BEST Family Friendly Florida Spring Break Destinations

It’s that time of year when the winter doldrums have set in. It’s cold and blustery outside, everyone feels trapped indoors, the kids are going crazy and winter seems never ending.

If you’re like me, the key to surviving the rest of winter is planning your escape to somewhere tropical with plenty of sun, sand and warm ocean breezes!

If booking a trip to the Caribbean isn’t in the budget, then allow me to introduce you to the BEST family friendly Florida spring break destinations!

These Florida beaches with their powdery white sand, palm trees and clear blue water are sure to deliver the winter escape you are looking for.

Marco Island

Marco Island tops my list of family friendly Florida spring break destinations! Its position as the southernmost beach on Florida’s west coast ensures warm weather in the mid 70’s even in early March.

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This easily accessible island is perfect for families looking for white sand and calm blue waters. You won’t have to worry about setting your beach chairs amongst the spring break party crowd and will instead see lots of other families or friendly retirees.

Even in the high season there is enough room for the kids to roam, to build sandcastles, play a game or toss a ball. Something our active and sports loving family appreciates!

Marco Island has several great beaches to choose from and plenty of rainy day activity options as well. Shopping, bowling and movie theaters can keep your crew busy even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

There are also a wide variety of accommodations to chose from on Marco Island. Hotels, resorts, airbnb and home away options are numerous so you are sure to find lodging at a price point you are comfortable with.

For a complete review of Marco Island including where to shop, eat and stay, check out my recommendations here.

Captiva/Sanibel Island

Captiva and Sanibel Islands are the perfect choice if you’re looking to get away from it all. No high rises, no hotel chains, no strip malls and no crowded beaches! You will truly feel as though you’ve escaped to your own slice of paradise.

Sanibel Island beach, Captiva Island beach, florida beaches, best florida beachesLike Marco Island, Captiva and Sanibel boast fantastic white sand beaches and calm waters perfect for the whole family to enjoy. What sets Sanibel and Captiva apart, besides its more laid back vibe, are their incredible seashells. In fact, Sanibel Island is rated as the best shelling beach in North America.

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While Sanibel and Captiva are quaint and full of old Florida charm, keep in mind that there is only a two lane road for island access. This means that when the March busy season hits, you need to be prepared to wait in traffic to get on and off the island.

Sanibel and Captiva island map

Also keep in mind that price points are higher in Captiva/Sanibel and lodging options are not as plentiful when compared to other south Florida destinations. Temperatures can also be slightly cooler as Captiva/Sanibel are about an hour and a half north of Marco Island.

Although Florida has many other beautiful beaches that we love like Siesta Key and Destin, these locations are just not warm enough in March/April to make our list of top Florida Spring Break destinations for the family.

No matter which Florida destination you choose, you’re sure to create lasting family memories at any of these beautiful beach towns.

And if you’re looking to make this year’s spring break trip more affordable, check out my tips for how to best travel with your family on the cheap here!











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  1. Patrick | 31st Jan 18

    Marco island. I would go there. Even from your previous post on what to know before one visits Marco Island, I think I’m all convinced that it’s a great place to visit.
    Definitely on my bucket list.

    • Lisa | 31st Jan 18

      Thanks for stopping by Patrick! Marco Island is beautiful and you’ll love it! 🙂

  2. Sheila Price | 31st Jan 18

    Thanks for the tips! Florida is definitely on my list of places we want to take the kids! Especially since my 9-year-old desperately wants to swim with dolphins. LOL

    • Lisa | 31st Jan 18

      yes! you won’t be disappointed. warm, calm waters (on the gulf side anyway). and we see lots of dolphins every time we go! 😉

  3. Carolyn | 1st Feb 18

    Thanks for the tips on a Florida vacation!

    • Lisa | 1st Feb 18

      You’re welcome Carolyn! Hope it was helpful! 🙂

  4. Nina | 4th Feb 18

    I was born in raised in a little Beach town in Florida and definitely agree that Sanibel is a great place to vacation. It’s so peaceful there as opposed to some of the more famous Florida vacation spots.

    • Lisa | 4th Feb 18

      So fun to grow up in Florida, I’m jealous! And I agree, love the peacefulness of Sanibel! Thanks for stopping by Nina! 🙂

  5. Cassie | 4th Feb 18

    I haven’t been to any of these places. Added to the Bucketlist!!

    • Lisa | 4th Feb 18

      You’ll love these Florida islands Cassie. So beautiful and family friendly! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Jenn | 4th Feb 18

    I am from Florida myself. You cant forget about St. Petersburg or Clearwater beach. They are amazing Spring break spots as well 🙂 Love the post though, great places to vacation.!!

    • Lisa | 4th Feb 18

      Hey Jenn! Yes, St. Petersburg and Clearwater are beautiful but a little too risky weather-wise in March for me personally. I try to go as far South as possible so I can get the warmest weather! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Elisha | WifeMomLife101 | 5th Feb 18

    I lived in Florida for a long time and have yet to make the journey to the keys. This post definitely puts Marco Island on my bucket list of places to go. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa | 5th Feb 18

      Hi Elisha! I’ve not been to the Keys yet either but Marco Island is fantastic. I’m sure you’ll love it! 🙂

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