Best Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break can mean different things to different groups of people. For college kids, it could mean a chance to get on a plane and party for a week. If you’re 18-24 and looking for a wild and crazy time, some of the top Spring Break destinations include:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Miami, Key West, Panama City Beach and Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jamaica
  • Bahamas
  • Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Padre Island, Texas


South Padre Island

South Padre is definitely the most popular destinations for a wild Spring Break in Texas. It has a beautiful beach and a great nightlife. Every year in mid-March, the island floods with college-age students on break from school, ready for concerts and other events at bars and clubs. During the day, water sports and activities like building sand castles or playing volleyball and corn hole on the white sand beaches are favorites. There’s also a Schlitterbahn at South Padre Island boasting waterslides, a heated pool and a swim-up bar.

If you’re planning a trip to South Padre, you’ll want to find a hotel on the east side of the island, which is the beach side — the bay on the west side has no beach. The south end of the island has more nightclubs and hotels, which makes it a bit noisier and crowded. Condos on the north end are close to many great restaurants. The island is fairly walkable, but you can also catch the Wave, which is a free shuttle service up and down the island.


Galveston Island

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly Spring Break destination, Galveston Island offers a great value and a little bit of something for everyone. Galveston Island is filled with beautiful beaches, enriched culture, and electrifying activities the whole family will enjoy. Galveston also has a Schlitterbahn Water Park and wide beaches, plus many restaurants and great shops. The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is home to midway games and 16 rides. The pyramids at Moody Gardens, mini golf, Sea Turtle Tours and museums also need to be on your list of activities to do.

One note: Port Aransas is typically another big Spring Break destination in Texas, but it was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Recovery efforts are still in place (and will be for years), and unfortunately, many hotels, restaurants and shops remain damaged and closed. However, Port Aransas is still expecting big Spring Break crowds.



Jocelyn Sexton is a marketing and corporate communications professional with more than 15 years of writing experience. She is a passionate storyteller and has worked in a variety of industries, including a stint in state government where she worked to promote Texas food with the Department of Agriculture. She earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has an undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from the University of North Texas.

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October 2020