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5 Popular Spring Break Destinations to Consider

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Spring break offers reprieve from the long, cold winter, unyielding classes, and stressful exams. It’s a welcome opportunity for university students to relax and cut loose. Spring break getaways are so popular that each year seems to have its own must-see destination. Yet, you can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true mainstays. Below are a few fun, popular locations to consider for this year’s spring break.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida is a popular year-round vacation spot, offering 37 kilometres of beaches, plenty of entertainment, and quick access to other locations and activities, like Universal Studios in Orlando. Of course, it’s also a popular destination for spring breaking. The popular locale allows university students to explore interactive motorsports shows, picturesque beaches, and tons of restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is another popular Florida spring break destination. In fact, this spot has even been dubbed the “Spring Break Capital of the World.” The location offers over 11 kilometres of white sand beaches adjacent to the Gulf Coast. These beaches are usually filled with spring breakers, as well as local entertainment and hospitality industries offering events and accommodations designed to attract university students. In many cases, resort and vacation packages are especially affordable during this time. Yet, while Panama City Beach is fun, it’s often overrun by spring breakers. If you’re worried about crowds, you can still explore other exciting spring break locations in Florida, including Miami, Clearwater, and Key West.

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is a fishing village in Jamaica which is becoming an increasingly popular spring break location. Its quaint feel, lush landscape, iridescent waterfalls, and historical legends attract visitors from all over the world. History enthusiasts are drawn to the village’s Columbus Park, which features maritime artifacts and Colonial Spanish architecture to honour Christopher Columbus. In this area, the park is touted as the first place where Columbus landed in the West Indies. Ocho Rios is also known as “the spring break destination in Jamaica.” Spring breakers are often drawn to the nightlife and lively parties at Rick’s Café and Margaritaville. Musical performances and beachfront gatherings are also common sights in Ocho Rios.


Cancun, Mexico is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the spring break arena. Most university students know that Cancun offers a “can’t miss” spring break experience. Here, you’ll find spring breakers from around the world. Like Panama City Beach, FL, the destination is replete with events and accommodations suited to university students. Beach parties, nightclubs, booze cruises, horseback riding, waterparks, and ziplining are just a few of the activities you’ll encounter in Cancun. You can also take in some history by visiting some ancient Mayan sites.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is a barrier island in Texas and a top spring break destination. The island’s affordability and thriving nightlife make the destination especially popular amongst university students. Plus, the island is brimming with water sports and is even known for its active dolphin population. Spring breakers are also drawn to the island’s quaint appeal. The fun and charm of South Padre Island is comparable to other popular spring break locations in the southern United States, such as New Orleans, Louisiana, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Spring break can make the university experience rich and exciting – but naturally, returning home can feel a bit deflating after such a vibrant vacation. If you’re unhappy in your current accommodations, you might consider looking for different apartments near the University of Waterloo to enjoy a more private living space that will better round out your student life. King Street Towers offers premium off-campus student housing for University of Waterloo students with 24-hour recreation and fitness centres, as well as private bedrooms to give you the space you need when you need it. Contact us to book a tour!

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