Spring break 2015– decoding the hot spots
Spring Break is a wonderful, yet chaotic travel time. While I have always traveled during the spring break period, I am unfortunately homebound this what is no longer a “break” in the adult world, due to upcoming travels. Now that I am out of college, I prefer to travel to less crowded spots – even if that simply means heading to a secluded section of a beach. However, I had my share of party spring breaks….
1) PCB – Panama City Beach
This is the fraternity/sorority sophomore year spring break trip at many universities in America. Everyone piles into cars, road trips to florida, heads to the Wal-Mart for supplies (where everyone conveniently forgets to put on any sort of beach cover up), stays at the same hotel & you realize the sheets have not been changed from the last spring breakers and there is sand in your bed. The beaches are packed – there’s a DJ, beach contests and lots of sun. It is definitely possible to lay out if you disperse from the main location. The clubbing/bar scene is a hit, allowing you to get in at age 18– but they are very strict on drinking inside the building. I had a wonderful time in PCB, but I could never do it again. It was a giant party – people are friendly, everyone parties with everyone – in hotel rooms if it’s raining out, or on the beach – but it requires the energy of a 19 year old. You can also rent hotel rooms/ time shares next to the main hotel that everyone stays at. This would give you more space, cleanliness and more relaxation.
I went to Vegas with 2 of my college girlfriends our senior year for spring break- for 5 days. We had a blast, but 3-4 days would have been sufficient. The pools are just beginning to open, the weather is great and the parties are there. This is definitely a spot that is filled with all ages- from 21- as old as they come. We stayed at Treasure Island (the pool/people were great); As far as clubs go, we LOVED the day beach party at Encore, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan & having a drink on the rooftop of PURE (Caesar’s Palace) just for the view. My favorite hotels were Encore, the Cosmopolitan & the Venetian — but ours was great for the price. Tip? Pack bars, bread, peanut butter, powder packet chasers (lemonade, etc) & alcohol in your suit case. And don’t plan on sleeping….
3) South Beach, Miami
The Beach, Shopping, Trendy Restaurants, Potential Celeb Sitings, Clubs & Ultra. South Beach is a great spot for those who are out of College holding “Adult paying” positions if you want to experience the trendy South Beach, with its steeper prices. There are also more budget friendly spots if you are looking for the College spring break beach party. And of course, if Ultra is up your alley- this is your spot.We stayed at the Loews Hotel and had a great experience – much more relaxed than the college spring break.
Other Spring Break Party Hot Spots?
Daytona Beach, Acapulco, Cancun & South Padre Island
Looking for a non college/party spring break destination? You can still head to “spring break destinations”, just stay at nicer hotels and avoid the crowds on the beach- which are typically centered around the loud djs/music.
I grew up traveling to the Florida Keys (Marathon, Islamorada & Key West) and St. Pete Beach and they are both great family spots. Still aiming for the Florida Panhandle? Try Destin- very family friendly! Where are you headed this year? Have fun, be safe & happy Travels! 🙂