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Best Cheap Spring Break Destinations

Choosing an affordable spring break destination comes down to a few factors: the price of accommodations, dining and airfare, as well as the quality of nightlife, relaxation and warm weather. U.S. News compiled a list of the best cheap spring break spots by taking into account all of these criteria, as well as insight from travel experts and our readers. Cast your vote below and start planning your getaway. 

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Why go: Although Daytona has been trying to shed its party-centric image, it still attracts plenty of students every spring. And it's easy to see why: Daytona boasts an abundance of cheap hotels, inexpensive restaurants and plenty of package deals. If you're hoping to score a bargain on lodging, distance yourself from the shoreline. Read More»

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Why go: This Texan city has earned a reputation as spring break central thanks to its nightlife and affordable lodgings. Even beachfront properties are cheap (especially if you're sharing a room). A quiet, kid-friendly destination for most of the year, SPI brings the house down in March and April. Read More»

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Why go: This Caribbean retreat makes for quite the urban adventure. And with numerous attractions and affordable hotels, you're bound to leave satisfied and with your savings intact. Come sunset, head to the Malecón, which lures night owls with its bustling casinos and late-night meringue dance sessions. Read More»

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Why go: Puerto Rico doesn't share the typical spring break reputation of its warm-weather counterparts. But you shouldn't overlook it. There are plenty of ways to stay entertained, including beaches and a buzzing night scene. Plus, affordable accommodations and flights are easy to find. Read More»

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Why go: Beach destinations don't have to break the bank: This South Carolina shore town offers an affordable way to experience the sun and sand. And depending on your location, you can save on airfare by driving there. Once you arrive, you'll find plenty of moderately priced hotels and vacation rentals. Read More»

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Why go: This Mexican city is the ultimate spring break destination. Cancún boasts festive nightlife, a rollicking party scene and long stretches of beach ideal for lounging. Although rooms at all-inclusive resorts can get expensive, these rates often include both food and nightlife expenses. Read More»

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Why go: Costa Rica has its fair share of pricey spots, but if you veer away from major tourist areas, you can find affordable digs. Beach towns on the Pacific coast cater to surfers and backpackers, and an active nightlife scene means you'll get the most out of your break. Read More»

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Why go: Although pricier than other spring break destinations, Jamaica has been a mainstay party location for years. There's plenty of culture to soak up here, along with picturesque beaches, natural attractions and a vibrant night scene. You can also find bargain rooms if you book early. Read More»

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Why go: What Dominica lacks in all-inclusive resorts and white-sand beaches, the island makes up for in intimate hotels and lush landscapes. Trade in your beach towel for hiking boots and traverse the island's 300 miles of trails. Weather-wise, spring is one of the best times to visit, so expect competitive hotel and airfare pricing. Read More»

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Why go: Playa del Carmen's popularity with students continues to grow. Like Cancún, there are plenty of things to do, pearly white sands, a huge number of affordable all-inclusive accommodations and inexpensive restaurants. But this Riviera Maya destination is much more down-to-earth than its northern neighbor. Read More»

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