Whenever March hits the scene, one thing is guaranteed - spring break. It’s the one week out of the school year college students get to travel with their friends and make great use of the warm weather. Even though most college students are on a budget, that doesn’t mean they’re limited to staycations or no trip at all. Groupon is a great site to check out for affordable, discounted trips, and there are cities to please everyone’s tastes. Check out these 15 spring break destinations that are great for anyone on a budget.
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Year after year, Myrtle Beach tops the list for affordable seaside havens for spring break. With white sand beaches and warm weather for a reasonably-priced flight, there isn’t much more you can ask for.
Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center: This resort is located at the tip of Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of gorgeous white, sandy beaches. You’ll find nearby restaurants serving fresh seafood. Get to exploring the city, and you’ll find Barefoot Landing, the Alabama Theater, the SkyWheel, and over a mile of carnival games and thrill rides at Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
Rates start at $65 a night.
Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark: If you and your friends are looking to have fun at a waterpark, this is a great spot. This waterpark is equipped with two four-story slides, a treehouse, and heated pools for a swim anytime of day. Check out Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to get a great glimpse of the water and the skyline, and Myrtle Beach State Park is right around the corner. Beyond the beach, you’ll find restaurants and bars for a great nightlife.
Rates start at $69 a night.
Meridian Plaza Hotel: Ever wanted to stay in a suite? Well now you can for only $64 a night. You and your buddies can enjoy an oceanfront view from your room before you head out to swimming in the hotel’s pools or at the beach. After, check out Ripley’s Aquarium, Carolina Opry, and the SkyWheel.
Rates start at $64 a night.
It’s no surprise that party-goers want to make their way to Las Vegas for spring break. You can easily make this trip affordable by rallying up a group of friends and checking out these awesome Groupon offers.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas: The Hard Rock Hotel is an iconic building in Las Vegas and around the the world, and now you can stay here for less than the cost of your flight. You’ll find a variety of cuisines available on-site, and you’ll get the chance to explore rock and roll history. Get pampered at the Reliquary Spa and Salon before you make your way to Magic Mike Live, which debuts in March 2017.
Rooms start at $39 a night.
Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino: For an affordable hotel in the center of the strip, consider Bally’s. This Groupon deal even comes with a $20 dining credit to use at one of their 5 restaurants. You can shop at their 120-store shopping center, or lounge around at the Blu Pool.
Rates start at $49 a night.
Flamingo Las Vegas: This ultra affordable stay will make Vegas feel like a dream. Stay on the strip and get access to all the cool features at Flamingo, like their 15-acre, on-site Wildlife Habitat that is the home to exotic turtles, fish, and yes, flamingos. You’ll also receive $20 dining credit to use towards their 3 restaurants and 2 pools.
Rates start at $40 a night.
The LINQ Hotel and Casino: The LINQ is home to the 550-foot Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas, as well as a number of other attractions to make your trip memorable. Party in a private cabana at the outdoor pool, and enjoy cocktails at the ameriCAN Beer and Cocktails bar featuring brews from every state. Use your $20 dining credit at any 3 of their on-site restaurants.
Rates start at $45 a night.
Make your way to this beautiful city by the beach, and you’ll want to come back even when it’s not spring break. With several universities nearby, this spot is a great destination for college students.
Best Western Mission Bay: This hotel is only 15 minutes away from some of San Diego’s hottest attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and Gaslamp Quarter for a nightlife you won’t forget.
Rooms start at $77 a night.
PB Surf Beachside Inn: At just a block from the Pacific Ocean, you won’t get any closer to a beach-side hotel at this price. Swim or surf in the gorgeous water, or drive a few minutes (or take public transportation to be cost-effective) to Mission Bay Park and uncover more beaches, coves, and canals.
Rates start at $78 a night.
Porto Vista Hotel: This chic hotel is nestled in the deliciously smelling, beautiful Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. Start off your morning with daily breakfast for two adults, which are included in this Groupon offer, and then make your way to Gaslamp Quarter a night. Enjoy local thrills such as the Mercato, which is the farmers’ market held on every Saturday. Groupon customers can also enjoy valet parking with in and out privileges at a discounted rate of only $10 per day.
Rates start at $89 a night.
Another ideal spring break destination is sunny Florida. With the warm sun beating down on you as you stroll along the Atlantic coastline, this is what spring break is all about.
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort: If you’re looking for something more laid back but would still like to have Miami Beach just a 30-minute drive away, this Sunny Isles Beach hotel is perfect for you. You can spend a nice relaxing afternoon napping in a cabana, jet skiing, or getting your taste of tropical cocktails. At night, make your way to Miami Beach for a great nightlife.
Rooms start at $119 per night.
Flamingo Waterpark Resort: Located in Kissimmee, this waterpark resort is ideal for the group of friends who just want to have fun - and lots of it. This Groupon offer comes with four waterpark passes per night booked, so that means you can spend every single day going down those water slides or wading in the lazy river. You’re also just a short drive from downtown Orlando and Walt Disney World.
Rates start at $49 a night.
Bahama House: This adorable boutique hotel is south of Daytona Beach, and you’ll definitely feel like you’ve just walked onto a tropical paradise. In additional to a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, you’ll get free wine, beer, and cocktails at the nightly receptions. Free alcohol? Yes, please.
Rooms start at $91 per night.
If you want to fly a little farther, check out these international resorts, some with an all-inclusive option. You’re never going to go back to regular resort life!
Hotel Vista de Olas - Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Although this is not an all-inclusive resort, you’ll still get a ton of great perks with the package. Among them are happy hour, BBQ dinner, daily breakfast, ATV tour, and your choice of a fun activity. You’ll also get to stay in your very own deluxe Spanish villa!
Rates start at $599 for a 3-night stay for two.
Lifestyle Crown Residence Suites - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: Book yourself and a friend flights to Puerto Plata, and you can be treated like a VIP with this all-inclusive package that includes meals at 2 buffets, 11 specialty restaurants, and 1 VIP sports bar, drinks (including alcohol), and golf. During spring break, dates are only available in the first and last weeks of April.
Rates start at $99 a night for two.