10 Best Spring Break Hot Spots

10 Best Spring Break Hot Spots

While it is still a mustsee destination, and retains much of the tranquility it is known for, some of the tourismboosting development that fuels Cancun and Playa del Carmen’s party and resort scenes has made its way down the Caribbean coast and into this Garden of Eden.

#1 Tulum, Mexico

While it is still a must-see destination, and retains much of the tranquility it is known for, some of the tourism-boosting development that fuels Cancun and Playa del Carmen’s party and resort scenes has made its way down the Caribbean coast and into this Garden of Eden.

 Puerto Escondido, Mexico

#2 Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Instead, head to the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s western coast, and get in on the secret of this secluded paradise (the name translates to “Hidden Port”). The beaches are host to some of the world’s best surfing, snorkeling and sun-worshipping, as well as a down-to-earth nightlife scene, replete with live music and open-air watering holes.

Panama City Beach, FL

#3 Panama City Beach, FL

The people who most dislike Panama City's spring break party central reputation are the residents of Panama City, who are trying to crack down on bad behavior.

Apalachicola, FL

#4 Apalachicola, FL

Head just a few minutes east to Apalachicola, a sedate waterfront town known for excellent seafood, moss-strewn live oaks, and not much else. Why do a bar crawl when you can do a raw bar crawl?

Negril, Jamaica

#5 Negril, Jamaica

We love Negril, but hotels (and restaurants, and beaches) fill up quickly, especially during spring break.

Treasure Beach, Jamaica

#6 Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Two hours' drive away, you'll find the quieter and prettier Treasure Beach, what many locals say is "what Negril used to be—30 years ago." The area is peppered with casual beach shacks, peaceful coves and bays, mineral springs, waterfalls, and scenic cliffs perfect for hiking.

 South Padre Island, TX

 #7 South Padre Island, TX

This island near the Mexican border ranks as one of the most popular spring break hotspots, when about 60,000 holidaymakers descend upon an area with less than 3,000 permanent residents.

Austin, TX

#8 Austin, TX

Instead, head about five hours north to Austin, where you get all the benefits of a booming college town (a quality music scene, buzzworthy restaurants, outdoor activities) without all of the spring break madness.

 Tamarindo, Costa Rica

#9 Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most easy-to-get to tourist destinations—as well as a top-party spot. Which is to say, this popular destination has its perks…but also its crowds and typical spring-breakers.

 Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

#10 Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

To really appreciate the coast, head to this surfing hamlet further south, where the vibe is distinctly laid-back. In Santa Teresa, your days will be filled with surf lessons, yoga, and naps in a hammock—in between which you can grab fresh smoothies at one of the healthy cafes in town. At night, catch the sunset with a glass of wine, then cozy up with a beach bonfire.


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