Finding cheap spring break destinations is easy for those college students and families looking for places to go. As the weather warms up, you will be tempted to head down south, where the beaches and beautiful weather are. That is an excellent choice as many destinations in the Southern part of the U.S. and the Caribbean are great spots for spring break.
1. Myrtle Beach, SC
The long beaches and the perfect spring weather attract many college students to Myrtle Beach, SC. It has yet to hit the peak summer tourist season, so the rates are much cheaper at the hotels, attracting so many to these miles of beaches stretching down the South Carolina coast. If you are looking for a cheap spring break destination, Myrtle Beach should be on that list.
2. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is known as one of the world's most popular Spring Break destinations. It has 21 miles of beach, bring about affordable activities, sunbathing, and plentiful accommodations options. At night time, there is live music and events always happening. Cancun is one of the best places for a great spring break.
3. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Going down to the Caribbean to relax is a great way to spend your spring break. The relaxing vibes of this tropical island lead many to come down and relax at the beautiful beaches and the wonderful atmosphere. Since it is part of the shoulder season, it is still affordable for those looking for cheap spring break destinations.
4. Miami Beach, FL
Miami is beautiful with its sprawling beaches full of people, the incredible boardwalk, the nightlife, the food, the Cuban music, and anything else. There is so much to see and do in Miami. You can easily spend a fortune or book hotels further north, catch the free trolley down, and then go off to South Beach and enjoy a week in Miami.
5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Springtime starting in March, is the perfect time to head to the Caribbean. The rates are much lower due to the shoulder season so you can come to sunny Punta Cana. There are excellent flight deals there and many all-inclusive resorts that make vacationing there easy. It is also one of the best places to visit if you are on a budget. So fly down to the Dominican and enjoy a fun Spring break.
6. Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach has been a super popular Spring Break destination over the years. It is very similar to Myrtle Beach but offers a sunny Florida feel. It is full of 23 miles of beaches and many free activities, and it boasts being budget-friendly if you want an excellent cheap Spring Break destination, head south to Daytona.
7. Destin, FL
Destin is another trendy location down in Florida. It is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Florida Panhandle. There are many resorts there that can be affordable for those budget-minded travelers. Just remember not all places are affordable. So take a trip to the Florida Panhandle and visit Destin.
8. New Orleans, LA
What is more, there is Mardi Gras, The French Quarter, and great Cajun food to ask for from this booming city. After all the crowds have left for Mardi Gras, there is a bit of a lull before April hits and the Jazz festivals come to town. This is a perfect time to enjoy many of the attractions of New Orleans for a lower price.
9. The Outerbanks, NC
Spring break is often thought of because of the warm water, the beach feel, and having fun in the sun, but the Outerbanks of North Carolina offer something even better. For those not looking for the crowds, you can relax with low rates, few tourists, and long walks on the beach. The barrier islands on the coast of North Carolina provide many people with this beautiful relaxing vacation feel.
10. Savannah, GA
Savannah is one of the most charming cities around. It has coble streets, pre-Civil War Architecture, beautiful beaches, a wonderful riverside, beautiful beaches, and even Spanish moss dripping from the trees. Before the spring festivals and the crowds start in late March, it will be the perfect time to come, relax, and enjoy a charming city.
11. Anna Maria Island, FL
If you are looking for a relaxing place to visit in Florida, then Anna Marie Island may be the place to stop by. Sitting off the coast near Tampa is a seven-mile stretch of an island that is family-friendly, has no high rises, and is filled with activities such as bike riding. Florida can get expensive around this time, but Anna Marie Island offers many deals for people looking for a family-friendly place for Spring Break.
12. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Finding some great flights to Puerto Rico in the spring season allows many people to visit this wonderful island. Tourism is heating back up, and San Juan offers so much. There are resorts and beaches, great outdoor activities, and great nightlife. There is something for everyone if you are visiting San Juan.
13. Washington, D.C.
Not too far from many large cities sits Washington, D.C., and what a fantastic place to take your family and kids. It is full of history, museums, and many attractions to not only see but to continue to help educate your family on the vast history of this country. The great thing is that many monuments and museums along the national mall are free. What an adventure to this country's capital!
14. Key West, FL
Key West is known for many things, like excellent scuba diving, and is the most southern part of the U.S.A. It is beautiful and worth visiting the tropical island with always lovely weather down south. There is always something going on, so you will never feel too bored down in Key West.
15. South Padre Island, Texas
This tropical barrier island sits south of Corpus Christie, Texas, and has much to offer families and college students. It has many outdoor activities, ranging from dolphin seeing, swimming, and sunbathing, and those are just beach activities. You will also find live performances on the beach, comedy shows, and even art classes to attend. There is much to see and do; it will be a unique experience.
Enjoy Your Spring Break
There are many opportunities to travel. Remember the shoulder season in many places when looking for great affordable Spring Break destinations. Those places will offer better rates and deals as you travel there. Also, look at areas that are often busy at other times and may have a slow spot during the spring. Enjoy your Spring Break.
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