Spring break is nearly upon us. Here are a few ideas for a tropical island vacation to take this spring break:
South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is located in the southern tip of Texas. The island is something of a well-kept secret when it comes to U.S. spring break destinations. This is partially because it is difficult to access. Spring breakers can fly into Houston where they will be left with about a 6.5 hour drive to the island. The area has a relatively sparse population; South Padre has just around 3,000 full time residents. The island has a beach waterpark (Schlitterbahn) and offers many more water-related activities including watercraft rental, dolphin watching, and beach horseback riding.
Escape from the chaotic spring break scene in Cancun to the nearby island of Cozumel for a more sophisticated spring break vacation. Cozumel offers all of the niceties of a spring break week without the rowdiness of a more mainstream destination like Cancun. Cozumel is known for offering some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. And if you’re up for a big night of partying, Playa del Carmen is just a short (20 minute) ferry ride away.
Negril, Jamaica has everything you need for a great spring break, mon! Located on the west end of the island, Negril offers everything ranging from outdoor activities like hiking and cliff jumping to the traditional spring break activities of partying until the wee hours of the night. Negril hotels are priced to cater to spring breakers on a budget which helps to make a trip to Jamaica more viable for the week-long party. Enjoy waterfall tours, river rafting, and serene snorkeling when you’re not soaking up Caribbean sun rays at this great tropical destination.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
On the far east of the island that is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic is the resort town of Punta Cana. The town is sizable with a population of 100,000. All of the hotels in Punta Cana are all-inclusive which allows spring breakers to eat and drink till their heart’s content without having to worry about carrying cash or watching a budget. Flights directly into the Punta Cana International Airport will have you partying within no time after arriving in the Dominican. If you can get away from the beach parties for an afternoon, you’ll find 12 world-class golf courses in the area.