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10 best college spring break destinations for 2014

Spring Break in Miami Beach
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WESH News announced Friday that they know the 10 best spring break destinations. However, they should have said it’s the 10 best college destinations and most of them are not in the US. What’s interesting is that this news station, located in Orlando, Florida, created this list based on affordability, accessibility, popularity and nightlife while many states in the US are still covered with snow storms. The term affordability is based on what one considers to be affordable, most Americans are choosing not to leave the US when price is of concern and only a few could be considered family destinations in the off season. The majority seem to fit college students, young millennial individuals and couples; which is what this is all about, partying and getting some sun, especially if you’re living in the cold states.

Countdown of the 10 best college spring break destinations and some tips when you visit.

10. Sanibel Island – affordable for your average college student, only if you’re staying at a hotel off the island. There are affordable hotels before you go over the bridge which is about 20 to 30 minutes, but it’s worth the drive and the savings to your wallet. Bring your own bicycles or rent them for a nice leisure ride and check out the small town boutiques. Shell collecting is a must in this area. This is a good family destination, especially if you live in Florida, it is about two hours from Disney World.

9. Playa del Carmen in Cancun. Although the accommodations may be affordable, it’s all relative especially if you don’t live there, your best bet is to look for a air/hotel package.

8. Cabo San Lucas, considered the “party capital of southern Baja.” Need we say more?

7. Jamaica – spring break for college students.

6. Puerto Rico – another Caribbean flair, and island that is still considered the U.S.

5. The Bahamas, with cruise ships galore, there’s lots of activities for sun seekers.

4. Puerto Vallarta – another party central for spring breakers.

3. Cancun – laid back, but still has late-night partying.

2. South Padre Island, Texas – interestingly this area caters to families in the luxury resort hotels but during spring break parties fill the streets.

1. Miami Beach – Florida vacations are only pricey if you stay in Miami, other parts of Florida actually have a good deal of versatility in accommodation costs. If you want to be near the beach in Miami it is near to impossible on a low budget. Even the worse inland hotels will burn a hole in your wallet, especially during the high season. However, if you’re traveling with friends, find a place you can all share a room then you may get a decent hotel.

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