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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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New York City

New York City

It's not a tropical hot spot, but the world-famous nightlife made NYC one of the top spring-break destinations for our Facebook fans. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, it's a natural hot spot for spring breakers. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

While a flight to Australia can be 14+ hours from the US, a lucky few said it was their best break ever. 960 1280

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Spain

Spain

Spain was the go-to spring-break spot for those who ventured to Europe. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A trip south of the border is a spring-break standard, and lots of Travel Channel fans picked Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta's resorts make it the second-most visited city in Mexico. 960 1280

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Even more popular with spring breakers is Paradise Island in the Bahamas thanks to the Atlantis Resort. 960 1280

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Atlantis Resort

Atlantis Resort

The abundance of snorkeling, jet-skiing and scuba-diving, means there's something for everyone in the family. If parents need some alone time the Atlantis Kids Adventures program will keep them entertained at an extravagant tea party before they hit the waterslides. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is best-known as a popular spring break party spot and haven for college kids living it up at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. 960 1280

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Cancun Resorts

Cancun Resorts

Cancun is a spring break classic, and the miles of beaches and luxury accommodations please both revelers and relaxing families. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Because it's in the US, but still boasts nearly tropical weather, Miami is a popluar spot for spring breakers in March and April. 960 1280

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South Beach's Nightlife

South Beach's Nightlife

Fans said they prefer South Beach, where you can enjoy music, martinis and the best of Miami's nightlife for spring break. 960 1280

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

The second-most popular destination is none other than Daytona Beach, an old-school spring-break hot spot that's been hosting rowdy college students for generations. 960 1280

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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

And the No. 1 destination according to our Facebook fans? The southernmost city in the US: Key West, FL. 960 1280

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Key West's Nightlife

Key West's Nightlife

Our fans love Key West's legendary bars, live music and ice-cold drinks, and you can too. Check out our recommendations for Key West's Best Bars for the perfect bar crawl experience. 960 1280

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Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

There are few hotels this nice on Aruba, with immaculate rooms, a large beach with water sports and a modern fitness center. And the Surf Club has family-style figured out: ping pong tables by the pool, a Nintendo Wii lounge for teens and a Lazy River -- a long, slow-flowing pool that carries rafters from one side of the property to the other.

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Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Opened in late 2008, the 600-room Majestic is newer, cleaner, and more modern than most all-inclusives on the island. Its giant pool, soft-sand beach, great beds, nightly entertainment, and fun kids’ club make it a popular choice among families on spring break.

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Argonaut Hotel

Argonaut Hotel

This nautical-themed hotel is whimsical yet elegant, with well-kept guest rooms, a restaurant that serves delicious fare and a free nightly wine reception. The hotel sits along Fisherman's Wharf, the city's family-friendly stretch of waterfront with a trolley-car terminus, the ferry to Alcatraz and plenty of shops and restaurants.

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Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Brimming with activities for kids and teens, Atlantis is a true Caribbean playground. The resort has 11 spectacular pools (including several kids' pools), a 141-acre water park, a speedway for racing remote-control cars, a rock-climbing wall and a marine habitat with sharks, stingrays and dolphins -- and that's just the beginning.

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Dreams Punta Cana Resort

Dreams Punta Cana Resort

A megaresort with uniquely attentive service, Dreams Punta Cana will appeal to kids and adults alike: The Explorers' club offers a full schedule of activities for young children (like nature tours), and teens will love organized sporting events and the teen disco at night. A huge pool and a name-brand liquor for adults' is a really great deal.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village

The largest resort in Hawaii, the amenity-packed Hilton Hawaiian Village has more to offer families than any other property in Hawaii: 5 pools; tons of animals on the grounds, including parrots and penguins; and calm, coral-reef-protected waters at the beach. Thanks to the Penguin Club, which plans field trips and activities for kids, you can relax sans kiddies.

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Hotel Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar

One of Los Angeles' only hotels directly on the sand, the beautiful Casa del Mar is home to spacious, luxurious guest rooms, a classy pool overlooking the ocean and an excellent spa, gym, and seafood restaurant. If that isn't enough, the amusement-filled Santa Monica pier is just a 15-minute walk away, and a 22-mile bike path passes by the hotel.

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Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

In a central part of South Beach and directly on the beach, the extravagant Loews boasts one of the area's biggest, best pools and a popular sushi spot as well as six other restaurants and lounges. Families will love it here: Enthusiastic counselors host beach tours and Nintendo Wii competitions at the Kids Camp, the Toy Library loans out beach shovels, and the hotel can even send DVDs and PlayStation games up to your room.

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Rose Hall Resort and Spa

Rose Hall Resort and Spa

One of Jamaica's best hotels, Rose Hall's modern features, professional service and huge on-site water park make this relaxed, beachside golf resort popular with families. The waterslides, waterfalls and swinging bridges of the Sugar Mill Falls water park are bound to be a hit with the kids, but a high-tech gym, a quality spa and 6 tennis courts make Rose Hall popular with parents, too.

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Trump International Beach Resort

Trump International Beach Resort

The centerpiece of this beachside hotel may be its grotto-style pool, but the accommodating, genuine service truly adds to a stay here. And families will feel right at home: The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. Plus, unlike at other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. Fees apply for meals and some art projects.

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