Ah, college spring break. The noblest rite of passage for our nation’s future leaders. With March around the corner, college students across the country are preparing for a week of fun and relaxation (much of which their parents will hopefully never hear about). From traditional party destinations to destinations you may not think of as typical spring break locals, here are the best spring break destinations.
Best International Spring Break Destinations
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Another destination perfect for college students who want to party is Punta Cana. Gorgeous beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and poolside bars make for an unforgettable week away. It’s location in the caribbean makes it more appealing to those located on the east coast, as most east coast cities offer nonstop flights to Punta Cana. Flights booked a month in advance from major cities average $344 with stops and $723 for nonstops.
There are loads of hotels to choose from, with some of the most popular for spring break being Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort All Inclusive, Dreams Flora Resort & Spa and Breathless Punta Cana.
Perhaps a lesser thought of spring break destination, Montreal is a great option for those who aren’t looking for time in the sun, but are just looking to get away and have fun. The drinking age is 18 in Quebec, and Montreal is within a reasonable driving distance from many college towns. Nonstop flights from major cities average $288 booking a month in advance. L’Axe du Mal (Axis of Evil) is a grouping of four venues in the Saint-Denis Street and Mont-Royal Avenue area, perfect for a night of bar hopping.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Perhaps a lesser thought of spot for a warm destination, Rio- in particular Copacabana Beach, is a party town perfect for an epic spring break. While on the pricier side as far as flights go (average cost from major cities booking a month in advance for spring break is $673 with stops, with few nonstop flights available), the extra cost is worth it for a spectacular time.
Best Spring Break Locations in the U.S.
Staying within the US has one huge advantage: flights are typically a lot cheaper than flying internationally. The good news is that most spring break hot spots in the U.S. are super affordable to fly to. Here are the top spots in the US.
Miami takes the cake for quintessential U.S. spring break spot. Thanks to many discount airlines flying to Miami from major cities, the average price for a nonstop flight is only $126 when you book a month in advance. College students flock to Miami, so if you don’t like crowds, you may want to look elsewhere. But if a mass of partying people in their early 20s is for you, you’ve found your mecca.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Just north of Miami is Ft. Lauderdale, another Florida spring break hotspot. The average price for a nonstop flight is only $100 from major US cities, making it one of the cheapest spots for spring breakers throughout the country. Top spots like Elbo Room and America’s Backyard offer open bars with cover fees for all-night parties, and the beaches are filled with college students living the high life.
Travel to the caribbean without your passport by heading to Puerto Rico. While not as wild as some of the other beach locations mentioned, Puerto Rico’s resorts and beaches still promise a fantastic time. Spots that are hopping during the month of March include Club Brava, Ultra Lounge, Condado Beach and Sandy Beach. Airfare averages about $311 nonstop from major U.S. cities booked a month in advance.
New Orleans, Louisiana
One of the liveliest spots in the U.S. any time of the year, New Orleans is no different for spring break. Festivals like the Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival, NOLA on Tap, and a big St. Patrick’s Day parade add to the usual spirited atmosphere the city offers. Nonstop flights from major US cities average $262 booking a month in advance.
Las Vegas, Nevada
What better place to spend spring break than “Sin City” (though some parents may disagree). All night venues like Hakkasan, Omnia or the rooftop deck at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas ensure an amazing time. It will seem like there is fun around every corner, and in most cases, you won’t even have to leave the confines of your hotel! Nonstop flights booked a month in advance average $98 roundtrip.
Average Airfare by Destination
|Punta Cana, DR
|Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
|San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
|New Orleans, Louisiana
|Las Vegas, Nevada
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