Spring break destinations for students
- Miami! The classic holiday spot, this buzzing southern city is great for partying at night and hitting the beach during the day. Pick up a car rental at Miami Airport and you can see what’s happening from West Palm Beach all the way down to Biscayne Bay - or even take a day trip down the Keys.
- Panama City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico is another great Floridian destination, one of the most popular spring break centres. Think parties on the beach all day, every day.
- Cancun in Mexico is somewhere a little more exotic and welcomes more than 100,000 student spring breakers each year for a week of fun. Rent a car at the international airport and see a little bit of Mexico between parties.
- The Bahamas is another spring break hotspot, mainly centered around Nassau. It is only a short flight from the United States, so is easily accessible with plenty of hotels and resorts, including the famous Atlantis Resort.
- For some people, beaches just aren't an attraction. Try a warm urban spring break with a Mexico City Airport car rental - be prepared for some serious Mexican cuisine!
Spring break destinations for families
- Some places in sunny Florida are relatively untouched by partying college co-eds. Amelia Island, Fort Myers and parts of the Florida Keys can provide quieter beach vacations for families.
- Disneyland in California is always a favourite for the kiddos, and the cooler spring weather makes it more bearable for parents. There is a huge range of car rentals available at LAX, so you can find the perfect family vehicle and make the pilgrimage to Anaheim.
- As the north begins to warm up, Chicago comes to life. This wonderful midwest city has everything from deep-dish pizza to world-class museums, and is a great choice for families with older children. There’s a major airport (Chicago O’Hare) and it’s also a handy spot to begin a road trip to the Great Lakes region.
- The beaches of North and South Carolina are perfect for a family vacation in the springtime - not as crowded or hot as Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, but with plenty of sun and sand. Book a rental car in Wilmington, Charleston or Savannah and find a likely-looking stretch of beach to enjoy for the week.
Spring break destinations on a budget
- If you want the classic Florida spring break experience on a budget, head to Daytona Beach. It is cheaper than the trendier locales but has all you could need - and the theme parks of Orlando are close by. Find a hotel further from the beachfront to save some more.
- Cancun’s quieter neighbour, Playa del Carmen, has the same beautiful beaches and is less than an hour’s drive from the airport. The resorts are cheaper than in Cancun, making it a great cut-price Mexico option.
- Looking for a city break? Washington is not always cheap when it comes to accommodation, but there are so many free and inexpensive things to do, it does make for a budget-friendly vacation - especially if you’re a history buff!
- Heat-seekers can get their fix of sunshine in Austin, Texas. It’s not on the coast, so avoids the premium spring-break prices, but is surrounded by lovely lakes and rivers where you can swim, and as a big city it offers plenty of entertainment. Pick up a rental car and the city and surrounding region will be at your fingertips.
- You can also cut out the cost of flights by renting a car in your hometown or college location and taking a road trip from there. Explore your state and region and save some more money!
Looking for some springtime holiday destinations a little further afield? Check out our top ten spring holidays!