Oh, the places you can go this spring break! Deciding where to go is always a question as to what type of break you’re looking for, how much is it going to cost and how many people can come. The places mentioned below are not only awesome suggestions, but answer these questions. Plus, they are all totally affordable!
The most expensive destination on our list is Costa Rica, simply because of the flight costs. However, once there, you can easily live off a budget of just $25 a DAY. Go to Orbitz.com or Statravel.com for cheap international and domestic flights.
Panama City, Florida
A combination of beautiful girls, tan surfers, hot sun and the best nightclubs has made Panama City one of the top spring break locations for years. With an estimated half million students expected for this year’s break, this popular beach town is yet again the place to be. MTV has filmed many shows here because of its thriving nightlife and gorgeous people.
You can look forward to pub crawls, contests, giveaways, beach bashes and so much more. Make sure you book your hotel way ahead of time as they are bound to fill up rather quickly.
Chateau Motel: $79-$129 per night. Call 888-84-Beach.
Boardwalk Beach Resort: $225 per night, beachfront room. Rate drops to $174 per night if you stay a week. Maximum occupancy is six people per room. Pool front rate is $195 per night. Stay one week, rate drops to $164 a night. Call 800-224-485.
Beach Tower Resort Motel: $130 per night, four night minimum. Call 800-446-8694.
Lake Havasu, Arizona
This place is not your typical party-on-the-beach-in-a-nice-resort type of Spring Break spot. Lake Havasu, on the gorgeous Colorado River bordering Arizona, offers a totally unique experience. You party and live on boats! During the day you can either chill on your rented boat, chatting and swimming with other students, or check out one of the many goings-on the lake offers, including fishing, white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, boating and much more.
If you are not so inclined to spend an entire week on a boat, you can camp or stay in one of the nicer resorts. When the sun sets, head to a boat party or check out one of the many local nightclubs. Spring break at Lake Havasu is not only spectacular for its scenery, but it is fast becoming one of the most popular student destinations; it’s unique AND cheap!
Hampton Inn: $59 per night.
Havasu Dunes Resort: $96 per night.
Lake Havasu State Park: $70-$112 per night. Call 928-855-2884 for info on camping with or without a boat.
South Padre Island, Texas
On the south tip of Texas, on a 5-mile strip in the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island annually swarms with more than 100,000 spring breakers. The proximity of Mexico – only 35 minutes away – is only one of many reasons to visit. Go deep sea fishing, play water sports, golf, relax on the beach and then head to Mexico for a night of dancing. Or stay on the island and check out popular clubs such as Louie’s Backyard and Tequila Frog’s. Plus, you can road trip with all your friends, as the huge condos are not only luxurious but are made to sleep up to ten!
There is little that you can’t do on South Padre Island. Additionally, in case you were wondering, Hurricane Rita provided a little beach redecoration, but South Padre Island is still in great shape!
Holiday Inn Sun Spree: $80-$300 per night, depending on travel dates.
Gulf View Condos: $450 per week.
Padre South Beach Resort: $199-$325 per week. Call Leisure Tours at 800-838-8311 to book reservations.
Acapulco is not only Mexico’s newest hot spot but also the NUMBER ONE international spring break destination. If you are interested in non-stop partying, multi-million dollar night clubs, meeting thousands of spring breakers, gorgeous beaches, pools overlooking the ocean, and scenic mountains, then Acapulco is a must-see!
Considered the "Vegas" of Mexico, Acapulco will attract more than 100,000 spring breakers this season. Some of the greatest attractions are the suspended dance floors, encased in glass, which lift you hundreds of feet above Acapulco Bay for extensive views of beautiful cities.
More than great clubbing, however, the city provides fantastic outdoor activities as well: river rafting, rain forest explorations, shore drives, scuba diving, snorkeling, plus many more adventures await you. It is no wonder Acapulco is the fastest-growing spring break location.
Playa Suites, 7-night package: $1,079. Price includes daily continental breakfast, air, ground transportation (from airport to hotel), room accommodations and daily beach and pool parties.
Cocoa Cabana, 7-night package: $1,379. Price includes daily beach and pool parties, breakfast/lunch/dinner, air, ground transportation to hotel, hotel room, plus daily open bar.
Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica
If you are more interested in an international "off the beaten track" vacation, then Costa Rica is the place to go. Surfer capital Tamarindo Beach is a perfect place to stay. Here, on the glorious Pacific Coast, you will find the best of both worlds. If you choose to take it easy, the gorgeous beaches, tropical bars, delicious restaurants, and easy access to several other Nicoya Peninsula’s beaches make it an ideal vacation spot, plus the nightlife thrives.
If you are more inclined to explore the area, then you are in for a treat. You can catch a ferry from Tamarindo to the lush Manuel Antonio Rainforest or catch a bus to view the Monte Verde Cloud Forest from swings that glide throughout the treetops. Check out the streets of Jaco for a taste of local culture and great music, or go white water rafting in La Fortuna. The beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast is a do-not-miss stop. The nicest thing about Costa Rica is that because of its small size you can fill your one-week spring break with a very authentic, cultural itinerary without having to rush.
Hotel Arco Iris (www.hotelarcoiris.com): $40-$50 per night, double occupancy. Call 506-653-0330.
Jaco Beach Hotel: $296 per person per night, triple occupancy.
Meghan Hoover is the publisher of Authentic Travel, a student-created, student-run magazine. To learn more or to submit your own travel story to the magazine, visit www.authentictravelmagazine.com.
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