5 Spring Break Travel Alternatives

by Meg Massie 
Posted Jan 31st 2011 01:26 PMUpdated Feb 3rd 2011 09:57 PM

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Spring break travel attracts millions of people young and old each year. The lure of booze filled days and nights, fun in the sun and a break from chilly temps is enough to excite travelers of all ages. But if you're looking to skip the crowded Cancun beaches and have had enough with Galveston getaways, we compiled five spring break travel alternatives to check out this year.

San Juan, Puerto Rico: While the most populous city in Puerto Rico, San Juan is often times overlooked by the more popular travel choices when it comes to spring break travel. The country's capital offers plenty of wild nightclubs and miles of pristine beaches. What's more, San Juan is known for its abundance of live music venues and Latin dance clubs. So chances are when you visit, you will be shaking it somewhere. San Juan is also a gay-friendly Caribbean city that attracts full of diverse visitors.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Had enough of Cancun? Then head one hour south to the bustling party city of Playa del Carmen. You can have a wild bar hopping spring break travel experience in this Mexican city but with smaller crowds than its neighbor to the north. Visitors can choose from staying in lodging that ranges from luxurious 5-star resorts to the more modest motel. No visit to Playa del Carmen would be complete with spending a few hours at the popular 5th Avenue pedestrian mall. Here you will find many stores, restaurants and bars that stretch from Juarez to 34th Street, which is a good 20 blocks. Hungry from all that walking? Head to 5th avenue for many delicious eateries. Plus Playa offers quick day trip options to other Mexico destinations like Cozumel and Tulum.

Roatan, Honduras: Looking for a more laid back tropical spring break travel idea? Then look no further than the 37-mile long island of Roatan. Prepare to go diving as that is one of the main attractions in Roatan. Head to the West End and take the plunge in the world's second-largest barrier reef system. Typical travelers to Roatan include families, couples and backpackers with lodging ranging from all-inclusive resorts to hostels.

St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis: The twin-island nation of St. Kitts continues to remain under the radar for families traveling over spring break. But with direct flights departing from various U.S. cities daily and many great lodging options, savvy travelers continue to make their way to this kid-friendly destination. Take the family on a day trip to neighboring Nevis or a hike through the island's forest and up volcanoes.

New York City: Who says spring break travel has to involve frozen cocktails with little umbrellas on a white sand beach? If you're more of a big city traveler, then spend your spring break in the city that never sleeps. New York City does indeed have everything for everyone. Hit Broadway shows, award winning restaurants, plenty of shopping and even more pizza! Save time to spend a few hours in the city's outer boroughs such as Brooklyn and Queens, which each provide their own flavor and attitude.

Photo by Eduardo Veguilla on Flickr
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