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Spring break ideas for students and families

If the winter weather has you itching for a getaway it's time to start planning a Spring Break vacation. Whether you're a student looking to escape with your buddies, or a family of four taking a much needed break, we've got some of the best Spring Break vacation ideas for your travel needs. Don't forget your SPF and swimsuit -- after all the winter cold a little fun-in-the-sun might be just what you need...

Spring Break for Students

Signs of spring are here, which can only mean one thing: Spring Break! It's that time of year when beer pong and bungee jumps are the games of choice, and MTV rules the beach house. Whether you want a week of revelry or a quiet spot in the sun, we've got the best cheap vacations for college students.

Fort Lauderdale: Find cheap Spring Break travel to Fort Lauderdale and you'll find yourself with a pass to the best Spring Break beach party. Offering the perfect blend of bikinis, bars and beach balls, a college spring break travel package to Fort Lauderdale will fulfill any college student's Spring Break expectations.

Cancun: Mexico's favorite Spring Break vacation spot is so hot it's barely talked about the next day. Book a Cancun Spring Break travel deal and trade in your econ books for the white sand and blue waters of Mexico's hot spot. Cheap Cancun Spring Break vacation package deals are available for groups but it's best to book in advance.

Bahamas: Need an island escape for Spring Break? Find Spring Break travel deals to the Bahamas and immerse yourself in the pleasure of the islands. From sun-drenched days to beach party nights, a Bahamas Spring Break vacation package might be just the trip you need.

Jamaica: In need of a little reggae relaxation? Grab your friends for a Spring Break travel package to Jamaica. Spend your days on the beach and your nights filled with Rastafarian fun. Whether you hang in a hut or book a resort room, the essence of the islands will move you.

Amsterdam: If a good time is on your mind look no further than Amsterdam for your college Spring Break trip. The Netherlands' most famous city is known for its late-night festivities, but this Spring Break trip also offers a good dose of culture to the burgeoning college student.

Spring Break for Families

Who said you have to be in college to enjoy Spring Break? If beach parties and booze-cruises aren't quite your style, consider some of these more sophisticated Spring Break family vacations. Insider travel tip: It's likely your flight will include some college kids - use your "adult" advantage and upgrade your seat to first class to avoid the chaos in coach.

San Diego: Known for some of the best snorkeling, swimming and sailing in the U.S., San Diego is one of the best family Spring Break vacation spots. If the water gets too much for the kids, head to the world-famous San Diego Zoo or take a stroll through Legoland.

Fort Myers: Miles of quiet coastline makes a trip to Fort Myers one of the best family vacations for Spring Break travel. Go shelling on Sanibel Island or take in a MLB Spring Training game. While the rest of Florida is packed full of college students, a Spring Break family vacation to Fort Myers will keep travelers of any age occupied.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico: If underwater exploration excites your family, book a Spring Break family vacation to Playa del Carmen and take a swim with the dolphins or schools of fish. Need some time on land? Add a rainforest tour to your family Spring Break travel package in Playa del Carmen.

Bermuda: It's not as cheap as other destinations, but Bermuda has something most Spring Break vacation spots don't have: peace and quiet. After a day exploring the underwater coral reefs and caves, take the family for a seashell hunt along the pink beaches that decorate the coastline. A Spring Break trip to Bermuda has something for every traveler.

London: If a history lesson is on your agenda, book a Spring Break family vacation to London. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, there is plenty for the kids to explore in the city across the pond.

 
 
Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.