Spring Break is approaching, and many students are going to start planning on how to spend their vacations. Only some popular Spring Break destinations might be very feasible for the starving student’s budget, especially in this economy. So while that trip to Cancun might not be attainable this year, how about sparing some of that loot by making a Spring Break road trip instead? There are plenty of extremely active Spring Break hot spots! Here are the top destinations throughout the United States which are accessible by car. Whether you are on the east coast or west, you should find a Spring Break hot spot in this guide which is accessible for you!
South Beach – Is THE beach in Miami Florida, and a consistent hotspot for Spring Breakers on a road trip! This beach is a hotspot nearly any day or night of the week as is, and it really gets packed with revelers during Spring Break. With beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife, many have made it their top choice for Spring Break destination. However, you better save up for this Spring Break; hotel rates are typically very expensive all year round in this area, especially during that time of year!
Lake Havasu – This was a small, lake front town off the beaten map that was most famous for London Bridge. Well that was until Palm Springs cracked down on Spring Break back in the early 90’s, and Spring Break revelers quickly made Lake Havasu their new home! Lake Havasu’s popularity may also largely lie in the fact many students located in the western states can drive to it in several hours. The big activity here on Spring Break is the lake boating! Hundreds if not thousands of boats link together to party! It truly is something to be seen! And best of all, you can do this Spring Break on a budget!
Key West – A relatively newer, but up and coming Spring Break destination! Key West might just be perfect for many Spring Breakers looking for a splash of the exotic on a road trip. The only American Caribbean Island can actually be accessed by car from the Florida mainland in only about 20-30 minutes along Highway US 1. The nightlife is geared for fun along Duvall Street with its numerous bars and clubs. And there are also plenty of water activities including windsurfing, sun bathing, jet-skiing, etc.
Mission Beach – Located in San Diego, Mission Beach has been a rather well kept local Spring Break secret until rather recently. If you are lucky enough to reserve a campground spot well in advance, you can actually camp in either a tent or RV on Mission Bay. Mission Bay itself allows jet skiing, surfing, and kayaking. But if that isn’t enough for you then Sea World, Belmont Park, and the college town of Pacific Beach with all of its bars and clubs are all close by! This is my top pick of all of the most popular California Spring Break destinations, and it is only a 2-3 hour drive from the Los Angeles area and Arizona border.
New Orleans – Although usually associated with Mardi Gras, New Orleans actually still is rolling well into March because of Spring Break. Of course Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is where it is going to be the most happening for Spring Breakers! New Orleans is one of the favorite destinations for college students in the mid-south United States due to its rather central location and reputation.
Daytona Beach – Is usually recognized these days as THE destination for Spring Breakers. Located on the east side beach of the Florida panhandle south of Jacksonville, this Spring Break road trip will be the nearest destination for most on the East Coast. There are usually plenty of professionally sponsored promotional events in town and along the beach. And the beaches are perfect this time of year. Hotel prices can vary in this area, so shop around when looking to book accommodations.
South Padre Island – Has blossomed into a top Spring Break destination. And it is great for a road trip as the island is accessible by car thanks to a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Professional sponsors actually come in and set up promotional shows just for Spring Break on South Padre Island. This year there will be a the return of the Heat Wave custom car and bike show, as well as the Geico Gamer’s Zone at the beachfront Radisson Resort. And of course there will be plenty of beach activities including beach buggy rentals, kite boarding, surfing, etc. This is definitely the Spring Break stop for all the Texas college students as it is only a couple hours drive from the stare’s capital of Austin.
Panama City Beach – Has put itself on the map as a popular Spring Break destination. Even MTV threw up their Spring Break House there in March of 2008. Panama City Beach features miles of sandy beaches, packed with Spring Breakers! It is also considerably less expensive to book accommodations here when compared to the other popular Florida Spring Break locations.
Fort Lauderdale – Probably the most famous classic Spring Break road trip stop of them all. While still lots of fun with plenty of beach activities, Fort Lauderdale spring break crowds have considerably dwindled over the years due to increasingly tight regulations and other cities being more open and welcome to Spring Break crowds. Also hotels really ramp up their rates during this time of year, making Fort Lauderdale one of the more expensive stops to make on a Spring Break road trip.
Palm Springs – Famous in the 80’s for being a top Spring Break destination until Sonny Bono decided to crack down on Spring Break chaos in the early 90’s and tried to replace it with a harvest festival. While the Spring Breakers indeed fled, so did their money and downtown businesses suffered as a result. However, over the years since, Palm Springs has reinvented itself as a gay and lesbian mecca; and Spring Breakers have been steadily returning every year to once again cruise Palm Canyon! Palm Springs is also rather easy to get to for many in Southern California and Arizona, as it is only about a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles or the Arizona Border. I also highly recommend that you call multiple hotels in the area to shop for the best rates. Palm Springs is a tourist town. And during this economy you could probably get a great deal if you just take a few extra minutes to make some extra calls!