As the first long school holiday in which to escape the leaden skies and perma-drizzle that typify the British winter, it’s not surprising that Easter bookings are on the rise. According to Stubborn Mule founder, Liddy Pleasants, that’s not the only reason why venturing further afield at this time of year is so popular.

“Many families, including mine, take their long-haul or more adventurous holiday outside of the European summer. This livens up Christmas or Easter and then you can enjoy flight-free sunshine on your doorstep during the summer holidays,” she says.

Let’s face it, with a climate as Vitamin D-challenging as our own, whose family wouldn’t want to make the most of the first chance of a fortnight of real, bona-fide, chocolate melting sun?

To help you choose which eggciting and eggsotic destination you could be enjoying a cracking (last awful pun, we promise) Easter family holiday take a look at our hand-picked hot-list.

Easter family holidays round-up

1. Asia

Venture east on an Easter family holiday in South East Asia and you could be enjoying average daytime temperatures of 30 degrees plus, not to mention some of the planet’s most beautiful beaches. Mid-April also sees the New Year festivities take place in some countries, during which you’ll experience (amongst other things) some of the world’s biggest water fights. You have been warned!

Vietnam and Cambodia

Youngster casting fishing nets in Vietnam on family Easter holiday

Learn to cast a fishing net in Vietnam and catch your own dinner

Many of the families who travel with us at Easter combine neighbouring Vietnam with Cambodia or, more specifically, enjoy the beaches, mountains, culture and activities offered in Vietnam before rounding off the holiday with a visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. (If you’d rather spend more time in Cambodia, then do check out our Top 10 family friendly activities – the country is so much more than its most famous landmark).

The months of March and April are a great time to visit with plenty of sunshine across the region, although it will be hot in Cambodia…a pool is a must!

Thailand

Thailand with kids - customer reviews - family on the beach

While there’s tons to do in Thailand, the gorgeous beaches are a fabulous way to end an Easter family holiday

Thailand is hot and humid throughout the year and April can be fairly steamy. The perfect time, in fact, for a water fight. A giant one. Across the whole country. Songkran is the Thai New Year and falls in mid-April; it is a time of re-birth and renewal and is celebrated by everyone taking to the streets with giant water pistols, throwing buckets of water onto passers-by and generally getting wet.

After all of the excitement, head to the beaches, perhaps a peaceful island off the west coast? This time of year is perfect for snorkelling, swinging in a hammock and being cooled by breezes under the shade of a palm tree. It may not be the most active end to an Easter family holiday, with temperatures of just over 30 degrees, but if a slice of paradise is what you’re after, Thailand is hard to beat.

Nepal

Nepal with kids - teenager helping to look after an elephant in the Chitwan sanctuary

Look after rescued elephant in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park

Whilst Christmas and February may be too cold for younger families to travel in Nepal, despite the fact the Himalaya’s are at the clear-sky best, an Easter family holiday is a great compromise: the air is still clear but the temperatures are much warmer, too. March and April are also the time when the rhododendrons which flank trekking paths are at full bloom – a truly magnificent sight.

If not trekking then there’s loads of other exciting things to see and do, too, like visiting Chitwan in search of tigers or white-water rafting whilst the rivers are full of snow melt.

Japan

View of Mt Fuji in Japan with cherry blossom , family Easter holidays

Catch the iconic cherry blossom on Easter family holidays to Japan

Spring-time in Japan heralds cherry blossom season and as such, is one of the most popular times to visit. This annual spectacle draws crowds from across the globe, who gather to capture sakura (cherry trees) bloom. Peak blossom season lasts for approximately a fortnight in March and early April, depending on the winter weather and temperatures (click on this handy guide for where and when to see Japan’s Cherry Blossom 2020).

If you travel earlier in the year, then the lesser known plum blossom period is at best in February. An Easter family holiday is also a great time to enjoy the onsen (hot springs) and see Mt Fuji still snowcapped.

Other destinations to consider: India, Sri Lanka and Borneo

Other ideas for Easter family holidays include India, particularly in March before it gets too hot (Rajasthan and the north) or humid (Kerala and South India), Sri Lanka, where you’ll be able to spot whales and pods of dolphins from beautiful beaches and Borneo, as April is the driest season of the year and average day time temperatures are a balmy 28 degrees.

2. Latin America

Head to the Catholic countries of Latin America where Easter is a major celebration. There’s street processions and national holidays, a time when there’s a real ‘festival’ atmosphere pretty much anywhere you go.

Mexico

Everyone will love the irresistible, upbeat sound of a Mexican Mariachi band

Easter in Mexico is A VERY BIG DEAL. Semana Santa (‘Holy Week’ in English), the week leading up to Easter, is an important religious holiday in Mexico. You’ll see religious celebrations and processions, palm leaves aloft, through towns and villages. It’s also a time when families head to the beach and tourist attractions to make the most of their spare time as well as escape from the cities during the hot, dry spell at this time of year.

If you’re someone who wants to travel a country to experience this festival atmosphere, there’s rarely a more vibrant time to visit, (except for October’s Day of the Dead festivals). However, we do recommend booking early to guarantee accommodation availability. Take a look at our Top 10 things to do in Mexico with Kids blog for what else you could be doing next Easter.

Costa Rica

Young visitor preparing to go zip-lining in Costa Rica on Easter family holiday

Costa Rica is an exciting outdoor playground but book early for a family holiday at Easter

April marks the end of Costa Rica’s dry season and is the ideal time to visit this tropical paradise. There will be some rain (you don’t get the rainforest, without frequent rain) but there should be lots of sunshine too. If you head to the Southern Pacific coast around Uvita, April is whale watching season with superb sightings on day boat trips off the coast.

It’s worth noting, though, that due to Costa Rica’s increasing popularity during Easter the best family-friendly accommodation (and flight availability) get booked up in advance. Our advice is to book at least 6 months ahead to bag the best of it.

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro aerial view - Easter family holidays

Soak up the Latin vibe in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most exciting cities in the world

Brazil has one of the largest Catholic populations in the world which, like in Mexico, means that Easter is a major celebration. For the family traveller, you’ll witness spectacular, colourful processions through the historic cities, whilst some of the beaches will be busy with local families making the most of their spring holiday. If you prefer peace and quiet, however, in a country this size there is plenty of opportunity to escape the crowds and head more off the beaten track.

It’s also a great time of year to travel; the scorching mid-summer temperatures of December / January are a distant memory, but winter (and the cooler temperatures of July / August) is still a way down the track.

If you’re wanting more inspiration about what to see and do here, then check out our favourite family activities here.

Belize and Guatemala

Belize family group heading off for dinner wearing summer clothes

Great for culture, beach and wildlife, you can also eat al fresco on Easter family holidays to Belize

Two neighbouring but contrasting destinations make for the perfect two week Easter family holiday. Even better, March and April are some of the best months to visit, when it’s dry and sunny without much rain. Whilst Guatemala offers picture perfect colonial towns surrounded by lofty volcanoes, lively indigenous markets, mysterious Mayan ruins and the exquisite sparkling waters of Lake Atitlan, Belize has jungle that teems with wildlife, some of the best snorkelling in the world, blissful white beaches and superb adventure activities. Take a look at our Belize and Guatemala sample itinerary for inspiration!

Galapagos Islands

Seal on beach in front of cruise ship in Galapagos - Young Photographer Competition 2019

Enjoy some close up wildlife experiences on an Easter family holiday in the Galapagos

A special Easter mention must go to the Galapagos Islands. At this time of year, eggs are hatching all over the place so it’s an extra special time to visit. Although giant tortoise hatchlings are coming to an end, land iguanas hatch in Isabella and green sea turtles start to emerge, whilst the massive arrival of waved albatross on Espanola marks the start of courting season. For further inspiration, check out our Top 10 activities of what to do in the Galapagos with Kids blog.

Other destinations to consider: Cuba, Panama and Argentina

Other ideas for an Easter family holiday include Cuba, which should have endless sunshine and blue skies. Or consider Panama, which works well when twinned with Costa Rica, its more famous neighbour. Or perhaps enjoy a taste of Tango by combining the North of Argentina and Brazil, both of which should have great weather at this time of year.

3. Africa & Arabia

Whether you choose a mid-haul destination or venture much further south, Easter time is a great time to travel in Arabia and Africa, as you’re able to fully explore ancient sites or enjoy more active adventures without getting too hot and sticky. In the northern hemisphere, it’s also the time when spring flowers begin to bloom, and Arabia is at its verdant best.

Morocco

Easter family holidays in Morocco - family posing by a canon and blue sea

With sea, mountains and deserts, Morocco is a great location for an Easter family break

Yes, Morocco has some phenomenal coastline and beaches (it’s rapidly becoming a surfing destination, didn’t you know?!) but why loll around on the sand when exploring the Atlas mountains is warm (hovering around the early 20s) and the slopes are carpeted with spring flowers? (Take a look at our Top 10 things to do with Kids in Morocco blog for further inspiration). And, with the tourist season just getting underway, you might even be able to bag more of a bargain than usual in the souq. See what else you could be doing, here

Oman

Family taking selfie at an Omani oasis

The kids will love exploring Oman’s wadis, mountains and forts, not to mention the beaches

It’s a relatively ‘new kid on the block’ in terms of Middle Eastern destinations but in the past few years, the popularity of Oman has soared amongst family travellers – and with good reason. It boasts fabulous beaches, mountain scenery, ancient forts, picturesque fishing villages, oases and deserts (think true ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and you’re there). And although there’s luxury hotels popping up all over the place, the price tag is much lower than in its glitzier near neighbour, Dubai. There’s only a seven-and-a-half hour direct flight time between the UK and guaranteed spring sunshine. Take a look at what you could be doing this Easter.

Namibia

Easter family holidays in Namibia - jump for joy!

Easter family holidays in Namibia mix safaris with tons of kid-friendly activities (Photo Barney Worfolk-Smith)

Namibia is one of the sunniest destinations in the world with over 300 days of sunshine. Heading here for an Easter family holiday is a wonderful time to visit; not too hot (so climbing those giant sand dunes is do-able) but also not too cold. In fact, the comfortable night-time temperatures mean that camping is a great option for more adventurous families at Easter. Spend your days kayaking amidst seal colonies in Swakopmund, exploring the extraordinary desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and searching for game in the vast wilderness that is Etosha National Park. It’s adventurous and otherworldly, with dramatically different landscapes depending on whether you’re at the coast or interior. Want to know more? Take a look at our Highlights of Namibia itinerary.

Also, Namibia is one of Africa’s best value safari destinations (self-drive holidays bring down the price even further), and Easter is not peak season so you can grab yourself a bargain.

Jordan

Camel getting up, hind legs first, with boy sitting on saddle - Easter family holidays blog

The kids will love camel riding in Wadi Rum

Easter is the perfect time to visit Jordan. The temperatures are warm but not yet ‘fried egg on rock’ hot, and you can expect endless sunshine to show off the beautiful desert landscapes. More active families will find this a great time of year to be able to take bike rides to the Dead Sea, hike in Wadi Rum and follow the Wadi Feynan trail through the spectacular Feynan valley. Add in remote crusader castles, stunning Roman ruins (often carpeted by wildflowers at Easter) and the dramatic Nabatean ruins at Petra, and you might just have found your perfect Easter family holiday

Other destinations to consider: South Africa and Egypt

Other ideas for Easter family holidays include: South Africa, when the weather is not too hot and there’s plenty of sunshine about, ideal if you’re wanting to go on safari or drive the garden route. For sightseeing in Egypt, temperatures are also ideal, particularly in March, when Cairo should be around 18 degrees and Aswan, in the south, about five degrees hotter.

More about Easter family holidays  

For the all-singing, all-dancing definitive list of where to go for an Easter family holiday do take a look at our home page and click on (can you guess?) Easter. Alternatively, why not call us on 01728 752751 for the inside story on all our destinations or email via our online form.

Liddy Pleasants, MD Stubborn Mule Travel
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