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Family spring break destinations to avoid

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Spring break is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to plan a fun-filled vacation with your family. Instead of telling you where you should go, we’re giving you a guide on places you’ll want to avoid — places that just aren’t family-friendly.

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Spring break isn’t just about the kids having fun — it’s also about you and your husband having a good time, too. After all, it’s everyone’s spring break! There are plenty of family-friendly places you can visit that don’t involve theme parks all day and water parks at night. A few examples include going to the beaches in San Diego, snow skiing in Colorado and fun in the sun at Atlantis Resort. There are a few destinations, though, you’ll want to avoid as a family.

Miami, Florida

With beautiful weather and plenty of beaches, Miami is a wonderful year-round destination spot, except for the week of spring break. Miami gets overrun with college students looking to have a good time. The beaches are full of parties all day and all night, and don’t be surprised if you see a little nudity. Again, Miami — particularly South Beach — should be a place you visit at least once in your lifetime, just not during the week of spring break if you have children.

For a future trip to Miami, check out this travel guide to Miami for everything you need to know >>

Skip these citiesCancun, Mexico

We recommend avoiding Mexico altogether during spring break. First, the drinking age is lower in Mexico than it is in the U.S., making it a number-one pick for college students. Second, traveling to Mexico requires that you and all the members of your family have a passport, which can be an added expense. And finally, Cancun is full of nightclubs and parties on the beach, making it one of the least kid-friendly destinations of all.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Though you can bring kids to Las Vegas (Circus Circus Hotel & Casino has a large video arcade for the little ones), we don’t recommend it. Vegas is full of smoke-filled casinos, trashy fliers being handed out on the streets and drunk people everywhere. If possible, leave the kids with family members back at home and head to Vegas without them (trust us, it’s the best for everyone). If you want the kids to be included, check out Atlantis Resort instead. You’ll still get to gamble and have adult-based fun, but it’s a safer destination and the kids will have plenty of activities to partake in, too.

If you’re able to get the kids a sitter for the week, here’s some advice on how to do Vegas on the cheap >>

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu sits on the Colorado River in Northwestern Arizona. It’s normally a great vacation destination — full of waterskiing, parasailing, fishing, kayaking, hiking and boating. During the week of spring break, though, it’s full of rowdy college students. If you wish to enjoy the beauty and peace and quiet of Lake Havasu, plan on visiting a different week.

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