Spring Break Dilemma?
Explore These 4 Must-Visit Destinations
By Chaitanya Bala
It’s almost here guys! Just a few more exams left to study your brains out for and a couple more pages to write for your essay on the theory of modern Confucianism. Then you’re off to a week of sunny, warm paradise with your besties and buddies. Spring Break is the ultimate time to let loose, have fun, and do a ton of sightseeing! But let’s be honest – there are way too many places and too little time to see everything. But maybe we can help you narrow down your choices. Whether you’re a foodie, a party animal, a beach aficionado, or a lover of rich culture, there are plenty of options for every single one of you. And the best part? We’ve got just the destinations to suit each of your needs! And no worries – we realize you’re working off a budget, so don’t be worried about breaking the bank. Now sit back, read some of our great suggestions for the best Spring Break destinations this year, and then get back to work. You’ve got a midterm coming up!
For the Foodie
If you want to post amazing food pics to IG and have all your friends yell at you for making them hungry, you definitely want to check out Ocho Rios, Jamaica, a West Indian island located just south of Cuba. This island may be tiny, but its food has more than enough flavor to send your taste buds flying out of the Caribbean Basin. With flavor nuances from the Indian spices used, to African cooking styles, this is every exotic food lover’s haven!
Flight Tickets: You can get flight tickets to Ocho Rios on average for around $200 to $400 round-trip, depending on where you live in the United States.
Where to Stay: You can stay at Ocean Sands for around $40 a night. The ratings on this place are not too shabby either.
The Important Stuff: Check out Toscanini Restaurant, where you can get an amazing taste of Italian cuisine with a Jamaican twist, and Scotchie’s, where you can get the best jerk chicken you will have ever tasted in your life!
For the Party Animal
If your idea of fun is getting turnt up every night along with other highly energetic, adrenaline-junkie college students, then the right tropical destination for you is South Beach in Miami, FL. With plenty of amazing nightclubs, parties, and music festivals to go around, there will always be somewhere new to go every night, with a different atmosphere and a wealth of musical genres to explore.
Flight Tickets: You can get flight tickets to Miami, FL on average for $100-200 round-trip, depending on where you live in the United States.
Where to Stay: This would be a great time for you to refer to handy dandy Airbnb. This junior suite in the art deco area of Miami Beach is $90 a night and has rave reviews.
The Important Stuff: Some places you definitely want to check out are Mango’s Tropical Café, a Latin nightclub with great music that’s open till 5 am, the Ultra Music Festival, where you can check out amazing live performances by diverse artists ranging from Snoop Dogg, to MIA, plus many more fun parties!
For the Beach Aficionado
When you think of Spring Break, the first thing that pops into most people’s heads is beaches, and who can blame them? Beaches are warm, sandy, and full of fresh air. But which beach to choose is the question. If you’re looking for the most fun in the sun, book your ticket to the Caribbean Islands of Barbados. There are plenty of things you can do here. Whether you just want to lounge back in the hot sun and work on your tan as you read a book, or pick up a surfboard and ride the waves, the beaches of Barbados provide you plenty of fun activities!
Flight Tickets: Flight tickets are a bit on the pricey side for a round-trip to Barbados - around $500 - but it’s totally worth it for all there is to do at this beach paradise.
Where to Stay: Although flight tickets may be a bit of a splurge, you can snap quite a deal in this 5-star rated coral stone cottage for $45/night!
The Important Stuff: Have your own little get together “Under the Sea” by going snorkeling with sea turtles or surf the waves on the East Coast of Barbados.
For a Lover of Rich Culture
For some of you, lounging out on the beach with your swimsuit on is cool and all, but you’d much rather be spending time exploring the rich culture that lies beneath all the advertising and publicity used to market to tourists. If this type of beach destination is right up your alley, you definitely need to check out Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico. Translating to “hidden port” in English, this beach truly is a hidden treasure, filled with elements of ancient Aztec culture for you to explore.
Flight Tickets: Flight tickets can range anywhere from $300-500 for a round-trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, depending on where you live in the U.S. Then you can hop on a cheap bus down to Puerto Escondido.
Where to Stay: Hotel Casablanca is a great place for budget travelers, with rooms as low as $38/night.
The Important Stuff: One thing you can do is visit the open-air market, where you can check out produce that locals purchase on a day-to-day basis. And if you've got time, you can always take a bus up to the city of Oaxaca and visit other historical sites where people speak Nahuatl, and Aztec traditions have still been long-retained!