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Boasting the perfect combination of sun, sand and surf, Florida is one of the most popular destinations for a spring break vacation in the United States. When the rest of the country is drowning in layers of snow and clothing, Florida’s coastlines offer miles of white sandy beaches and tropical weather conditions that are ideal for plenty of legendary fun in the sun. Whether you’re looking for a spring break party mecca or rather lounge in the sunshine, from lively nightlife to laid-back activities, all types of spring break travelers are sure to find their version of a beach paradise in the Sunshine State. A vacation filled with sunshine and adventure, read on to discover the best places to celebrate spring break in Florida.
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Florida’s most famous spring break destination, Panama City is known as the “Spring Break Capital of the World” by many. Panama City is a fantastic destination in itself with 27 miles of sugar-white sand but come spring, and you’ll find the beach loaded with college students looking for endless parties and the sunshine. You’ll find plenty of entertainment to keep you busy, with non-stop events, outdoor concerts and bars that cater to a high-energy crowd, where you’ll regularly find free giveaway booths, games and creative contests. The city parties late into the evening, where crowds head to one of the areas many top beach clubs to dance the night away.
A city that needs no introduction, Miami is Florida’s premier spring break destination where you can sip a fresh mojito under a tropical swaying palm tree. A vibrant mix of cultures, Miami is like visiting another country without the need of a passport. The beaches of South Beach are peppered with a mix of beautiful people and celebrities enjoying the pristine shores of “America’s Riviera”. Mixing trendy and chic, it is where you’ll find a well-heeled crowd amongst a line of outdoor cafes on Ocean Drive. Come evening, and spring breakers will find an extensive list of energetic clubs open until the wee hours of the morning to choose from. Miami isn’t only for the party crowd, as you can find plenty of family-friendly activities in North Miami Beach and an abundance of land and water-based activities for the more laid-back crowd.
Rivaling it’s bigger city counterparts, Clearwater holds its own with a stunning beach and mix of activities for all types of spring break travelers. An award-winning beach in Florida and consistently ranked as the most beautiful in the state, travelers here are spoiled for choice in how they want to spend their days. The center of Clearwater Beach is where you’ll find all the action on spring break, mixing the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views with 3 miles of fine white sand and a variety of beach bars, water-based activities, and free nightly events at Pier 60 with musicians and street performers. Those looking for a more tranquil respite can explore the nearby Honeymoon Island, Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island, while families can head to Tampa and the theme parks in Orlando in less than an hour.
Boasting a party vibe all year-round, Key West is the perfect place to spend your spring break vacation. The southernmost point in the continental United States, Key West offers a diverse and laid-back charm with an attitude that anything goes. A colorful mix of free-spirited locals and visitors alike, spring breakers will find plenty of attractions to keep them entertained. Beach bars and restaurants line the famous Duval Street, while Mallory Square is where crowds flock to for the nightly sunset celebrations and Smathers Beach is the ideal spot to soak in the Florida sunshine. Other area’s of the Florida Keys are easily accessible by car for those who are looking to explore some of Florida’s other scenic landscapes.
Daytona Beach has long been a favorite spring destination for both locals and visitors alike, where iconic events like Daytona 500 and Bike Week set the stage for its spring party atmosphere. Beach enthusiasts can lounge on the 23 miles of white sandy beach, soar above the beach on a para-sail or try their hand at riding the famous waves in the Atlantic surf. Those who want to keep the party going will find sponsored activities held on the beach during the day and an abundance of wild nightclubs that run late into the evening. Those in search of nearby attractions will find the newly renovated Main Street Pier and Boardwalk offering plenty of fun-filled activities, while a road trip to Orlando is less than an hour away.
Popular with local Floridians and made famous by the legendary pro surfer Kelly Slater, Cocoa Beach is not only the surfing capital of Florida but where you’ll find lively beaches come spring break. An excellent location to soak in the sunshine and watch the surfers do their thing, those who want to join the crowd can head to the pier for a variety of lively beachfront bars and restaurants boasting panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. A small town with a big personality, spring breakers flock to the 24-hour surf shop, the Original Ron Jon Surf Shop, and long list of popular beach bars that attract a lively crowd of people during the day.
Located on Florida’s southwest Gulf coast, Fort Myers Beach offers the ideal mix of excellent weather and idyllic beaches for a variety of spring break crowds. Ideal for the party-focused spring breakers, spring breakers will find a handful of party mecca hotspots along the beach, where you’ll find some of the largest and most energetic parties featuring endless beach games, prizes, and live entertainment with top DJ’s and an energetic crowd throughout the day and seven days a week. Those who are looking for a more low-key spring break experience will also find quiet stretches of sand in Fort Myers where you can soak in the salty breeze and sunbathe in addition to variety of fishing and shopping opportunities