The 8 Healthiest Spring Break Destinations
These vacation hotspots make it easy to stay fit while you're having fun.
Ah, spring break...who says it's just for college students? For those of you who've left your Girls Gone Wild days behind but are still itching for a vacation, check out this list that Yahoo! put together of the top spring break destinations. While some of the vacation spots are a little unconventional, each city offers a plethora of fun outings to enjoy. And for those of you who like being on vacation but hate skipping a workout, we've rounded up the healthiest places to eat in each city, along with the must-try activity to ensure that you stay fit, no matter where your adventures take you.
San Diego topped Yahoo's! list of spring break destinations, and we can see why. After all, what more do you need on vacation except sun, surf, and sand?
Healthiest place to eat: San Diego is home to more than a thousand restaurants so there's bound to be something for everyone, but the ultra-healthy can't go wrong with Spread, a vegetarian restaurant that seeks to "challenge the culinary imagination" of its diners. The owners of the restaurant work only with locally sourced, organic food, and the menu often changes based on what's available at local farmers' markets.
Best place to work out: You're in San Diego-it'd be a crime to leave without surfing! Del Mar is reportedly the best place for beginners. Sign up for lessons with the San Diego Surfing Academy, which is open all year long. Not a surfer? Mix it up with stand-up paddleboarding or another fun outdoor workout!
Besides swinging into spring training (Scottsdale is the off-season home to the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks), Scottsdale is home to high-end shopping, world-class golf resorts, and some major museums.
Healthiest place to eat: Nourish offers gluten-free, egg-free, lactose-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegetarian options, as well as plenty of menu items for "regular" eaters.
Best place to work out: Take a hike! A full-moon hike, that is. Temperatures in Arizona can reach 95 degrees and higher (yes, even in March), so conserve your energy indoors during the day and take your workout outside once the sun sets. There are multiple organizations that host different programs (scorpion hunting, anyone?) so find the one that fits your style best and have fun!
With first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative in full force, Washington D.C. is all about being healthy. Stay fit in the nation's capital while enjoying the myriad monuments, museums, restaurants, and sights.
Healthiest place to eat: Cooking Light once wrote that the seafood at Mediterranean restaurant Komi tastes as though it was just "pulled from the sea." If you're not into seafood, Palena Cafe, a James Beard Award-winning Italian restaurant, is another big hit.
Best place to work out: If you like exercising outdoors, you'll love jogging, walking, running, or hiking at the U.S. National Arboretum (Which workout burns the most calories? Find out here!). Essentially a giant garden filled with plants from around the world, this is one workout in which you'll want to stop and smell the roses. Pets are welcome too, but they have to stay on leashes.
Yosemite National Park
People come from all over the world to marvel at Yosemite's natural beauty. And there's no shortage of healthy activities to do in this national park.
Healthiest place to eat: Yosemite offers a variety of restaurants, most of which operate year-round for visitors and work with local farmers and businesses to bring the freshest flavors and foods to the table. The award-winning Ahwahnee Dining Room is known as the crown jewel of Yosemite.
Best place to work out: You're visiting one of the world's greatest climbing areas! Contact the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service to take a rock climbing class or guided climb (for beginners), or sign up for a multi-day ascent or camping adventure (if you're more advanced).
Lanai Island, Hawaii
Have you ever wanted to own your own private island? Vacationing at Lanai Island, Hawaii is the next best thing! Once a Dole pineapple plantation, the sparsely populated island now offers a low-key, "lost-in-time" feel with a shoreline that goes on for miles.
Healthiest place to eat:There are a handful of mom-and-pop business located on Lanai, but the island does boast a pretty impressive list of luxurious resorts. Try Fresco at the Four Seasons, which features fresh, local seafood dishes with "Asian influences."
Best place to work out: Before you hit the beach for some sun (and to show off your killer bikini body, thanks to this arms and abs workout), suit up and dive underwater for some snorkeling. Lanai Island offers a full-service dive operation with activities fit for every experience level.
Telluride locals often share the same story: They visited once in the winter, but fell in love and ended up staying. A veritable year-round playground for those who love the great outdoors, Telluride is one of the healthiest spring break destinations around.
Healthiest place to eat: You can't go wrong with fresh Mexican food at La Cocina de Luz. The restaurant uses only organic, additive-free, and locally grown ingredients to prepare traditional recipes, but non-Mexican food aficionados can find vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as handmade ice cream and smoothies.
Best place to work out: Telluride is a world-class mountain biking destination. Pick from 25 different trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels to explore the former mining town from all angles.
Amelia Island, Florida
When you think of spring break in Florida, you probably think of rowdy parties and college kids. For a more laid-back, low-key environment, you can't beat Amelia Island.
Healthiest place to eat: Marina Seafood Restaurant was recently given a five-star rating by the Jacksonville Times Union. Easy on both your waistline and your wallet, the restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors. Not a seafood fan? Try the Cafe Karibo for a "world-famous" veggie burger or Turkey Cuban sandwich.
Best place to work out: Amelia Island is one of the few places in the U.S. you can ride horseback on the beach! Through the Kelly Seahorse Ranch, you can take a guided beach ride solo or with a group.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, which was just voted the nation's friendliest city by Travel + Leisure, offers antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets, scenic coastline, and plenty of Southern hospitality.
Healthiest place to eat: The owner of McCrady's is so dedicated to the farm-to-table philosophy that he manages a farm for the restaurant. FIG is another option that focuses on seasonally inspired dishes, local foods, and sustainable practices.
Best place to work out: Take a walk or jog through Battery Park, which gets its name from its occupation during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. There are still piles of cannons and cannon balls remaining, which makes for some great butt-boosting climbing opportunities.