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Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

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Jan 14, 20204,8783

Spring is a joyous time. Lands cast off winter’s shadow and a remarkable flowering begins. In North America, spring heralds a curious annual migration. College students flock in large numbers from campuses across the cold north to more southerly latitudes. Buoyed by copious amounts of sunshine and (more often than not) alcohol, they shed their outer garments. Clad only in scant attire, they congregate in large numbers on beaches and in resorts. For roughly two weeks typically in mid- to late-March, the spectacle that is Spring Break unfolds in cities and towns from Cancun to Myrtle Beach. If you’re wondering how best to observe the varying levels of debauchery for yourself, we’ve put together this handy travel guide profiling 20 popular Spring Break destinations. Alongside perennial favorites we throw in several places you might not expect. We think you’ll enjoy this look at the top Spring Break destinations for 2020.

Table of Contents

Cancun, Mexico - Spring Break 2020
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Spring Break 2020
Miami Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020
New Orleans, USA - Spring Break 2020
Honolulu, USA - Spring Break 2020
Montego Bay, Jamaica - Spring Break 2020
Barbados - Spring Break 2020
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Spring Break 2020
London, UK - Spring Break 2020
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Spring Break 2020
San Antonio, USA - Spring Break 2020
Harbor Island, Bahamas - Spring Break 2020
Nashville, USA - Spring Break 2020
Whistler, Canada - Spring Break 2020
El Nido, Philippines - Spring Break 2020
Daytona Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020
San Pedro, Belize - Spring Break 2020
Myrtle Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Spring Break 2020
Las Vegas, USA - Spring Break 2020

Cancun, Mexico - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

No surprise Mexico’s preeminent resort town is a favored Spring Break destination. Less appreciated however, is that beyond creature comforts and relaxation Cancun features c, shopping, and of course, delicious food. To take it all in, it’s best to allot yourself several days. Intersperse visits to the beach with day-trips to archaeological sites for a nice balance. Playa Delfines is a beautiful stretch accessible even to those not staying in the hotel zone. This favored location is a great place to visit at sunset. If you’re in the mood for a long stroll, try walking north along the beach up to Playa Gaviota Azul. The Maya were prevalent on the Yucatan Peninsula and Cancun houses some of the best preserved Mayan artifacts. The Mayan Museum in the hotel zone is a modern space with a stunning collection. Its ocean views complement the experience and add to the sense of wonder. Pack some sunscreen and come discover why they call Cancun the Glistening City.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

For those with an eye toward frolicking in Pacific waters, Cabo is the place to go. Located on the far southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo is a literal paradise at land’s end. With plenty of sand and choice resorts, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy yourself. Take a walk past the marine where you can spy the yachts coming and going. Nearby Cannery Beach is popular with sunbathers. Hike up Mt. Solmar for some gorgeous views before wandering down to the secluded Lovers Beach. Back in town make a stop at the Museum of Natural History in Cabo San Lucas before enjoying drinks and a great meal at one of the city’s numerous cantinas. Cabo certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best places to enjoy Spring Break.

Miami Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Never one to be outdone, Miami rolls out its best for Spring Break. Start in South Beach, which is packed with upscale development and great resorts. Trendy restaurants and cafes dot the streets near the pointe. Stroll through South Pointe Park and head north along Washington Street. The Florida Jewish Museum is a great place to duck in if you want to get out of the sun. Otherwise, bring your lotion and enjoy the 3.5 km stretch of pristine sand. Make sure to allot time to admire the city’s famous Art Deco architecture. The World Erotic Art Museum features sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photographs of erotic subject matter. It’s a fun stop before dinner and an evening spent enjoying the famous South Beach nightlife. When the sun goes down, the streets near the waterfront buzz with activity as restaurant-goers dress their best and make for a night on the town.

New Orleans, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

The Big Easy has long been a place where cultures blend. New Orleans’ world-renowned music culture, Creole heritage, and nightlife make it an ideal Spring Break destination for those seeking more than just surf and sand. Stroll the historic heart of the city in the famous French Quarter. Lively any time of the year, it’s an epicenter for the annual Mardi Gras celebrations in late February or early March. Music and merriment fill the streets as revelers compete for beads in some…shall we say…revealing ways. Find time to explore the city’s many tree-lined boulevards and quaint neighborhoods along the streetcar routes. Walk the banks of the mighty Mississippi River or spend a few hours in Audubon Park. New Orleans is a magical place. The city’s Carnival tradition is about enjoying life so what better place to celebrate Spring Break?

Honolulu, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Hawaii’s state capital and largest city is most people’s first experience in Hawaii. Resorts cluster along the beaches and a vibrant community surrounds Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, the US military’s primary redoubt in the Pacific. Obviously make a point to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and see the remains of the USS Arizona. It’s a moving tribute to the more than 1,100 sailors and Marines still entombed there. There’s plenty to do outside Honolulu as well. The island’s North Shore is world-famous for its incredible beaches and epic surf scene. Visit the famous breaks at Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline or head straight for legendary Waimea Bay. On your way out to Waimea along Route 99, stop at the Dole Plantation to walk through the pineapple fields. Finally, if scuba diving and snorkeling is your thing, venture to the USS YO-257 shipwreck site if you want a fascinating and challenging underwater adventure.

Montego Bay, Jamaica - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Jamaican Jerk chicken is positively scrumptious and a true delight following a wild night on Spring Break. Montego Bay is arguably the island’s best resort destination. You’re all but guaranteed to have an incredible time here. Easily accessible via Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay is a bustling resort destination with plenty of top-quality establishments nestled along the coast. Beachfront access and loads of arts and music make Montego Bay a great place to get acquainted with Jamaican culture. Spend time walking around the local neighborhoods away from the resort areas. Here you will find shops and small restaurants bursting with character. Charter operators offer tours out onto the waters where you can enjoy windsurfing or other sports. Jamaica’s amazing people and beautiful scenery are two reasons we can wholeheartedly recommend it as a great Spring Break destination.

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Barbados - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Tiki torches, thatched roof huts, kettle drums…what’s not to like? In considering your Spring Break vacation, there’s a strong case to be made for Barbados. This lovely island off the coast of Venezuela packs a mighty punch. Grantley Adams International Airport is served by several airlines offering connections to the US mainland. It’s possible also to book passage on a regional cruise line sailing into the capital, Bridgetown. Explore the town when you arrive and use the opportunity to snag a souvenir or two. Afterwards head over to Crane Beach on the island’s southeast coast. This incredible beach is mostly secluded behind a corpse of trees. The Crane Resort is adjacent and a great place to stay if you’re looking for local accommodation. The inland restaurants offer a range of cuisines. Given its eastward orientation, Palm Beach is perfect for a sunrise stroll when you can watch dawn break over the spectacular horizon. Barbados is without a doubt a great place to enjoy Spring Break.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

This resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast is highly regarded for its pristine beaches, water sports, and vibrant nightlife. Add some great examples of Spanish colonial architecture and you’ve got the recipe for an outstanding Spring Break destination. Conchas Chinas Beach just south of town is a gorgeous area with plenty of resort hotels. The rocky beachfront makes swimming a bit challenging but you’ll find ample room for a lay in the sun. Those looking to get wet should make for nearby Los Muertos Beach. Part of Puerto Vallarta’s long stretch of great sand, Los Muertos features tons of sun chairs and access to food and drink. At night wander into town where you’ll find the restaurants overflowing and the music carrying on late into the night. As Spring Break resort destinations go, it’s hard to do better than Puerto Vallarta.

London, UK - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Admittedly this is a bit of a curveball, but we think the world’s most diverse city has a lot to offer Spring Breakers. Enjoy fabulous shopping on Oxford Street or Regent Street, see the lights on Piccadilly Circus, wander past the stately establishments on St. James’s, witness history come alive at the Churchill War Rooms, or enjoy an afternoon in the British Museum or the Tate Modern. With a bar on virtually every corner, London is the place for an old fashioned pub crawl. Grab yourself tickets to a West End Show and afterwards head out for a night on the town. With happenings year-round, London’s got something for everyone. Those hoping to get in a taste of Europe during Spring Break should consider London this year’s destination of choice.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Travelers have long enjoyed the beauty and welcoming atmosphere found on the Cayman Islands. Look for a flight into Owen Roberts International Airport 0r make a port call if you’re traveling aboard a cruise liner. Central George Town is well worth the visit and will give you a sense for the local culture and sensibilities. Find time for some shopping before heading out to the resort areas along the coast. Grand Cayman’s northern peninsula is where the action is. This is where you will find Seven Mile Beach along with a host of amazing resorts. Once you’re squared away give yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery. There’s no shortage of things to see and Seven Mile Beach will seem endless. Enjoy long afternoons relaxing in the tropical sun as you sip a cool drink down by the water. Spring Break Paradise!

San Antonio, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

There’s plenty going on deep in the heart of Texas. San Antonio is one Spring Break destination that won’t break the bank. Enjoy heaps of Texas culture and a vast array of great attractions. A relatively compact city center affords ample opportunity to string together several stops. Start at the famous Alamo, the historic garrison and pivotal battleground during the Texas Revolution in 1836. Walk to nearby Buckhorn Saloon & Museum where you can have a drink at the Old West-themed gift shop. From there it’s easy to enjoy San Antonio’s River Walk, a charming landscaped green space winding past numerous restaurants, hotels, and bridges. The River Walk is where you’ll find the Briscoe Western Art Museum with its wide range of art and artifacts commemorating the culture of the American West. Snap a few pictures of Rosita's Bridge and then cross over to explore La Villita Historic Arts Village. At night go for a drink at Casa Rio, the Rainforest Café, or the Coyote Ugly Saloon.

Harbor Island, Bahamas - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

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The Bahamas hardly need an introduction. This spindly archipelago little more than 100 km off Florida’s Atlantic Coast is easily accessible from the continental United States or Cuba. The Bahamas epitomize Caribbean vacation with incredible scenery, coconut drinks, rum…it’s the whole nine yards. Lynden Pindling International Airport in the capital Nassau is the country’s main air transportation hub. From Nassau, secure yourself onward passage to Harbor Island, located approximately 100 km northeast of Nassau. The resort island with its eastward facing shore is a popular Bahamas destination and a great place for some amazing sunrise photos. Beach access is simple and the magnificent sands run nearly the length of the island. Stroll along until you find a spot for you and then stake your claim to some rest and relaxation. And night there’s plenty of great food and entertainment on offer. We have no trouble recommending the Bahamas as a spectacular Spring Break destination.

Nashville, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Nashville may be best known for the Grand Ole Opry, but this is no sleepy southern backwater. Nashville’s investment in tech infrastructure has attracted startups eager to avoid the exorbitant housing costs in Silicon Valley. The city maintains its iconic status as one of America’s foremost music towns. Gibson guitars is headquartered here and major music industry players have offices and studio locations in Nashville. You can count on there always being something fresh happening in one of the many bars, nightclubs, and cafes throughout Music Row. Downtown Nashville is only a short distance from J Percy Priest Reservoir, a scenic area where you can enjoy great boating or fishing. When the sun goes down, the sights and sounds at the Opry come alive and the stage regularly features some of country music’s biggest stars. This year, Nashville makes our list of great destinations for Spring Break.

Whistler, Canada - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Spring Break might be most associated with keg stands on the beach, but don’t overlook the excitement on offer in one of North America’s premiere ski destinations. If your campus schedules Spring Break on the early side, Whistler might be the place for you. With excellent powder conditions extending well into the New Year, you can easily get in some runs on world-class slopes. Having hosted the Alpine events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, the region is a veritable winter sports paradise. As an added bonus, the infrastructure and entertainment venues that served the games have helped transform Whistler into a place even non-skiers mightily enjoy. For great relaxation visit Scandinave Spa before enjoying a romantic dinner at one of Whistler’s many upscale restaurants. When all is said and done, we think Whistler holds its own as a Spring Break destination.

El Nido, Philippines - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

In the western Philippines, there’s an island archipelago with unique geology and majestic scenery. Known locally as “Heaven on Earth,” travelers who venture here cannot help but to agree. Towering limestone formations enclose great bays filled with emerald and sapphire waters. Schools of multicolored aquatic life swim in pristine currents, which are largely protected against development. El Nido’s reputation has grown in recent years after ranking as one of the world’s top beaches, yet it still retains an exquisite charm and local flavor. El Nido’s relative remoteness makes for fantastic stargazing. A great tapestry of stars shine overhead, sparking like diamonds in the tranquil skies. The magnificence on display makes El Nido as much a nighttime paradise as a daytime one. This is a jewel in any traveler’s belt. El Nido is nothing short of heavenly and a fitting place to spend your Spring Break.

Daytona Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

A city of fast cars and fast living, Daytona Beach offers up Spring Break excitement pretty much all year. When the Daytona 500 comes to town in mid- to late-February, this is the place for stock car racing fans. The atmosphere at Daytona International Speedway easily bleeds back into town as race aficionados and scores of beachgoers turn the place into one big festival. Catch a flight or drive in from Orlando and make your way to the shoreline. Extending several kilometers, the beachfront is packed with resorts and restaurants. When conditions are right, the warm Atlantic waters are perfect for swimming and various water sports. See what’s playing at the famous Daytona Beach Bandshell or at nearby Peabody Auditorium. At night the bars and restaurants throughout the resort areas overflow with people eager for a good time. If you fancy Spring Break in the fast lane, you’re going to want to check out Daytona Beach.

San Pedro, Belize - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

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Set on a small strip of land bordering Mexico, San Pedro is essentially cut off from the rest of Belize and located along a coral reef island chain. The reef system, known as the Belize Barrier Reef, is the second longest in the world, surpassed only by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This unique marine environment in the Gulf of Mexico is home to an astounding array of sea creatures. It’s an ideal place to explore below the waves. With several resorts located in the area, you’ll have your choice of great places to stay. As clear waters stretch out before you, look for a groove and that place where the world drains away. Afterward take a contemplative stroll along the sands or wade into azure seas. Few things are as wonderful as a prime beachfront location and San Pedro has a lot going for it. This is one Spring Break destination we’re sure you’ll love.

Myrtle Beach, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

South Carolina’s famed resort destination always attracts the Spring Break crowd. The city’s choice accommodations are located along Ocean Boulevard. To get a sense for what’s on offer, stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk running between 1st Avenue and 14th Avenue. Take a ride on the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach and enjoy amazing views of the city from an air-conditioned gondola. A raft of tourist attractions including haunted houses, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and Free Fall Park give you plenty to enjoy when you’re not strutting your stuff along the sand. During Spring Break, concerts and parties run basically all hours day and night. You can easily wander between different resorts and venues before heading into town for a meal or finding a spot to barbeque. No matter how you slice it, Myrtle Beach is a great Spring Break destination.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

Despite having been battered by Hurricane Maria is 2017, Puerto Rico’s capital has proved resilient. The island’s amazing spirit and willingness to endure are on full display as San Juan’s streets have largely resumed their pre-hurricane vibrancy. Explore the historic district by the waterfront and visit Castillo de San Cristóbal, once the largest Spanish colonial fort in the Americas. Visit nearby Castillo San Felipe del Morro and snap some pictures as you walk around the peninsula. The streets in old San Juan are filled with amazing examples of colonial era architecture. Wander past the many shops and small cafés. Also be sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico before enjoying the city’s famous nightlife. Offering plenty of beachfront as well as great cultural attractions, San Juan may well be an ideal place to spend Spring Break.

Las Vegas, USA - Spring Break 2020

Spring Break 2020: Top 20 Destinations in America

What Sin City lacks in sandy beaches, it more than makes up for with amazing natural landscapes, monumental engineering, and of course, the glitz and glamor of the world’s swankiest casinos. Are you ready to let it all ride? South Las Vegas Boulevard, known simply as “The Strip,” is a roughly 7 km thoroughfare and where you’ll find all the choice casinos and entertainment in Las Vegas. Everyone is going to spend at least some here. Don’t confine yourself just to the Strip, however. There’s plenty to see beyond Las Vegas Boulevard. Make time for the Freemont Street Experience, Red Rock Canyon, or the National Atomic Testing Museum. If you’ve been wondering what to do with your Spring Break, give Las Vegas a try. You’ll be glad you did.

It may not last long and depending on your mode of enjoyment, you might not remember much, but Spring Break is an excellent time to travel. Whether you’re here for fun in the sun or just looking for a place that won’t require another student loan, we’ve got you covered. From North America to Europe and beyond, we’ve profiled the best places to spend your Spring Break in 2020. Come find the one that’s right for you and start planning that epic vacation now!

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