Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

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Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

When it comes to spring break, families and college students have the same basic goal: an affordable, warm spot, preferably with a stretch of sand and lots of things to do. But that's where the similarities end. While collegians want to let loose and party as hard as they can 24 hours a day, families seek relaxation and kid-friendly (and G-rated) fun. To wit: seven college boys clutching sex toys and wearing costumes ranging from Speedos to dresses recently burst into a Kmart in Panama City, Florida. It is the perfect illustration of why these two groups should never meet. Since the months of March and April are prime time for spring break, we've drawn up a list of the five most popular, wildest party destinations to avoid, plus five suggestions for a relaxing family vacation.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

For a few months a year, this Florida town-referred to as PCB by the college crowd-becomes a sea of students in swimwear. The 17-mile beach gets so rowdy Panama City is adding 24 more state troopers to their roster during the Spring Break season. The town also severed relations with MTV after a Lil Wayne performance got way out of hand last year, even by usual spring-break standards. But local businesses get their lion's share of income during this time of year, so chances are they won't go too far to curb the fun. Panama City is trying to upgrade its image with a new state-of-the-art airport, but for during Spring Break it continues to be one big party.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

It's always warm in Hawaii, and spring break comes right when the rainy season ends. Hawaii has taken such a hit in the recession that there are true bargains to be had everywhere (though airfare deals are admittedly harder to come by). There are lots of islands to choose from, Oahu is a top choice. In the state capital of Honolulu, you'll find Waikiki, Hawaii's most famous beach. Besides the gorgeous, resort-lined sand, the island has first-rate restaurants and cultural landmarks such as 'Iolani Palace, the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs, and the Bishop Museum, where kids can learn all about Polynesian history. The North Shore is well known for its winter waves, which are some of the largest on Earth. The surf season continues into spring, the perfect time to catch some waves or grab some snorkels and swim with wild dolphins.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

For years college kids have been turning Cancun into Party Central for spring break. The combination of warm weather, white sand, cavernous nightclubs and endless beer and tequila can be irresistible-and the drinking can get seriously (and tragically) out of control. Some of the resorts have even tried to cut back on the partying by refusing to allow shared rooms. Recently, the U.S. government put out a travel alert for Mexico due to unpredictably violent drug wars, but nothing specific has happened in Cancun and the kids will doubtless show up anyway.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

Easy to reach and one of the most affordable islands in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a great beach break for families. Beside miles of sand, there are fun adventures to be had like exploring caves and hiking in the tropical rain forest of El Yunque. Old San Juan is also a living history lesson with Spanish colonial architecture reflecting Puerto Rico's rich culture and 400 years as a Spanish colony. And dinner is a great mix of Spanish and Caribbean influenced cuisines, with the accent on fresh fish. For adults, San Juan offers a rich nightlife, including popular dance clubs without a beer funnel in sight.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

Daytona has been popular with kids on spring break for so long that this year's crop of an expected 250,000 party-goers may be following in their own parents' footsteps. Daytona's draw stems from its 18-mile stretch of beach where cars are allowed to cruise (albeit at a maximum of 10 mph). The fact that the beach is lined with hotels and condos offering student-friendly rates packs them in as well. The wild times don't stop on the sand. There is a popular pier plus concerts, clubs, and wild block parties that go long into the night.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

Not every spring break has to mean a visit to the beach. Families more interested in art than sand will love this beautiful riverside town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a haven for artists, working in mediums from painting to sculpture to ceramics to glassblowing. Downtown Asheville is a work of art in itself with neo-classical and Art Deco buildings that house dozens of galleries. You can also visit working artists' studios in the River Arts District. And you can't go to Asheville without booking a tour of the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt's 250-room mansion that is surrounded by extensive gardens that will captivate the attention of any child.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

This beach town is usually an affordable destination for families, but beware: Myrtle Beach is quickly transforming into one of the up-and-coming spring break party spots. Although the beach is quiet compared to Panama City, every year more college kids pack up and party at this southeastern stretch of beach on the Atlantic. Beach houses and condos are perfect shares for budget-conscious students, and there are more than a few clubs that add to the let-it-all-hang-out atmosphere. By all means, go to Myrtle Beach. Just make your trip in the summer.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

Spring is the best time to go to Scottsdale, when the weather is fair and events include the annual art festival in March and April's culinary festival. The scenery is fine all year long, with the Camelback Mountain rising out of the flat desert to provide stunning views from the resorts scattered around. Most of the resorts also have programs for kids, so adults can chill out by the pool undisturbed. Downtown Scottsdale recently got a complete face lift and now has a number of first-rate restaurants. Activities for the whole family include hot air balloon rides and safaris out into the desert.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

For a good portion of the year this sand shoal two miles off the southern tip of Texas is a quiet vacation getaway for Southern families. But when spring hits about 100,000 kids descend on the 110 mile-long island looking to blow off some steam. This leads to a volatile mix of too much alcohol and too much sun that can spin out of control. Padre also has big concerts and beach parties, while clubs rage until at least 2am.

Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid

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Once upon a time I went there so I saw many sexy girls in bikney..... more sexy scene I saw there .....
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April 25 2010 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lexxel

Panama City Beach has lived up to its number 1 ranking again this year with people falling out of hotels and getting killed. See:
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April 04 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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