Inexpensive Spring Break Trips

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Spring break typically falls within the first few weeks of March for college students. Many other people start to get the itch to travel towards the end of February. No matter what you consider spring break to be, everyone wants to take a trip somewhere fun during that time of year.

Whether you are in college or a grown adult just trying to avoid the rainy season, the promises of sunny weather elsewhere come calling when spring break arrives. Regardless of the category you fall into, most individuals are also looking to spend the least amount of money but maximize the fun. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for a spring break vacation that will fit any modest budget.

Best Spring Break Destinations in the U.S.

The United States has a number of popular spring break destinations that are reasonable in price. Depending on your location, you may be able to cut travel costs to any of the locations mentioned below by taking alternative transportation, such as driving or railways, instead of flying.

New Orleans

New Orleans is a popular vacation destination regardless of the time of year, but it’s also a common destination for February travelers. February 25 i is when the entire town celebrates Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival season before the Lenten season begins.

New Orleans has plenty of options when it comes to lodging, including hotels and home rentals. Depending on where you live, you may be able to save on travel costs and drive to New Orleans. Temperatures during spring break are typically mid-to-low-70s, making it a nice escape from the cold.

Aside from the major holiday, New Orleans is known for its exciting nightlife and inexpensive but large portions of Southern comfort food. You can save a considerable amount on lodging if you avoid the center of festivities, Bourbon Street. If you’re not interested in the fun that Bourbon Street has to offer, the budget-conscious can enjoy activities like St. Patrick’s Day parades, which are free to attend.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a great location for long strolls down the beach, but with temperatures in the mid-50s to low-60s during March and April, you most likely won’t be taking a dive. Instead, visit attractions like the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Virginia Zoo, or a historic boardwalk that offers affordable food and free entertainment. As far as nightlife, there are plenty of nightclubs and restaurants to enjoy.

The area has an array of reasonably priced Airbnbs, but you can also stay in moderately priced hotels. If you’d like, you can reserve a plot in one of their many campgrounds. Whether you sleep in a tent or a camper, you’re sure to enjoy the natural beauties of Virginia Beach.

Key West

Laden with cultural museums and boutique stores, Key West is just outside of Miami and is a popular spring break destination. The area often has small crowds and a variety of inexpensive activities, such as boat tours. Most of these tours include some sort of meal, as they tend to last a majority of the day. This helps cut back on spending.

Spring break temperatures are in the upper 70s, making the beach a viable option. To save money on costs while you’re there, you can walk or bike to most destinations because the weather is so nice at that time of year.

If you’re not planning to soak up the sun, you can visit one of the many other attractions in Key West, like the Southernmost Point or the Butterfly Conservatory. When it comes to lodging, there are plenty of budget-conscious hotels to choose from in the area.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is a popular spring break destination with a surplus of hotels that range from celebrity status to college student prices. It all depends on what you’ve saved up for this trip. Temperatures are usually around the mid-70s, allowing you to walk or bike a majority of the trip.

Daytona Beach is known for the endless miles of beaches that will help keep your spending to a minimum. When you’re not on the beach, you can explore popular destinations like the Daytona Boardwalk or the Daytona International Raceway. During the evening, there is an active nightlife scene as well, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs to meet everyone’s tastes.

Greater Palm Springs

With flights averaging at $326 and hotels for under $150 a night, Palm Springs is a great option for those who are looking to enjoy festivals, pool parties, and reasonably priced spas over spring break.

The Coachella music festival is held here every year during the month of April, making it an extremely popular spring break destination for the lucky ones whose spring break lands in April. With temperatures in the 80s, you can also enjoy the many beaches in the area. Other activities like golf, hiking, and shopping are plentiful in Greater Palm Springs, making it a destination for people of all tastes.

Best Spring Break Destinations Outside the U.S.

If you want to leave the country for spring break, there are plenty of inexpensive destinations to travel to. If you are planning to leave the country, note that you will need a valid U.S. passport.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is known for an array of lodging options, including all-inclusive resorts, hotels, motels, and Airbnbs. Each of these options is relatively affordable, but you will get the best deal by staying at an all-inclusive hotel, as it often includes food, drink, and activities.

Round-trip flights are relatively cheap to this area of Mexico, and so is the food in the region. Visit the El Malecon promenade or book an excursion to explore the area. With temperatures in the 80s, you may not want to remove yourself from the beach.


Australia is a destination that is more often than not inexpensive. While most regions are affordable, Perth is the most affordable location in the region. Plus, it’s the one with the most attractions Australia has to offer.

Visit beautiful landmarks like the Swan River or Heirisson Island, where you can spot wildlife such as kangaroos. Stroll through the various shops, enjoy Australian cuisine, and don’t forget to walk across the Claisebrook Cove Bridge at night.

Perth has a wealth of reasonable hotels to choose from, but you can also rent an Airbnb in the area. When it comes to getting around, you can walk many places or take Perth’s public transportation system.


Guadalajara is an inexpensive alternative to Cabo or Cancun that has just as much culture, activities, and experiences. It is currently one of the cheapest regions to fly to, making it a great destination for budget-friendly travelers.

From the zoo to the many cathedrals and breathtaking natural landscapes, you’ll find plenty to do in Guadalajara at a more affordable rate. The weather is typically sunny and pleasant during the spring break time of year, so you may choose to spend all day on the beach. Much like other popular spring break destinations, Guadalajara also has a vibrant nightlife visitors can enjoy.

Guadalajara has plenty of lodging to choose from, including all-inclusive resorts, rental properties, or area hotels.


If a relaxing, tropical spring break is what you’re looking for, the Bahamas should be your destination. When you book far enough in advance, the Bahamas are a viable option when it comes to all-inclusive resorts that offer a variety of activities as well as travel.

With all expenses taken out in one swoop, you don’t need to worry about spending any money during the vacation. You can enjoy all that the Bahamas has to offer, from sea life to nightlife, without having to save a ton of money. Popular resorts like Atlantis and Paradise Island offer to organize trips to famous landmarks like Pig Island so that you can truly sit back and relax.


With all the legality and safety concerns surrounding Cuba, the cost to travel there has decreased significantly. Cuba has been declared safe for travel, making it a great option for spring breakers to enjoy local delicacies, culture, and nature reserves.

While you can find other types of lodging, all-inclusive resorts are popular in Cuba. Your entire fee takes care of your stay, including food, drink, and entertainment. During your stay, check out popular destinations like Old Havana or one of Cuba’s many guided tours. Of course, there’s always the enjoyment of the beach, too.

Looking to get away for spring break? Whether it’s in the U.S. or over international waters, there are ways you can save enough for an affordable spring break vacation that’s right for you and your budget.

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