Although most of us aren’t in school anymore, Spring Break is still a fantastic time to travel. By traveling during Spring Break you take advantage of the beautiful, temperate weather in most places, and avoid the summer travel crush. Check out our list of best Spring Break trips right now–aside from the obvious, Penticton Lakeside Resort!–for different ways to spend your week.
Best Spring Break Trips On A Shoestring
Who doesn’t need to save a buck here and there? You can enjoy a fabulous Spring Break trip without blowing your budget. Our pick? Sanibel Island, Florida. Spring Break falls within the high season for the area, but you can save money by avoiding the resorts and instead renting a condo for the week or finding a basic hotel. And one of the best ways to enjoy the island is also the cheapest: on a rented bike.
Next choice? Costa Rica. There’s so much to do here, from lounging on the beach to hiking a volcano, and from zip-lining through the rainforest canopy to visiting a nature preserve. You’ll love the weather and sights, and you can stay in a stunning little cottage with breakfast for far less than $100 per night.
Best Spring Break Trips For A Splurge
A truly exotic beach vacation can be a life-changing experience if you can afford it. Our pick? St. Barts in the Caribbean. The island is home to many stunning villas for rent and a number of five-star resorts as well. Spend your time tooling around the island in a rental and relaxing on some of the world’s most pristine white sand beaches. And don’t forget to bring an appetite; some of the world’s best chefs prepare new menus daily on the island.
Want an even more over-the-top destination? Try Mustique, an island devoted entirely to superrich travelers located between St. Vincent and the Grenadines. While you’re there say hi to the royals and rockstars.
Best Spring Break For Families
Want to have a great time with your kids—and retain the option to have a great time without them, too? Check out One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. It’s a luxurious beach resort and it offers an amazing array of family-friendly options. You’ll love the nightly story reading program, the free programs for kids ages 4 to 12, and the fact that you can get some time to yourself around the gorgeous adults-only pool or at the spa.
Another great choice? Club Med, any of them, but especially Ixtapa, Mexico and Sandpiper Bay, Florida. Like One & Only Palmilla, Club Med destinations are always perfect for even the tiniest travelers. Even if you have a very small child, Club Med will offer a range of services for them, from in-room babysitting to fun activities. Meanwhile you can relax in various adults-only areas.
Best Spring Break Trips For Adventures
Ready to do something new—something fun, but just a little scary? Learn to surf in Hanalei Bay, a world-famous surfing mecca on Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai is the least populated of the major islands, and still wild and remote in some places. You can also risk your neck on land hiking the Kalalau Trail, one of the world’s most dangerous—and beautiful!—hikes.
Not good enough for you? How about taking a dog sled across Lapland in Sweden to observe the Northern Lights? You’ll make between 25 and 50 kilometers a day and sleep in cabins.
Best Spring Break Trips For Solos
One of the coolest things to do as a solo traveler is hit a destination that’s world-famous, a once-in-a-lifetime trip. That’s because you are bound to meet amazing people from around the world on a trip like that, and you’ll adore the top tier company (when you’re not reveling in having your whole life to yourself for a week). Our pick? The trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. It is impossible to visit the place without feeling an amazing sense of wonder, and you’ll also love your time in Lima. Do yourself a special favor and sample some of the seemingly endless varieties of ceviche while you’re there.
If you’re looking for an alternative closer to sea level, visit another World Heritage Site, not to mention the seventh wonder of the world: Angkor Wat in Cambodia. You’ll find the ancient stone structures of the Khmer Empire nestled in lush rainforests, a striking contrast to the modern city of Phnom Penh.
The Bottom Line
Getting the travel bug yet? Go ahead, it’s a healthy illness, we promise. Enjoy one of these compelling adventures. Maybe you can settle the question of which of the best Spring Break trips right now is actually the hands-down winner.