Top 5 USA Spring Break Cities

March 14, 2011 by

Beach & Water Adventures, Best of the Viator Blog, List Mania: Viator's Top Picks, North America, Places to Go

The snow has melted, the sun is out, something is in the air, and it’s called Spring Break! In the USA, Spring Break is notorious for being the ultimate week of tanning, partying, and going wild. That is, until school starts again.

Over the years, students and adults alike flock to Spring Break destinations varying from USA beach towns to European and Mexican getaways. However, one truth remains, Americans started the party 50 years ago, making Spring Break a cultural phenomenon. Here are the Top Five American cities on the coast in which you should spend your Spring Break.

Lounge around the island of Key West

1. Key West

With warm waters, unique residents, and plenty of bars (on Duval Street), Key West is both a friendly and fun getaway for Spring Breakers both gay and straight, and is America’s only Caribbean island. Visitors can partake in a variety of activities from parasailing and kayaking to barhopping and relaxing on beautiful beaches with ribbons of turquoise waters.

The island is home to quirky locals and considers itself an independent republic. In 1982, Key West government had seceded, declared war, surrendered, and requested $1 billion in foreign aide all in one day – a feat that lends humor and a laid back, island vibe. The locals love tourists who are respectful and fun-loving.

2. Miami

South Beach Miami is the place to be for the ultimate nightlife experience. Commonly known for sidewalk cafes and never-ending parties, South Beach is also home to one of the largest dance music festivals in the U.S. The Winter Music Festival houses 20-40 events at varying hotels and nightclubs, many of which have spin-off poolside events during the day. Additionally, Spring Breakers can find corporate sponsored events by MTV and Playboy as well as plenty of beachside boozing.

It’s always a party in Miami

3. Orlando

For those looking for a more wholesome Spring Break experience, including the beautiful weather, Orlando has been growing as a safe spot away from some of the more wild Florida parties. Kids and kids-at-heart looking for a more unique experience can enjoy Disney jetski adventures or learn about Florida’s flora and fauna at Forever Florida wildlife conservation and eco-ranch.

4. San Diego

Known for beautiful weather, Spanish influenced architecture, and beautiful beaches, San Diego boasts a sunny culture and is a great Spring Break destination. In addition to its beauty, the city is also known for its numerous tourist attractions, including Balboa Park, the Gaslamp District, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, La Jolla Sea Caves, and much more. Spring Break in San Diego offers a variety of options for both families and party-goers alike.

Stroll the Sunset Strip & Beverly Hills

Stroll the Sunset Strip & Beverly Hills

5. Los Angeles

For those looking to see the sun and the stars, Los Angeles is the place to be. Learn how movies are made, visit the homes of your favorite movie stars, hike to the Hollywood sign, walk through the oldest street in Los Angeles (Olvera St), and enjoy the numerous museums with grandiose views like the Getty. With perfect weather, great nightlife, and unique activities, Los Angeles remains one of the best travel destinations year-round.

Wherever you choose to spend Spring Break, don’t forget to bring sunscreen!

- Alyse Speyer

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