Top 5 Cities for Spring Break Getaways and How to Travel There on a Budget
Spring Break Isn’t Just for College Kids
With the coming of March, eager people all around the country start to get excited about spring. New blooms pop out on the trees, green foliage makes an appearance again, and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds every so often, putting the winter squarely in its rearview mirror.
And when the calendar turns to March and April, college kids everywhere get ready for spring break, the annual holiday that usually spells heavy duty partying in warmer climates from Arizona to California to Florida. But the truth is that these days, spring break really isn’t just for college kids anymore.
Homeowners who live in colder parts of the country can break up the winter doldrums and start spring on the right foot, just by planning an early seasonal getaway. Have some early fun in the sun this year when you travel to any of these five great cities, where you can enjoy a spring break getaway on a budget.
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers is much loved for a lot of reasons, but the city tops the list when it comes to sunshine and warmth. After all, what else is spring break really for? Fort Myers is an amazing destination with a great variety of rental homes and resorts to choose from. Plus, a day at the beach is about as cheap of an activity as it gets!
Fort Myers is a great city to visit for families on a budget, because you get all the sun and pristine beaches of Florida without the big city prices of Miami or Orlando. Go catch a spring training game at neighboring Jet Blue Park and see the Boston Red Sox minor league team in action for a fraction of the regular season price! Check out the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Manatee Park for a day out of the sun, or just take a sunset walk and collect a few of the countless beautiful shells on the beaches.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is remarkably easy to travel to from the East Coast, and boasts dozens of beautiful resorts. Visitors can snorkel, horseback ride, or relax on the beach and let the troubles of winter float away. If you’re on a budget, then be sure to look for an all-inclusive resort. This way, you pay everything up front and know exactly what your trip will cost with no surprises!
Take a day or two away from the beach by going zip lining through the jungle canopies, or get certified in SCUBA and explore the ocean floor in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Santo Domingo is a great city for a day trip packed with sightseeing and landmarks like the Catedral Primada de America and the National Palace.
Our first nontraditional spot, Portland, Oregon might not bring the same kind of heat and sun as you’d expect from a spring break destination, but the weather turns in spring and it’s hard to beat all of the great outdoor activities in the area, let alone the amazing blooms and foliage from a city that’s just been drenched in rain for the previous four or five months. Budget tip: camping is cheap and hiking is free!
Portland is another amazing city that offers the best culture a place can offer, all of which is only a short drive from beautiful and accessible wilderness. Take a day trip to Columbia River Gorge or Forest Park for some stunning nature sights, or plan a night in Wine Country just an hour away in Willamette Valley. Save some extra money and settle in by renting a house and preparing meals at home with the family in between day trips.
Another city that doesn’t exactly scream “spring break,” Boulder, Colorado really packs a punch. Soak in Colorado’s abundant sunshine while you explore the more than 25 microbreweries downtown, or catch some music at the Bohemian Biergarten or Owsley’s Golden Road.
Budget conscious travelers can save money on a rental car by taking a shuttle from Denver airport into downtown Boulder, or by using Zipcar for day trips. Outside of downtown, the Boulder area is packed to the gills with stunning vistas and world-class hiking, and Flatirons and El Dorado Canyon are two of the must see attractions in the area.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is always a great idea but especially in the spring. The weather is starting to warm up, but the air is still a little dry and the daytime temps tend to stay in the 70’s. Bourbon Street is usually most visitors’ first stop in town, but the real party is on Frenchmen Street, home to some of the best live music in the country.
If you’re on a budget, you can use New Orleans’ vast inventory of hotel rooms to your advantage and try to book when there aren’t any big conventions in town. Skip the rental car and walk or take Uber everywhere you want to go. Whether it’s po’ boys at Mahony’s on Magazine Street, or late night beignets at Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans is packed with food, drinks and plenty of fun things to do for spring break.