Hey everyone, hard to believe, though Spring Break is almost here for 2018. So, what better time then to share the list of top Spring Break destinations in the for 2018!
With so many beach options to resort to, how can one pick the best spring break destination? From budgeted alternative to full-on party resorts, there is an affordable spring break destination for all. Don’t get us wrong, there are a ton of good places for Spring Break, though here are some of the tops.
We will go a step further, the best and least expensive places for Spring Break in 2018!
Spring breakers don’t need to shell out a fortune to spend a week enjoying life in the sunshine.
Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs. 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.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife. Playa El Médano is Cabo’s main beach, with outdoor restaurants and numerous bars. Past the marina is Land’s End promontory, site of Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) and El Arco, a natural archway in the sea cliffs. 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.
New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.
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.
South Padre Island
South Padre Island is a resort town on a barrier island of the same name, off the southern coast of Texas. It’s known for its beaches and calm waters. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is home to a 5-story watchtower with views of migrating birds. The South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea life Nature Center offers boat tours and touch tanks. Sea turtles are rescued and rehabilitated at Sea Turtle Inc.
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.
Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It’s also Florida’s southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches. 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.
Daytona Beach is a city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas. Near the boardwalk’s rides and arcades, Daytona Beach Bandshell stages free summer concerts. Steps from the beach, Daytona Lagoon water park offers go-karts, laser tag and waterslides.
Daytona’s spring break draw has to do with its ample amount of hotels (position yourself away from the shore for the best deals), the weather (which averages in the 80s throughout March) and 20 miles of beaches.
Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, is the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches. It’s also known for its celebrity-designed golf courses. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and the Sky Wheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.
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.
The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Its 700-plus islands and cays range from uninhabited to packed with resorts. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to many large-scale hotels, are among the best known. Scuba diving and snorkeling sites include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, Thunderball Grotto (used in James Bond films) and the black-coral gardens off Bimini.
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.
Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.
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.
Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. At the center of this picturesque district is the landmark, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
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.
Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and other entertainment options. Its main street and focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower.
The Las Vegas scene may not be tropical, but it’s certainly college. During Spring Break, every day is a good day to party poolside at the MGM Grand’s newly renovated Wet Republic.
South Beach is known for its beaches and the glamorous scene around its happening nightspots and celebrity-chef eateries. Chain stores and indie fashion shops line pedestrian shopping strip Lincoln Road Mall. On Ocean Drive, known for its well-preserved art deco architecture, outdoor cafes offer a ringside view of the scene. Museums include the Wolfsonian-FIU, which has a collection of modern art and objects.
LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami Trick” could be your spring break soundtrack in South Beach. Plus, the posh nightlife and pricey drinks are more than made up for by the hot spot’s accessibility.
Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is a waterfront town and vacation destination in northwest Florida. It’s known for miles of white-sand beaches fronting the calm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. St. Andrews State Park, one of 2 protected nature preserves nearby, is bordered by the Gulf and has hiking trails and fishing piers. Pier Park is the main shopping hub and a venue for major events.
In years past, Panama City Beach, Fla., has called on celebs such as the Jersey Shore cast, Sean Kingston and Kenny Chesney to lend their party scene some cred.
Clearwater Beach includes a resort area and a residential area on the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County on the west central coast of Florida
There’s nothing like the mix of beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters and powdery white-sands — and that’s exactly what you’ll find at St. Pete-Clearwater area beaches, which have been called the most beautiful in all of Florida. Try Caladesi Island, America’s number one beach, or the neighboring Honeymoon Island southward to Clearwater Beach and Egmont Key. Not only are the shores crystal clear and gorgeous, but they also offer tons to see and do for any spring break crowd.
After partying it up on the main beach, try trickling off to some of the Gulf Coast’s other prettiest spots, such as Fort Desoto. You’ll also be just half an hour away from Tampa’s Busch Gardens or The Florida Aquarium, as well as a little under two-hour drive from Orlando’s trio of mega attractions — Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. Fun, for sure.
Cocoa Beach is a Florida city south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It’s a gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which has rockets and iconic artifacts. The city is known for its beach and surf breaks. Inside a surf shop, the Florida Surf Museum traces the sport’s local history. Nearby Cocoa Beach Pier has eateries and shops. The maritime forest at oceanfront Lori Wilson Park attracts birdlife.
Surf through your spring break at none other than the surfing capital of Florida, where you can gear up at the Original Ron Jon Surf Shop, the only 24-hour surf shop in the state. The beaches in this area are also extremely lively come Spring Break time, and over the years, the small town has continued to accommodate and cater to the needs and wants of young people wanting just to get away and have a good time.
Make sure to watch a rocket launch at the nearby Kennedy Space Center, or to take a cruise on a Disney ship. You’ll also be super close to popular attractions in Central Florida, so get ready to keep busy.
A little higher, though bargains can be found
Laguna Beach is a small coastal city in Orange County, California. It’s known for its many art galleries, coves and beaches. Main Beach features tide pools and a boardwalk leading to the paths and gardens of nearby Heisler Park. Aliso Beach Park is a popular surf spot. The waters off Crystal Cove State Park are designated as an underwater park. Trails meander through coastal canyons in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
This is a great place to go for anyone who loves art. It is a very fashionable area with many art galleries, museums, restaurants, and shops that you can visit all year round. Spring break is the time when tons of cool events happen.
Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars.
If you’re looking for a great time you’ll never forget, Venice Beach is the biggest party beach in SoCal. With the interesting, electric-feeling vibe at Venice Beach, there is no chance that you could ever be bored during your stay. Aside from the party animals, Venice Beach is known for their canals, just like in Venice, Italy. It is worth checking out, and maybe even taking a boat tour.
Newport Beach, a coastal city in southern California, is known for its large, boat-filled harbor. Balboa Peninsula has 2 piers, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier, plus the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views. Local beaches include the Wedge, known for its big waves, and Corona del Mar State Beach. The Orange County Museum of Art exhibits modern and contemporary works.
This is one of the most diverse beaches in SoCal because it attracts all walks of life. From glamorous sun-tanners to chilled-out surfers, you’ll have nothing but stories to tell if you decide to spend your spring break here. This is also where you’ll find some of SoCal’s biggest waves. To top it off, the nightlife in the area is always booming. You’re sure to make memories to last a lifetime if you spend your spring break here.
Landmark beach next to the Pier featuring a 3-mile coastline, mountain views & walking/biking paths.
Although the beach might be one of the most populated, the Santa Monica Pier is a must-go destination when planning your spring break in SoCal. You’ll enjoy the amazing shops and beautiful sunsets, and the pier offers great food, activities, and entertaining people. Also, Santa Monica Beach is one of the closest beaches to downtown Los Angeles. Catch an Uber, and you’ll find a plethora of nightclubs and bars.
Manhattan Beach is a laid-back South Bay community popular with families and outdoor enthusiasts. The Strand bike path winds along the oceanfront between modern mansions and wide stretches of sand lined with volleyball courts. Low-key Manhattan Beach Pier features a quaint aquarium and views of surfers.
This is one of the most famous beaches in SoCal, and the most popular. It also has well-known restaurants very close that you must try. Manhattan Beach is also known for their sand and sand dunes. So many things happening on this side of town, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
Malibu is a city west of Los Angeles, California. It’s known for its celebrity homes and beaches, including wide and sandy Zuma Beach. To the east is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, known as Surfrider Beach for its waves. Nearby is the Spanish Revival–style Adamson House, with local history displays in its Malibu Lagoon Museum. Inland, trails weave through canyons, waterfalls and grasslands in the Santa Monica Mountains.
This beach is blessed with 21 miles of coastline, and has great surrounding landscapes including some beautiful mountains. There are so many great places at this beautiful beach with great views, and a perfect spot to celebrity hunt. Be careful though, Malibu has several private beaches, so make sure you’re only going to public beaches…unless you have private access!
Huntington Beach is a California city southeast of Los Angeles. It’s known for surf beaches, such as Huntington City Beach, with its long Huntington Beach Pier. The International Surfing Museum displays longboards and other memorabilia. Sprawling Huntington Central Park features fields, gardens and lakes, plus an equestrian center. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve’s wetlands and dunes shelter hundreds of bird species.
Known as the place “where the city meets the surf,” this beach has it all: calm conditions, perfect surfing waves, beach events, and even family-fun activities. City Beach amenities include fire rings, beach volleyball courts, a paved bike trail, decent public restrooms, cold-water showers, and beach concessions.
This beach has a great boardwalk and is also perfect for surfing. This beach tends to have a lower population, so you can be more active without running into anyone by accident. It’s the ideal destination beach for bikers, joggers, and rollerbladers.
And there are so many more!