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Best Spring Break Destinations

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For many students, spring break offers the perfect opportunity to let off some steam before the stress of finals and graduation sets in. But for a destination to be spring break-worthy, it's got to be affordable, accessible and popular among the college cohort. Using that criteria, along with expert opinion and traveler sentiment, U.S. News ranked the best spring break getaways. Want a say in next year's rankings? Vote for your top destinations below.

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#1 Las Vegas

#1 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: With temps in the 70s and 80s (perfect for daytime pool parties) and fewer tourists, spring is a prime time to head to Sin City. Plus, since this is a shoulder season, it may be easier to score affordable rates at some of the Strip's swankiest hotels.  Read More »

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#2 Miami Beach

#2 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: When you're not lounging on Miami Beach's wide shorelines, make the most of the city's event calendar, which includes Miami Beach Gay Pride and the Ultra Music Festival. Dodge exorbitant cover charges by getting to the clubs early in the evening. Read More »

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#3 Punta Cana

#3 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: Punta Cana is ideal for spring breakers who like all-inclusive resorts but care little about venturing away from their hotel grounds. Nightlife options are not abundant, but if you're in the mood to dance, head to the Imagine Punta Cana Disco. Read More »

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#4 Bahamas

#4 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: If you're looking for a bit of Las Vegas in the Caribbean, the Bahamas might just be for you. When you're not testing Lady Luck in Nassau's twinkling casinos, barhop in Freeport. Having trouble finding affordable lodging and airfare? Consider a cruise. Read More »

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#5 Puerto Vallarta

#5 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: Puerto Vallarta is tailor-made for night owls. Sip cocktails at a bar along the Malecón, dance to a salsa beat in a Havana-style nightclub or let loose at one of the many hosted foam parties. Read More »

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#6 Cancun

#6 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: Cancun has all the makings of a quintessential spring break getaway. Along with its clean, white-sand beaches, it boasts budget-friendly, all-inclusive packages and a rollicking nightlife scene (don't miss Coco Bongo). Read More »

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#7 Puerto Rico

#7 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: Longing for a taste of the Caribbean without the hassle of international travel? Puerto Rico is your answer. In the spring, the weather is sunny and breezy, and the winter crowds have dispersed. Read More »

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#8 Key West

#8 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: Because of its isolated location, Key West doesn't attract nearly as many spring breakers as other Florida shorelines. But what it lacks in miles of beaches, it makes up for with quirky nightlife on Duval Street. Read More »

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#9 Daytona

#9 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: If Miami Beach is out of reach, Daytona may be the next best thing. Though it doesn't offer trendy nightclubs and swanky hotels, Daytona does boast more than 20 miles of beachfront, along with plenty of inexpensive lodging and dining options. Read More »

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#10 South Padre Island

#10 in Best Spring Break Destinations

Why go: If you're looking for nonstop beach and pool parties, budget-friendly lodging and celebrity-hosted events, South Padre Island is for you. But if crowded sands sound like a spring break nightmare, you'll want to retreat elsewhere. Read More »

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