Despite the chilly weather around most of the country right now, spring break is only a few short months away, and it’s best to start planning early. Not only will you save money by not booking last minute, but a trip will also give you something to look forward to during the last stretch of winter weather. So picture yourself on a warm beach somewhere and get planning.
To help, here is a list of our top spring break destinations.
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
Looking for a place to cut loose for a few days? Sin City is definitely where you should head. Casinos, live music, great dining and drinks, warm weather, and pools — there’s not much else you could ask for. If you’re looking for a killer casino paired with a great hotel and pool, look no further than the Wynn, Bellagio, MGM Grand, or the Venetian.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Tropical wildlife, great surfing, and year-round warm waters make this a beautiful spring break destination. Save this trip for when you’re feeling adventurous and take advantage of deep-sea fishing for blue marlin, snapper, and yellow tuna, List 25 says.
For a different sort of vacation — read: not as warm — look northeast instead of south for your spring break. Vermont provides skiers with deals like $25 lift tickets and 30 percent lodging discounts, USA Today reports. If skiing isn’t your thing, try an organic farm stay or witness maple sugaring season, which is when trees are tapped for their sap.
5. Acapulco, Mexico
This trip will bring you beautiful beaches and resorts. If you’re hoping to try something outside of your comfort zone, parasailing is a popular beach activity, according to Business Insider. There are also places where you can dive into the ocean from cliffs, and you won’t experience a shortage of clubs.
6. San Diego, California
“San Diego is small enough to feel manageable and large enough to offer plenty of hotels and restaurants for every budget. You can easily take in all the city’s attractions in a few days and still have plenty of time left over for building sandcastles,” according to Family Vacation Critic. San Diego provides 70 miles of beach fun, museums, great dining, and other attractions, including the San Diego Zoo or Sea World.
7. South Padre Island, Texas
Per Business Insider, hotels here are less expensive than other U.S. beach destinations; food and drinks are also relatively cheap. There are multiple parties, great bars, and plenty of beaches for fun in the sun.
“To many, Jamaica is the literal and figurative heart of the Caribbean,” says U.S. News & World Report. “The birthplace of reggae music, the Rastafari movement and all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica symbolizes many of the things most loved and, perhaps, most misunderstood about the region.” Beautiful beaches, mountains, and waterfalls can all be found in abundance. It’s great for enjoying the sun, golfing, and soaking up first-class accommodations.
9. Wickenburg, Arizona
Looking for something other than a beach this spring break? Wickenburg, Arizona, will bring you spring break at an old-school dude ranch. Ranches will give you an insider’s look at cowboy life, Travel Channel writes. There’s swimming, hiking, golf, horseback riding, and even a pool for those times that you just want to relax.
Hit this spot before May and it offers many deals, including a free hotel night with a multiple-day stay, USA Today writes. It’s a relaxing setting that offers, golf, spas, and riding around the island on a scooter when you want to bring out your inner child.