Right around this time every year, there is one thing travelers have on their minds: Spring Break. It’s time to take off on a trip in search of sprawling beaches, lively nightlife, and inspiring culture. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, dug deep into its data to uncover the most affordable destinations throughout the seven-week period spanning Spring Break (March 17 – April 28).
These week-to-week recommendations highlight great savings for travelers, where they will discover a variety of accommodations to choose from, including hotels, B&Bs, apartments, vacation homes and even more unique properties. For the deals below, we highlighted how much cheaper these destinations are compared to the same time period last year.
Week of March 17 – 23
As the name suggests, Ocean City is all about the seaside. This long beach not only boasts beautifully clean sands, but it also has a broad boardwalk that’s perfect for a lazy wander. On your way, grab some candy floss at Trimper’s Carousel, an Ocean City institution that’s been delighting fairgoers for over a century.
This hotel is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. It features an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a four-story tropical atrium and several on-site restaurants.
Tucked along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, Playa del Carmen is a cozy coastal resort town. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots.
Located on the beachfront in Playa del Carmen, this haven offers two outdoor pools, yoga classes and massages. The resort is situated in a quiet area, just a few minutes’ walk from lively 5th Avenue.
Known for its nightly sunset celebrations, this award-winning beach lives up to its name with transparent gulf waters and chalky, white sand. With an average of 316 days of sunshine a year, it’s a perfect place to throw down your towel and catch some rays. If you’re up for adventure, hop on a jet ski or fly high with some parasailing.
These apartments are just a four-minute walk from Ice Palace and 1,300 feet from Amalie Arena. Each air-conditioned unit features a balcony, two separate bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
Week of March 24 – 30
Located on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It’s composed of two distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants
Boasting breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and offering endless activities, this family-friendly, all-inclusive beachfront resort and spa provides personalized service and first-class amenities, in an unrivaled location.
Once you’ve been to Miami, you’ll understand why Americans fly south for the winter -– permanently! “Magic City” offers year-round suntans, sands like sugar icing, a cuisine influenced by its Latina culture, and the sweet taste of a Cuban molasses espresso. Too good to be true? Sure is.
Offering free Wi-Fi access and a sauna, these self-catering accommodations are located just a 14-minute drive from South Beach. All apartments include a dining area and kitchen, making it a great place to stay for a family.
Located in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, Palm Springs is famed for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. The core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops and restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
Desert Isle Resort in Palm Springs offers self-contained suites with full kitchen facilities and free Wi-Fi. It also features two heated outdoor pools, two tennis courts and two racquetball courts.
Week of March 31 – April 6
Known as the hub of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has everything you want: relaxation, adventure and entertainment. Spend your day soaking up the sun, explore a bit of nature, or enjoy its lively boardwalk. When the sun goes down, hit the town and dance the night away.
Located a mere minute walk from the beach, the oceanfront Dunes Village resort in North Myrtle Beach features Palm Water Park, a 30,000-square-foot indoor water park with a lazy river.
Situated on central California’s coast, Santa Cruz is known for its long wharf that stretches into Monterey Bay, offering eateries and shops along the way. The nearby Beach Boardwalk’s vintage rides include the 1911 Looff Carousel and the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Downtown, Pacific Avenue has vintage clothing stores, cafes and galleries.
A short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf, the Seaway Inn offers easy beach access and comfortably furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Virginia Beach, a coastal city in southeastern Virginia, lies where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, with a three-mile boardwalk stretches along its beach-lined oceanfront.
Located a quick two-minute walk from the beach, this resort features two outdoor pools and a 9-foot waterfall. The spacious suites all have private balconies.
Week of April 7 – 13
Daytona Beach, Florida: 20 percent cheaper
Located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Fort Lauderdale is known for the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas. Near the boardwalk’s rides and arcades, Daytona Beach Band shell stages free summer concerts.
Positioned directly on the beach and surrounded by area attractions and activities, this resort features an on-site full-service spa, luxurious accommodations and gourmet dining options.
Fort Lauderdale offers a memorable getaway, with its wondrous Intracoastal Waterway, pristine sands, and whatever-floats-your-boat attitude. For nighttime fun, enjoy the block-rocking club beats of Las Olas Beach.
This luxurious property is located on Fort Lauderdale Boulevard, just a three-minute walk to white, sandy beaches.
Known for its beaches and calm waters, South Padre Island is a resort town on a barrier island of the same name, off the southern coast of Texas.
Located on the beach of South Padre Island, this hotel features a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and a hot continental breakfast with omelet station.
Week of April 14 – 20
Where y’at? Whether it’s Mardi Gras season or not, brassy, sassy New Orleans is always hoppin’. From woozy Bourbon Street to swinging Frenchmen Street, the throb of tubas, trumpets and trombones fill the air. It’s the perfect place to forget all your cares.
Located steps away from St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis Cemetery, and Bourbon Street, this one-bedroom apartment includes a living room with a flat-screen TV.
Tucked between Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, and dubbed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is known for its casinos and its proximity to many ski resorts.
Adjacent to Sparks Marina Park Lake, this hotel features an on-site casino and three restaurants.
San Antonio, Texas: 28 percent cheaper
Close to the Mexican border lies San Antonio, Texas’ second largest city. This spicy melting pot of cultures is heaven for lovers of Mexican food, particularly “puffy tacos.” The local spirit is best experienced at Historic Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S. It’s a treasure trove of embroidered dresses, pottery and artwork.
Adjacent to the Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk, this historic hotel features a restaurant and an outdoor pool.
Week of April 21 – 28
Atlantic City is a resort city on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast that’s known for its many casinos, wide beaches and iconic boardwalk. Established in the 1800s as a health resort, the city today is dotted with glitzy high-rise hotels and nightclubs.
This vacation home is steps away from Steel Pier, Atlantic City Aquarium and Mark G. Etess Arena. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms featuring a hot tub and a bath, there is plenty of room for everyone.
Corpus Christi is a Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico, tucked into a bay with beaches sheltered by Padre and Mustang islands. The Padre Island National Seashore is home to migratory birds and endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.
A quick one-minute walk to the beach, Capri Beach Hotel features direct beach access and is just steps from USS Lexington Museum and Texas State Aquarium.
Panama City Beach is a waterfront town in northwest Florida. It’s known for miles of white-sand beaches fronting the calm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Located on West Panama City Beach, this full-service beachfront resort features a seasonally heated beachfront outdoor pool with a hot tub and poolside bar.
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