(UPDATED FOR 2019) Best Spring Break Destinations for Students

With spring break around the corner, it is a week where young people go somewhere hot, with the mind of no rules, and nobody will recognize you there. A week where you can do anything you would not do back home, but it is all for fun because we deserve this time off before the stressful time of the school year (finals). I have done research on best spring break destinations for students and wanted to share places where it is relatively cheap for our budget and most importantly all the fun we are looking for.

Don’t forget to check out my Student Budget Travels page and read reviews from me if you are skipping spring break and instead want to go to some wonderful places the world has to offer.

This is a compiled list of inside and outside of United States by top places to go.

I have also included quick links for you to check out like hotels, hostels, and some ride share credit (Uber, Lyft) link where you can get bonus for signing up.

Here are the cheapest and best spring break destinations for students:

1 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo has been one of the best spots to go for spring break for a while now with its beautiful beaches, sunny and warm weather. The reason I put it up as the first one this year is because of popularity it has gotten and no wonder why.

Under 21? Well, when it comes to Mexico you don’t have to worry about being 21 to legally drink. Isn’t this is why people go to Mexico?

Cabo has been a very affordable place just to fly to (check it for yourself), but also a very affordable place to find places to stay at like hostels and hotels ranging from $10/night at a hostel to under $70 per night for a good hotel (Split the cost with your friends to get even better deal!)

You really can’t go wrong choosing Cabo for your spring break destination, in fact I am planning on going to Cabo for my spring break and I will definitely share my experience spring breaking there 🙂

Quick Links: Hostels in Cabo |Hotels in Cabo  | Best Deals on Flights |  AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

2 Cancun, Mexico

This wouldn’t be a complete list without listing Cancun. Current exchange rate for US dollar to Mexican pesos is around 19.10 which is in our favor. Look for deals that are all-inclusive in pesos. This is the place known for college students during our spring break time-off, packed with day parties, music festivals, and hundreds of motels available in the city to make your experience to the fullest.

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you go to Cancun because there are always students, but the spring break is when the Cancun in full bloom.

Best part of all, you need some bathing suits and sunglasses because that is all you will be needing if you are going to Cancun, Mexico. So, start shopping now for the tickets because being one of the most popular destinations, the prices tend to go up rather quickly. Reserve now,

Something to know: not 21 yet? (you know what I mean) well it doesn’t matter in Mexico.

Quick Links: Hostels in Cancun |Hotels in Cancun  | Best Deals on Flights |  AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit
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3 Daytona, Florida

Florida during spring break is another place that college students for their spring break. With Florida hitting 80 degree average and tons of things to do. There’s always a party waiting for you during the spring break times. With prices for the night starting in the $45 range will surely accommodate your budget. See the deals for yourself.

Because Florida is not just a great spot for students, but it is also one of the best places for tourists from other countries primarily because of the flight times from European countries, so choose wisely when looking for a hotel and read the reviews.

Something to know: You will have to be 21 to experience the place to to the fullest. Last thing you want is to get in trouble and I would hate to be the one that recommended you that place if you get in trouble.

Quick Links: Hostels in Daytona |Hotels in Daytona  | Best Deals on Flights |  AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

4 Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a gorgeous place to go and you cannot go wrong choosing this place as your spring break get-away. Now, Puerto Viejo is known for being “capital cool” of the country. This is also one of the most popular destinations in the world. There is a lot to experience because the city always has energy especially during the spring break. Check out the prices for yourself

Something to know: The prices are not really “budget savvy” with hotels starting at around $50 but if you can afford it then go and you will have a great time!

Also consider San Juan, Puerto Rico

Quick Links: Hostels in Puerto Viejo |Hotels in Puerto Viejo  | Best Deals on Flights |  AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

5 Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios is another great place to go for your college spring break. No wonder It is a place for many cruise lines. It is best known for it’s as many refer to “paradise” with  tropical mountains, clear water, and gorgeous beaches. There is so much to do because it is a popular spot from renting a quad bike, white river kayaking, horse riding and much more. See the prices for yourself and if you like it, book it.

Something to know: Flight ticket will cost from $200 to $300 most likely, it is not relatively cheap but you are going to an island, that price is not expensive if comparing to other islands.

Quick Links: Hostels in Ocho Rios |Hotels in Ocho Rios | Best Deals on Flights | AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

6 Bali, Indonesia

You must of heard of Bali because this place is a to go place if you are sick and tired of Florida and looking for a nice exotic vacation now. When you are tired of the beaches, there are a lot of places to explore. Consider using Airbnb for your trip to stay in Bali for $40 off your first stay though this link.

Quick Links: Hostels in Bali |Hotels in Ocho Rios | Best Deals on Flights | AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

7 Southern California

This is where I actually reside if you have read “about me” page. Very thankful to live at a place like this and you cannot go wrong if you come here. With many beaches available along the beautiful and well known “Pacific Coast Highway”. If you never been here, consider your spring break here.

Something to know: Because I know Southern California rather well, you can email meor simply start a chat with me I the message bubble and ask me any questions about Southern California if you consider it as your go-to place for your spring vacation and maybe we can even meet up 🙂

Looking to save on car rental when you take it along the Pacific Coast Highway?

Quick Links: Hostels in Southern California |Hotels in Southern California | Best Deals on Flights | AirBnb (free $40) | Uber CreditLyft Credit

Other places that are highly ranked for students and picked by Student Money Adviser are worth looking at:

  1. Nassau, Bahamas
  2. Cabo, Mexico
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. South Padre Island, Texas
  5. Punto Cana, Dominican Republic
  6. Panama City Beach, Florida

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Bottom Line

With spring break approaching I hope you are getting prepared for midterms as they are also right around that time. Don’t delay your trip planning and jump on it as soon as possible because every day prices are becoming very inconsistent where one day it might be cheap, the next day it might double.

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