Take a Break!

It may still be the dead of winter, but now’s the time to be thinking about what to do over spring break.

Pitching in a few hundred bucks to stay with a dozen friends in a dive motel in whatever hot spring break destination they choose may seem like a good idea when you’re looking for any reason to escape exams and the cold, but after that last margarita in a commemorative parrot cup you’ll find yourself a lot poorer, and maybe regretting you didn’t put a little more thought and savings strategy into your vacation choice.

The cost of your getaway of course depends on where you go and how you get there. If you’re not paying attention, it can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. There are endless more affordable options, however. Here are some ideas to get you started. Once you’ve settled on a destination, call a travel agent or look online for the best deal, and book early to get the best selection and price.

Daytona Beach, FL

We know, we know, but there’s a reason why this is a spring break standby year after year. It’s not fancy, it’s not original, but it’s cheap and it’s got a beach. ‘Nuff said.

Myrtle Beach, SC

A more laid-back beach town than Daytona, Myrtle Beach is also a closer road trip if you’re coming down from the frozen tundra of New England. If you’re more into spas, golf, fishing, or just enjoying the warm air in a cool destination, this might be the place for you.

Negril, Jamaica

It’s party central, mon. If you like that sort of thing. Negril tends to be a little less commercial and more affordable than Montego Bay, and there are good group packages to be had.

Orlando, FL.

Spring break with Mickey? You bet. Bring the whole family, or focus on Pleasure Island, where the fun is strictly of the adult variety.

Panama City Beach, FL

Hope you’re ready for crowds, noise and nonstop partying. If not, look elsewhere. If so, Panama City Beach—which calls itself “the spring break capital of the world”—offers plenty of all three.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you’re after a classier feel, try the all-inclusive resorts in this elegant beach town. Just 50 miles away from Cancun, Playa del Carmen offers the same amazing beaches but whole difference ambiance, and you can find all-inclusive resort deals for less than $200 a night. (Sounds like a lot, but “all-inclusive” means just that—room, food, drinks, activities.)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Brush up on your Spanish. A laid-back atmosphere, perfect weather, direct flights from many cities and affordable hotels make this a great place for a relaxing break.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Outside the capital city of San Juan, you’ll find several coastal towns offering amazing food, affordable lodging, friendly people and gorgeous beaches. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, which means you won’t need a passport, but the architecture and Old World charm displays ample evidence of the 400 years it was ruled by the Spanish, making for a unique atmosphere. If you have extra time, take a ferry to Vieques, which used to be a naval training ground and is now an unspoiled paradise.

South Padre Island, TX

Miles of clean beaches, water sports galore, a hopping night life and low prices make this a perennial favorite for spring-breakers.

Washington, D.C.

The biggest draw of our nation’s capital? Free stuff. You have to pay for hotels and food, of course, but when it comes to entertainment, there are dozens of museums that are free to enjoy. No beach, but the weather is warming up, and March 20–April 15 brings the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a springtime celebration that has as its centerpiece 1,700 cherry trees covered in beautiful white and pink blooms.

Where are you off to for spring break? Post a comment with your destination and why you chose it!

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  • cynthia

    thanks for the options and suggestions

  • elizabethgreen

    Thank you for this list and the descriptions; I’ve always been overwhelmed by the idea of spring break, but I really do need a break. I’ll talk these over with my family. Thanks again.

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