Spring break is on – and students flock to some of the best entertainment destinations in the Caribbean and North America.
Whether you’re a party horse or an advanced bookworm, this is the week to get your intermediate studies in the wait. These goals provide a party scene, comfortable accommodations and numerous entertainment options for maximum de-stress.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
With 27 km of sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, it is no wonder Panama City Beach is a magnet for sun worshippers. But the rising popularity has led to more crowds and a number of problems, including many alcohol-related incidents last year. The police are determined to keep the party in control of this year, and a number of new laws – including a ban on alcohol on the beach – to help them. Despite his violent reputation, the Florida Panhandle destination is still expected to lure more than 250,000 spring breakers this year. Hotels like the Sandpiper Beacon Resort offers suites with up to 10 and have a line-up of the activities, such as the daily bikini competitions. Those looking to escape the chaos can rent a private beachfront property on HomeAway.
Myrtle Beach, S. C.
Although the weather is not guaranteed suitable for bikinis, off the coast of South Carolina and is affordable enough to attract many cash-strapped college kids looking for fun on a budget. Myrtle Beach has an impressive line-up of fun restaurants and bars, including Senor Frog’s, Pirate’s Cove Lounge, House of Blues and Bourbon Street. Hotel BLUE (with rates as low as $49/day) is also ripe with millennial appeal, and it is a quick Uber ride from the action.
There is a reason that the lyrics of will Smith’s feel-good “Miami” went about as follows: “Miami, South Beach bringing the heat … every day like a Mardi Gras, everybody party all day.” The song, spring break anthem, in 1998, still rings true thanks to the sexy vibe of the south-East of Florida along the coast. Kick back in a cabana by the pool and watch the models walk by on one of the South Beach, the trendy art deco hotels, such as Delano, Sanctuary or Mondrian. Come nightfall, hit the FDR – or the latest dance party on the STORY. The club, launched by the team behind Miami’s LIV Nightclub, is known for its rocking sound system and celebrity Djs.
Temperatures will hover only in the years ‘ 70, but the dance floor is what really brings the heat. Austin is the home of the annual six-day SXSW music festival, a mid-March event, which features more than 2,000 actions in over 100 downtown locations. And there are plenty of bars, live music and outdoor terraces where you can enjoy craft beer on Rainey and 6th Street. Visitors can sleep in the Hotel Granduca Austin, one of the newest hotels in the city. For a late-night snack, the locals recommend Home Slice Pizza, which serves slices for up to 3 hours in the weekend.
When MTV shows up, you know it is going to be wild. Sin City has long been attention to the around-the-clock club scene, and the options in this desert playground are endless. The Palms Casino & Resort, known from the Ghostbar, a whirling dance-bar, and the sexy, laid-back Rojo Lounge, is a top pick and XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas is where diplo, Nick Cannon and Major Lazer are known to hang out. But Vegas is not just for night crawlers. When the sun rises, the celebrations heat up at the pool. For the ultimate pool party experience, Vegas.com suggests Encore Beach Club and Wet Republic.
New York City
Hudson New York
The city that never sleeps is ideal for those who prefer bright light and a fast pace on a sun-drenched beach. Advanced spring breakers can feel like the celebs on the Hudson in New York, a boutique hotel across the street from Central Park and offers a perfect backdrop for an Instagram selfie and a beer hall and burger joint with nightly entertainment. Feel the bass until the early hours, then go to the PH-D rooftop lounge at Dream Downtown, where the party doesn’t stop until 4 hours During the day, tour Times Square, the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, or try your luck at scoring tickets for the Broadway show “Hamilton.”
Thanks to its beautiful beaches, turquoise sea, countless mega-resorts, and a minimum age of 18, Cancun is a spring break favorite. This year, theInception Music Festival will be a full line-up of artists and Dj’s at venues such as the Oasis Cancun, Dady O and The City. And the drinks will certainly be flowing at favorites like Senor Frogs. Guests can sleep off a rough night at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun.
The Jamaica Tourist Board
Negril is the ideal place for those who want a more laid-back atmosphere. Oyster.com arranged Negril tree house, on Seven Mile Beach in the neighborhood of crowd-pleasing spots such as There are, and Risky business, as one of the best spring break party hotels. There is no better place for the care of a male than in a hammock, where you can listen to the waves and the reggae beats. Or if you’re in the mood, you can loose at Hedonism II, Negril’s famous all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional beach resort.