March is the unofficial month of spring break
Which -- at least to hundreds of thousands of college students across the nation -- means it's a 30-day stretch of time dedicated to partying, preferably in beachy locations around the world, if you're looking to get the classic spring break fix, here are the top Spring Break destinations for partying.
Cancun -- with its beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters -- is one of the world’s top beach destinations, and it is also one of the most-visited spring break destinations on the planet.
The Hotel Zone is where to go if you're looking for all the college spring break staples; dozens of mega resorts line miles and miles of postcard-perfect beaches where guests lounge in the sun, margarita in hand. Hotels here cater to spring breakers, hard partier's, young couples and rowdy groups with night-long parties, loud entertainment, cheap booze and all-inclusive plans.
Where to stay: Hotel Riu Cancun
In the heart of the Hotel Zone, Hotel Riu Cancun sits on a sprawling piece of beachfront that’s close to bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. The all-inclusive 569-room resort offers three swimming pools, a buffet-style restaurant, as well as three themed restaurants and a range of on-site activities that includes nightly live shows, tennis, windsurfing and a nightclub. Rooms are a bit outdated, but most consider it a small trade off for the affordable prices.
2. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the country's most infamous party spots, so it's no wonder it's a major spring break party destination -- even considering its lack of a beach. Instead of fun along the sand, Vegas provides poolside and late-night debauchery with hundreds of pool parties annually and some of the hottest nightclubs around. Spring breakers can take their pick between
classy and trashy, as the Strip offers everything from topless pools to quiet infinity pools, from packed, fist-pumping nightclubs to bottle service-only lounges.
Where to stay: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Hard Rock brand is synonymous with partying, and its Vegas resort may be the most party-centric of all. Not only is it home to Rehab (considered by many to be Vegas's best pool party, and certainly its largest), but go-go dancers perform in the casino, live music plays nightly at The Joint (which boasts a 4,000-person capacity), and spring breakers can party 'til late at the popular on-site Vanity nightclub.
Many parts of Jamaica are nonstop parties throughout peak season, and especially during college spring break. Known for its long stretches of white sandy beach, Negril is one of the island's hot spots, as
is the area's not-so-creatively-named Seven Mile Beach; by day, revelers sip on rum punch and frolic in the warm waters, and by night they drink more rum punch and dance to live reggae bands and steel drum performances. Though technically illegal, marijuana is readily available and a draw for many visitors, as are the breathtaking sunsets that the area is renowned for.
Where to stay: Negril Tree House Resort
Negril Tree House has a prime location in the heart of the action -- right on Seven Mile Beach and next door to great bars and restaurants. It's not an all-inclusive, but with so many nightlife options to explore around town, you'll be glad for the flexibility.
Miami's neon-lit South Beach (or "SoBe") might be the sexiest beach town in America. Chic clubs with discerning bouncers draw the fashion-industry elite, the occasional celebrity and plenty of 20-somethings ready to party. And fortunately for those on a budget, it's not all glitz -- cheap Cuban sandwich joints, fishbowl-size discount margaritas and Bud Light-slinging dive bars peacefully coexist with the posh hotel lounges and famed fusion restaurants.
Where to stay: Catalina Hotel
Designed for 20-somethings who can rage until 4 a.m., the Catalina can be a godsend. It's moderately priced, ac
ross from the beach and in the heart of the fashionista bar scene. There are nice touches like Tempur-Pedic beds and a hip rooftop pool, but it's certainly a raucous party hotel at heart.