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The Best Spring Break Destinations 

Island Hopper Dan
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Updated February 4, 2019 3.2k votes 396 voters 21.2k views 43 items

List Rules Specific cities - no islands, states, or entire countries

This is a list of the best spring break destinations for college kids ranked as most awesome and wild. When warm weather hits, the last thing any warm-blooded American 20 year old wants to do is stay indoors watching Netflix. Luckily, your school gives you a week off to head to any of the best beaches in the US to let off some steam, get some sun, and do a few crazy things you hopefully won't regret.

This votable list of the best cities for spring break includes beaches and towns known for beautiful weather during the day and best nightlife cities once the sun goes down. It includes some of the best US cities for vacations in coastal states like Florida, Texas, and California as well as cities in Caribbean countries for spring break in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.

If you are asking, "Where should I go for Spring Break?" also consider all-season favorites like New Orleans, New York, and the wildest party city of them all, good ole' Las Vegas.

Vote up your favorite vacation cities on this list to help create the definitive list of the top college Spring Break spots, and be sure to add any of the best Florida beaches that are missing. If you've spent time at Senor Frog's in a few different cities, please hit "rerank" to make your own version of this list.

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Cancún is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Mexico
Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is an important renowned tourist ...more
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Miami Beach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Florida

Area (km sq): 48.43

Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated on March 26, 1915. The municipality is located on a series of natural and man-made barrier ...more
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Cabo San Lucas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, commonly called Cabo in American English, is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Cabo San Lucas together ...more
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Ibiza Town is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
zxray added Spain

Area (km sq): 11.16

Ibiza, also known as Ibiza Town, is a city and municipality located on the southeast coast of the island of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands autonomous community.
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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Nevada

Area (km sq): 352.0

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply Vegas, is a city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, the county seat of Clark County, and ...more

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South Padre Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Texas

Area (km sq): 4.92

South Padre Island is a barrier island in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located in Cameron County and in Willacy County. South Padre Island was formed when the creation of the Port Mansfield ...more
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Puerto Vallarta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 making it the second ...more
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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
clash1977 added Netherlands

Area (km sq): 219.0

Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the ...more

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Panama City Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Florida

Area (km sq): 48.2

Panama City Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 12,018. The city is often referred to under the ...more
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Nassau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Bahamas

Area (km sq): 207.0

Nassau is the capital, largest city, and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 248,948, 70 percent of the entire population of the Bahamas. Lynden ...more
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New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Louisiana

Area (km sq): 907.01

New Orleans (pronounced N'awlins or New Orlens by locals, the only time that a hard E is correct is while singing "Way Down Yonder In New Orleens" or Do You ...more
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Montego Bay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Jamaica
Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population. It is a tourist destination with duty-free shopping, a cruise ...more
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Acapulco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Mexico

Area (km sq): 1880.6

Acapulco de Juárez, commonly called Acapulco, is a city, municipality and major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 380 kilometres southwest from Mexico City. ...more
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St. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
zxray added United States Virgin Islands

Area (km sq): 80.9

St. Thomas is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. It gained its city charter on March 4, 1881. The city is also the seat for Elgin County, although it is independent of the county. It is ...more
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Orlando is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Florida

Area (km sq): 261.59

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of ...more
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Daytona Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Florida

Area (km sq): 168.17

Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The city lies about 51 miles northeast of Orlando, 86 miles southeast of Jacksonville, and 242 miles northwest of Miami. In the ...more
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San Juan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
San Juan Puerto Rico

Area (km sq): 199.25

San Juan, officially Municipio de San Juan Bautista, is the capital and most populous municipality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the ...more
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Rio de Janeiro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
BeatrizBuarque added Brazil

Area (km sq): 1260.03

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil, the sixth largest city in the Americas and the world's thirty-fifth largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to ...more
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Fort Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Florida

Area (km sq): 93.24

Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast 23 miles north of Miami. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population ...more

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Mykonos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
apollon-smyrnis added Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos, also known as Chora, is the main city on the island of Mykonos.
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Punta Cana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is part of the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district, in the municipality of Higüey, in La Altagracia Province. The area has beaches and balnearios which face ...more
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St. Croix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Virgin Islands, United States of America
St. Croix is an unincorporated community in northern Oil Township, Perry County, Indiana, United States. It lies along State Road 62 near its intersection with Interstate 64 and State Road 37, ...more
23
Siesta Key is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Scott Pearson added Siesta Key Florida
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Playa del Carmen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
Mexico
Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. It is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico.
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Siracusa (Italy) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spring Break Destinations
smed1964 added Siracusa (Italy)