Congratulations, the holidays are over. You’ve given everyone their gifts, braved winter travels, and put in quality family time. Now do something for yourself by planning an adult spring break you can look forward to while it's still chilly outside. Because really, why should college kids have all the fun?
There are two types of spring breakers: the partiers, and the people who actually want a break. The former will spend the next seven days of their lives in the sun with endless beer bongs, Brazilian bikinis, and exotic nightlife, only to return from their break feeling like they need, well, another break, to recover from the binge drinking escapades and lack of sleep.
The latter group will enjoy a relaxing spring break that includes lots of time to refresh and explore, without being surrounded by sweaty bodies and tropical EDM music.
Here is a list of six spring break destinations that cater these groups.
1) The Bahamas
Thanks to convenient flight connections, Nassau has long been popular with the college crowd. The only destination that offers both a wild Spring Break party atmosphere and a relaxing paradise. The most beautiful beaches that you will ever see, with stunning white sand and bright turquoise waters. Your Bahamas vacation won’t be complete without experiencing the underground world in New Providence. Discover a different world as you dive into clear waters and explore the wonders of reefs and wrecks.
2) Gatlinburg, Tennessee
On the surface, Gatlinburg is full of commercial performances, souvenir shops, and dinner shows that may overwhelm you upon arrival, but it won’t take long to realize that spring break in the Smokies has much more in store. To take full advantage of your stay, venture off the beaten path. In this picturesque mountain resort city, spend your days zip-lining 400 feet above the Smoky Mountains and white water rafting on the Pigeon River—which, full of 3-3+ rapids, is ranked in the top three whitewater rafting destinations in the United States. After your daily activities, be sure to explore one of the famous moonshine distilleries around town, as it is necessary to sample all of the local moonshine flavors: apple pie, blackberry, and lemon drop. Then feel like a local and sober up with some BBQ, biscuits and cheese grits that are made with fresh, local ingredients.
3) Cancun, Mexico
Cancun has become a popular place for college students to visit during spring break. It has always been known as a vacation spot due to its warm weather and lowered drinking age. If you have a bunch of underclassmen friends, Cancun is just for you because you only have to be 18 to drink. And what better way to take a break from studying to get your college degree than to come to Mexico? I know you wouldn’t be complaining. Getting a college degree is one of the toughest things you’ll ever do in your life, so make these years more enjoyable by getting the most out of your spring breaks during your college years.
4) New Orleans
Grab a plate of jambalaya and get lost in the incomparable atmosphere that New Orleans has to offer. New Orleans is known for its stunning architecture, intricate design, and historical vibes. The beautiful creole blend of French, Spanish, and African cultures means that the food is unlike any other: Don’t miss out on the crawfish, gumbo, and muffaletta. Come dark, the infamous, raucous Bourbon Street is a must, but Frenchmen Street, a short hike from the busy French Quarter in the 7th Ward, is home to some of the best live jazz music in the Big Easy.
5) Key West, Florida
In the past few years, Key West has slowly been emerging onto the party scene as one of the top spring break destinations. Here you’ll see a diverse crowd from Greeks to community college goers who are just looking to have a good time, but you’re sure to have an unbelievable time. Cops are definitely less strict than in past years here so you’re sure to have a good time. Studying and trying to obtain that college degree are hard tasks. Spice up your college experience with an experience like this. You definitely won’t regret it when you’re working in the real world with that college degree in your back pocket.
6) Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is worthy of week’s stay for its versatility: If you’re into history, take a tour of the Freedom Trail. If you want to drink, plant yourself on a bar stool at one of the famous pubs downtown, like Green Dragon Tavern or Bell in Hand, open since 1795. Plus: Springtime in Boston is exceptionally beautiful. Floral celebrations thrive at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Arnold Arboretum—and complement the rest of the city’s rich historical architecture. Be sure to sign up for a walking tour around the city to view historical landmarks such as The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Boston Tea Party Harbor.