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6 Unique family spring break destinations on a budget

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Spring break without breaking the bank!

With spring break right around the corner, families across the U.S. are planning their great escapes. Discounted rates and perk-inclusive packages make it easy to create family memories, even on a modest budget.

We’ve scouted out the best deals and lined up six unique family-friendly destinations you won't want to miss — from a seaside getaway on the cool California coast, to a sun-soaked Puerto Rican excursion that will have you saying adios to the stresses of home and hola to a much-needed break!

All-inclusive deals in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

While you can be entertained for hours without spending a dime — strolling the 500-year-old cobblestone streets in San Juan, exploring historical points of interest or relaxing on the beautiful beaches — Puerto Rico also offers many unique activities to entertain a family of four for less than $15. For only $3 per person, you can explore waterfalls, natural pools and tropical vegetation in El Yunque rainforest. Or, visit one of Puerto Rico’s majestic fortresses where children under 16 get in free, like the sprawling six-level El Morro fort that dates back to the 1500s.

Many hotels offer packages for budget-conscious families, like the all-inclusive rate at Parador MaunaCaribe. Completely renovated in 2010, the seaside hotel features an all-inclusive package for $102 that covers your stay each night, plus breakfast, lunch, an evening snack, dinner, tax and waitstaff gratuity.

Make yourself at home in Kauai

Kauai Hawaii

If you’re looking to save on resort fees and stretch your travel budget by cooking your own meals, consider renting a home from a local property owner using a service like Vacation Home Rental.

This private home sits above Hanalei on a five-acre farm and features two bedrooms, a full kitchen, living room and lanai with a barbeque. This rental runs $895 a week and includes several money-saving extras, like fresh produce from the farm, surfboards, kayaks, mountain bikes and snorkel gear at no extra cost.

Let it snow in Park City

Park City skiing

If you live in a place where it’s sunny year-round, you might want to trade in your warm spring clothes for a snowboard and boots. Park City, Utah, is a great place to bring the family for spring break and if you book for travel in March, you can score a great deal on Park City Mountain's Stay and Ski package.

The Stay and Ski package features a fourth night of lodging free, plus lift tickets for each person in your party, for each day you stay. Package prices depend on your choice in rental properties, but they start as low as $79 per person and can save a family of four up to $250 per day on lift tickets.

Fun in the sun in Key Largo

Key Largo, Florida

While Orlando might be America’s #1 spring break destination, Florida has a lot to offer families beyond pricey theme parks. If you’d like to soak in the Florida sunshine without the hustle and bustle of major attractions, consider staying in one of the quaint waterfront cottages at The Pelican in Key Largo.

Families can enjoy beach activities in the day and walk to Key Largo restaurants at night. Plus, the property offers access to complimentary water toys like canoes, kayaks and a paddleboat. Cottages start as low as $100 for a room with two beds.

Road trip to Monterey, California

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Cannery Row

If you're within driving distance, pack up the car and start your spring break with a road trip along the coast to Monterey, California. In addition to taking in the sights of Old Monterey or walking the historic Cannery Row, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is also a must-see.

Several hotels offer aquarium packages, including the waterfront Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay. The eco-friendly, four-star property is surrounded by unique shopping and dining, spectacular coastal trails and beaches. For less than $800, the Discovery Package includes a four-night stay plus two adult, two-day Monterey Bay Aquarium passes. You can also save with their Spring Special: Thirty percent off three nights or 20 percent off a two-night stay. When you book, be sure to ask about the hotel's Portola Pirate Program if you have little explorers ages 3 to 12.

Built-in waterpark in Arizona

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona might just be the perfect mix of luxury, affordability and family fun. This AAA four-diamond property offers a one-bedroom suite with separate living area and a queen size sofa bed starting as low as $143 a night.

Plus, the on-property Falls Water Village, with acres of pools and waterfalls, is transformed into the Kids Korral during spring break. The hotel also hosts a Teen Scene program, where teens can meet and make friends with kids their own age while enjoying outdoor activities like golf, ping pong, basketball or tennis.

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