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15 best spring break destinations to go to this year


Ah, spring — the season of rejuvenation and adventure. It’s that time of year when the winter chill thaws and possibilities bloom like spring flowers.

Are you ready to ditch the textbooks, escape the office, or take a break from the daily grind? Spring break is not just a time off; it’s a state of mind! It’s your chance to explore new horizons, make unforgettable memories and maybe even find a new favorite cocktail.

We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the top 15 spring break destinations that cater to every traveler’s taste, whether you’re a college student ready to party, a couple in search of romance or a family eager for fun.

Here are the best places for spring break travel.

Grenada: A hidden gem beach

St. George’s, the capital of Grenada. FLAVIO VALLENARI/GETTY IMAGES

Have you heard about Grenada? As it marks its 50th year of independence, this island isn’t just another dot in the Caribbean; it’s a world of its own.

Picture this: secluded beaches like the famous Grand Anse, where the sand is soft, and the crowds are few. But there’s more to the island than just beaches.

If you’re into exploring different cultures, you’ll love it here. The island has its own music, tasty food and markets full of spices. And if you’re adventurous, the rainforests and hidden waterfalls are ideal for some nature immersion.

So, if you’re looking for a special place that’s under the radar and not too busy, you’ve come to the right place.

Where to stay: Mount Cinnamon is a boutique hotel with 36 hillside suites and villas above Grand Anse Beach. Plus, it has a complimentary kids club for 3- to 12-year-olds. Rates start at $540 per person, per night in March and April.

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Cancun, Mexico: A classic spring break destination

An aerial view of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. MATTEO COLOMBO/GETTY IMAGES

Cancun, Mexico, resonates with many as the classic beach getaway, and for good reason.

With its spectacular stretches of Caribbean beaches, vibrant street life and rich cultural heritage, Cancun offers a complete package.

Here, you can soak up the sun on powdery white sands, dive into the crystal-clear waters, or explore the bustling markets and lively nightlife. The city is a hub of activity where every turn promises a new adventure, whether it’s a boat trip across stunning Nichupté Bay, known for its fascinating wildlife, or a day exploring ancient Mayan ruins nearby.

Where to stay: The Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla offers a luxurious stay with stunning sea views. Plus, the hotel’s Wander Rooftop pool provides an unbeatable spot to watch the sunrise. Rates start at $183 or 52,000 Hilton Honors points per night in March and April.

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Colorado: For those who still want winter

An extreme skier in mid-air after cliff jump, Crested Butte, Colorado. PETAR DOPCHEV PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGES

If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to winter, Colorado is the perfect spring break destination, especially this year, with many people having spring break in March due to Easter.

Did you know March is often the best time for skiing in Colorado? This is when winter sports destinations like Colorado see some of their prime ski conditions.

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As the darker days of winter fade, the snow in Colorado is typically at its best. Ski resorts often boast their deepest snow bases in March, thanks to continuous snowfall and spring storms that bring heavy, moisture-rich snow. This makes for excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions, combining the thrill of winter sports with the more comfortable early spring temperatures.

Moreover, most Colorado ski resorts stay open until April, giving you plenty of time to hit the slopes during spring break. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or looking to try something new, Colorado’s snowy peaks offer an exhilarating escape for those who aren’t quite ready to let go of winter.

Where to stay: The Limelight Hotels, located in adventure-driven locations, make the experience even more special. Imagine your kids scaling a five-story climbing wall or learning ski tricks from a pro. For the days you prefer relaxation, the hotel’s luxe amenities provide the perfect backdrop. Rates start at $259 per person, per night for a Limelight Denver or $1,089 per night at Limelight Aspen.

Orlando, Florida: The classic spring break option for families

Universal Orlando. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Disney and Orlando are classic picks for a family-friendly spring break.

The magic of Disney World, with its iconic attractions and beloved characters, offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for adults.

The excitement doesn’t stop at Disney; Universal Studios brings your favorite movies to life with thrilling rides and shows. Orlando‘s warm spring weather is perfect for those looking to enjoy the outdoors, and the city’s variety of dining and shopping options cater to families of all tastes and budgets. With a range of accommodations, from posh resorts to cozy hotels, every family can find their ideal stay.

Where to stay: The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes’ new multi-million-dollar renovation includes inspired family suites, a poolside restaurant and yes, even a water park. Just a short drive to Disney World makes this luxurious, sparkling new property a win for the entire family. Rates start at $470 per night or 56,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in March and April.

Hawaii: For those who want adventure and relaxation

A woman relaxing in a hammock on Waikiki Beach. TYLER D.RICKENBACH/AURORA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES

Hawaii is not just another beach destination; it’s a whole vibe. You get the best of both worlds here — thrilling adventures and chill-out spots. Snorkeling in Hawaii is like jumping into a postcard, with water so clear and full of life. And if hiking is your thing, the trails here take you through lush forests and up to some pretty epic volcanoes.

But hey, it’s not all go-go-go. Hawaiian beaches are perfect for just kicking back and soaking in the sun. Each island has its own personality. Oahu’s got the buzz with places like Waikiki Beach, while Kauai is more about taking it easy and enjoying the quiet.

You won’t struggle to find a cool place to stay. Whether you’re looking for luxury or something more low-key, like a cozy cottage, Hawaii’s got it. And the food? Get ready for some amazing seafood and local treats.

So, whether you’re flying solo, hanging with your partner, bringing the family, or on a trip with friends, Hawaii hits the spot. It’s a mix of adventure, relaxation, and just plain beauty. For a spring break that’s a bit of everything, Hawaii is where it’s at.

Where to stay: Waikiki Malia is the perfect mix of opulence that’s easy on the wallet. The 18-story hotel is just one block from the famed Waikiki Beach in the center of some of the best shopping and dining in Honolulu (sales tax in Honolulu is just 4.5%). Spring break months of March and April are seeing prices from $164 per night for a Waikiki view, two-double room.

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Los Angeles: For a city and nature escape

Venice Beach, Los Angeles. PETER MULLER/GETTY IMAGES

Los Angeles, affectionately known as La-La Land, is a fantastic choice for spring break. It’s a city where there’s always something happening. If you’re into the glitz and glamor, Hollywood’s iconic sights are a must-see.

But that’s just the start. LA’s beaches are perfect for those sunny spring days, whether you’re up for surfing or just lounging on the sand. For the adventurers, hiking the Santa Monica Mountains offers some breathtaking views and a bit of a workout. And let’s not forget about the food — LA’s culinary scene is incredible, with everything from trendy food trucks to high-end restaurants.

Where to stay: Hotel Amarano Burbank, a secret gem, offers a luxury boutique close to Hollywood and Universal Studios. Rates start at $224 per night during March and April.

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Charleston, South Carolina: For foodies

St. Phillips Church in Charleston. TETRA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

For a spring break centered around amazing food, Charleston is the place to be. This South Carolina city is renowned for its culinary scene, with streets lined with top-notch eateries. From the upscale delights at FIG to the comfort of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, your taste buds are in for a treat. While the charming cobblestone streets and pastel beach houses add to the city’s allure, the flavors of Charleston truly shine. After indulging in the local cuisine, you can walk it off in the historic district or along the sparkling beaches. Don’t forget to explore the downtown area, which is rich in both history and culinary gems.

Where to stay: In the heart of historic Charleston stands the Mills House Charleston, Curio Collection by Hilton. The property is within walking distance of some of the best dining options in the city. However, the Mills House holds its own with elevated Southern Coastal fare at the Iron Rose Restaurant, and its all-day cafe, The Black Door Cafe. Rates start at $339 per night or 80,000 Hilton Honors points in March and April.

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Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia: For history buffs

A tulip flower garden in Williamsburg, Virginia. BDPHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Are you a history buff looking for a spring break that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Try Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s a living history museum where you can wander through blooming gardens, explore art museums and dive into interactive historical adventures.

Learn about the Revolutionary War at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, then see the past come alive at the Jamestown Settlement. Dining is a throwback to places like Chowning’s Tavern, serving up dishes from yesteryear. Don’t miss Merchants Square, where shopping meets 18th-century charm.

Where to stay: The Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection offers visitors true 18th-century styling with Chippendale fretwork and unique furnishings within modern amenities. It’s in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, so history buffs will feel as if they’re living in the past. Rates start at $169 per night or 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in March and April.

National Parks, USA: Perfect for roadtrippers

A couple hiking the Zion Narrows in Zion National Park. JORDAN SIEMENS/GETTY IMAGES

Thinking about a road trip for spring break? You’ve got to check out the U.S. National Parks.

Start with Zion National Park — those arches are like driving through a giant, natural art gallery. Yosemite? Wow, it’s like rolling right into your computer’s wallpaper with its lush meadows and huge mountains. And the Grand Canyon is a must-see. It’s massive, and the views will blow your mind.

Each park is a whole new world, filled with cool sights and fun things to do. And for those who love a good road trip, try the Golden Circle route. It ties all these amazing spots together, making the journey as awesome as the destinations.

Where to stay: With five camps located along the Grand Circle (near Grand Canyon, Moab, Zion and Lake Powell) and open for the season by spring break, Under Canvas and ULUM Moab deliver upscale, outdoor accommodations that allow guests to retreat in nature’s best without the hassle of camping. Rates for a late March or April stay start at $649 per night.

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Paris, France: For a city escape

The Paris skyline with Sacre Coeur Basilica and Montmartre, Paris, France. ALEXANDER SPATARI/GETTY IMAGES

Paris during spring break is an experience like no other.

Known as the City of Light, it’s perfect for all kinds of travelers. For history buffs, Paris is a treasure trove with landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Art lovers will be in heaven, wandering through galleries like the Musée d’Orsay.

Foodies, get ready for some of the best pastries and cafe experiences in the world. Strolling along the Seine or exploring the charming streets of Montmartre, you’ll feel like you’re in a movie.

And for those seeking romance, Paris in spring, with its blooming gardens and picturesque cafes, is as romantic as it gets. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple or a family, Paris offers a blend of culture, history and beauty, making it an unforgettable spring break destination.

Where to Stay: Hotel des Grand Voyageurs is an elegant and intimate treasure. Escape into the nobility of old-world Europe without sacrificing the welcoming warmth of today. Grandeur and class ooze from every room, while the hotel’s own restaurant and bar offers fantastic dining. Rates start at $270 for a March or April one-night stay.

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Costa Rica: For the adventure seeker

Punta Uva, a beach in Costa Rica. SIMON DANNHAUER/GETTY IMAGES

Costa Rica, a gem for adventure seekers, is a spring break paradise with rainforests, volcanoes and beaches — all in one place.

You can zip line in Monteverde, feeling the rush as you soar above the cloud forest. Then, hit the waves at Jaco or Tamarindo; they’re a surfer’s dream. And let’s not forget the thrill of white water rafting on the Pacuare River. It’s not just about the adrenaline, though.

Wildlife is everywhere. Sloths, monkeys, a burst of tropical birds — all living freely in national parks like Manuel Antonio. And the commitment to eco-friendliness is real here. It makes your adventure not just exciting but also responsible. Oh, and the warm, welcoming vibe of the locals? It’s the cherry on top.

Where to stay: The Botanika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton is a great jumping-off point for adventures in Costa Rica. Rates start at $220 or 66,000 Hilton Honors points per night in March and April.

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: A fun-filled alternative to Disney

The Barnstormer ride at Dollywood. STEVEN BRIDGES/DOLLYWOOD

Consider swapping the Disney crowds for the charm of Dolly Parton’s world in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

It’s an ideal spot for families looking for a fun-filled vacation without the Disney hustle. Pigeon Forge boasts an impressive array of amusement parks and attractions. Take Dollywood, for example: With more than 40 rides, including thrilling roller coasters and water adventures, it’s a hit for all ages.

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But there’s more to this Smoky Mountain town. The Island at Pigeon Forge is an entertainment hub with a giant Ferris wheel offering breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, a challenging ropes course for adventurous families, plus a variety of unique shops and local eateries.

And for a mix of fun and learning, WonderWorks is an interactive science museum with hands-on exhibits that kids absolutely love. For a family getaway that’s both entertaining and relaxed, Pigeon Forge is a fantastic choice.

Where to stay: Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a family-friendly hotel with mountain views and real rustic Southern charm. Families will adore sitting by the fire pit on their patio, while kids will appreciate the pool’s epic waterslide. Best of all, Dollywood is just a 3-mile drive. Rates start at $145 per night or 37,000 Hilton Honors points in March and April.

Seychelles: An exotic (and luxurious) escape

Tourists walking in the tropical rainforest on Praslin Island in the Seychelles. MATTEO COLOMBO/GETTY IMAGES

The Seychelles? It’s like a little piece of heaven on Earth, perfect for anyone who loves a bit of extravagance with their adventure.

With 41 ancient granite islands and 74 dreamy reef islands, it’s seriously like stepping into a postcard of paradise. This place is all about upscale, unique experiences. If you love stunning views, exclusive beaches and feeling like you’re in a world of your own, you’ll fit right in.

The Seychelles is tailor-made for those who enjoy the finer things in life but still want that touch of wild, natural beauty. So, if sipping a fancy drink on a private beach or snorkeling in crystal-clear waters sounds like your idea of a good time, this is your spot.

Where to stay: The Mango House, an LXR property by Hilton, is a magnificent gem of a property tucked along the oceanfront of the Anse Aux Poules Bleues. You’ll rest in one of their 41 sea-facing villas listening to the hushed tones of the waves after eating at one of their five marvelous fine dining options. Rates start at $551 or 110,000 Hilton Honors points per night in March and April.

Scotland: A unique family adventure

The colorful shops along Victoria Street in Old Town, Edinburgh. PAWEL.GAUL/GETTY IMAGES

Scotland is an exceptional choice for a unique family spring break, especially if you’re not set on a beach-centric holiday.

Spring in Scotland is a time of rejuvenation, where the landscapes burst into vibrant colors and the days grow longer, offering more time to explore. It’s a playground for families who love adventure and history.

Imagine wandering through ancient castles, uncovering stories of knights and legends, or hiking through the lush, green Highlands, with scenery straight out of a fairy tale. The cities, like Edinburgh and Glasgow, are brimming with culture, from interactive museums to street performances, all kid-friendly and educational.

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Plus, the chance to spot some of Scotland’s iconic wildlife, like red deer or golden eagles, adds an exciting twist to the trip. Scotland offers a blend of outdoor activities, historical exploration and cultural experiences that create unforgettable memories for the whole family, away from the usual beach crowd.

Where to stay: Gleneagles is an adventure playground for the entire family. With its new “Children’s Welcome Experience,” kids can become explorers, while adults indulge in elegance. It’s an ideal blend of adventure and relaxation in a stunning natural setting. Rates at Gleneagles start from $730 based on two adults and two children under 14 sharing a room, including breakfast. Interconnecting rooms are available at an additional fee.

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Roatan, Honduras Bay Islands: For nature and water sports lovers

The Port of Roatan in Honduras. PAULO COSTA/GETTY IMAGES

Roatan, nestled in the Bay Islands of Honduras, is a spring break destination you’ve probably never considered. Yet, it’s an absolute gem for those seeking adventure and close encounters with nature.

This island is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering diverse activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, parasailing and Jet Skiing in its warm, crystal-clear waters.

For a unique perspective of marine life, try the glass-bottom boating. Families will find Roatán especially enchanting, with attractions like the Gumbalimba Animal Sanctuary and Manawakie Eco Nature Park, where you can interact with sloths and monkeys.

Where to stay: Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa is nestled on the picturesque West Bay Beach and has premiere access to the dropoff point of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Rates start at $554 per night or 100,000 IHG One Rewards points in March and April.

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