Cruises are rapidly becoming some of the most popular spring break vacations for college kids and young adults. They allow you to see more of the world in a short period of time, while only having to unpack your bag once. It's also fairly affordable to split one cruise ship room among four friends, and you get to party on a boat just as much as you get to party on land. You don't have to worry about getting a safe ride home after you drink too much because you just take an elevator down to your cabin. Yeah, it's a pretty sweet deal.
However, cruises only allow you to spend a few hours in cities you may be interested in staying for weeks! If you're looking for cities to party in with a mix of culture, excitement, relaxation, and nightlife, you've come to the right place. These cities are the most popular destinations for spring-breakers for a reason! They've got everything you could want and more. Plus, college students and young adults flock to these cities throughout the early spring months looking for an amazing party; you'll be in good company.
So put down your study guides, close up your laptops, and grab some fruity drinks: IT'S SPRING BREAK! Here are the top 20 most popular spring break destinations.
20 Lake Havasu, Arizona
Spring break brings in a large portion of this small town's economy and tourism every year, so they spare no expense in making this a party you'll never forget and want to return to. They party like spring break will never end at Lake Havasu. Really. They basically party for the whole month of March so that anyone's weirdly scheduled spring break will still line up with some of their awesome events. Maybe, if they're really lucky, you'll even decide to blow off another week of classes to stay for the party.
19 Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach has been a party destination for over twenty-five years, attracting spring-breakers from all around the world. Around 250,000 spring breakers visit Panama City Beach annually. It's a location renowned as a party hot spot.
Until recently, at least. Just days ago, the city passed ordinances banning alcohol on the beaches, mandating bars to close at 2:00 a.m., and prohibiting loitering in parking lots. They're going out of their way to keep partiers from coming to their beach this year. It would seem the snow bird state showed its true colors for this spring break; maybe Panama City Beach got too old for us spring-breakers to upset their normal routine.
18 South Padre Island, Texas
At the Isla Grand Beach resort, you can find tens of thousands of college students and young adults partying. Texas sure knows how to throw a bash.
17 Orlando, Florida
Orlando holds plenty of things for you to do with your friends. It is perhaps the prime destination for college partiers wanting to do spring break with friends under the age of twenty-one for that exact reason. You don't have to be drunk to enjoy your time at Walt Disney World, or Universal Studios! You can spend an entire week at any of the parks in Orlando without a drop to drink and still have an amazing time that you'll be talking about for the next decade.
16 Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is perhaps one of the most iconic spring break destinations. Young adults and coeds have flocked to Cancun for decades in search of a good time and fun in the sun. You can find wild parties and insanely good times in Cancun any time of the year, but you'll be in for a special treat if you come for Spring Break.
15 Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau's ports are constantly filled with cruise ships stopping in for a day so that passengers can enjoy the amazing beaches and drinks that can be found in the Bahamian capital. If you're planning on spending a full week in Nassau, you can take your pick from a variety of luxury resorts on the island, some designed specifically for college and young adult partiers.
14 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
There's a total of twenty-one miles of white and coral sand beachfront to explore. There are nightclubs known the world over. There are opportunities to snorkel, scuba, hike, paddleboard, zip-line, and ocean kayak. There are crystal clear turquoise waters and exotic wildlife. There are world-class casinos for people looking to try their luck. In Punta Cana, there are plenty of opportunities to keep your days packed with activities and your nights busy partying.
13 Miami Beach, Florida
Everyone knows that a good time can be found at Miami Beach for spring break; the beach is basically known for its spring break shenanigans. Consider how many girls have gone wild here, how many keg stands have happened, how many wet tee shirt contests? If you're looking to lose control this spring break and have an amazing time, Miami Beach might be the place for you.
12 Venice Beach, California
How many 90's movie montages did we see of Venice Beach? Women in high and tight bikinis, guys in wife beaters playing volleyball, jeeps with the doors off and stereos blasting? All while playing Smash Mouth in the background? That was all Venice Beach. And while the party has certainly gotten cooler, it's also gotten a lot bigger and a lot crazier.
11 Montego Bay, Jamaica
With how easy it is to have an amazing time in "Mo-Bay" (as the locals call it), you'd think spring break was designed to be in Jamaica. Mo-Bay's three major beaches are all located along the same avenue, which also has all of the restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and shops you could ask for.
10 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Don't think you've heard of Cabo San Lucas? Yes, you have; you simply know it as "Cabo." That's usually all that people are able to get out before they're sucked into memories of drunken stupors and sun-soaked parties. Cabo is a destination vacation for those looking to escape their normal lives.
9 Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach has been one of the most iconic spring break destinations for decades, and it's likely to continue being that way for a long time. Daytona is best known for its off the chain spring break parties (well, that and its "Bike Week" parties). They put a lot of effort and energy into their spring break preparations; their tourism department even has a year-round help line you can call to ask questions about spring break! That's dedication!
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is beautiful, and San Juan is full of culture and rich traditions that any traveler would enjoy. However, they put a little extra effort and love into their spring break celebrations.
7 New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is definitely best known for its insane Mardi Gras parties in February, but they save up some beads for spring break! Just like its Mardi Gras celebrations, you'll find plenty of topless women trying to collect cheap necklaces. It's made news many times for being one of the trashiest places to party in America; but, like we said before, a trashy party isn't necessarily a bad one!
6 Key West, Florida
This destination spring break vacation isn't known for the swimming. Key West is the place to go if you're looking to take a big group for a fairly low price and get crazy drunk all day, every day.
5 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is another great location for partiers looking for a wild time. It's another high ranker on the trashy party list, but South Carolina knows how to party and they'll show you a good time.
4 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
3 Las Vegas, Nevada
2 Negril, Jamaica
1 Acapulco, Mexico
Because of the U.S. dollar's strength versus Mexico's peso, this is a fairly affordable spring break vacation once you get past the airfare. The drinking age allows your younger college buddies the opportunity to drink openly, and the lax drinking laws allow you to booze it up pretty much anywhere you please. Furthermore, it's easy and inexpensive to find an all-inclusive resort that gives you all the perks of a five star treatment. Acapulco is a dream come true, a paradise for spring breakers!
Be advised to stay safe, as people who wander too far from the safety of their resorts and tourist traps have encountered problems. However, if you stick to the nightclub strip, resort bars, banging beach parties, and booze cruises, you should be just fine .
Sources: travelandleisure, springbreak
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