10 Best Spring Break Destinations in the South

Looking for spring break destinations in the South? Look no further.

Spring break is a vital necessity for college students. Generally scheduled midway through the spring semester, spring break provides a brief respite from the doldrums of winter. After a grueling school year, it’s just the rest you need to get your head back in the game for finals. So where are the best places to go? Believe it or not, some may not be too far from where you already are.

10. SanDiego, California

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The West Coast has a lot to offer spring breakers. The waters of southern California are not too cold to swim in, and the waves are inviting to surfers. With their plentiful beach bars and restaurants, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are particularly popular spring break destinations.

9. Austin, Texas


If you’re looking for a more laid-back spring break, try Austin. The capital city of the Lone Star State is known as the live music capital of the world, and you can always find a good concert playing. In addition, the first weekend of spring break usually coincides with the last weekend of the South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival. With Lake Travis and the Guadalupe River nearby, you’re sure to encounter a lively crowd out on a boat or floating the river, and when you get hungry, Austin is home to some of the best barbecue joints in the nation. And don’t forget Austin’s nightlife, no visit to Austin would be complete without checking out the legendary 6th Street bars.

8. Daytona Beach, Florida


Given that it’s the home of the famous Daytona International Speedway, it’s not surprising to find that driving is allowed on the hard-packed white sand of the 16-mile long Daytona Beach. Daytona is an inviting spring break destination partly because of the many bars and clubs in close proximity to the beach hotels. Daytona also provides free rides for spring breakers on its “party bus”, a double-decker red bus that drives between the hotels and popular bars.

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

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This desert oasis is a great choice to cut loose for spring break. Vegas serves alcohol around the clock, and many bars don’t close until 6 AM, if at all. If the copious casinos on the famous Las Vegas Strip don’t interest you, kick back and relax in one of many different world-class pools the hotels offer until it’s time to go catch a show or hit the clubs.

6.  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach has been a prime spring break destination for decades. The Grand Strand offers great bars and clubs that are welcoming to the spring break crowd. The waters on the east coast may still be cool in March, but the sun will be hot and so will the parties.

5. Key West, Florida

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The southernmost point in the United States, Key West has everything you want for spring break. The waters are sure to be warmer than anywhere else in the US, and you can swim, jet ski, parasail and more. Smathers Beach is probably the most popular beach for spring breakers in Key West, and most of the bars are located on nearby Duval Street.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana


New Orleans has quite the party reputation year round, which is what makes it such an attractive spring break destination. If you’re looking for insane parties, check out Bourbon Street, or you can do as the locals do and go to Frenchmen Street to catch a live music performance. Either way, you’re certain to have a great time.

3. Miami Beach, Florida

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Miami Beach and nearby South Beach are ground zero for non-stop partying. Located in southern Florida, Miami Beach will be sunny and inviting during the day, with perfect weather for sunbathing. If you get hungry, you can stop into one of its many trendy cafes or restaurants. The nights are full of wild parties at the many bars located along the beach.

2. South Padre Island, Texas


South Padre Island is as close as you can get to Mexico while still being able to drink the water. Located off the southern tip of Texas’s Gulf Coast, South Padre Island is merely a stone’s throw away from our foreign neighbor. The blue-green waters of South Padre Island are easily the most beautiful in Texas, and spring break always draws a large crowd of students as well as corporate sponsors of the enormous parties thrown every day and night.

1. Panama City Beach, Florida

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Known to some as the “spring break capital of the world”, Panama City Beach is the ultimate spring break destination. The 27 miles of white sand beaches in Panama City welcome nearly two million spring breakers each year. Now that’s a big party. Those numbers tend to draw in national marketers like Coca-Cola, Maxim and Red Bull, who capitalize on the crowds by throwing large parties and events for the vacationers.

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