The ultimate spring break beaches

Looking for the absolute best in sandy shores this spring break? Not all beaches are created equal, so part of the fun is scouting out a locale primed for either unwinding or turning up the heat. Whether your idea of vacation bliss is a sprawling and secluded oceanfront villa, or a lively cabin in the thick of the best nightlife action, these 10 destinations offer something for every kind of beach-bound traveler.

Miami, Florida

If you're looking for pretty people who like to party all night long, head to Miami! South Beach is wildly famous for its culture and climate, attracting students from across the country with its gorgeous waters, endless beach volleyball courts, and hot nightlife.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Many students, particularly those under 21, choose to head south of the border to Mexico for Spring Break. Puerto Vallarta is renowned for its gorgeous beaches and lively nightlife. Adventurous travelers will also enjoy parasailing and other water sports.

South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for the tropical experience without having to cross the border? One of your top destinations should be South Padre. This relaxed island boasts affordable lodging, great beaches, a lively nightlife scene, and tons of activities.

Cancun, Mexico

One of the first beaches to gain attention as a popular Spring Break destination was Cancun, and it's still as popular as ever. There are many reasons for this fact, including gorgeous beaches, affordable and abundant nightlife, and plenty of water sports to fill the sunny days.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Southern Florida doesn't have all the fun. The Florida panhandle is also home to some great destinations for Spring Break, including Panama City Beach. Here there are almost 30 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, offering endless spots to set up for a little Spring Break sunbathing.

Tybee Island, Georgia

Students looking for a relaxed Spring Break should set their sights on Tybee Island. Located near Savannah, and home to a fun nightlife scene, this mellow island is packed with beautiful vacation rentals right on the wide stretches of beach.

Bahamas

The Caribbean remains one of the best places for Spring Break getaways, and the Bahamas tops the list as a desirable choice. Only a quick flight from the U.S., the Bahamas are easily reached and full of beautiful beaches, fun casinos, and plenty of nightlife.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

One of the Caribbean’s most-frequented spring break hotspots is Jamaica’s Montego Bay. This hot tropical destination boasts white sand, blue water, and limitless activities and nightlife fun for students.

Key West, Florida

Key West lies at the southernmost point of the Florida Keys, and is perhaps the area’s best known party spot. This sunny little town is home to wild Spring Break reveling that starts in the early afternoon and lasts well into the night. Get ready for boat drinks, sunbathing, and plenty of dancing under the stars.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Mexico is famous for beaches and affordable vacations, and Playa del Carmen is one of the country’s most popular destinations for a reason. The shores are peppered with bars offering frozen drinks, tasty Mexican fare, and loads of party activities.

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