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The Best Spring Break Destinations

List RulesSpecific 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.

  • 89

    Area (km sq)48.43

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  • Mykonos, Greece
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  • 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.  ...more
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  • 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
  • 35

    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 of  ...more
  • Mexico
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  • Alabama, USA

    Area (km sq)29.53

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  • 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 part of  ...more
  • Netherlands

    Area (km sq)219.0

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  • 11

    Siracusa (Italy)

  • 52
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  • 62
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  • 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 the  ...more
  • 37

    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 2010  ...more
  • Louisiana

    Area (km sq)907.01

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  • Florida

    Area (km sq)261.59

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  • 18

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  • Florida, USA

    Area (km sq)16.06

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  • Dominican Republic
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  • 38
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    Florida, USA

    Area (km sq)21.24

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  • California, USA

    Area (km sq)25.44

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  • Slovenia

    Area (km sq)163.8

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