Best Spring Break Destinations
For many students, spring break is the perfect opportunity to let off some steam before the stress of finals and graduation. But for a destination to be spring break-worthy, it's got to be affordable, accessible and popular among the college cohort. Considering these factors, plus editor insight and traveler sentiment, U.S. News ranked the best spring break getaways. Vote for your favorite destination below to have a say in next year's ranking.
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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). If you ever tire of the beach, you can check out Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and El Rey Ruins.
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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.
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If you're looking for nonstop beach and pool parties, budget-friendly lodging and celebrity-hosted events, South Padre Island is for you. While it's family-friendly for the rest of the year, college coeds flock here during the month of March. So if crowded sands sound like a spring break nightmare, this Texas retreat may not be right for you.
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If you're looking for a bit of Las Vegas in the Caribbean, the Bahamas might just be the spring break destination 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.
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Located on the southern tip of Baja California, this Mexican beach destination boasts stunning golden sands, turquoise waters and a reputation for uninhibited nightlife. Coeds can spend their days soaking up the sun and splashing around at Playa del Amor or Playa Médano before dancing the night away at popular haunts like Cabo Wabo Cantina.
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Puerto Vallarta is tailor-made for night owls year-round but especially during spring break. 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.
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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. Socially conscious spring breakers can split their time between lounging in the sand and helping out with the hurricane relief efforts.
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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.
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What's not to love about reggae music, cream-colored beaches and all-inclusive resorts? That's what you'll get with a spring break in Jamaica. Those looking to relax and lounge on the beach will find upscale accommodations near Negril, while more adventurous types should choose a resort closer to Ocho Rios. No matter where you stay, expect plenty of food with jerk seasoning and a favorable exchange rate.
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Affordable accommodations and a prime spot on Florida's Gulf Coast draw spring breakers to PCB year after year, so much so that many consider it the spring break capital of the world. Though the 27 miles of beaches and lively parties are the city's main draws, college cohorts can also fill their days with other activities like fishing charters and dolphin tours.
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