It’s almost spring break time. That means one thing: it’s time to head to the beach. Here is the problem, though. You don’t want to go against the tradition, and you want to get a dose of sun and sand to help you make it through until the summertime. At the same time, you don’t want to deal with the crowds of vacationers who create noise, litter and a less-than-relaxing atmosphere.
Is it possible to have “grown-up” getaway - with a little partying on the side - during the traditional spring break season?
The answer is “yes,” but it depends on where you go. Some spots are party central for college-aged travelers, while others are popular with families. There are also a lot of places where you can have the perfect spring break: classy nightlife, relaxing days, great restaurants, clean beaches and plenty of activity options on land and in the water.
Here are five places where you can have the perfect spring break beach vacation.
Saint Barts is a francophone Caribbean island that is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the region. The island does see about 200,000 tourists each year. However, it is not like many of the other Caribbean islands that are popular with tourists. Saint Barts is extremely safe, and most of its beaches are clean. Since it draws an older crowd, things are calmer during spring break than elsewhere in the Caribbean. Stylish restaurants, boutiques and nightspots give visitors a lot to do away from the sand. Places like the funky, comfortable bungalows at La Banane can bring a bit of fun and style to your stay
Belize is an anglophone Central American nation with a long Caribbean coastline. The tourism industry has grown greatly over the past 10-15 years. However, you can still come across long stretches of quiet beaches and lush jungles here. This has become a tropical alternative to the best spots in the Caribbean. Culturally, this country has more in common with the Caribbean islands than with its Central American neighbors, including the use of English instead of Spanish. Resorts like Cayo Espanto, in the popular Cayo District, can guarantee that you will get to enjoy the best of Belize.
If you are looking for a fun atmosphere, Brazil should certainly be near the top of your list. By spring break time, the samba parades and carnival street dances have finished. However, it is still warm enough to enjoy the beach, and visitors can appreciate the fun-loving vibe that Brazil carries all throughout the year. Rio is the top place for beach-going, but the quiet town of Buzios offers peace, luxury and a certain sense of stylishness that you will only find in Brazil.
Fuji is far-flung enough that it doesn’t draw hordes of college kids during spring break. It is slightly more expensive to get here, but the trade-off is the chance to enjoy truly pristine beaches that are totally uncrowded. Fiji has plenty of bungalow-style accommodation options, but you can also find some serious luxury on some of the nation’s 332 islands. You can even stay on a private island. Laucala Private Island Resort features 25 luxurious villas that offer privacy and a complete lack of crowds.
Zanzibar offers something truly far flung. This is not the place to come if you want to make a quick weekend run to the beach. Sitting off the coast of Tanzania, these islands feature lush landscapes, clean and quiet beaches and a rich culture that is nothing like the aforementioned spots in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The history is everywhere here. You can tour the ancient town and even take a cruise in a traditional dhow, boats that have been used for trade for centuries and are still sometimes used to this day.
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