5 Alternative Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me you’ve been too busy trying to survive a very stressful January and February to be thinking about a vacation. But never fear, collegiettes. You can still have a fun Spring Break, even though it’s last minute and we’re all broke from just paying our spring semester tuition. If you’re not keen on Florida, the Bahamas, here are five alternative vacation destinations!

1. The Outer Banks, NC 

Just a few hours drive from Mason, the Outer Banks are a collection of small towns on North Carolina’s barrier peninsula. With the Atlantic Ocean to one side, the Pamlico Sound to the other, and plenty of coastal charm in between, there’s something for everyone here. Spend some time at the beach, go paddleboarding or kayaking on the Sound, eat some delicious food, or have a spa day — you can do it all here. 

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

While March in northern Canada might be a little chilly, Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful and charming places I’ve ever visited. Halifax boasts a vibrant downtown area, rich historical sites and museums, dozens of breweries and restaurants, and stunning surrounding coastal villages. Whether you’re more of an outdoor gal or city person, there’s something here for you from ferry tours of Halifax Harbor to exploring the nightlife scene. Locals here are also very friendly and helpful in my experience. Bonus: the Anne of Green Gables House is located on nearby Prince Edward Island!

3. St. Augustine, FL 

Listen — I know I’ve already badmouthed Florida in this article. However: let’s give the oldest city in America a chance. St. Augustine often gets bypassed for other Florida cities like Miami or Orlando, even though it’s way cooler in my humble opinion. Colonial architecture, historical sites, dozens of unique museums and experiences a lighthouse, and beautiful beaches are just a few reasons you should check this place out. 

4. Caye Caulker, Belize 

While this destination is likely the most expensive on the list, it’s not as bad as it could be considering it’s a tropical island in the Carribean and you’ve probably never heard of it. So, you’re welcome. With several hostels and affordable housing options available, Caye Caulker is a beach-lover’s paradise. Fair warning: this place is definitely on “island time” — it’s a great place to get away and relax. If you don’t just want to soak up some rays, though, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and swimming with manatees are just a few of the activities you can get up to here.

5. Santa Fe, NM

If you’re a musical theatre person, you’ve heard Santa Fe sung about in several hit musicals. Whether you’re a Newsie or not, this New Mexico gem is a great option for your Spring Break travels. There’s a yurt available on AirBnb — enough said. The city has unique Pueblo-style architecture, awesome museums and art installations, a drool-worthy restaurant scene, and plenty of hiking and outdoor adventures at nearby state parks.