Party On: 14 Top Spring Break Destinations For Next Year

Some may suggest that posting a blog about top spring break destinations in April, a month after spring break, is a bit foolish. We disagree. For those who had a blast this year and are planning ahead for next year’s trip, you’ve come to the right place! We’re looking into the trending spring break destinations that are going to be where the party is at next year, so don’t miss out. Here’s a bit about why each deserves your attention. The hottest concerts, the warmest weather, and the coldest drinks – not to mention hundreds of vacation rentals ready for you and your group to rent for a wild time.

South Padre Island, TX

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A perched pelican enjoys a gorgeous sunset in South Padre Island.

This resort lies just off the Texas coast, and remains one of the busiest and liveliest places to take a Spring Break vacation. Every year, thousands of college students and young people descend on its shores, transforming the usually placid island into a hopping hotspot of exuberance and adventure. During Spring Break buying season in 2015, SPI was the second-most searched spring break destination, which led to hundreds of thousands of college kids crashing the beaches to party. A Texas barrier island, even though you’re a few hours drive to some of the other major cities, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical getaway. It’s easy to see why South Padre Island is thronged with college students from March-April. In addition to its temperate climate year round and great beaches, you also get the southern country charm of Texas. After a long day of tanning and beach fun, check out one of the great beach bars SPI has to offer. Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill is favorite known for live bands, great fried food, and the “Turbo” Pina Colada. Both Clayton’s and Louie’s Backyard are the major party spots both day and night with fun games and drink specials.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Beautiful beach in tropical Puerto Vallarta of Mexico

Beautiful beach in tropical Puerto Vallarta of Mexico

Surrounded by waterfalls and dense rainforests, Puerto Vallarta offers more than just beaches. On the west coast of Mexico, this luxury destination offers a way for spring breakers to get in touch with nature through ecotourism, whale watching, scuba diving, and some of the nicest beaches in the country. See some sea turtles, jaguars, iguanas and more on a rainforest zip-lining tour. Also known as one of the friendliest cities in the world, you may meet a dozen new lifelong friends between leaving your beach villa in the morning and sitting down to breakfast. This romantic spring break hot spot could be the chance to find the love of your life, or just for the week. Although the beaches are hot and a fun place to party, this spot really comes to life when the sun goes down. A culinary mecca, chefs come from all over the world to create inventive dishes here, so dinner out is truly a unique experience. Afterwards, you can party at first class nightclubs such as Roo, Mandala and Hilo. Walk down The Malecon, an open air boardwalk that has bars and restaurants open all night, which is great for partying and people watching. Next day, hop on a booze cruise and nurse your hangover.

Venice Beach, CA

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Skaters love the park alongside Venice Beach for both the camaraderie and views.

Nothing says warm weather like taking a stroll down a sunny boardwalk! Venice Beach has one of the most impressive and active boardwalks in the country where entertainers and tourists of all kinds meet. Catch this spot during your Spring Break when you can enjoy it in its energetic and awe-inspiring state. Also known as “Muscle Beach” from the area with the famed equipment ready for (professional) use, Venice Beach attracts all types of visitors and the laid back, chill area will turn up the volume a bit during the weeks in March. Bike, skate or rollerblade down the gorgeous bike path that runs parallel to the shore. There’s so much going on nearby too, travel north to hit the shopping in Santa Monica or south for the attractions at Marina Del Rey. Enjoy the many talented street performers, artists and shops at the Ocean Front Walk. There are free skate parks and disco roller blading, as well as basketball and handball courts. Off the shore there are endless boutiques, restaurants, and bars with a major party scene on Spring Break. At the end of the day, hit the Venice Beach Pier for the perfect sunset.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The Spanish style architecture in Old San Juan is almost as amazing as the nightlife.

Spring Break vacationers looking to get off the beaten path will find plenty to love about San Juan in Puerto Rico. Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico offers lively, unique character and fascinating history to go along with its world-class beaches and copious amounts of springtime sunshine. The San Juan of today is an exotic and ever-evolving city that fuses European, Caribbean, African and American cultural and stylistic influences into a one-of-a-kind character. San Juan draws about five million visitors every year, and there’s plenty to see and do in and around the city. Really though, you’ll want to hit the beach in Carolina (few mins away from downtown San Juan) where Isla Verde Beach is the place to party and soak up the sun. Sun Bay Beach in Vieques, Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Playa Sucia in Cabo Rojo, and Playa Combate (also in Cabo Rojo) is where you’ll want to visit too. At night, both San Juan proper and the historic district known as Old San City have a bumping nightlife with clubs, bars, restaurants and outdoor parties. Puerto Rico is an ideal bargain destination with flights from all over the country into the San Juan airport.

Negril, Jamaica

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You can see all the way to the bottom of the crystal blue waters in Negril, Jamaica.

Yah mon. With over four miles of pristine white sand beaches bordered by tall, dramatic cliffs, Negril is widely considered one of the most scenic cities in Jamaica. It’s also well-known for its welcoming, calm, and chilled-out atmosphere, offering the ideal backdrop for escaping the pressures of student life. Known as Seven Mile Beach, the Negril shoreline is among the most beautiful in Jamaica. A snorkeler’s heaven, you can see exotic fishes as you flip along or take a glass bottom booze cruise to drink while you peer down in the turquoise depths. Located just west of Jamaica’s famous Montego Bay, Negril remains delightfully less developed, without the large skyscrapers and shopping malls that define other famous tourist destinations. In the evening though, Negril turns into a party hot spot with bars and clubs (like The Jungle) open all night in both indoor and outdoor settings. Go river tubing or cliff diving in the actual jungle if you want a more adventurous trip. Take a JEEP safari or wade through the ocean on horseback. Party at JamFest, the wild four day concert during spring break week, or dance the night away at Boardwalk Village or Taboo to island rhythms.

Cancun, Mexico

Sun umbrellas and chairs on a beach in Cancun.

Sun umbrellas and chairs on a beach in Cancun.

This Mexican resort town is an affordable, lively, and fun Spring Break vacation spot. When you think “spring break” Cancun immediately comes to mind due to the MTV coverage during formative years. Hundreds of thousands of young revelers flock to Cancun for a wild week blowing off steam and soaking up the sun. Some night clubs hold up to 4000 people, and with most cover charges including an open bar, you’ll never have a better time. Nurse your hangover on the soft sands and in the light blue ocean. During the day you can enjoy a whole host of action packed tours and excursions, including the incredible eco parks of Xcaret and Xel Ha or the adrenalin rush you can experience at Xplor or on theMayan Encounter. In the evening, you have to take a booze cruise on the Caribbean Carnavalor or book the Party Hopper tour (a must for anyone on Spring Break). Swim with the dolphins, see a real Mexican bull fight, or take a bar crawl sponsored by famous Señor Frog’s. Head to the classic nightclub Coco Bongo, or the newest one, Palazzo. Cancun is spring break, spring break is Cancun.

Ocean City, MD

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The boardwalk in Ocean City, MD is a major attraction on spring break.

The beautiful beaches of Ocean City offer an attractive alternative to crowded Spring Break spots. Ocean City has everything that a Spring Breaker could want; beaches, pools, waterside bars, and plenty of fellow spring breakers. This beautiful east-coast beach, running 10 miles long, is of course the focal point of the destination. Stick the southern end of the beach if you want to be surrounded by your spring break counterparts and enjoy a bit of a rowdier beach atmosphere. If you happen to get tired of drinking in the sun, take a stroll along the boardwalk and pick up some of the famous “caramel corn” at Fisher’s Popcorn to enjoy some great people-watching. When you are ready to really get your night started, check out Seacret’s, where you can enjoy a drink at one of their floating tables in the water, or dance the night away on one of the many dance floors, which all happen to be made of sand. If you are a bit of a bar hopper, then Ocean City will not disappoint. With 3 miles of ocean-front boardwalk lined with bars and clubs, there are plenty of choices. Try this off-the-beaten-path spring break destination next year, you won’t regret it.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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A hammock strung between two palm trees in Punta Cana beckons weary students.

This sunny, laid-back resort city is one of the most popular Caribbean Spring Break destinations. Spring breakers flock to Punta Cana, where highlights include unlimited booze, beachside games and contests, and swim-up bars. The VIP night club parties are endless at the area hot spots like Mangu, Jellyfish, and Pacha. Other famous clubs in Punta Cana are Oro, Imagine, and Jewel, where most spring breakers spend their nights getting wild. Jump on the Pirate Adventure Booze Cruise to commit some sins on the high seas as it cruises along the Punta Cana coastline. Zip line adventures and four wheelers through the jungle are a way to spend your day besides laying on the beach with some “hair of the dog”. Bavaro Beach and Isla Saona is where you want to be for the beach parties and soaking up the sun with some other attractive coeds. Dip in the Hoyo Azul for a cave experience unlike anything else or swim with the dolphins and get a new Facebook profile photo.

Las Vegas, NV

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Leave no drink unfinished on your spring break trip to Las Vegas.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…particularly during Spring Break. As a 21+ destination (if you’re 19, go Mexico, the Caribbean, or South America) Sin City makes for a colorful backdrop for your week away from studies and snow. Vegas is actually budget-friendly, since they want you to spend most of your dough on site, flights and vacation rentals can come pretty cheap, so feel comfortably skipping the beach this year. When you’re ready to party, the place you’ll spend most of your time, surprisingly, is at a pool party during the day, even though a lot of action happens at night too. Wet Republic, Encore, Tao, and Rehab are all celebrity filled, massive pool parties that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen or attended. A must-do, but make sure you hydrate or things will go off the rails very quickly for you. For a real thrill outside of a casino, bungee jump off the Stratosphere or take a helicopter ride over the nearby Grand Canyon. Catch a Britney Spears show or be wowed by David Copperfield like millions of others have. Hit up the clubs like Rain and Moon in The Palms, BOND and Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, or LAX in the Luxor which has over 20,000 square feet. Las Vegas allows you to have the spring break you desire, classy or trashy, the rest is up to you.

Panama City Beach, FL

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PCB is the perfect place to chill out, relax with a few friends and a few drinks.

Nestled on Florida’s Emerald Coast, this is one of the liveliest resort towns in the Sunshine State. Panama City Beach entertains visitors with outdoor concerts and contests, sandy beaches, popular restaurants and beach front bars. Although this is a getaway for families and couples most of the year, in March it is also a smart alternative for those looking to save a few bucks instead of going to uber-expensive Miami. Thomas Drive and Front Beach Road have a lot of the restaurants and nightlife in the area, so mark those off on your map. Relax by playing a round of 18 on the many award-winning golf courses in the area, or booking a massage at a similarly fantastic spa. The beach is the major star of the show here, with over 27 miles of perfect sand ready for your visit. Sponsored beach parties galore (like the Sandpiper Tiki Bar or Sharky’s) and major performers putting on concerts throughout the spring break weeks like Steve Aoki and Brett Eldredge. Go scuba diving or rent a banana boat with your best friends for a fun day out on the surf. Panama City Beach is your playground on spring break, so have a blast.

Myrtle Beach, SC

View of Myrtle Beach and the ferris wheel from the ocean.

View of Myrtle Beach and the ferris wheel from the ocean.

Southern hospitality defines this wildly popular Spring Break vacation destination. Party at Pirates’ Cove, Rodeo, The Boathouse, and Club There for your wild nights. Recently Myrtle Beach has racked up a few endorsements from those in the know. Last year, DatingAdvice.com listed Myrtle Beach #5 on its list of “19 Sexiest Spring Break Destinations”. Coed.com has rated Myrtle Beach #3 on its list of “America’s Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations”, so you know there will be a lot of people watching and debauchery. Myrtle beat out places like Destin, Virginia Beach, and South Padre Island so the warm sun, cheap drinks, and wide selection of activities is no secret. Myrtle Beach is another destination that caters to families and couples most of the year, but becomes a wild getaway for college students come March. Main Street in North Myrtle Beach has it all for those staying nearby – restaurants, bars, dancing, and a beach about 20 yards away. Here’s what you’ll find the aforementioned Pirates Cove as well as Far Harold’s and Duck’s beach clubs for daytime parties and contests. Broadway at the Beach in central Myrtle Beach has served as party central since 1997 and that won’t change anytime soon, so make it a point to stop there. For the “strongest drink in Myrtle Beach” (their words, not mine) check out Fat Tuesday’s daiquiri bar. Don’t forget to take your spring break fling up on the SkyWheel for incredible views of the beach and city.

Miami Beach, FL

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The thumping party scene of Miami Beach is ideal for those seeking a lot of late night fun on spring break.

For a Spring Break vacation with an urban twist, Miami is a great alternative to a small beach town. Glitz, glamour, beautiful South Beach, and thousands of your attractive college peers await you here. It works for those on a budget, too. Cheap Cuban sandwich joints, fishbowl-size discount margaritas, and Bud Light-slinging dive bars peacefully coexist with the posh hotel lounges and famed fusion restaurants. This historic Art Deco District of South Miami Beach is well known for it’s chic sidewalk cafes, trendy restaurants and non stop partying. South Beach is famous for beautiful people, soft sands, and warm surf. For shopping, head to Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and look for the Kardashian sisters’ infamous store, Dash. Hit the News Cafe for the best eggs around at breakfast, and then Cafe Prima Pasta for an incredible Italian dinner. The Clevelander nightclub is always a wild time, as well as Mango’s Tropical Cafe where the servers and the patrons are both known to dance on the bar. If you’re looking for a refreshing way to cool off from the hot Miami Beach sun, Wet Willie’s is your destination as they specialize in frozen drinks that will give you brain freeze and get you drunk.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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A restaurant on the beach under an umbrella with cushioned seats… sounds like a perfect place to party.

Usually known simply as Cabo, this Baja California resort is a legendary Spring Break destination. Because of its location right on the coast, it has become a hub for water sport activities including fishing and scuba diving. Cabo’s brilliant beaches tucked away amongst beautiful rock formations, like El Arco, provide the perfect backdrop to parasailing or enjoying a great day of partying with your friends. With day parties at Mango Deck, the area’s most massive beach bar, to crazy nightlife at El Squid Roe, Mandala, La Vaquita, Pink Kitty, and Knotty, it’s no wonder that thousands of students flock to the Mexican paradise every year for Spring Break. For some adventure, spend a day on an ATV or mountain bike exploring the sand dunes, desert, mountains, and beach areas. Speaking of beaches, you’ll want to hit Lover’s Beach and Medano, the main beach in Cabo where most of the spring break parties will be taking place.

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is a beautiful place to visit on spring break.

The historic and welcoming Bahamian capital offers the best of both city living and beach getaways. 50 miles off the south coast of Florida, the Bahamas attracts spring breakers of all ages. College students often pick it because it is easy to reach and has plenty of beach party staples, such as Señor Frogs. The Bahamas exude a relaxed, laid-back vibe and the partying here is more chill than raucous. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of free-flowing beer, contests and games to keep revelers entertained. Experience first class Nassau golf on champion caliber courses, quaint Nassau shopping at the boutiques and art galleries downtown, and the vibrant energy of Nassau nightlife, restaurants, and bars. Arawak Cay and Cable Beach are among the most popular party beaches in Nassau. Charter boats leave each day from the harbor and take scuba divers and snorkelers to offshore reef systems teeming with colorful fish, sea stars, and stingrays. Aura nightclub inside the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island is wildly popular but the city’s other clubs —Bambu, The Zoo, Fluid — will be fun too.