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Best Spring Break Destinations

Come spring break, many students are looking for a trip that's affordable, accessible, popular among their peers and adheres to a party mentality. Using that criteria along with expert opinion and traveler sentiment, U.S. News ranked the best destinations for spring break getaways. Explore this list to guide your vacation choice and vote below for the warm-weather holiday that hits home.

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Why go: Although a Florida vacation can be pricey, this Miami mainstay is surprisingly accessible. Clubs and bars line the streets, encouraging night owls to stay out until the wee hours. And by day, the city's beaches make a pleasant place to perfect your tan. Read More»

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Why go: During the rest of the year, South Padre Island (located at the tip of Texas) ushers in families to its luxury resort hotels and beautiful beaches. But when springtime rolls around, SPI's sands and affordable accommodations fill with temporary revelers. Loud, all-night parties fill the streets throughout the entire month of March. Read More»

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Cancun

Why go: Cancún has long held its reputation as a popular spring break destination in North America. And with affordable lodging, long stretches of sand and a rollicking night scene, it's easy to see why.  Read More»

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Why go: By day, Puerto Vallarta is tailor-made for outdoorsy types, with its sands and hidden coves. And once the sun sets, abundant happy hour specials cater to those on a tight budget. Plus, night owls can let loose in Puerto Vallarta's vibrant bars, clubs and beach parties. Read More»

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Bahamas

Why go: The white sands of the Bahamas lure hordes of sun-seekers year after year. But even those who aren't avid sunbathers can soak up the scenery and Caribbean culture. Plus, cheap lodging makes it easy for budget travelers to enjoy all the Bahamas has to offer. Read More»

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Jamaica

Why go: Jamaica has been a go-to spring break getaway for years. The resort-laden Caribbean island boasts aquatic activities by day and plenty of low-key venues for partying at night. Montego Bay and Negril are particularly popular spots, but no matter where you stay, be sure to keep your wits about you. Read More»

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Why go: During the day, Puerto Rico's pretty beaches beckon to swimmers and windsurfers. By night, music spills out of bars and clubs across the island. It may not have a stereotypical spring break reputation, but Puerto Rico offers visitors a taste of the Caribbean on U.S. soil. Read More»

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Why go: Mild temperatures, a 3-mile boardwalk and sandy Mission Beach make San Diego a popular choice for spring breakers before the crowds descend in the summer months. Plus, the various bars and nightclubs keep the party going after the sun goes down.  Read More»

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Why go: Though hotels tend to charge steep rates, Cabo San Lucas stands as the party capital of southern Baja. Beautiful beaches like Playa Medano appeal to students in need of some R&R. Meanwhile, nightlife hotspots crank up the party scene through the wee hours. Read More»

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Daytona

Why go: Once the spring break destination of Florida, the NASCAR capital still attracts thousands of students annually. With beaches you can drive on, Daytona makes for an excellent road trip. What's more, many bargain-friendly hotels are just minutes away from the beach. Read More»

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