Spring break is synonymous with fun in the sun, and there’s no place like the Caribbean for sandy beaches, sunny skies, and clear water. And don’t worry if you’re running low on funds this year; it’s becoming more affordable than ever to visit the Caribbean for spring break, and an increasing number of resorts are offering all-inclusive travel packages to students this season.
Although you can’t go wrong when it comes to choosing your spring break Caribbean destination, there are a few standouts worth considering.
Located just southeast of Florida, the Bahamas is known for its warm water and colorful wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a sunny place to relax and work on your tan, or you want an exciting spot for parasailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, or scuba diving, the Bahamas offers plenty to keep you entertained during spring break. Get the most bang for your buck by booking your hotel in advance, bringing your own snorkeling gear, and filling your days with low-cost activities. Set aside time to explore the gorgeous coral reefs and national parks, browse the historic sites, and wander the duty-free shopping districts.
With perfect vacation weather year-round and a supercharged nightlife, it’s not surprising that the Dominican Republic is quickly becoming one of the most popular spring break destinations in the world. The Spanish-speaking country boasts affordable hotel rooms, one thousand miles of beaches, challenging golf courses, and a variety of water sports to help pass the time. If you’d rather not spend all your time in the water, there’s also a number land activities worth looking into, including zip lines, dune buggy rentals, and museums.
If you don’t have time to get a passport, but you still want a Caribbean spring break adventure, fly down to Puerto Rico. You’ll find stunning beaches surrounding an island overflowing with historical attractions, delicious food, rooftop lounges, all-inclusive resorts, and varied shopping. Just stay away from the capital, San Juan, unless you enjoy dealing with crowds of tourists. While you’re there, check out the island’s art galleries and open-air markets, and spend an afternoon exploring the El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rain forest located in the Luquillo Mountains in northeast Puerto Rico.
If your budget is really tight, consider spending your break in Jamaica. Known for its sugar-white beaches, exciting parties, and laid-back atmosphere, Jamaica offers affordable entertainment options, limitless opportunities for adventure, and reasonably-priced hotels. Don’t spend all your time on the beach, though; plan for an afternoon of tubing, playing golf, hiking the Blue Mountains, or touring the hometown of the late Bob Marley. If you’re feeling really adventurous, brave Jamaica’s Dolphin Cove to swim with sharks during your stay.
To save big this spring break, plan ahead to get the best deals on Caribbean flights and hotels. If you book your airfare or hotel with your friends, you might qualify for a discounted group travel deal.