10 Spring Break Destinations That Won't Break the Bank

By Amanda McCoy, POPSUGAR

Spring break season is quickly approaching. For many of us, it's been a long season of waterproof boots and puffy Winter coats, so clearly we can't wait to break out the sundresses and shades. Even if you've been saving your pennies all Winter for an epic Spring adventure, prices can skyrocket this time of year. That's why we teamed up with travel experts to share their top picks for wallet-friendly Spring break destinations to satisfy your wanderlust. Read on to plan this year's big getaway!


National Parks

Beth Caulfield, senior director of destination marketing at Hilton, reminds travelers not to forget our country's stunning national parks when planning Spring break soirees. "National parks are a great, and often overlooked, budget-friendly option for Spring breakers. There's a national park in virtually every climate from coast to coast, and beyond the most obvious options of hiking or exploring, they often offer a variety of free or inexpensive activities," she said. While camping is typically the most affordable route, Caulfield explained that many hotels — including Hilton — offer affordable options near parks like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, and more for those not too keen on sleeping outside.



For Spring breakers, it's not only about the beaches anymore. Travel deals site TravelPirates is seeing an increase in alternative types of accommodations this Spring, and by far one of the most popular is glamping. Jessica Bisesto, senior editor at TravelPirates, said, "It's the perfect escape for those who love nature but don't want to give up all of the amenities offered by hotels. Glamping retreats are available across the country, making them perfect for Spring breakers without passports." Her pick for a great glamping getaway this Spring? Texas — with prices starting at just $46 per person per night.


Disney Parks

A longstanding favorite for Spring escapes, Disney parks are a prime go-to destination for families, friends, and couples alike. Bisesto explained that when you hunt for the right package deals, you can plan a dreamy escape with Mickey and friends for a surprisingly affordable price. "Disney World is great for any age and any budget. Grab a friend and take advantage of the great deals available this Spring. Round-trip flights, a hotel for three nights, and park tickets can be found for as little as $431 per person."



While many Spring breakers dream of jet-setting to popular but pricey European party destinations like Ibiza and Santorini, Bisesto recommended visiting the beautiful but more affordable island of Malta instead. "Offering fabulous beaches, incredible views, and fantastic food, this under-the-radar Mediterranean destination is affordable and not to be missed. Travelers are always looking for the next best thing, and trips to undiscovered gems, such as Malta, are on the rise."


Puerto Rico

Recently named by Forbes as one of its 33 cheapest places to travel in 2018, Puerto Rico has every ingredient for a perfect escape: tropical climate, incredible shopping, foodie finds, and more. Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, said the island is open for tourism and ready to welcome travelers with open arms. "Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for every type of Spring breaker — especially those who are looking to make their travel more meaningful this year. From the pristine beaches to the incredible food scene, and from the vibrant nightlife to the rich culture, Puerto Rico is fun and has something for everyone."


La Paz, Mexico

Daydreaming of a tropical getaway to western Mexico this year but don't want to pay those steep resort prices? La Paz is a hidden gem about two hours north of Los Cabos on the Baja California Peninsula. Sandra Felix, director of the La Paz Tourism Board, explained that while the lowkey city harbors a lot of very reasonable accommodations, it's what's outside of the city that really makes it magical. "La Paz sits on the Sea of Cortez — a placid, warm, turquoise body of water that is home to a breathtaking array of aquatic bounty. Called 'the world's aquarium' by none other than Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez is a treasure trove that never stops revealing gems. As one of the world's most biologically diverse bodies of water, the Sea of Cortez is home to 900 species of fish, thousands of invertebrate species, and a wide variety of marine mammals."


Playa del Carmen

On the other side of Mexico on the Yucat√°n Peninsula, Playa del Carmen has long been a haven for sun-thirsty travelers. Its vibrant coral reefs, palm-lined beaches, and rocking nightlife scene attract Spring breakers from all over the country each year. And bonus: for Spring 2018, research from found that the popular tropical destination is going to be 20 percent less expensive than in 2017. So take advantage, Spring breakers!


San Diego

Famous for its stunning beaches, booming craft beer scene, and laid-back vibes, this California beach city has been a popular Spring break retreat for years. Though not typically thought of as a budget getaway,'s year-over-year research shows that costs of a San Diego escape have dropped 17 percent since last year, making your dreams of getting lost in the sweeping views of La Jolla much easier on the wallet than in years past.


Nova Scotia

Called Canada's ocean playground, Nova Scotia is a haven for outdoor adventure. Explore the world-famous Bay of Fundy, hike coastal trails, embark on a whale-watching expedition, and more. If you're a wino, be sure to check out the Good Cheer Trail, a route that links more than 50 producers of wine, beer, and spirits. For accommodations, you can find an array of seaside villas and beachfront houses on Airbnb for under $100 per night.


Take a Road Trip

Sometimes the journey itself is the destination, and road trip vacations are on the rise. According to a travel trends report by Ford, millennials are 230 percent more motivated by "going on an adventure" compared to older generations. Popular routes include the Pacific Coast Highway, Rocky Mountain National Park, Vermont Route 100, and more. Road tripping with a group of friends can easily become an adventure you'll never forget, sans steep costs. You can stay in campsites, hostels, or Airbnbs along the way. Just get that perfect playlist ready.



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