Christmas seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? We know what’s been keeping you sane through the winter months; the thought of being able to get away from cold weather, classes, the family and just go be yourself, enjoy some sun for the first time in forever and spend time with your friends.
In other words, it’s been all about planning for Spring Break. It’s nearly upon us, so if you haven’t finalized your party destination for 2017 we’ve got a handy guide to help you find the perfect getaway. There’s more choice than you might think, so we’ve grouped some different location ideas depending on your style of travel.
1. The best beach parties in the US
This is many people’s idea of the classic spring break. Why spend your budget on airfares when you need it for partying? Florida has dominated the US spring break scene for decades and there is a lot of choice, from Panama City Beach in the north to Key West in the south. With Miami Beach having stricter rules for 2017 Tampa and Orlando are also worth considering – whilst in places it may seem like you’re hanging out with families, there are great accommodation bargains to be had that you might struggle to find in the major party towns.
Elsewhere in the southern US, South Padre Island, TX is a well-known location if you want to be in the thick of the action with lots of other people around. Myrtle Beach, SC is also a popular choice for making your money go further.
2. Alternatives to the beach
Sand gets everywhere, sunburnt isn’t a good look, or maybe your beach bod just isn’t quite ready this year. If you want to look elsewhere for a great party, then these destinations could be for you. Las Vegas is an obvious starting point, if you can’t have a wild time in Sin City then you may need to check your pulse. Likewise, New Orleans is a guaranteed good time, albeit one that can be pricey to fly to. But if you stay outside the French Quarter then you can get a good deal on hotels or rentals. SXSW is also on in Austin, TX and the party never stops on Sixth Street.
If you’d like to break up the debauchery by actually “doing stuff”, then you open up a lot of other interesting possibilities. It’s not too late to get some late season ski time in Colorado and you can always combine that with checking out the best breweries in Denver.
Or if you just want to get into the great outdoors and away from the rest of the world then you can take a couple of days out to one of the accessible National Parks. Arches (from Vegas), Joshua Tree (from LA) or the Everglades (from Miami) are all great choices.
3. Spreading your wings beyond mainland USA
Spring Break is a great time to take a trip further afield in the company of friends. Over the last decade, the numbers of people heading to the Caribbean or Mexico for Spring Break have been steadily rising.
Traditionally the most popular party locations in Mexico are Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. In the Caribbean, Jamaica has the longest spring break history (and perhaps hence the most dubious reputation) which may explain why Puerto Rico, Nassau, Bahamas and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic have all become established hotspots.
If you’d like to spend Spring Break creating memories rather than losing your memory then there are lots of opportunities to volunteer abroad in Central America, South America or even further afield. Projects Abroad is an organization that schedules week-long Spring Break trips which coincide with the major US universities.
However, you decide to celebrate Spring Break we hope you’ll:
- Stay safe;
- Make new friends;
- Enjoy experiences you’ll treasure forever.
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