Spring Break is not only reserved for high school and college-age students. The time period of March-April can be an excellent time of year to travel. A Spring Break vacation can help alleviate some of the long winter blues that tend to set in around March and can be a great way to kick off your best travel year yet. That being said, it’s also the time of year when high school and college students make their annual pilgrimage to beach locations around the country for a week of responsible (hopefully) debauchery. If you would prefer to avoid these often rowdy crowds, here are our top eight Spring Break destinations for adults:
1. Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – While most college students flock to the shores of Cancún on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the gorgeous beaches of Nuevo Vallarta are left to a more discerning traveler. Nuevo Vallarta is a planned resort community on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and is home to excellent golf courses, a long white sand beach and top-of-the-line resort accommodations. Visitors can also experience the Marieta Islands off the coast with an array of wildlife including rare birds, dolphins, turtles and humpback whales.
2. Scottsdale, Arizona – With near-perfect temperatures between the mid-70s to mid-80s and nary a drop of rain, Scottsdale is an ideal destination for a Spring vacation. The downtown area, also known as Old Town, is lively and vibrant day and night with tons of restaurants, bars, and an Arts District with galleries and museums featuring pieces from around the world. Visitors can also take advantage of the 400+ miles of scenic trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, with hiking, biking, and horseback riding all viable means of traversing the preserve. Scottsdale is also home to Spring Training facilities for Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, where baseball fans can get a glimpse of today’s stars as they prepare for the upcoming season. The Scottsdale Hyatt House is a great place to stay while visiting.
3. Marathon, Florida – Marathon is a 10-mile family-oriented island community located in the Florida Keys. While many Spring Breaker students flock to beach communities, the Keys are generally not on their radar, making the chain of islands stretching about 120 miles off the southern tip of Florida a great adults-only (or family) Spring vacation. Marathon is a terrific Florida Keys destination for fishing enthusiasts and all manner of marine activities. The Skipjack Resort & Marina is an excellent option for accommodations while in Marathon with the Florida Keys Country Club and golf course next door and the area’s only sandy beach just a short drive away.
4. Nashville, Tennessee – As the capital and most populous state of Tennessee, Nashville has consistently been gaining notoriety as a top destination in the South. For music lovers, Nashville is a musical paradise with iconic music venues such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium along with the shrine to all things country in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visitors can also stroll Broadway Street where bars and restaurants feature local and traveling musicians from genres such as country, rock, pop, jazz, and more.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana – While Mardi Gras occurs on Tuesday, March 5 and is one of the most identifiable and iconic events associated with New Orleans, a great time to visit if you’d like to avoid the crowds is the week following Mardi Gras. As the streets have been cleaned and the crowds have dispersed, visitors can experience a more tranquil but equally entertaining New Orleans following Mardi Gras. Visitors can experience the best of the French Quarter, eat amazing food, and check out the city’s always vibrant music scene without the swarm of crowds. The New Orleans Hyatt House is a great place for accommodations while visiting.
6. Savannah, Georgia – Appropriately dubbed the Hostess City of the South, the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia lives up to the southern charm reputation of its neighboring cities. With beautiful beaches, waterfront views, classic Antebellum architecture, and cobblestone streets, this gem of a city is a great place for a Spring Break getaway. The nearby Tybee Island might have some rowdy Spring Breakers, but the city of Savannah offers more than enough for a wonderful vacation. Visitors will find a city rich in history, amazing food, and gorgeous riverfront views. Check out our article on the top things to do while visiting Savannah.
7. Napa Valley, California – Also known as wine country, Napa Valley is the mecca for wine lovers in the United States. A Spring Break vacation to Napa/Sonoma will provide relaxation with world-class food and wines while you enjoy scenic views and perhaps indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. If you are looking to spice up your spring break with a little adventure, Napa/Sonoma offers activities such as windsurfing, horseback riding, rock climbing and hang gliding.
8. San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio’s coldest months average in the mid-60s making it an ideal destination for a Spring Break getaway. There are the obvious attractions like the Alamo, SeaWorld, Six Flags, or a stroll along the iconic San Antonio River Walk, but the city offers much more to visitors. Check out the art-driven Yanaguana Garden, people watch and buy some local goods at the Farmers Market at the Pearl, or smell some beautiful flowers at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Visitors can also check out the perennially competitive San Antonio Spurs as they compete for a playoff spot in the final weeks of the NBA regular season.