When the sun starts shining a little brighter, there’s one thing on our minds: vacation, baby.
Contrary to popular belief, Spring Break was not just meant for college kids escaping a fit of finals exhaustion. All are in need of a getaway of sorts for a couple days or a couple of weeks with your best wolf pack in tow, your family, or your special someone.
Topping most widely-spread lists of Spring Break destinations is our very own San Diego, home to some of the most breathtaking beaches and hot locals ready to play. And while we’ll be sure not to miss out on the action, we’ve got a few travel spots of our own we’re packing bags for.
We’ve compiled a list of the top Spring Break destinations in the world. From San Diego staycations at hotels and resorts in our own backyard, to wet ‘n’ wild party spots in Las Vegas and luxury beachfront properties in the Bahamas, we found a solar-powered vacation for Spring Breakers of all ages and attitudes.
Five San Diego Spring Staycations
Omni Hotel San Diego: Sitting central to everything San Diego, Omni connects to the sports-hub of Petco Park. The soaring structure features swanky rooms and suites with views of the bay, the city and the ballpark. All accommodations feature plush decorations in an urban, contemporary style. One of the biggest draws is Omni’s position next door to the pulsating nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter, as well as some of the more eclectic bars and restaurants located in East Village. The four-star Omni boasts an outdoor terrace and stone fireplace, as well as the popular McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant.
Spring Savings: For a spring vacation, the Omni aims to prove why the West Coast is by far, the best coast. Families and vacationers will love the Spring Retreat Package. Book between March 5th and May 14th and receive 15% off each night, with a two-night minimum. This package includes deluxe accommodations. Find out more about the Spring Retreat Package, and other deals for the season, at omnihotels.com
La Valencia Hotel: For the vacationer looking to experience seaside luxury during their visit to San Diego, La Jolla offers an idealistic blend of beach sophistication. La Valencia Hotel provides privacy as well as convenience, with European-themed rooms and suites overlooking the village. The flowering tropical gardens, a blue ocean on the horizon, and rooms that show it all make La Valencia a neighborhood staple. Known infamously as the “Pink Lady,” La Valencia is an old world charm with a fresh new outlook in the hospitality industry. As an icon, it’s remained a must for hosting guests on their getaways and showing off the best of La Jolla.
Spring Savings: La Valencia is offering a spring getaway intended to relax and renew their guests in the spirit of the season. Available now through April 30th, guests can restore and treat themselves to a full-load of health related deals for the rejuvenation of the body and mind. The Relax and Renew Package includes a two night stay in a Partial Ocean View Room or Double Queen, two 60-minute massages, and one 60-minute customized duet yoga session or workout. The package is priced at $400 per night, plus tax. For more information, visit lavalencia.com
Rancho Bernardo Inn: Even further off the beaten path is Rancho Bernardo Inn, one of San Diego’s most expansive properties. The Inn radiates with style and warmth, unique among other California resorts. Reminiscent of a country estate, deluxe relaxation is in immediate order upon arrival. Let your mind unwind amidst landscaped walkways, growing gardens, and Mediterranean fountains. Inside, you’ll find wood beam ceilings, fireplaces, custom furniture and a variety of hand-collected antiquities. The 256-acre property features 287 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, three swimming pools, a full-service spa and wellness center, two restaurants, and equipped meeting and event rooms. The property is mostly known, however, for their golf grounds, spa facilities, and high-scale cuisine.
Spring Savings: Golf fanatics craving the perfect amount of sunshine to balance out the green head to Rancho Bernardo Inn for the Swing into Spring Package. This ultimate golf getaway has all the necessary components, including one-night resort accommodations, a round of golf, BBQ lunch, a bucket of balls and craft beers all for two adults. The package is priced at $299 for two, and you can add on a mini lesson for only $50 more. For more information, visit ranchobernardoinn.com
The Grand Del Mar: As San Diego’s only Forbes Triple 5-Star Resort, The Grand Del Mar is the ultimate lavish vacation destination. The respite begins with the 12,000-foot spa, and then leads guests to the award-winning Addison and Amaya restaurants. This resort, comfortably nestled between Del Mar, La Jolla and Rancho San Diego, offers first-class dining, recreation, and relaxation, along with a touch of nightlife action inside Club M. With so much opulence, you’ll want to stay a few nights longer than you planned for. Enjoy four crystal blue pools, two tennis courts, a 3,000 foot croquet lawn, and the child-friendly activity center featuring billiards, video games and more.
Spring Savings: The Spring Break 3-for-2 Package is giving families an extra incentive to stay in San Diego a little longer. The package guarantees that when guests reserve three consecutive nights, the third night is complimentary. Guests can choose from the Resort King Guestroom, Grand King Guestroom, Prado Suite, Veranda Suite, or more luxurious accommodations. Enhance your stay with a 60-minute spa treatment, one round of golf, or a bubbles & berries package addition. Rates start from $395 from Feb. 21 through June 30th. For more information, visit thegranddelmar.com
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa: At the Mission Bay-side Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, choose from a large selection of well-appointed guestrooms, such as a Bay Front Villa, Garden View Villa, Lanai Bay Front Villa, and the luxury suites. Guestrooms and suites are decorated to reflect the bright, festive hues of the San Diego bayside locale, and come complete with luxury bedding and designer furniture. Bring the family for fun on the bay, or spoil your special someone at Spa Brezza.
Spring Savings: When you take your spring escape, enjoy 20% off the best available room rates, in addition to some complimentary resort amenities for optimum family bonding. The resort offers interactive activities, such as nightly s’mores roasts and dive-in poolside movies. Spend you Spring Break splashing around in the warm coastal waters of San Diego, while spending less. Plus, you’ll be able to access the best of the city such as Sea World and Old Town with exclusive hotel shuttles. For more information, visit sandiegohilton.com
Five San Diego Spring Vacation Destinations
Las Vegas: In a city that boasts revelry and sin as its top characteristics, it’s certain that a spring break in Vegas is a guaranteed 24-hour party. The secret in their top-quality entertainment is that the city never sleeps. Whether you’re out on the poolside parties, dancing in clubs that stay open long past 2am, scoring some cash at the tables, or shopping at the upscale strips, Las Vegas is an ultimate destination for anyone looking to go big before going home.
Hotel Pick: The Palms Casino Resort is one of the top stops for anyone looking to experience Vegas at face value. Filled with the amenities that every Sin City traveler looks for, it’s become a veritable playground for music celebrities, athletes, stars, and spring breakers alike. There’s a two-acre outdoor pool, the Palms Spa, the gym, the casino, the movie theatres and much more. Plus, it’s home to some of the hottest clubs including the frequented Playboy Club. And this year, The Palms will once again be deemed MTV’s official spring break destination spot. From March 20-22nd, guests can book rooms starting from only $199 per person for three nights. Last year’s MTV party rocked with hosts Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, Lupe Fiasco, and Jason Derulo. Who will grace the pool this year? MTV Networks will be poolside with multi-platinum rapper Young Jeezy, MTV Artist to Watch 2012 Dev and U.K. boy-band The Wanted. Spring breakers will have access to exclusive screening parties with MTV celebrities Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Deena Nicole Cortese from "Jersey Shore." For more information, visit palms.com
Panama City Beach: While Miami has held down the reigns as one of the top destination spots to catch some tropical bliss with pure party-spirit, Panama City is quickly rising as one of the hottest spots in Florida to indulge in an outrageous vacation. During the day, tourists flock for the sun, the sand, and the scantily clad ladies. By night, the city transforms into a playground between the various nightclubs lining the beaches. Known for a wild Spring Break scene, Panama City Beach is already booking live performances between Feb. 28th and April 1st. So far, they’ve snagged Eric Church and Like Bryan performing free concerts at Spinnaker Beach Club. DJ Unk will be there, as well as Yelawolf. MTV Real World’s Dunbar Merrill is confirmed to once again make appearances at the Beach Bash on March 7th, 14th, and 21st. Not to mention, Maxim’s resident DJs will be performing at this year’s Foam Party events.
Hotel Pick: The Seahaven Beach Resorts offer gulf views and southern service, with specials for the influx of party-people joining in on the fun during Spring Break. The Origin at Seahaven luxury condominium-style hotel offers Polynesian and Island Easy décor rooms, with a Grand Pool Terrace, heated whirlpool, and both indoor and outdoor dining options. The special Origin at Seahaven Party Pack offers an all-inclusive value pack. Along with their room, guests will receive a Panamaniac Card, Party Pass, Free Shuttle, MTV Celebrity Ticket and more for $301 for the whole week. From top hot-spot Sharky’s World Famous Beach Club right across the street, to the best beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, this is the “it” place to be for Spring Break in Panama City Beach. Each year, the parties get bigger with more music artists, TV stars, and celebrity DJs participating in the endless day parties. For more information, visit pcbeachspringbreak.com
The Bahamas Islands: The Bahamas are somewhat of a legend when it comes to vacation-by-the-sea resort standards. Notorious for ultimate picture paradise values, it’s an ideal relaxation destination for couples, families, or anyone looking to take a spring getaway. Once you’ve jet-set on your Bahamian Island adventure, it’s time to settle into a tropical state-of-mind by walking down spans of beaches complete with palm trees and blue waters. Away from the resorts, there are plenty of activities for nature-lovers and adventurers to partake on during their vacation. For the exploratory type, the Bahamas is a popular spot for snorkeling and exploring the reefs, wildlife preserves, numerous golf-courses, and bartering markets.
Hotel Pick: Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel elevates itself as the top hotel in the region, known for offering their guests the ultimate vacation experience. The combined resort and waterpark boasts enough activities to keep everyone in the family occupied and energized. Completely renovated in 2008, this resort offers exceptional rooms, a 50,000 square-foot casino, rooms with balconies offering water views, and a must-have location on the prime estate on the beach. Atlantis Paradise Island also offers various themed accommodations, including a relaxed tropical ambiance in the Beach and Coral Towers, the iconic Royal Towers, and modern luxury in the contemporary suite-style of The Cove. For dining, Atlantis features 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges offering everything from fine dining to quick-and-easy favorites. If that’s not enough, experience the thrill of getting close to a Bottlenose Dolphin in the Dolphin Cay, make a splash in the 141-acre waterpark, travel through the Marine Habitat exhibition, and hit up some nightclubs that just so happen to be inside the resort as well. For the spring, stay a 4th night for free. Plus, kids stay and eat free in a new limited time offer. Or, spring into savings with an offer of $199 per night, plus up to $400 of airfare credit when you stay six nights. For more information, visit atlantis.com
Barbados: Sandy Lane: Barbados offers a non-conventional Caribbean-style vacation that can easily double as a family spot with activities like deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. But for those seeking pure opulence, this Caribbean island has also been known to be a top destination for high-end luxury. With a tropical climate you can’t refuse, Barbados offers long sunny days of the beach life and a nightlife scene that draws visitors from all corners. Enjoy the sounds on the beaches where Bajan bands rockin’ calypso, reggae, rock, and R&B rhythms can be heard every night right next to the warm waters.
Hotel Pick: Sandy Lane Resort is renowned as a five-diamond resort. The property welcomes guests with a chilled and scented towel upon arrival, and then hooks each vacationer up with chauffeured luxury cars and a suite of palatial extravagance. From three premium golf courses to an exceptional spa, there’s plenty of relaxation tools to indulge in. Kids can meanwhile enjoy the Treehouse Club with themed events, while teenagers hang out in The Den that offers pool, air hockey, and more activities. Before you know it, you and the family will be swimming with Hawksbill turtles in the reefs as part of the hotel’s organized activities. The resort features 112 guestrooms and suites as well as a five-bedroom villa. Get all the luxury packaged into one with the resort’s pre-set “experiences,” such as a Golf Escape Package, Renew, Revive, Relax Package, and the Ultimate Family Escape Package. For more, visit sandylane.com
Palm Springs: Still close to San Diego to plan a last-minute trip, but far enough to feel like a worthwhile destination, Palm Springs has built its own legacy as a prime Spring Break spot. While the past decade saw a decrease in Palm Springs activity, the hot hot land of bikini bodies is bringing back ultimate daytime parties and sexy late-night bashes. The desert land seems to be a big draw for the hipster scene to kickback at, but all are welcome to join the relaxation where the sun is ample and sunburns are expected. Spring Breakers will take part in nightlife and live entertainment at Village Pub or Las Caseulas, sing karaoke tunes at Peabody’s Coffee Bar, and dance to top DJs at the Amigo Room or Zelda. The nearby Joshua Tree State Park gives nature-lovers a chance to explore the outdoors, too.
Hotel Pick: The Riviera Resort Hotel is a chic getaway located 5-minutes from downtown Palm Springs. It features 400+ luxurious guestrooms along with king-sized suites. Outside in the large pool area, guests can strap on their swimsuits and soak in the endless sun. By night, the outdoor area is lit with fire pits and lanterns, reminiscent of an idealistic tropical island. When you’re not laying out by one of two pools or partaking in a brisk round of tennis, Riviera has an array of family-friendly amenities including a 1,200-square-foot Kids Club with games, arts and crafts, televisions and computers. The hotel is offering spring savings for guests to spend less on their travels. The Stay and Save Offer gives guests up to 35% off the best available rate just for staying longer. The offer includes 20% off a one-night stay, 25% off a two-night stay, 30% off a three-night stay and 35% off four nights or more. Or indulge in a Breakfast in Bed Package with breakfast for two either at Circa59, the Riv’s signature restaurant, or through in room dining. For more information, visit psriviera.com
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