Best Spring Break Destination (2014)


The votes are in and readers of 10Best and USA TODAY clearly like to do their tanning and partying on the sizzling shores of tropical Cancun, Mexico.  The Yucatan hot spot took top honors - no surprise with its beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, delicious food and scintillating nightlife.  

Family favorite Galveston Island - which also caters to the college crowd - took second place, followed by a Florida favorite and two northern destinations (one with pools, one with snow).  

  • Cancun, Mexico

    Cancun, Mexico

    Cancun – the quintessential South-of-the-Border spring break getaway – has earned its reputation for a reason. March madness on the Yucatán Peninsula is definitely geared toward the college crowd, with raunchy contests, day parties on the beach and infamous night clubs where unlimited booze is included with the cover charge.
    Photo courtesy of Chad McDermott/iStock

  • Galveston, Texas

    Galveston, Texas

    Galveston's spring break scene offers the perfect mix of debauchery and wholesome family friendly fun. Schlitterbahn water park provides an alternative to the beach for cooling off, while the Seawall is always bustling with activity: spring breakers riding tandem bikes, dining at oceanfront seafood restaurants and enjoying the rides and midway games of Pleasure Pier.
    Photo courtesy of Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Panama City Beach, Fla.

    Panama City Beach, Fla.

    Each spring, thousands of students from around the country throw off their coats, reach for bikinis and beer, and head to Panama City Beach for a week of jet skiing, sunbathing, pool parties, DJs, celebrity appearances and nightclubs packed with thousands of scantily-clad bodies. It's the quintessential spring break scene made famous by MTV.
    Photo courtesy of Louis DiBacco/iStock

  • Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

    Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

    Families who vacation at Wisconsin Dells during spring break can leave the sunscreen at home. The Waterpark Capital of the World has four indoor waterparks and well over a dozen hotels and resorts with their own indoor parks for guest use. Other attractions, like the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory Interactive Science Center, offer edu-tainment and relief from pool-wrinkled skin.
    Photo courtesy of Spotmatik/iStock

  • Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    With an excellent ski and snowboard school and plenty of kid-friendly aprés-ski action, Steamboat Springs is the perfect spring break destination for families who prefer snow to sand. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are always a hit with kids, and nearby hot springs help warm up and soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes.
    Photo courtesy of Fuse/Thinkstock

  • Destin, Fla.

    Destin, Fla.

    Destin, on Florida's Emerald Coast in the panhandle, offers a more family-friendly spring break option than some of the state's more college-centric beaches. Throughout the month of March, this affordable and laid back town offers a free spring break concert series at HarborWalk Village and a Sunday ArtWalk on the Harbor along the Destin Boardwalk.
    Photo courtesy of Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

  • Hawaii


    Surfing on Oahu's North Shore, dipping one's toes in the warm waters of Waikiki, sipping tropical cocktails in a tiki bar – this is spring break in Hawaii. While not as raucous as some spring break destinations, the college crowd can still find a party in Honolulu, while families looking for a G-rated vacation can find it on quieter islands like Kauai or Maui.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

  • Orlando, Fla.

    Orlando, Fla.

    Orlando is one of the country's ultimate spring break destinations for families, based solely on the number of things to do.  Disney, Universal and Seaworld offer a theme park for every taste, and half a dozen water parks are perfect for cooling off in the Florida heat. There's also spring training for sports fans, great shopping, and a host of world-class spas where mom and dad can rejuvenate.
    Photo courtesy of Garth Vaughan

  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    Known for its sport fishing, excellent golf, beautiful beaches and margarita-infused nightlife, Cabo San Lucas has long been a spring break favorite. Mexican villas along the Baja Peninsula offer great value for large groups, while Cabo's all-inclusives make spring break planning easy and affordable for families.
    Photo courtesy of Todd Taulman/iStock

  • Miami Beach, Fla.

    Miami Beach, Fla.

    Miami Beach offers a memorable place to see and be seen during break week. Although cosmopolitan Miami Beach offers a spring break vibe throughout much of the year, come March and April, thousands descend on the city for nights of partying and days spent tanning (topless in some places), towel to towel on the sand.  Girls also get the chance to wear heels with their bikinis poolside.
    Photo courtesy of Stephen Morris/iStock

Overall, Florida had four of the 20 nominees land in readers' top 10, while Mexico had two winners.   

The winners in the 'Best Spring Break Destination' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Galveston, Texas
  3. Panama City Beach, Fla.
  4. Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  5. Steamboat Springs, Colo.
  6. Destin, Fla.
  7. Hawaii
  8. Orlando, Fla.
  9. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  10. Miami Beach, Fla.

Congratulations to all the winners!   Your destinations make for a fantastic bucket list of spring break trips.  

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