We all remember that it was just a couple of weeks ago that Punxsutawney Phil couldn't find his shadow. And we all know what that means. Our country should expect an early Spring and this year, that date is March 20. However, there are plenty of people in the country extremely ready for that warm weather to arrive.
So a lot of people are taking it into their own hands to taking a break from the cold weather by planning a spring break vacation. The big question is where to go?
Florida comes to mind as the ideal location for all different types of people searching for travel ideas. Whether it be families, college students, single folks or couples, I am partial to Florida since it is our state of residence and headquarters for our C Larboard gift shop!
Now of course, when looking for travel ideas for a spring break in Florida, there are all of the beaches to consider.
I’m partial to Melbourne, Cocoa, Sanibel and the Clearwater area - but you can’t go wrong with any beach in Florida in my book. Florida beaches are consistently ranked as top beaches in the country and even the world.
In fact, Clearwater Beach was ranked as the number on beach in the United States by readers of Coastal Living last year. It really depends upon what type of atmosphere you are looking for.
If you are considering tying in some beach time with your Florida spring break vacation, and want to add some fun or history into the trip, one town does stand out. Because of the variety of things to do and the rich history to explore, my suggestion would be, St. Augustine!
Not only is St. Augustine so great because it is so quaint, but since it is our nation’s oldest city, there is so much history your trip will certainly be worth it. There are great restaurants, museums, shops and even a fort - Castillo de San Marcos!
HERE is great website I found that features a lot of the wonderful aspects of St Augustine.
Of course, there is one place in Florida that comes to mind when looking for spring break travel ideas! Our hometown of Orlando, Florida is an excellent spring break spot for all ages!
Although Rich and I are not native Floridians, we have now lived in Orlando for almost 16 years. We even vacationed here many, many times prior to moving here. I have to admit, I'm partial to the excitement of the theme parks and especially Disney World.
Orlando certainly does provides the excitement of the theme parks like, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. But Orlando also has some great parts of town that are not just geared toward rides and attractions.
Some people don’t realize that we have some great museums here too! We have the Orlando Science Center which focuses on science & technology, we have the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as the Mennello Museum of American Art which houses a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham.
There are also some great boutique shopping options and really entertaining, quaint and delicious eateries in different parts of town.
Be sure to think about visiting: Winter Park (check out the scenic boat tour on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes), College Park (the K Restaurant is one of our CMO's favorites for an outstanding but unpretentious meal) Thornton Park, the Milk District, the Hourglass District, and Winter Garden (which is where we shot our video below).
With all of this variety, Orlando could fit into anyone’s Spring Break planning!
Where is your favorite travel destination for spring break? Please share your memories or wish list of destinations below. Also, make sure you are signed up for our C Larboard email list to stay informed about our community!
Zoe’ Coulcher ~ Co-Founder, C Larboard
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