5 Best Places to Spend Spring Break in Florida

With spring break just around the corner, our minds are focused on lazy days on the beach, lounging by the pool, and hitting up the best bars with our friends. As many of us collegiettes are planning our spring break destinations on a budget, a great way to save some money is by staying in Florida! It may not seem as glamorous as Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, but you would be surprised at how much the various beaches in Florida have to offer!

1. South Beach

South Beach in Miami is renowned for its lively atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle. Anybody looking for great nightlife and bars should consider South Beach for his or her ultimate spring break destination. Boasting a huge variety of bars, clubs, and beaches, South Beach never fails to deliver an incredible vacation experience.

Best Bar: Last Weekend

Best Nightclub: LIV

Best Hotel: Delano Hotel

Best Shopping: Aventura Mall

Best Things to Do: Zoo Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami

2. Panama City Beach

One of the ultimate destinations for spring break is undoubtedly Panama City Beach. When you’re not taking advantage of the blazing sun and numerous tanning opportunities, try swimming with dolphins or zip-lining over the beach! With free concerts hosted by some huge celebrities and nightclubs lining the beach, Panama City Beach won’t disappoint!

Best Bar: Tiki Bar at Sandpiper Beach

Best Nightclub: Club La Vela

Best Hotel: Sandpiper Beacon Resort

Best Shopping: Pier Park

Best Things to Do: Shell Island Shuttle, Panama City Beach Fly Board

3. Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach truly offers something for every type of collegiette. Whether you want to hit up bustling bars and clubs or spend the day in quaint ocean front shops, Daytona has it all. Main attractions include the Daytona Lagoon Water Park that can be a fun day out for everyone! And for those who are thrill seekers, the Speed Park racing track is the place to go!

Best Bar: The Ocean Deck

Best Nightclub: 509 Lounge

Best Hotel: Hawaiian Inn Beach Resort

Best Shopping: Ocean Walk Shoppes

Best Things to Do: Daytona Lagoon Water Park, Speed Park

4. Key West

Key West is another ideal hotspot for spring breakers looking for a relaxed beach atmosphere but still want to have the option of a busy nightlife scene! Key West features modern cocktail bars as well as hot nightclubs and beachfront bars with live music. I definitely suggest taking a Rampage Fishing Charter boat for a day trip. They are classified as party fishing boats, meaning you get to have the traditional fishing experience while hanging out with friends!

Best Bar: Orchid Bar

Best Nightclub: Virgilio’s

Best Hotel: Southernmost Hotel in the USA

Best Shopping: Dockside Market

Best Things to Do: Rampage Fishing Charters, White Knuckle Thrill Boat Ride

5. Captiva Island

For collegiettes looking for a relaxing and refreshing spring break with a laid back vibe, Captiva Island provides the supreme tranquilizing destination. Boasting a wide range of local wildlife and calming water activities such as a sailing trip, the island is a dream paradise to get rid of all the stress that college inevitably brings. Although Captiva Island is not widely known for its crazy nightclubs, the majority of the bars offer live music that keep up with the island beach theme!

Best Bar: Plantation Beach Club

Best Nightclub: Crow’s Nest Lounge

Best Hotel: Jensen’s “On the Gulf”

Best Shopping: The Island Store

Best Things to Do: New Moon Sailing, Parasailing

Hollie Morey is a creative writing enthusiast, when she is not studying for her double major in communications and political science! In her free time, Hollie loves to curl up with a great novel or the latest edition of Glamour, as well as catch up on her favorite shows: Pretty Little Liars and Mad Men! Hollie has a particular interest in writing about fashion and local current events and can be found looking on Her Campus for great style tips or for ideas for things to do in Tallahassee!

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