Spring break is a tradition being honored in many parts of the world. And whether it is defined as a holiday that a group of college-age people enjoy or a family break in the glorious spring weather, it is best when it involves the ideal spring break destinations for everyone. Traditionally, the typical places to go for spring break are tropical locations that allow everyone a bit of summer-like fun. It might be at a beachfront city or a tropical island setting, but the best spring break destinations are usually warm and sunny.
This does not mean that you need to plan your spring break trips to the same locations as everyone else. After all, the best places to go for spring break may be the places where the crowds are thinner or even non-existent.
While we will recommend only the most popular spring break destinations from 2019 and earlier, we are also going to point out a few spring break locations that are more unique or lesser known.
Where to Go for Spring Break?
Naturally, the first step in determining the ideal spring break destinations begins with that simple question: Where to go for spring break? This usually boils down to an initial decision to remain domestic or to travel abroad. As an example, a lot of American travelers will consider luxury rentals in beautiful spots like California, San Diego, Florida, Orlando, Hawaii, and even an early-season visit to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Yet, it is also a great idea for those same travelers to consider international spots that include the entire Caribbean region – where irresistibly luxurious Turks and Caicos vacation rentals or cosmopolitan St Barths villas are sure to please. They can visit islands like Barbados, the BVIs, Costa Rica and so many more and find lesser-known, quieter, and more unique spring break destinations.
After all, the Caribbean is home to some of the world’s best beaches, dining, golfing, watersports, sailing, and outdoor settings. Then again, Mexico (always a popular choice in spring break destinations) is home to such world-class spots as Los Cabos, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Punta Mita.
And on top of these options, there are also many spring break places throughout Europe, Asia, and even Oceania. As an example, Croatia or Greece may offer some of the best places for spring break with the family or a group of friends.
What do the experts say about the top spots and best spring break locations for all? The most commonly recommended will include:
Cabo San Lucas
As a wildly popular destination on a year-round basis, it makes sense that it is also one of the top spring break destinations each year. It has excellent beaches and a lot of remarkable restaurants and bars, a world-class collection of marinas, and plenty to see and do.
Punta Cana – Located in the Dominican Republic, it is a remarkable planned community with excellent beaches and world-class golfing, dining, and accommodations. It has lots of clubs and nightlife options for those who want to experience traditional spring break activities.
A perennial favorite with students because of the many clubs and bars, it is also home to the delightful Malecon area (a promenade full of artists, eateries, and excellent scenery), excellent beaches, and it also happens to be one of the very best cities for travelers who enjoy walking and exploring things on foot.
Another perennial favorite with travelers and students, it is home to amazing musical experiences, lots of top-notch beaches, plenty of places to shop and dine. It is also a good choice for families who want a spring break beach vacation in a private villa along the sands.
The coastal area of Mexico known as the Riviera Maya is home to many excellent spring break destinations and travel spots. While some may want to head to the celebrity playground of Tulum (which is also home to ancient ruins), others may prefer the flawless beach conditions of Playa del Carmen. With lots of nightlife, dining, and shopping, it is also a watersports paradise with some of the calmest waters imaginable.
Turks and Caicos
Home to the world-famous Seven Mile Beach (which is less than seven miles), it is also a great spot for those who enjoy luxury villas, excellent cuisine, great shopping, and some truly perfect conditions for every possible watersport.
For those who are more enthusiastic about authentic wildlife than spring break wildness, one of the best spots for spring break vacations might be this Central American country. With more than 25 national parks and an amazing amount of the world’s biodiversity, it is an ideal spot to see authentic rainforests, exotic creatures, and even stay in an eco-tourism site or eco-friendly villa tucked into a jungle-like setting.
This ranked as one of the newer and most appealing spring break 2019 destinations. With its famous volcanic mountains – the Pitons – standing at the center and its lush stretches of rainforest framed by excellent beaches, it is a truly beautiful spot to get away from it all. It is also a foodie’s paradise and a spot where some of the most interesting luxury villas can make for an unforgettable family holiday or vacation with friends.
And if you are thinking outside of the box and hoping for something a bit unusual, why not consider some of the “other” spring break spots that ranked towards the top of the lists of 2019 favorites? They included Barcelona, Spain with its amazing food culture, fascinating sights and hikes, and its wonderful weather. A top spot for nightlife, it is also an excellent family destination for spring break. Some spots might take a bit of time to reach, such as Hawaii, but the “Big Island” of Hawaii and the ever-popular islands of Maui and Kauai would also provide excellent weather, plenty of beaches and watersports, lots of sites to explore, and a unique culture on each island.
It is fun to go where the crowds go for their holidays, but if you want something a bit on the more unique side, the best spring break spots listed above will introduce you to the fun in the sun spirit of the season, without the enormous crowds. Book early and find yourself a private villa or beachfront spot and then soak up the sun and fun that can be found only at the spring break season each year.