10 Best Spring Break Destinations

College kids on Spring Break - beach party

College kids on Spring Break – beach party

For college students across America, Spring Break has long been viewed as a rite of passage of sorts. Out of the direct supervision of parents, young people are able to let loose and have a good time for a week.

If you are ready for the experience of a lifetime with friends new and old, look at this list of 10 top Spring Break destinations to get the planning process started.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico (Flickr/Mark Guim)

This has long been one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, and for a good reason. There are day parties at hotels on the beach, and the sprit only heats up with professional DJs by night.

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, The Bahamas

Nassau, The Bahamas (Flickr/MarlonBu)

Just a short plane ride away from points along the east cost is the Caribbean. Bahamas is a wonderful place to spend a week partying with friends, complete with special events and world class accommodation.

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island

South Padre Island, Texas – Girls gone wild, Spring Break (Flickr/Prakash)

You don’t have to leave America to have a great time. South Padre Island is long the southern coast of Texas and is consistently ranked as one of the top spring break party places in the USA. There are wild parties by day, and the beach bars are everywhere!

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas – Spring Break, Near Coca-Cola Beach (Flickr/Prakash)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - On The Beach

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – On The Beach (Flickr/Channone Arif)

The beach of Punta Cana is nestled in a tropical paradise. Don’t let the serene feeling of the place fool you, however, as this is one spring break destination that knows how to throw a party. Pack your bathing suit and prepare to dance, eat, and drink non-stop.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States (Flickr/vobios)

Another American destination that makes the top 10 list is Panama City Beach. Its location right in the panhandle makes it easily accessible by plane, car, or bus. There are more than enough hotels to hold all of the Spring Break revelers, each one throwing its own beach side parties day and night.

Spring Break, Panama City

College students on Spring Break, Panama City

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Flickr/Pat Strosahl)

If it is quaint beach side accommodation you desire, that is what you find in Puerto Vallarta, The beaches are pristine, and there are some of the most highly rated nightclubs in all of Latin America located here. All of that combines for a great Spring Break destination.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida (Flickr/Pat (Cletch) Williams)

If you are on a tight budget, Daytona Beach is easily accessible from points across the Eastern Coast or Midwest of America. Famous for its clean beaches with temperate water almost year round, water lovers will appreciate the variety of activities to take part in during their week off from school.

Miami, Florida

South Beach, Miami, Florida

South Beach, Miami, Florida (Flickr/Phillip Pessar)

Southern Florida brings home the Cuban and Latin flavor without ever leaving the border of the United States. Miami Beach is famous for its beach parties, and you might just spot a celebrity or two along the way.

Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica (Flickr/Tomash Devenishek)

Reggae lovers rejoice, as Kingston and Montego Bay alike are ready to receive you for Spring Break. The Jamaican people are easy going and ready to show you a good time.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

For a more subdued atmosphere in America, head to Myrtle Beach. There are still parties galore here and the weather is always great.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Flickr/Ron Miguel)

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