The past few days have been a blur of snow, slush, and rain for us here in the Northeast. Thanks to the lovingly named "Nemo," some of our latest activities have included digging out the car, walking (or rather slipping) through iced sidewalks, jumping over murky puddles, and, of course, complaining about it all to our friends, relatives, and really, anyone we come into contact with.
With that being said, planning a sunny spring break is a welcome distraction. Instead of shoveling snow, swimming in the surf is what we really want to tell our friends about. For those who are ready to take a break from winter as well, we present our spring break travel preview: check out the hottest destinations, accommodations, and budget-friendly resources.
On a Budget?
Before planning anything, here are some great resources to help save a buck:
- The Hipmunk Blog: 5 Spring Break Destinations with Airfare Under $500
- TravelZoo: Best Last Minute Deals
- Kayak Explore: Don't know where to go? Check prices from destinations around the world
- StudentUniverse: Alternative Spring Break options that are budget-friendly
- CityPass: For major cities and cultural attractions - up to 50% off.
This infamous spot still reigns king among spring break destinations. Take that senior trip you've always wanted and make sure not to forget some sunscreen, sandals, and a 'work hard, play hard' attitude.
2. South Padre Island
During March, South Padre Island is home only to hardcore spring breakers. Celebrity appearances are the norm and like Cancun, expect the parties to be wild both during the day and at night. Especially good for music-lovers!
If you're looking for a mix of relaxation and partying, Jamaica is the place to visit. Relax at some of the world's most beautiful beaches or visit the famous open-air bars.
With 18+ gambling and a generous supply of rum, it's no wonder why the Bahamas continue to be a spring break hot spot.
Daytona is a favorite among college students for being budget-friendly -- most of the hotels in the area are already set up with student activities during the day and at night. A perfect destination that requires minimal organization.
If you're looking for something more family-oriented, check out these spring break destinations from the Travel Channel!
While all-inclusive resorts and budget hotels remain the most popular accommodation types, we've included a few rentals in the destinations listed above that may peak your interest if you're looking for a lodging alternative:
Cancun from $300/night
Condo directly on the beach with granite stone bathrooms and king-size bedrooms
South Padre Island from $300/night
A beautiful condo minutes from the beach at a small price.
Jamaica from $250/night
A 2 bedroom cottage perfect for couples, families or those looking for absolute tranquility.
Bahamas from $300/night
Includes a private pool. bar, and BBQ -- all overlooking the beautiful ocean.
Daytona from $200/night
1,400 square feet with all the amenities you could imagine.