Spring Break 2013: Top Destinations
It may not seem like it from the weather here in the UK, but winter is technically over and spring has arrived. Whilst we all scratch our heads in confusion, cities and resorts all over North and Central America are preparing for the world-renowned spring break.
A well-loved tradition amongst college students looking for fun in the sun and a well-earned break, spring break lasts throughout March and April. Originating from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, spring break has outgrown it's humble beginnings and now has legendary status not just in North America, but all over the world.
Whist there are more laid-back destinations for those looking for a more relaxing break, the most popular resorts will be jam-packed with events, music, clubs, watersports and parties to keep the thousands of excited revellers who flock to to their resorts busy and entertained.
We look at the seven best destinations for a fun-filled spring break you will never forget!
Said to be the wildest and most popular spring break destination for US college students, this city is located off of the Caribbean Sea and provides the perfect backdrop for any sun loving partier. With thousands of bars, endless stretches of white sandy beaches and various activities for day-trippers, this destination offers everything you could want and then some! With the drinking age being 18 in Mexico, this is a huge draw for younger US party-goers.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is fast becoming a spring break hotspot after MTV hosted their annual Spring Break coverage at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Already boasting a party-centric attitude, this desert city is popular for it’s famous strip, nightclubs and casino’s. With the impressive Grand Canyon nearby, this location is perfect for those seeking adventure during the day before re-joining the revellers by night. With dayclubs open all day, and nightclubs open all night, the party in Vegas doesn’t stop until you say so!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This is the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic that faces both the Caribbean and Atlantic. Punta Cana is the fastest growing Spring Break destination, though still low-key. The Dominican Republic is relatively affordable, and larger resorts are opened up to make the most of the spring break season. With stretches of untouched beaches shaded by palm trees and crystal clear waters to cool off from the tropical climate, this up-and-coming destination is not to be missed.
Panama City, Florida
You can’t get any better than the beaches, climate and laid-back attitude of Florida. Panama City is said to be the place to be in 2013. With daytime beach parties and music festivals to keep you occupied during the day, and all-night star-studded events in the evening, this is one of the most exciting destinations. Most of the bars and clubs are 18 to party, and 21 to drink, so even if you’re underage you can still join the fun. Break up your partying with dolphin watching, jet skiing and parasailing for a trip you'll never forget!
The Bahamas is literally paradise. Palm trees litter the picturesque beaches and lagoons, and the capital city of Nassau is a hub of culture and excitement. But during Spring Break, young people from all over the world are beginning to flock to this island retreat for sun, sea and partying. Boasting incredible resorts and top-notch hotels and restaurants, this spring break hotspot is slightly more low-key. Open-air bars are commonplace, and the nightlife boasts a more personal atmosphere.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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Sitting on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu, a reservoir on the Colorado River, this city is ranked #5 in the world for spring break celebrations. Unique in that it does not offer ocean shores, this affordable destination still has incredible recreational activities in beautiful natural surroundings. When you’re not soaking up the buzzing nightlife, catch sight of the original London Bridge that was disassembled and transported to Arizona for $9.5 million or hop onto one of the legendary boat parties!
South Padre Island, Texas
A trendy spot for fun-loving folks, join thousands of American college students in their migration to escape the less favourable northern weather. It’s true what they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and that also goes for their spring break celebrations. With affordable accommodation, funky and fresh bars and hotels, and a variety of activities such as kiteboarding and deep-sea fishing, you’ll be hard pushed to be bored down in the deep south.