7 Budget-Friendly Spring Break Hotspots

Puerto Rico beach

Traveling with friends from university is one of the best ways to take advantage of your time off over spring break. However, you may not have much money to spend on flights, accommodation, and activities. The good news is there are budget-friendly hotspots with great weather, food, and culture around the world, meaning you can definitely find somewhere you’d like to visit within your price range.

1. Panama City, Florida

For the classic spring break experience, head to Panama City, Florida. This is the ideal place for you if you love sunshine and parties on the beach. Book early to find good deals on hotels.

2. Puerto Rico

Although it’s a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico feels completely different to the mainland. Since the island is small, you can explore most of it over a spring break. You’ll likely want to stay in San Juan, which is a big party town with plenty of options for accommodation suitable for students. You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches — go just a short distance from the capital and you’ll find long stretches of sand where there are barely any other tourists.

3. Bolivia

A lesser-known destination to consider is Bolivia. Although the flight may be a little expensive, spring break is not yet the high season, which means prices when you arrive will be reasonable. Since the rainy season will be just about coming to an end, you can start enjoying activities like hiking, whitewater rafting, and wildlife tours in the rainforest.

4. Costa Rica

Another top choice in Latin America for students is Costa Rica. Although it’s a small country, it’s packed with possible destinations. With a little research, you should be able to find affordable accommodation (often with breakfast included) and avoid tourist traps. Spring break is the ideal time to visit because it’s before the rainy season, when many roads become inaccessible.

5. Savannah, Georgia

A more unique destination for spring break is Savannah, Georgia. The city is packed with culture and has many restaurants serving delicious southern food. Plus, it’s just a short distance from Tybee Island, where you can spend your days lounging on the beach.

6. Vietnam

If you can afford a plane ticket to Asia, a particularly inexpensive destination is Vietnam. Although it’s becoming a more popular tourist spot, it’s still easy to find cheap accommodation for backpackers. A top place to visit is Con Dao National Park — a natural reserve on an island where you’ll encounter wildlife like sea turtles.

7. Thailand

Another option in Asia is Thailand. This is especially popular with students who are willing to share rooms in hostels to save money for adventure sports like rafting and kayaking.

8. Niagara Falls

If you’re only able to afford a trip to somewhere nearby, you may like to go to Niagara Falls. If you haven’t visited yet, spring break is a good opportunity to change that. Use the chance to see some of New York state as well — you may be able to find cheap hotels in Buffalo.

Save money throughout the year to increase your travel budget by reducing how much you spend on living expenses. You can find affordable McMaster off-campus housing at West Village Suites. We have a range of floor plans for you to choose from to suit every budget. Plus, the rent includes all utilities and WiFi — meaning no unexpected costs. Contact us for more information.

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