11 Hot Spots to Avoid on Spring Break -- and Where to Go Instead
Say the words "spring break," and raucous parties, crowded beaches, and legions of scantily clad coeds come to mind. The boozy annual blowout is practically a rite of passage for the college crowd. For travelers hoping to steer clear of the frenzied partying, here are some destinations to avoid from mid-March through early April -- and some alternatives to consider instead.
This destination attracts a fair share of college students year-round, but Cancun's coed party crowd can swell to more than 100,000 during spring break. The students are lured by sunny beaches, inexpensive lodging, endless nightlife, and a legal drinking age of 18.
Like the Bahamas, this is a tropical destination where the official language is English. The country's charms range from stunning beaches and waterfalls to tropical rainforests and limestone caves. Popular pastimes include zip lining, cave tubing, and scuba diving at the Belize Barrier Reef. For budget activities, consider hiking in the jungle or biking through the town of San Pedro (bike rentals are about $9 a day).
Perhaps it's worth clarifying here that by including a destination on its list of "trashiest" spring break haunts, Coed is not saying college-age partiers shouldn't go. Quite the opposite. Locations like Daytona are "cheap, excessive, loud and rowdy" in all the right ways -- for the right crowd.
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