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Why go: Throughout the rest of the year, South Padre Island welcomes mostly families to its resort hotels and beautiful beaches. But when Spring Break hits, SPI’s beaches and cheap hotels become overrun with students. Loud, all-night parties and subsequent debauchery fills the streets throughout the entire month of March.
Why go: Although Miami Beach can be pricey and has a reputation for being uber-exclusive, this Florida city is surprisingly accessible. Clubs and bars pack the colorful streets and encourage nightowls to stay out until the wee hours. By day, the long stretches of beautiful sand and clear waters are nice places to work on your tan and to recover from the previous evening’s festivities.
Why go: Cancún has long held its reputation as a favorite Spring Break destinations in North America. There are three reasons for that: cheap overnight accommodations (although they can get somewhat expensive in the all-inclusive resorts), stretches of nice beaches and plenty of nightlife. The city also exudes a more laid-back attitude than many American destinations when comes to partying.
Why go: By day, Puerto Vallarta is ideal for those who love the outdoors, offering serene beaches, mountains and hidden coves. Once the sun sets, abundant happy hour specials cater to smaller budgets, and the need to let loose is catered to by many bars, clubs, and beach parties. Plus, Puerto Vallarta’s affordable hotel rates make it easy to stay throughout the whole of Spring Break.
Why go: During the day, Puerto Rico’s pristine waters and golden sands beckon to sun-seekers, swimmers and windsurfers. And by night, music and laughter spills out of bars and clubs across the island. It may not have the stereotypical Spring Break reputation, but Puerto Rico offers visitors a taste of the Caribbean without them having to leave U.S. soil.
Why go: The Bahamas feature crystal clear blue waters and gorgeous beaches that lure crowds of sun-seeking students year after year. There is plenty to do during the daytime, from hiking in Lucayan National Park to shopping in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. And cheap accommodations make it easy for students on a budget to enjoy all that the Bahamas have to offer.
Why go: Although the hotels are relatively expensive here, Cabo San Lucas is the party capital of the southern Baja. Beautiful beaches such asPlaya Medano draw students in need of some post-exam R&R, while nightlife hotspots like Casa de la Cultura and Cabo Wabo Cantina keep the party pumping until sunrise.
Why go: Jamaica has been a go-to Spring Break destination for years. The resort-heavy Caribbean island has water activities during the day and plenty of places for drinking all night. Montego Bay and Negril are particularly popular. However, students should note that some parts of the island can be unsafe.
Why go: Writers compare Playa del Carmen to Cancún since it also has cheap hotels and is popular with the students. However, Playa del Carmen far more relaxed and laidback, without as much debauchery. Rather, this destination exudes a small-town atmosphere—with street performers and small cafés—that’s ideal for relieving students’ stress.
Why go: Once the Spring Break destination of Florida, Daytona’s star has faded; however, the NASCAR capital still attracts thousands of student annually. With beaches you can drive on, Daytona makes for an excellent road trip. And when not living out of your car, there are budget-priced hotels and motels a few minutes from the beach.
Why go: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has plenty to do at all points of the day. The beaches’ waters glitter, and nightclubs and bars abound for the younger set at night, both within the resort and outside of them. However, Punta Cana tends to be better known for its hot golf scene than its Spring Break scene.
Why go: There are plenty of vacation package deals, which make Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and extremely accessible city. Unlike Punta Cana, this Caribbean destination exudes a younger vibe. The city is known for its cheap accommodations and laidback atmosphere, and the streets are lined a variety of evening entertainment options.