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9 Spring Break Destinations for Sunseekers

Soak up the sun in one of these bright and inviting destinations this spring break season.

A beach in Puerto Vallarta at sunrise.
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Lauren is a writer, editor, and consultant based in New York. Her work has been featured in publications such as Travel + Leisure, SmarterTravel, AFAR, and Time Out. When she's not writing or playing with her dog, she's more than likely researching her next trip.

No spring break plans yet? It’s not too late to book your much-needed seasonal escape. After a cold, long, and dreary winter, spring break is the perfect time to pack your bags, hop on a flight, and head somewhere warm and sunny.

From St. Petersburg, Florida, to breathtaking Belize, here are the best warm-weather spring break destinations for every type of traveler across the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America—plus just what to see and do when visiting.

1. Huntington Beach, California, US

Beachgoers enjoy Huntington Beach at Spring Break in California.
Huntington Beach is a popular spot for sunseekers this spring break.Foto: ianmitchinson / Shutterstock

Easy to reach from LA, this hot spot is perfect for some spring break sunshine.

An hour outside Los Angeles, Huntington Beach boasts miles of pristine coastline and more than 280 sunny days per year. It’s also a prime spot for surfing, having earned the nickname Surf City, US, for its connection to the sport.

Beyond catching a wave, here you can enjoy a picnic, and stroll Huntington Beach Pier before or after a fishing or boating excursion. Hiking, biking, and beach volleyball are also popular in the area. It’d also be remiss not to mention the city’s vibrant nightlife scene with plenty of bars, breweries, and lounges—it’s spring break, after all.

2. St. Petersburg, Florida, US

An aerial view of St. Petersburg beach and the hotels by the sand.
The white sands of St. Petersburg are famous for their near year-round sunshine.Foto: Garrett Brown / Shutterstock

There are few places you can go in the continental US which offer more sun than St. Pete's.

St. Petersburg offers a whopping 361 days of sunshine, so it’s no surprise many refer to it as the Sunshine City. The area is also known for its abundance of sandy beaches, calm blue waters, and many outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, and boating.

If you're an adventure seeker, embark on speedboat rides, evening kayaking excursions, or helicopter tours. You can also explore the destination’s vibrant downtown area, home to hundreds of colorful murals, on foot or bike. However you fill your days, cap off your trip with a romantic sunset sail and toast to an incredible vacation.

3. Corpus Christi, Texas, US

The marina at Corpus Christi as seen from above.
Corpus Christi is where to go in Texas for a chill spring break vacay.Foto: Roschetzky Photography / Shutterstock

Texas might not scream spring break, but this is one of the best spots to celebrate.

With more than 233 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 79°F (26°C), Corpus Christi is easily among America’s best spring break destinations for sunseekers. The city is home to nine pristine beaches, and while we wouldn’t blame you for spending your entire trip soaking up the sun from your lounge chair, you can also try your hand at surfing, kayaking, and fishing.

Don’t skip town without visiting the nearby Padre Island National Seashore for excellent wildlife spotting and even more postcard-worthy stretches of sand, though.

4. Phoenix, Arizona, US

Camelback Mountain in the Phoenix area, its red rocks and views of the city.
Camelback Mountain is just one of the many great hiking spots in the Phoenix area.Foto: Jeremy Janus / Shutterstock

Beat the summer heat in Arizona by visiting in the springtime.

With its year-round warm climate and clear skies, Phoenix is perfect for spring breakers searching for sunshine. Outdoor enthusiasts should take advantage of Phoenix’s many scenic hiking opportunities, including Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, and South Mountain Park.

For even more adventure, sign up for a desert UTV tour, a hot-air balloon ride, or a cliffside kayaking excursion. While Phoenix proper has plenty to see and do (including a bustling downtown area complete with colorful street art), you can also take organized day trips from the city to other must-see spots like the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Antelope Canyon, and the Apache Trail.

5. Grenada

Palm trees and blue water are enjoyed by a walker in Grenada.
Grenada is a blissful place to go if you're looking for off-the-beaten path Caribbean vibes.Foto: Peter Krocka / Shutterstock

This spicy, sunshine-doused destination is ideal for a spring break vacay.

The idyllic Caribbean island of Grenada attracts visitors from around the world with its tropical climate, picturesque beaches, and turquoise waters.

Grenada also features many overwater and underwater highlights, like 15 tranquil waterfalls and 30 dive sites, including the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck and the world’s first underwater sculpture park. It’s no wonder snorkeling is especially popular here, as are waterfall hikes and river tubing. Consider embarking on an ATV excursion or spice tour—Grenada, aka the "Spice Isle," is also known for its spice production.

6. Belize, Central America

Snorkelers enjoy Belize and its blue waters for Spring Break.
Snorkelers enjoy Belize for the clear waters and extensive coral reefs.Foto: Brian Feulner / Viator

Dive into all the underwater activities that Belize has to offer.

Beautiful Belize offers everything from sandy beaches and ancient Mayan ruins to lush forests and the famous island of Ambergris Caye. Located along the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, Ambergris Caye is home to exceptional sailing, paddling, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities, too.

For even more adventure, go cave tubing, kayaking, and ziplining. And no trip to Belize is complete without a trip to the enchanting Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s top dive sites.

Related: 9 of the Best Places Around the World To Learn How To Scuba Dive

7. Nassau, the Bahamas

Boats sail towards Nassau on a blue-sky day in the Bahamas.
Boats sail towards Nassau, one of the best places to go in the Bahamas.Foto: Nathan Bai / Shutterstock

This is a sunny spring break destination with something to suit all the family.

The Bahamian capital of Nassau is an easy flight from the US, but its sunny skies, warm weather, and turquoise waters make it feel worlds away.

Between trips to the beach, families with little ones in tow can splash around at one of three water parks (including this one at Atlantis, Paradise Island), play with dolphins at Dolphin Cay, and spot wildlife at Ardastra Gardens. Meanwhile, grown-ups can sign up for a food tour of the city or an adventure-filled ATV excursion.

8. St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

The colorful buildings of St. Kitts, as seen from above.
The colorful buildings of St. Kitts will provide a fun backdrop for your spring break vacation.Foto: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

An underrated spring break option, St. Kitts is a playground for thrill and sunseekers alike.

This spring break, escape to sunny St. Kitts, which has endless sandy shores, clear waters, and tropical rainforests. But this island’s allure goes far beyond just soaking up the sun.

Here, enjoy popular activities such as off-roading, ziplining, snorkeling on a speed boat trip, horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking a dormant volcano. In between all the action, take some time to catch up on some R&R at one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.

9. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boats head towards the shore of Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is a perennially popular spring break hot spot on the west coast of Mexico.Foto: Hello Cinthia / Shutterstock

A spring break classic for a reason, Puerto Vallarta has all your vacay bases covered.

Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta offers a vast array of outdoor adventures and fun in the sun for visitors of all ages. This popular spring break spot is home to a handful of renowned beaches, as well as one of the country’s longest suspension bridges, Jorullo Bridge.

Other activities include ATVing, horseback riding, ziplining, parasailing, and snorkeling. It’s also worth noting that whale-watching season here runs through March (and maybe even into April and May), offering you the chance to spot these magnificent creatures in the wild while on spring break.

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