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Top 10 Spring Break Escapes for 2013
It's February and with mother nature doing her absolute worst across the continental United States, your Spring Break holiday can't come soon enough.
It's time to toss the parka aside, lose the ice scraper, find some available space in your calendar and trade those snow boots in for some flip flops (or skiis), because we've got ten hot spots to keep in mind when you're putting together that dream Spring Break holiday this year!
For some, spring break means letting loose, late nights, oodles of cocktails, great shopping and hot night clubs. If this is what you're in the mood for, pack your party shoes because Cancun needs to be at the top of your list. With a plethora of beachfront properties to choose from budget to five star, Cancun is the perfect party in paradise.
Jamaica is well known for it's palm tree dotted beaches, cool Caribbean breezes, soothing steel drums and fabulous people. Montego Bay is a crowd favorite with North Americans and full of beautifully appointed resorts hugging the shore to ensure that you wake up to calm seas every morning.
If boisterous, beer swilling, hormone fueled crowds aren't really your thing, opt for somewhere a little more quiet, a little more exotic, and off the spring break beaten path. Spend a week swinging in a jungle hammock, surfing epic waves, trekking through toucan-filled rain forests, and traversing pristine waterfalls. Costa Rica offers a different sort of escape, and a whole lot of something out of the ordinary.
The Florida Keys
Sometimes spring break fun can be found right in your own backyard! The Florida keys may not have been on your radar before, but if snorkeling and diving are two things you can't live without, coupled with some amazing nightlife, head on down to Margaritaville for some much needed fun in the sun!
There are so many misconceptions about Las Vegas, so let's dispel some of those right now. It is a little known fact that Las Vegas has something for absolutely everyone. Of course Las Vegas is synonymous with everything sinful and salacious, but Vegas is also renown for Michelin star cuisine, the most elaborate theatre productions on earth, exciting amusement parks and Fifth Avenue style shopping. So you can spend all night losing your cool and your fortune at the Black Jack tables or you can get out and live it up on and off the strip!
For those who live in more temperate climates, it's not always about escaping to the sun, but instead, spring break is the perfect time to gather up the ones you love, and hit the slopes. There are bucket loads of options in the United States, but why not visit your neighbors to the North and check out Whistler Resort, home of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Sip finely crafted beers slope side, dine on fine west coast cuisine, or soak those aches away at the nearby luxurious Scandinave Spa.
With the warmer months well on the way, maybe sun-kissed skin and umbrella drinks aren't what you're after, and instead, an enriching week in the historic city of New Orleans is more up your alley. Spend your nights playing it cool in the Big Easy, hanging out in the iconic jazz bars of Bourbon Street, wandering antique shops in the French Quarter and enjoy all the southern hospitality that Louisiana has on offer.
Sure, you can head north and brave the crowds of the ‘Happiest Place on Earth', but Disneyland during spring break, while fun, can be uncomfortably overwhelming. With Balboa Park, fifteen incredible museums and one of the world's most wonderful zoos, San Diego is a warm, calmer medium if you're on the hunt for a quiet, sun-filled escape.
Most spring breakers only have a week, and getting to the Caribbean can feel like a bit of a hike, but trust us, when you get there, it's all worth it. The Bahamas may be one of the hottest spring break spots, but Barbados is where you really experience life as an ‘islander'. Barbados is the perfect launch pad for water babies, so if snorkeling, surfing, sailing, para-sailing or diving are your thing, this is where you need to hang your hat for a week. One week in paradise and inescapable azure waters will have you back year after year.
What would any top ten spring break list be without Hawaii? Whether you are a family, a couple, or a group of good friends, Hawaii's chain of pristine islands offer more activity options than you'll know what to do with. Spend the week exploring the lush, carpeted terrain, peering into simmering volcanoes, leaping into refreshing natural springs or, just curled up with a good book on any number of Hawaii's stunning beaches.