You’ve made it this far through the school year—time to recharge for finals and blow off some steam at one of TravelMuse’s top spring break destinations:
Pristine beaches, reggae and lingo like “go jam” (socialize)—it all adds up to an island paradise. There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts to choose from, but you can find something a little different (and cheaper) by staying at a furnished apartment or guest house. Explore limestone caves, waterfalls and mineral springs; listen to live reggae in Montego Bay or Negril; visit Bob Marley’s Birthplace and Mausoleum; discover the Ocho Rios Craft Market for unique souvenirs or the decadent Devon House to step into the past. Or, simply relax on the beach and enjoy paradise.
2. Costa Rica
San José and Tamarindo both offer the nightlife any spring breaker desires, but for those on a budget the best bet is Jacó for discos and dive bars galore. For surfing, the beaches of Jacó, Esterillos, Hermosa and Boca Barranca provide the best waves. Costa Rica is ideal for those looking for an eco-adventure. With 20 natural parks, eight biological reserves and numerous protected areas throughout the country, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, bike and do other outdoor activites. Trek up to see one of the finest volcanic craters in the world in Poás Volcano National Park; enjoy zip-lining through the cloud forest in Monteverde; or go rafting on the Reventazón River.
The tried-and-true college Spring Break locale, Panama City Beach has 27 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay in the northwest of Florida. The beach town welcomes college students every year for what has to be the prototypical spring break experience. Enjoy live reggae at Willy’s Pier Bar; eat seafood on the open-air deck of the Barefoot Beach Club; sip fruity cocktails at the Tiki Bar on the beach at Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort. For a break from the sun, head over to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium housed in a 75-foot high cruise ship run aground.
Yes, Europe is an expensive choice, but deals can be had, especially during the spring. Virgin Vacations offers packages at nearly half the cost of the same trip during the summer.
As every college student with thoughts of backpacking knows, hostels across the continent are an affordable accommodations option, but check out universities in the city or cities you plan on visiting to see if they rent out dorm rooms during breaks.
During spring break, the average high temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s. The locals are dedicated to the city’s slogan—“Keep Austin Weird”—with attractions like the Cathedral of Junk (junk turned art in a resident’s backyard) and the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. Mix in numerous nightlife options, particularly along Sixth Street, gorge on delectable barbecue at the likes of the Salt Lick and get to know the “Live Music Capital of the World” for a memorable Spring Break.
Post adapted from “10 Top Spring Break Spots” by Andrew Weiss.