Choose the wrong destination to spend Spring Break and you could find yourself wishing that you never left home. The most popular locations are often packed with students partying 24 hours a day. If you're craving some sun and fun in the coming weeks, along with some much-needed relaxation away from crowds, check out these alternatives.
Instead of Las Vegas, try Henderson, Nevada.
Vegas is a classic option for a cheapie getaway, but go just 30 minutes from the Strip's lights and action and you'll be rewarded with the tranquil Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Enjoy the resort's lakefront access with a paddle board excursion, boating, or dinner in a gondola. The resort's fitness focus means that there are plenty of yoga activities, bike rentals, and hiking trails. And when you're paying just $89 per night, you'll save up plenty to indulge at the onsite Moroccan-inspired spa. And if you've just got to see the glitz and glamour of Vegas? A complimentary shuttle will take you back to the Strip.
Instead of Daytona Beach, try Florida's Space Coast.
The sand of Daytona Beach is jam-packed during spring break time, so why not venture just an hour south for more room to call your own? We specifically have in mind a collection of communities along 72 miles of beach known as Florida's Space Coast. The area is home to Kennedy Space Center, which offers thrilling simulator experiences and historical tours that celebrate America's missions to space. Indian River Lagoon offers an array of outdoor activities, or you can simply stroll along the art shops in small towns.
Instead of New Orleans, try Lake Charles .
Bourbon Street in New Orleans is well known for its spring break debauchery, so why not enjoy Cajun culture in Lake Charles? The southwest Louisiana city is known for fine food, Vegas-style gaming, and unique outdoor adventures. Take a swamp tour to view alligators, tuck into the area's distinctive snack of Boudin, or drive the Creole Nature Trail and go shelling on 26 miles of unspoiled Gulf beaches.
Instead of Mexico, try Puerto Rico.
Enjoy a passport-free vacation to a tropical Caribbean paradise. The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande is the only resort on the northeast coast with over one mile of beach access. With two golf courses, a casino, cave exploring, bioluminescent kayaking at night and the closest hotel location to El Yunque Rainforest, there's a little something for everyone. Looking for some historical sites to explore? San Juan is less than 30 miles away. Rates start from $207 toward the end of March and in April -- not terrible for high season, especially considering the free WiFi and private beach.