Spring break always conjures up the great feeling of sand, surf, and sun. It’s the time to finally take a breather as it feels like ages since the winter holiday break. But where is the best place to go?

There are so many amazing spring break destinations it can be hard to narrow it down. There are some obvious choices like Florida in the U.S or Cancun in Mexico but you might want to look for something more unique and less popular. No matter where you choose to go, you want to make sure you have picked the best possible location.

You’ve been working hard through the winter and have probably had enough of the cold weather and darkness that comes with this time of year. The moment that Spring hits that feeling of renewal grabs hold of you and energy and motivation can go up.

If it’s been a long cold winter nothing can help shake that off like the prospect of Spring break. Since this is such a valued time of year, what are some of the best spring break destinations for you to consider?

Here are 12 great destinations around the U.S., and the world.

Let’s start with the U.S.

1. Phoenix, Arizona

If you like warm and dry climates, this is one of the best places you can head. Arizona can get boiling, but the spring is a great time to go as the weather has cooled off. If you’re going with the family, there is the Phoenix Zoo which is a popular destination and there is a ton of great golf if you’re looking for that.

If you’re into sports, you can catch a lot of pre-season baseball training. There is great food and the weather will make you not want to leave.

2. Nashville, Tennessee

Quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in the United States, Nashville needs to be a top choice for spring break destinations. The country music will always be a major draw when coming to Nashville but don’t forget all the incredible food, especially the barbeque.

Along with the country music hall of fame, the city is full of murals and has the famous Gulch and 12 South neighborhoods. There is great shopping, outdoor music everywhere you turn, and don’t forget the Grand Ol Opry!

3. San Diego, California

The city with the most sunshine year round and the most amount of days with a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. San Diego is a jewel that is right on the ocean and has multiple top-notch beaches including Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach.

The Gaslamp Quarter is great for dining and there is the world-famous San Diego Zoo. You can also catch Navy ships coming through. Great food and bars, great beaches, and great weather. San Diego ticks all the boxes.

4. Austin, Texas

Another of the coolest cities in the U.S, Austin is a vibrant city but also close to McKinney falls which is a 600+ acre park with miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and waterfalls. With some of the best nightlife, you will find this will appeal to anyone looking for a more high-energy spring break.

They consider Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World“, so if you’re a music aficionado, Austin is the place to find anything you’re looking for.

5. Destin, Florida

Florida has to appear on this list and there are the usual places that everyone already knows like Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. Destin is on the Emerald Coast and you obviously get warm weather but also amazing beaches, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, zip lining, and parasailing.

There is lots of great golf along water parks for kids and families. You’ll also find great nightlife in Destin with piano bars, night cruises, restaurants, and live music.

6. Napa Valley, California

Napa is like being in a dream with some of the most amazing vistas in the world and landscapes that will make you use up all the storage in your phone taking pictures. The main attraction with Napa is, of course, the world-famous wine country that will take you to some of the best vineyards there is.

Besides wine sampling, you will find the greatest restaurants along with incredible hotels and warm comfortable weather.

Spring Break Around The World

1. Los Cabos, Mexico

With 300 days of sunshine a year this is a great place to head to in Mexico. Warm, sunny and with tons of great water sports it’s an ideal spring break destination. You can try snorkeling, surfing, sunset cruises, or just enjoy the beach.

There are a great art community and new hotels and resorts opening all the time. You can try things like camel riding or go on ATV trail riding trips. There will be something for everyone to do in Los Cabos.

2. Costa Rica

This is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world as people are finding out what an amazing place this is. It has warm tropical weather which is usually at the top of everyone’s ideal spring break destination.

You get an amazing terrain in Costa Rica with lush jungles, coastlines, and volcanoes. This is the place to go if you want to be active and still want that warm weather experience.

3. Rome, Italy

It doesn’t get much better than Rome for many reasons. If you want to see a city full of history and art Rome will leave you spellbound. Some of the most famous tourist attractions on earth exist here including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican.

You can’t forget the food and every corner will have some of the best pizza, pasta, desserts, and coffee you will ever have in your life.

4. Croatia

Another country becoming a top tourist destination and one that makes a great spring break trip. With better weather than you might think you will find great beaches in Croatia along with the amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park.

There are preserved historic cities but still a lot of activities like fishing, kayaking, and cave exploring. Lots of great cafes and places to eat which is one of the biggest draws of going on holiday.

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

One of the most popular beach destinations there is and a place that makes for a great spring break. Punta Cana has 32 km of white sand beaches and water that is crystal clear. A great place for just lying on the beach but if you want to make the best use of the water you’ll want to try snorkeling and scuba diving in the coral reefs.

Punta Cana is affordable and you’ll find a great deal on hotels and resorts, so you can stretch your money further.

6. The Bahamas

Possibly the number one location that might come to mind when you’re thinking about a spring break destination. Filled with many beautiful hotels and some of the best white-sand beaches on earth the Bahamas is your dream spring break trip.

With Paradise Island, Blue Lagoon Island, and Castaway Cay you’re in the right place for sun, surf, and sand. You can also enjoy parasailing, water sports, and some of the best weather you’ve been craving all winter.

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