4 Unconventional March Break Destinations for the Entire Family - Sutton Group-Associates

4 Unconventional March Break Destinations for the Entire Family

06 March 2019
Sutton Group-Associates

 

4 Unconventional March Break Destinations for the Whole Family

 

 

 

Planning a last-minute vacation can be a challenge, especially during March Break. Hotels get booked quickly, rates go up, and popular destinations are swarming with like-minded travelers. If you’re thinking of going on a last-minute getaway, consider destinations off-the-beaten track. Low rates, great amenities, and family-friendly activities make these spots perfect for everyone to enjoy.

NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS

Although this seaside town is hopping in Spring and Summer, Nantucket has much to offer for winter travelers. Brisk winter walks along deserted beaches, cozy inns, and a slew of breweries and bakeries make Nantucket the perfect Winter getaway. The Nantucket Hotel and Resort offers discounted rooms during the off-season and it’s a great home base for winter activities. A ten-minute walk gets you to the Brant Point Lighthouse — a vantage point from which to watch Nantucket ferries lazily go by.

Those less inclined to braving the winter weather can stay inside, curling up next to the inn’s roaring fireplace with a book and a glass of wine. The inn boasts comfortable beds and a gorgeous seaside view.

 Travelers should take note: some Nantucket shops and restaurants are closed during the off-season, but most remain open and offer discounted pricing for menus and merchandise. Lucky for foodies, winter is scallop season on the island. The SeaGrille Restaurant has some of the freshest around.


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Where better to escape than to the land of beer and chocolate? In Brussels, treats are just the beginning! Belgium’s capital city is a Mecca of family-friendly museums, theme parks, and interactive activities.

Belgium is the birthplace of The Adventures of TinTin, one of the most iconic comic series of the 20th century. Brussels pays homage to this red-headed sleuth and his trusty dog Snowy at The Belgian Comic Strip Centre, where visitors can check out original comic book frames, interactive activities, and a shop brimming with comic books.

 The city’s Mini-Europe Park is also a fun excursion for the kids. Miniatures of Big Ben, the Acropolis, and the Eiffel Tower will make you feel like you’ve hit the whole continent in one go. Of course, the city’s Museum of Cocoa is too sweet to miss.

 After a long day of exploring, treats are always mere steps away. Belgian chocolatiers are some of the best in the world and the city is packed with chocolate and confections. Strong Belgian ales flow from bar taps across the city. Order your beer with a side of Belgian frites to get the true Brussels experience.

LIMA, PERU

High season in Peru runs from December to February, but March is still a great time to go to visit Peru’s capital. During the second-hottest month of the year, crowds in Lima thin out and hotel rates fall accordingly.

The city’s Circuito del Agua water park is a great place to stay cool in the heat. The park is the recognized as one of the world’s largest water installations. A nearby education complex offers temporary exhibitions and water-themed displays.

Of course, there’s no better way to beat the heat than to head to the beach. The Miraflores and Barranco neighbourhoods are lush and scenic, with ocean views and plenty of parks to enjoy. Explore them by foot or rent bikes for the whole family.

Down on Playa Waikiki, surf lessons are offered year-round. Visitors can also book day-trips out to the Palomino Islands to swim with wild sea lions.

Lima’s culinary scene is world caliber. Signature dishes include citrusy ceviche, layered potato casseroles (“causita”), and lomo saltado.

TOFINO, BC

To experience the wild side of Canada, there’s nowhere better than Tofino. Ancient forests, whale watching, and a distinctive West Coast vibe make Tofino an incredible destination for anyone who appreciates the outdoors.

 Winter in Tofino is actually quite mild, with March temperatures sitting above zero. Palm trees grow year-round and surfers brave the cool waters for Tofino’s epic winter ocean swells.

Winter storms give travelers another reason to visit Tofino in March. The island’s exposed coasts and unique weather patterns have made winter storm watching an island-wide pastime. At first sign of trouble, head to Tofino’s Wickannish Inn. The inn’s restaurant offers a 270 degree view of the beach and oceanfront — ideal for watching the storms roll in.

When the weather is clear, take a walk along one of Tofino’s scenic beaches. North Chesterman Beach’s tide pools are ripe for exploration. If you’re lucky, you may spot humpback whales off the coast of Long Beach.

By land, spas and yoga studios offer a zen experience. The village is small so its art galleries, artisan shops, and museums are all within walking distance. The Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum covers the village’s rich Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations history. Carved sculptures are a great memento to bring home for friends and family. 

   By Sarah Hewitt