Spring Break Destinations
You only get one Spring Break… so it’s important you get it right! There’s a seemingly endless list of Spring Break destinations, all of them promising the greatest week of your life, the biggest parties, the best DJ’s, beaches, bikinis and of course, beer!
So how do you decide where to go?
This seems like a pretty good place to start…
Panama City Beach Fl
Panama City Beach, Florida has earned the title of “Spring Break Capital of the World”. That’s a pretty big deal. So what makes Panama City Fl special? Well for starters, it’s stunning… Almost 2 miles of sugar white sandy beaches, sunny, blue skies, and crystal-clear emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Panama City Beach has actually been named “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”).
But it’s not all about the beach… Panama City Beach also knows how to party! It’s been home to several MTV and MTVU Spring Breaks (2001, 2002, 2005, 2008). With performances from stars like 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Pharrell, Drake, the Ying Yang twins, as well as appearances from reality TV celebs like the Jersey Shore cast. Not to mention the World famous superclubs like LaVela (the largest nightclub in the US), Spinnaker, and the World Famous Tiki Bar at the Sandpiper Beacon.
The World’s most beautiful beaches, tropical, endless blue skies, warm sunny days, palm trees, watersports, ice cold drinks, Super Clubs, MTV performances, A-listers, celebrity DJs, reality TV stars… Sounds like a Spring Break party to us!
They say ‘everything’s bigger in Texas‘… But is that true for Spring Break in South Padre Island?
Home to the “Two Nation Vacation” (because of it’s proximity to Mexico) the beaches of South Padre have been a popular Spring Break destination for some time.
Sharing the same Gulf of Mexico waters as Panama City Beach, Fl. South Padre offers Spring Breakers a sunny, warm climate too… and has even been described as “a little slice of the Caribbean right here at home.” You’ll find plenty of day trips and excursions to check out, including day trips to Mexico, surfing lessons and even cliff diving.
South Padre has also had its fair share of celebrities, reality TV stars, and famous DJs.
There’s no question that a Las Vegas Spring Break will be one to remember. Hell, it’s called Sin City for a reason… Sounds pretty good right? The question is, will your budget be able to handle it?
If you’re used to only the finest Egyptian cotton sheets and $20 drinks – a Las Vegas Spring Break may be for you! While there’s no question you could very easily find LOTS of ways to entertain yourself for 24 hours straight (daytime pool parties / celeb parties, and after-parties) the Playboy Club, World-class shows, incredible DJs and nightclubs (wow, this is starting to sound pretty good) you could probably spend your Spring Break
somewhere (anywhere) else, and still have enough money left over to buy a brand new car!
But maybe that’s not completely fair… It is possible to have a great Vegas Spring Break experience without melting your credit card. Bottomless drinks, and midnight buffets FTW. Plus, booking your hotel in advance can save you some serious money – and there are usually some good mid-week deals to be had if you ask for the cheaper rooms when you call.
Plus – If you meet the love of your life, you can have that Star Trek themed wedding you always wanted, and Elvis can marry you! (But don’t worry if you sober up and realize you made a mistake – it’s just as easy to get a divorce!)
Miami – South Beach
South Beach Miami is one of the newest Spring Break spots to be seen in. When the sun drops, the neon starts glowing and the city heats up! With clubs that stay open until dawn, and beautiful beaches / weather – it sounds like a pretty strong Spring Break hot spot…
Still, South Beach is still the new kid on the block, and doesn’t have an established reputation yet for being a must-experience Spring Break destination.
One of the best things about a South Beach Spring Break, is that there are plenty of places to stay. Whether your wallet looks like a bible, or you’re a baller on a budget. South Beach has some excellent clubs, and enough choice that you could party all week, and never go to the same spot twice. Watch out though, it can get pricey with expensive drinks, high cover charges, and taxi charges.
South Beach is probably best known for its historic Art Deco district, lined with trendy cafes and restaurants – making South Beach a great place to see and be seen. Plus, if you’re lucky enough that your Spring Break falls during the right time in March, it might coincide with the world famous Winter Music Festival, which attracts internationally known DJs, artists, and record labels.
Arguably the birthplace of the Spring Break tradition back in 1936, Ft. Lauderdale has a bit of a checkered relationship with Spring Break. In 1989, the town that became known as “Fort Liquordale” started enforcing stricter laws against public drinking. The mayor even went on ABC’s Good Morning America to tell students they are no longer welcome!
A Ft. Lauderdale Spring Break is great for those looking for a nostalgic taste of the past. While Ft Lauderdale seems to offer the same spring break benefits of destinations like Panama City Beach or Miami, it literally IS like going on your grandparent’s Spring Break… since this is probably where they went back the 30’s! (Kinda creepy, right?)
A Daytona Spring Break is great for those looking for a more laid back, beach Spring Break experience. There are usually a few concerts and live performances during the middle of March at the larger bars and hotels on the beach. Plus you can expect the typical contests, giveaways, and corporate sponsored events during the daytime.
Daytona Beach is also close enough to Disney World, Seaworld, and Universal Studios if there’s not enough action happening during the day to keep you entertained. Plus, there’s the Daytona International Speedway, and the Kennedy Space Center nearby.
So… if you want your Spring Break to be a series of day trips to other places (because there’s not much happening where you are) then Daytona should be high on your list!
Daytona Beach was actually home to the very first MTV Spring Break back in 1986… But they’ve never been back… ever.
So that pretty much covers the most popular domestic US Spring Break destinations… but we can’t forget about other hot spots like Cancun, Acapulco, the Bahamas, Negril etc. Stay tuned… we’ll cover that in our Spring Break Destinations (Part 2).