We may have half term in Britain, but in America they have a different sort of seasonal holiday: spring break. Music to any young American’s ears, “˜spring break’ denotes, at minimum, a week off from school or university. For the party-hardy types, though, it also means a mass migration down south to the beaches of Florida, the Caribbean, and other hotspots along the Gulf of Mexico.
Depending on your preferences, you can choose to opt for a relaxing, surfside break or something a bit more debauched – picture pool parties with risqué contests, beach parties with loud music, and clubs packed with bronzed, carefree revellers.
This weeklong party is a hallowed American tradition, and if you’re looking to take part, these three top destinations promise the full spring break experience.
Spring break in Cancun can be boiled down to just one word: chaos. Pools, beaches, clubs and bars are full to the brim with thousands upon thousands of revellers – all in search of the wildest, most carefree week of their lives. The music will be especially loud this year when the second annual Inception Music Festival descends upon Cancun for the whole of March. While pool parties and the beach are daytime activities, clubs like Palazzo, Dady’O and The City are the places to be when the sun goes down.
Tip: Watch out for the epic queues and cover charges – which can be anywhere from $25-$60, sometimes more in peak times.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Two words encapsulate spring break in Montego Bay, and they are Hip Strip – otherwise known as Gloucester Avenue, where many of the destination’s top restaurants, shops and nightlife venues can be found. As well as the three main beaches (Cornwall, Aquasol and Doctor’s Cave), there are all the pool parties, contests and water slides you would (and should) expect from a classic spring break experience.
Tip: If you’re looking for a change of scene half way through, we can highly recommend heading down to Negril for the day – the party is just as loud and just as fun.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Once infamous for its daytime partying and contests, Daytona Beach has calmed down somewhat in the last decade, but the nights are still as rowdy as ever in clubs like Razzles, the Ocean Deck and 509 Lounge. The real draw for spring breakers has always been the 23-mile stretch of white sandy beach – and that definitely hasn’t gone anywhere.
Tip: Rent a party bus (equipped with bars, leather seating, sound systems, and hardwood floors) for on-the-go partying.
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