Best Spring Break Party Beaches: Panama City Beach, FL
It's wild, it's crazy, and it's certainly not for families with small children! Located within driving distance of many colleges, Panama City Beach is a non-stop college party hosted by mtvU. (Check their website for a full list of concerts and contests!) Tip: Don't lie to hotels about room occupancy; it will cause a lot of unnecessary front desk traffic, not to mention unwanted anxiety. Also, remember to bring extra cash to pay for night club covers.
Best Spring Break Party Beaches: South Padre Island, TX
South Padre Island provides a perfect tropical setting for a large beach party. Spend the day with 12,000 to 18,000 other college students at Coca-Cola Beach, and at night don't miss out on concerts at Schlitterbahn Water Park. Tip: The local surf can sometimes be too rough to swim in or be filled with dangerous jellyfish. Look for flags and signs posted by local officials before taking a dip.
Best Spring Break-Friendly Ski Resorts: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, CN
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is known for its gnarly slopes and fun atmosphere. The runs are so great that the resort will serve as the official Alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. After hours, give up the slopes to partake of the area's great nightlife activities. Tip: Under 21? The drinking age in British Columbia is 19, and public transportation runs almost continually through the night.
Best Spring Break-Friendly Ski Resorts: Winter Park Ski Resort, CO
Known for its laid-back atmosphere and vast slopes, Winter Park offers travelers the opportunity for much more than just skiing. The resort features an outdoor ice rink, evening snowbike excursions, snowshoe tours, and scenic chairlift rides. Tip: Winter Park is located at a very high elevation. Drink plenty of water to acclimate yourself, and be sure to wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
Best Family Spring Break Destinations: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Atlantis Resort is a safe place to bring your family for a week of non-stop fun. The terrific facility includes a water park, tons of kid-friendly pools, clubs for teens, and a chance to swim with dolphins. Tip: The resort hosts concerts throughout the year, featuring folks like the Jonas Brothers and Cyndi Lauper. Plan accordingly to escape the crowds or be part of them.
Best Family Spring Break Destinations: Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands may be small, but they offer an ideal location for a family getaway. Sparkling turquoise waters and spotless beaches provide a perfect setting for novices or experienced snorkelers and divers, a place to mingle with sea turtles and blue iguanas or climb aboard a pirate ship! Tip: Take advantage of the babysitting services that hotels offer, and plan a romantic evening without the kids.
Best Spring Break Cruise Destinations: Bahamas
The Bahamas are one of America's most sought-out destinations. Instead of flying directly to the islands, we recommend taking a 4-day cruise. The ship will likely stop at Nassau or Freeport (or both) and give you time to shop, snorkel, and enjoy the island's activities. Tip: February 28 through April 10 is spring break season in the Bahamas. To celebrate, the tourism department has large beach parties, sporting events, and musical entertainment planned.
Best Spring Break Cruise Destinations: Caribbean
The worst part about taking a cruise in the Caribbean is choosing which one to go on! Luckily, cruise lines offer many routes of the same length that include different stops along the way. Pick a few of your favorite locations ahead of time, and try to find a cruise that offers those stops. Tip: Even if you think you're immune to the rolling of the sea, bring a few motion sickness patches. Don't worry about looking obvious– they're small and worn behind your ear. You wont be alone in sporting them.
Best Alternative Spring Break Destinations: Costa Rica
Do something good during spring break in the beautiful rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica. By working through the i-to-i program (www.i-to-i.com/), you can experience the life and culture of locals. Choose from activities like sea turtle conservation or building homes for underprivileged families. Tip: You'll need a passport and a trip to the doctor to have all of your shots updated. Don't forget to pack bug spray to fight off mosquitoes too.