Best Cheap Spring Break Destinations
Spring breakers don't need to shell out a fortune to spend a week enjoying life in the sunshine. To get you all of the fun without all of the fees, U.S. News carefully considered lodging costs, atmosphere, free things to do and traveler votes (among other factors) to bring you the top 10 Best Cheap Spring Destinations. Check out the full list below and vote for your favorites to help determine next year's rankings.
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Touting all-inclusive packages galore, a variety of hotels and plenty of vacation rental options, Puerto Vallarta offers quite the roster of affordable lodging choices. While you'll need to fly to this spring break spot, you can find round-trip flights for around $350 or less on many carriers. Book far in advance for even more savings. Once here, visitors can enjoy the beautiful beaches, warm weather and adventure activities.
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Cabo is a great option for West Coast-based travelers looking for a spring break getaway. Opt for a vacation rental over a pricey all-inclusive and once you get to town, let the coast's natural beauty be your guide. Cabo's beautiful beaches are free to access and so are its lively city streets. You can also enjoy cheap eats at some of the hole-in-the-wall taco spots downtown.
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The Big Easy is a prime destination for those seeking epic nightlife mixed with Southern comfort food. And while airfare can be a bit expensive, hotel and vacation rental deals are available, especially if you stay a bit removed from the action of the French Quarter.
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With hotels offering deals for less than $100 per night and DJs and celebrities holding court at nightclubs, South Padre Island is a hot spring break destination. What's more, it's only about 30 miles from the Mexican border, meaning you'll get plenty of sunshine without having to leave the country.
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An easy drive from Miami (you'll likely score cheaper flights into this airport), Key West is a small beach town that packs a big punch. It may not be your typical spring break vacation – you can soak up culture at the museums and shop the boutique stores in Mallory Square – but that means you'll encounter fewer crowds. Plus, this vacation spot offers multiple budget-friendly hotels so you can save your cash for the bars and boat tours.
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With a plethora of affordable oceanfront hotels, 60 miles of beaches and a short drive for East Coasters, Myrtle Beach is a great choice for budget-conscious travelers. From tried-and-true nightlife options to parties hosted by big-name DJs, this South Carolina town offers the classic spring break experience.
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If you book far enough in advance, an affordable Bahamian vacation is attainable. While flights can set you back a pretty penny, you can often score deals on packages that combine airfare, lodging and activities. Once you arrive, spend your time soaking up the sun on the picturesque beaches. Another alternative travelers should consider is a cheap spring break cruise to the Bahamas.
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An all-inclusive package or renting a vacation home will be your best bet for saving money on a spring break trip to Jamaica. The beaches are wide and free to enjoy, plus you can find authentic Jamaican restaurants serving traditional and tasty cheap eats.
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A Savannah spring break appeals more to culture hounds and foodies than partygoers, but is still affordable. The quaint Southern town is within driving distance of many East Coast cities, so you don't have to shell out extra cash for a flight. What's more, many top attractions are free to explore, and the historic district doesn't impose open container laws so you can take your cocktails to-go.
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