Pack your bags: 10 popular US spring break destinations
What is spring break?
Spring break, or the week off students have in March or so, is a great time to hang out with friends and recharge. Many students use spring break as a chance to travel somewhere warm and sunny. For international students, it’s also a great opportunity to explore a fun new American place.
This year, USC’s spring break is March 7th – 11th. Excited? Here are some popular destinations for students during spring break.
Where to go for fun in the sun
- Daytona, Florida
This spring break hotspot in central Florida has over 20 miles of white sand beaches. You can work on your tan and party at night in fun clubs that are near the beach hotels. Plus, Daytona is just an hour from Orlando, so you can take a quick trip to Disney World and Universal Studios, too. For more information: www.dbspringbreak.com/.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This beachfront city is a great alternative to spring break destinations in Florida. Located on the east coast of the US, Myrtle Beach has great beaches, hundreds of places to stay and fun nightlife. Plus, there’s the safari where you can interact with tigers, elephants and chimpanzees. For more information: www.gotomyrtlebeach.com.
- Panama City, Florida
Beautiful beaches. The warm water of the Gulf of Mexico. And hip clubs are open late. No wonder some call this city near Alabama the “Spring Break Capital of the World.” Plus, you only need to be 18-years-old to get in to the clubs (though you still need to be 21 to drink). Want a break from the beach? Go on a dolphin tour. For more information: http://pcbeachspringbreak.com/.
- South Padre Island, Texas
There’s a saying that, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” So if you want a wild and fun spring break, consider this award-winning stretch of beaches close to Mexico. That is, if you like pool parties, water sports and free outdoor concerts. Want to dance? South Padre Island is home to the Ultimate Music Experience 2015, starting March 18. For more information: www.sopadre.com/spring-break/.
Where to go for spring break sightseeing
- Chicago, Illinois
The average temperature in Chicago during March is 29°F to 47°F (-2°C to 8°C). So while you won’t get beaches, this big city in the midwest does have lots of great museums, shopping and restaurants with food from around the world. For a great view, go to Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the USA. For more information: www.choosechicago.com.
- New Orleans, Louisiana
Combining European, Caribbean and African culture, New Orleans is a favorite destination for many, including international students. New Orleans is in the south so you’ll find warm weather to go with your cultural adventuring. Look for various festivals, multicultural museums and exciting jazz music. For more information: www.neworleansonline.com.
- New York City, New York
While NYC can be expensive, that’s because it’s so fun and exciting. From Broadway shows to the restaurants in Queens (the most ethnically diverse area in the entire USA), there’s a lot to love about visiting NYC. Students can often get discounts at popular museums and attractions. For more information: www.nycgo.com.
Where to go for both beaches and culture
- Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach has a lot of hip appeal, from the cool Art Deco architecture in South Beach to the happening clubs. Of course, you can’t forget the clear blue waters, delicious Cuban food and the shopping in Miami. You can also try salsa dancing and enjoy delicious Cuban food. For more information: www.miamiandbeaches.com.
- Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico lets you experience the warmth of the Caribbean while still technically staying in the US. Plus, many locals speak English in addition to Spanish. You’ll find fantastic beaches, fun nightlife and what people say is the best food in the Caribbean. You can even go hiking in the US’s only rainforest. For more information: www.seepuertorico.com.
10. San Diego, California
Want to work on your tan while eating fresh fish tacos? Sunny San Diego has great weather and a love for local cuisine. Los Angeles is only two hours away, so you might even have time to look for Hollywood celebrities. Or just stay in San Diego and relax – the laidback California attitude means you can do what you want. For more information: www.sandiego.org.
Now where are you packing to go?