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United States: Best Spring Break Spots

It’s the ultimate destresser. Spring Break: a one week carousal and bender supreme and the ultimate excuse to make a complete fool of oneself. Or, alternatively, a time to reflect, on the beach or on the slopes, and ponder what lies beyond academia. Whatever the case, here’s a top 10 that fulfills the all-American rite of passage.

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Daytona Beach, Florida

An old standard and a little rough around the edges, Daytona is still a go-to Spring Break cliché for many an Eastern Seaboard college student.

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Daytona Beach LPGA Boulevard

Daytona Beach City Guide

South Padre Island, Texas

South Texas has exploded demographically over the last two decades and, with the statistical surge, places like South Padre Island have grown exponentially in popularity. The barrier island is a notable winter refuge, especially for the university set.

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island

South Padre Island Guide

Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach and glossy, posh Art Deco enclave South Beach teem with party people and rabble-rousers throughout Spring Break. Boutique hotel poolside scenes heighten in intensity and the vibe at clubs like Mansion and Nikki Beach hit a fever pitch.

Where to stay: The Savoy Hotel Miami Beach

Miami City Guide

Panama City, Florida

The heart of the Emerald Coast, a.k.a. Redneck Riviera, is a quintessential Spring Break archetype and has exceptionally white sand to boot.

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

Panama City Guide

Key West, Florida

Party it up 90 miles from Havana and get swept up in the best bar crawl State-side (while being mindful that the legal drinking age in Florida is 21 of course).

Where to stay: Hotel Southernmost On The Beach Key West

Key West City Guide


Spring Break is a peak period for ski resorts too, with no better example than the slopes of snowy Vermont. The best in the Green Mountain state include Jay Peak, Killington and Stowe.

Where to stay: Green Mountain Inn Stowe

Stowe Guide

Breckenridge, Colorado

Likewise, Colorado is tops for a winter sports getaway and a little après-ski, Spring Break style. For college kids, Breckenridge offers the best bang for the buck.

Where to stay: Mountain Thunder Lodge Breckenridge

Breckenridge Guide

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City is unquestionably magnetic 24/7/365 and makes for a remarkably easy Spring Break target for scores of students from California and Arizona.

Where to stay: The Signature At MGM Grand Las Vegas

Las Vegas City Guide

Lake Tahoe, California

For Heavenly Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and a host of other ski resorts, Lake Tahoe rules.

Where to stay: Red Wolf Lodge At Squaw Valley Condos

Lake Tahoe Guide

San Diego, California

Beachside suburbs like La Jolla, good surf, awesome weather and a lively university student population make San Diego a perennial Spring Break winner.

Where to stay: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

San Diego City Guide

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