NEW YORK (MainStreet) — For a college student, spring break might mean wild nights forgetting the pressures of study; for parents, it might mean a peaceful respite from the hassles of parenthood before summer break. And for the professional it might mean a pause in relentless business pressures.
Whatever your reasoning for wanting a spring getaway — it might just be a need for a little warmth and sunlight — you also most likely need it to be affordable.
We’ve put together 10 of the most budget-friendly spring break vacations that will still feel like a fortune’s being spent:
South Beach Hotel, Biloxi, Miss.: South Beach Hotel is the only hotel directly on the beach here. All rooms have balconies, and guests can request a sunrise or sunset view. If you want something to do in addition to lounging on the sand, spend a day combining beach and history out on Ship Island. The Ship Island Ferry runs March to October, taking visitors out to this beautiful barrier island that was a staging area for the British during the War of 1812 and a training site during the Civil War. Hotel rates for March start at $120 per night.
Coco Reef Resort, Bermuda: If the Beach Boy’s song Kokomo plays in your head every time you hear the word “Bermuda,” you might be ready for a trip to the island. This “official spring break hotel” offers free entry and access to all spring break daytime and nightlife events, bus and ferry transportation, food at all daytime events, special discounts at island attractions and drink and restaurant discounts. Rates start at $80 per night.
CostaBaja Resort and Spa La Paz, Mexico: Cancun might be the place to party, but if you have more of a subdued spring break in mind — complete with whale watching — the package at CostaBaja includes luxurious accommodations, a daily buffet breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade from just $619 for two people for two nights.
Pacifica Suites, Santa Barbara, Calif.: For the couples or parents planning to bring along small children, Santa Barbara offers a great, quiet spring break getaway, and the Pacifica Suites package includes a cooked-to-order breakfast daily, weeknight wine reception and souvenir tote and beach accessories: two beach towels, bottled water, snacks, sunscreen and outdoor toys and games. From $210 per night.
Cuba: Now here’s a place not on most traveler’s spring break travel short list, but it’s also a tropical destination many Americans have not visited. Thanks to loosened travel restrictions to this once-closed destination, a six-day “Discover Havana” package starts at $2,299, airfare from Miami included.
Key West, Fla.: Fury Water Adventures is skilled in finding spring break adventurers the right package for a memorable vacation. A two-night stay for two starts as low as $519 and includes a stay at a luxury hotel and your choice of a water adventure such as snorkeling or riding in a glass-bottomed boat at sunset.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize: If you’re looking for an eco-adventure this spring, The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize is offering a package that includes full breakfast and dinner each day, entry into the 365-acre Rainforest Reserve, guided tours of a Natural History Centre and Butterfly Farm, access to the Ruta Maya Trail System, canoeing up the Macal River, swimming in a new eco-friendly swimming pool, an early morning bird walk with a naturalist and a guided interpretive tour of the Maya Medicinal Plant Trail. All this and Wi-Fi access from $55 a night.
Palmetto Dunes resort, Hilton Head S.C.: They say the family that vacations together has a happy dad who also gets to golf ... or something like that. This resort has three golf courses and the Ultimate Family Package has so much to do the family won’t mind if dad steals a little time on the courses. A typical package for four includes seven nights in a two-bedroom villa, a nature or dolphin cruise, two-hour single kayak rentals, seven-day bike rentals and two hours of tennis court time daily. From $86 per person, per night.
Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, Hawaii: The ultimate beach vacation on the ultimate beach, Waikiki, is just a click away if Hawaii is your spring break destination. The Waikiki Beach Fun Package includes daily breakfast for two, one-time use of an umbrella and lounge chair on Waikiki Beach and group stand-up paddle board lessons. From $250 per night.
Gulf Shores, Ala.: In addition to beautiful sandy white beaches, Alabama’s Gulf Coast has some of the best seafood in the world, nature walks, and dolphin tours, and a typical family lodging option includes a two-bedroom villa for $76.77 per person per night with golf access. Or there are two-bedroom gulf-front condos with full kitchens, decks and balconies and in-unit washer and dryers for $96.15 per person.