to maximize Caribbean breezes and provide shelter from the sun. Families can participate in activities such as snorkeling, catamaran sailing, hiking to Tulum/Mayan ruins and nature sites and more. Rates start at $250 per room, per night for spring break (rates drop down to $180 per night after that), and kids stay free.
Photo courtesy of Casa de las Olas.
La Paz, Mexico
Snorkel, scuba dive, swim or paddleboard with sea lions in Los Islotes, home to North America’s largest California Sea Lion colonies in La Paz. These sea lions are extremely friendly (they feed only on plankton) and love human interaction. Even young sea lion pups can be seen swimming beside visitors. Stay overnight in luxurious camping accommodations on the island of Espiritu Santo in a safari tent with comfortable twin-sized beds along with inclusive meals and drinks from a personal chef. Book through FUN BAJA, a tour group in La Paz. All day sea lion snorkeling adventure start at $100 per person. Accommodations at Isla Espiritu Santo start at $250 per person for 2 days and 1 night.
Photo courtesy of La Paz Tourism Board.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Experience Mayan sights and culture while reducing your carbon footprint. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa is located just steps away from ancient Mayan temples and offers opportunities for kids to participate in local eco activities such as the SOS marine sea turtles project (guiding turtles to the ocean using flashlights to mimic the moon during hatching season). Children can also plant trees and receive updates from the Sandos team to watch their tree grow over time longer after their vacation is over. The resort offers other educational opportunities including, daily eco tours, composting station, NASA-design Planet Sandos planetarium (featuring global warming and space programs), and the Xcalacoco Experience, which teaches kids about Mayan culture through interactive reenactments. And to top it all off, Sandos has one of the largest kids clubs in Riviera Maya, including a rocking climbing wall, trampoline and amazing pool and splash zone. Pricing starts at $92 per person, per night. For families traveling with two children, one child stays/plays/eats free.
Photo courtesy of Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa.
Chaa Creek, Belize
Stay at Chaa Creek, which sits on a 365-acre nature preserve and home to a butterfly farm – where families will have their own butterfly hatchery and release a Blue Morpho butterfly into the jungle. Children can take part of Eco Kids Rainforest Adventure, an educational program for school-aged kids (ages 6+) to learn about tropical plants animals, insects and the importance of conserving and protecting the environment. Families can also participate in nightly nature walks through the Belize rainforest, visit Mayan organic farms and archeological sites, go horseback riding and canoeing, and much more. Four-night, all-inclusive package starts at $1,599 per adult, $561 per child between the ages of 12-15, and $300 per child between ages 6-11.
Photo courtesy of Chaa Creek.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra, Peru’s leading sustainable travel company, offers the family journey to Machu Picchu travel package. Families can participate in various activities such as visiting the Spectacled Bear Santuary for endangered bears, tea-making workshops, nature walks and much more. Guests will stay at Inkaterra Machu Piccu Pueblo Hotel. Rates Rates for 3 days and 2 nights start at $845 for adults and $182 for children. This package is great for all ages.
Photo courtesy of Inkaterra.
Where do you want to travel with the family for spring break?