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A Recess From the Routine

Come March or April, just about everyone is ready for a little vacation, whether it be hard-partying college students or families with school-age kids. Unwind on a tropical beach, live it up in Vegas, embrace the lingering cold at a ski resort, or keep the learning going by exploring a historical city.

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Pier 19 Restaurant and Bar, South Padre Island
Pier 19 Restaurant and Bar, South Padre Island

Pier 19 Restaurant and Bar, South Padre Island

On South Padre Island, Pier 19 Restaurant and Bar is a restaurant specializing in fresh, wild-caught seafood. Go here to enjoy delicious meals, drinks and the beautiful ocean views. 960 1280

  

Club Chaos, South Padre Island

Club Chaos, South Padre Island

Host to celebrity musicians such as Lil Jon and Paul Wall, Club Chaos offers spring breakers the ultimate spring break nightclub experience. 960 1280

  

South Padre Island, TX

South Padre Island, TX

South Padre Island, located off the coast of Texas, is one of America’s hottest spring break destinations. 960 1280

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Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island

Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island

Located on the southern tip of South Padre Island, Isla Blanca Park is a great beachfront campsite with more than 1 mile of clean, white-sand beach on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. 960 1280

  

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, a 15-acre waterpark located on South Padre Island, hosts Ultimate Music Experience (UME) Spring Break. This 3-day music festival is popular amongst spring breakers who enjoy electronic dance music. 960 1280

  

Louie's Backyard, South Padre Island

Louie's Backyard, South Padre Island

A crowd of people line up outside Louie’s Backyard, the largest bay front club on South Padre Island. For the last 35 years, Louie’s Backyard has been the place to visit for entertainment after the sun goes down. 960 1280

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Holiday Inn Resort, Panama City Beach

Holiday Inn Resort, Panama City Beach

The Holiday Inn Resort is the No. 1 hotel for spring break in Panama City Beach. More than 250,000 people enjoy beachfront access and a variety of daylong activities and entertainment. 960 1280

  

Club La Vela, Panama City Beach

Club La Vela, Panama City Beach

Located on Panama City Beach, Club La Vela is the largest nightclub in the US and it has it all. Experience the ultimate party in the Club’s multi-level theme rooms, the rock arena for live entertainment or party on the deck of the beachfront pool. 960 1280

  

California Cycles, Panama City Beach

California Cycles, Panama City Beach

Spring breakers and visitors alike can rent one of California Cycles’ scooters, mopeds or bikes to experience and explore Panama City Beach. 960 1280

  

Panama City Beach, FL

Panama City Beach, FL

Located on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, Panama City Beach is known as the “Spring Break Capital of the World.” The city’s white-sand beaches and variety of entertainment attracts more than a half a million spring breakers each year. 960 1280

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Bahamas
Bahamas

Bahamas

White sands, crystal-clear water and nonstop entertainment provided by mega-resorts like Atlantis make the Bahamas a must. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas scene may not be tropical, but it's certainly college. During Spring Break, every day is a good day to party poolside at the MGM Grand's newly renovated Wet Republic. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is overflowing with pristine beaches, all-inclusive accommodations and bustling nightlife to keep the party going all week long. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

LMFAO's "I'm in Miami Trick" could be your spring break soundtrack in South Beach. Plus, the posh nightlife and pricey drinks are more than made up for by the hot spot's accessibility. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

For those craving a Mexican getaway on a budget, Puerto Vallarta's bars, beach parties and hidden coves are your best bet. 960 1280

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

While spring break in Daytona Beach may seem dated, its bikini contests, cheap rooms and miles of beaches you can drive on make it the classic road trip destination. 960 1280

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South Padre Island

South Padre Island

South Padre Island, TX, usually attracts families, but during the month of March its party scene is better suited for coeds and Girls Gone Wild. 960 1280

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Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

In years past, Panama City Beach, FL, has called on celebs such as the Jersey Shore cast, Sean Kingston and Kenny Chesney to lend their party scene some cred. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica, is known for its laid-back party vibe where you can enjoy water activities (and drinks) day and night. 960 1280

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Cancun

Cancun

Tequila shots, wild dance parties and wet T-shirt contests may be cliché, but they still make Cancun the perennial favorite spring break party. 960 1280

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

Spring break in Cabo San Lucas will set you back a pretty penny, but the Mexican resort town is party central for West Coasters. 960 1280

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Acapulco

Acapulco

Acapulco's all-inclusive resorts, cliff divers and party scene attract students every spring break. 960 1280

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