The all-inclusive resort of Memories Splash Punta Cana makes up for the fact that it’s not exactly beachfront (the sand and surf of Bavaro Beach is across the street) by delivering buckets full of family fun at a huge on-property waterpark, including seven waterslides, a wave pool, and more. When it’s time for some adult fun, mom and dad can slip away to dinner and the casino at the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana Resort.
Rates: Start at $373 per adult, per night, with the first child free.
This Spring Break, why not peace out in La Paz? This coastal city is the capital of Baja California; generally overshadowed by Cabo San Lucas, it has all the history Cabo lacks plus great beaches on the Sea of Cortez and opportunities for whale watching, swimming with sea lions, and day tripping to Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check it out by checking into the oceanfront CostaBaja Resort and Spa, the city’s only luxury boutique hotel.
Rates: From $232 per night.
Condado is the most popular place to stay in San Juan for good reason: resorts here have the beach at their doorstep but also are just a few minutes from the history, restaurants and nightlife of Old San Juan. The classic Condado Plaza Hilton had a chic makeover a few years back and offers a variety of activities through its “Leisure Escapes” package, which includes a nightly $50 resort credit that can be used for meals at Chef Wilo Benet’s acclaimed Picayo restaurant or activities like paddle boarding in the nearby Condado Lagoon.
Rates: From $259 per night, double occupancy.
One of Jamaica’s most talked-about hotels is also one of the island’s most affordable. Jakes is an away-from-it-all boutique hotel on Jamaica’s quiet South Shore, where every room dances to the unique stylistic beat of owner Sally Henzell. Guests can pamper themselves with spa services, dine on farm-to-table delights, take a daily yoga class, or just chill over cocktails at Dougie’s Bar.
Rates: The simple Conch and Coral rooms start at just $95 per night, though scoring a room at just under $200 during Spring Break should be considered a win unless you plan long in advance.
This Grand Bahama Island resort (and sister property to the Memories Splash Punta Cana) is great for couples or families: the all-inclusive package at Memories Grand Bahamas includes complimentary golf at the Robert Trent Jones-designed Reef Club Golf Course, splashing to your heart’s content at a pool and water slides built around a historic sugar mill, a full-service spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, and a 35,000-square-foot casino.
Rates: $190 per adult per night, with the first child free.
The parade of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal is just part of the scenery at the Westin Playa Bonita, a visually arresting beach resort just minutes from the high-energy nightlife of Panama City. With rates starting at $212 per night, it’s a great budget getaway for couples or families (the hotel features both a Sensory Spa by Clarins and a Westin Kids Club), and frequent air service between the U.S. and Panama means you won’t break the bank getting here, either.
Rates: From $212 per night, double occupancy.
With its endless boardwalk and a bazillion entertainment options ranging from amusement parks and whale watching to golf outings and breweries, Virginia Beach is a worry-free Spring Break destination for families. The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center has its own private beach on Chesapeake Bay and is a magnet for tennis lovers: guests get an hour and a half of free daily outdoor court time at the nearby Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.
Rates: Starting at $83 per night.
You may not automatically think beach when you think of Alabama, but this Gulf Coast state has a 32-mile sliver of white-sand coastline with great beaches, bike trails, fishing, boating, and golf — all convenient to Gulf Shores, considered one of the best beach towns in America. Spring Breakers can choose from everything from a cabin at Gulf State Park to a condo (cooking for yourself can save big bucks) or a stay at the Perdido Beach Resort, the only full-service hotel in town and an undiscovered gem.
Rates: Start at $106 per night.
What kid — or child at heart — could resist a Spring Break getaway to a town called Duck? This Outer Banks beach town is home to the Sanderling Resort, which boasts recently renovated guest rooms, a luxury spa, fitness center and — if the spring weather turns chilly — an indoor pool as well as two outdoor pools and, of course, the beach steps away. Kids will love biking into town, going on a dolphin tour, and gathering by the fire pit at night.
Rates: Start at $149 per night.
Got golf? The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is best known as the home of the TPC Sawgrass golf tournament, but Spring Breakers can swing in for a family-friendly vacation that includes mini golf as well as full-sized version, a kids club for ages 5-12, and spacious one- and two-bedroom villas.
Rates: Start at $239 per night.