Nothing says spring break like a week at the beach. But with so many options, where to choose? From Miami and Daytona in Florida, to Cancun and Cabo in Mexico, to Malibu, Montego Bay and the Bahamas, there’s definitely no shortage of amazing spring break beaches. We’ve rounded up some of the ones for spring break here to make sure you can find the perfect beach for you.
Looking for an adventurous week full of surfing and snorkeling? Want to swim with dolphins, pigs (yes, pigs) or whale sharks? We’ve got you. Maybe you’re looking for the best spring break beaches with nightlife to match? Check and check. Or just looking for a chill week away from school with Insta-worthy views, delicious food and warm weather? Say less. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got the best seaside spring break spots right here.
Do we really need to convince you to go to Cancun for spring break? It’s one of the most famous spring break destinations for a reason. If swimming in the picture-perfect water all day and dancing all night isn’t enough to keep you busy, try ziplining or exploring the Cenotes—stunning underground caverns filled with gorgeous turquoise water. Take a break by shopping for souvenirs in one of the many traditional markets in downtown Cancun.
If a trip to the Bahamas doesn’t spark your fancy, we’re not quite sure what will. Crystal-clear water, 80s and sunny year-round, all-day sunbathing opportunities, swimming with dolphins—what more could you want? For more adventure, go snorkeling or learn to scuba dive, take a boat ride out to Exuma and swim with pigs or go diving with sharks. Relax at the end of the day with fresh local fish and handcrafted drinks. Cheers!
You could probably spend an entire week in Miami just chilling on the beach and exploring South Beach and Ocean Drive (both famed for amazing beach spots and vibrant nightlife). But you can also enjoy just about any water activity in Miami, too: scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and even parasailing! Take a break from the sand and saltwater with a walk down Espanola Way, filled with live music, Spanish-style sidewalk cafes and shops.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Live your best life on the beach with Jamaica’s laid-back culture in Montego Bay. It’s a slightly quieter spring break destination, so you’ll find way less crowds here. Enjoy clear and calm waters (perfect for snorkeling or swimming!) and plenty of nightlife. Seeking adventure? Ziplining, bamboo rafting, swimming with dolphins and waterfall-chasing: it’s all here.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
What makes Puerto Vallarta unique? Well, aside from the amazing sunsets and spring-break-worthy beaches and nightlife, there’s tons more. Consider yourself a foodie? Join a food tour (or a booze tour, if you’re 21+!) or create your own by wandering the streets of Old Town and snacking on tapas. Hike up to the Mirador Cerro de La Cruz for unreal views of the city and the ocean or stroll down the Malecon (the beachfront boardwalk). Either way, you’ll be winning at spring break.
Los Angeles, CA
No matter what kind of spring break beach spot you’re looking for, you can find it all in LA. Artsy, hipster beach scene? Head to Venice Beach. Classic Cali beach with great hiking and views? Check out Malibu or Newport Beach. Surfing and swimming? Huntington Beach or San Clemente. Want to really escape the crowds and get an island adventure? Take a quick boat ride out to Catalina Island or the Channel Islands for an unforgettable spring break.
Hawaii might seem far away, but it can’t be ignored in terms of best beaches for the spring break. Many West Coast cities now have direct flights to Oahu, which means paradise might be closer than you think. Surf and snorkel all day before enjoying a traditional Hawaiian luau or a beachfront cocktail. Hike to the top of Diamond Head (an extinct volcano crater!) then fill up on poke and shave ice. Sit back, relax and enjoy life on island time.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos is located at the tip of Baja California, but it feels like being transported to a tropical paradise. There’s swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing galore, of course, but it’s also the ideal spring break destination if you want to get up close to all the wildlife. Take a whale watching cruise or skip the boat and go swimming with whale sharks (don’t worry—they’re huge, but they’re harmless!). Or just fill up on tacos while watching the sunset. There’s no bad way to experience Cabo!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
For a serious taste of the Caribbean, Punta Cana’s quiet white-sand beaches and endless ocean will have you relaxed before you can even make your way to a hammock. Really stressful semester? Punta Cana’s the place to unwind—either by chilling on the beach or by ziplining, windsurfing or learning to surf. Ready for a day trip? Make your way out to Saona Island for more wildlife and less tourists.