Surprise Dad this Father’s Day with a fun dad and daughter outing he’ll never forget. Not sure where to go? We’re rounding up some of the best spots to go to celebrate the guy who helped raise you.
Jupiter, in Palm Beach Country, Florida, is an ideal father-daughter destination for its numerous attractions and recreational activities to choose from. It’s also known as one of America’s happiest seaside towns, as ranked recently by Coastal Living Magazine. Fathers and daughters can head to Jupiter for a low-key getaway at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa where they can explore the area with the resort’s complimentary bikes, go climb the 1860 Jupiter Lighthouse or take sunrise or sunset paddle boarding/kayaking tours down the Jupiter inlet.
For something more exotic, the adventurous (or travel-loving) father-daughter duo can head to Zambia for a once-in-a-lifetime bonding vacation. Start your unforgettable trip at the Zambezi Sun, in a prime location on the banks of the stunning Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. The vibrant, family-friendly resort is perfectly located to experience all the area has to offer: elephant-back safari rides through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, white-water rafting, a canoe safari on the Zambezi River, game fishing and much more.
If a beach vacation is the way to Dad’s heart, there’s no better place than the gorgeous Caribbean island of Anguilla. Exotic but accessible, if pristine white sand and turquoise waters are what you’re after, this is the place to be. Check in at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned golf pro Greg Norman. Play a few rounds while taking in sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and having a great time playing golf together (we suggest letting Dad win). Fathers and daughters can also scuba dive, rent mountain bikes to explore the island and unwind and refuel at one of the resort’s five world-class dining venues.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Since it’s both affordable and accessible, Florida makes a good choice for a getaway. If Jupiter didn’t make the cut, try Clearwater, another ideal spot for fathers and daughters to celebrate Father’s Day. Located along a 700 feet of sugar-sand beach, Sandpearl Resort offers a variety of unique activities for fathers and daughters to do together, such as sailing, sandcastle building, s’mores at a private fire pit on the beach (yum) or an astronomy night on Sandpearl’s boardwalk. Other fun options include taking a behind-the-scenes tour at Clearwater Marine Aquarium or taking a stroll along the beach to Pier 60, where there’s a nightly sunset festival perfect for kids, tweens and teens.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island was voted as the ninth best island in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s Best in the World 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards — with good reason. With so much to see and do (not to mention 12 miles of public beach), it makes a great Father’s Day destination. Nestled within the quaint Port Royal Plantation, the newly renovated Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa makes an ideal base for outdoor-loving dads and daughters. The resort’s Hilton Head Bike Package in particular will have you and dad explore the scenic Lowcountry of South Carolina, boasting miles of paths, colorful botanicals and flora, and hard-sand beaches.
Turks & Caicos
Does dad like to fish? Take him on an unforgettable Father’s Day trip to the Caribbean where deep-sea fishing is the focus. Help dad find the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation with the Fish & Dish package at stylish Gansevoort Turks & Caicos. Fathers and daughters can choose from an afternoon of deep-sea or bottom-fishing off the world’s third-longest barrier reef, bring home the catch, relax poolside and let Chef Matthew Doerner prepare a delicious Father’s Day feast in your choice of Caribbean or Mediterranean style.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Another great father-daughter destination is Puerto Rico (a passport-free destination for U.S. travelers). The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino is perfectly located in the heart of San Juan, making it an ideal spot for dads and daughters to base themselves for exploring Old San Juan, shopping excursions and historic strolls through the iconic cobblestone streets. For a more active experience, the property’s relationship with San Juan’s Rent the Bicycle allows guests to embark on a variety of biking tours along Old San Juan’s streets to check out city’s iconic Spanish forts and Atlantic coast. Bike tours start at $39 per person and can be booked through the hotel.