Reading week, spring break… whatever you call it, the annual week off from university is known as a time for students to flock south to warmer weather and let loose. While this winter may not be as cold as usual, that doesn’t mean it comes close to a warm, sunny beach in the Caribbean. These are some of the most popular places for students (and even families – but mostly students) to take a much-deserved getaway!
1. Myrtle Beach
This coastal South Carolina city may not be the first or most glamorous vacation spot that comes to mind. That being said, it’s still a place that caters strongly to tourists with tons of amenities, food, entertainment, and, of course, a long uninterrupted stretch of beach. True, you can find these in a lot of places, but Myrtle Beach has one thing that sets it apart – the price. Until April 30th, the city is trying to entice Canadians with huge discounts (upwards of 60%) for those with Canadian ID during the ‘Dollar for Dollar Deals’ promotion. You’re unlikely to find a cheaper vacation anywhere warmer this February.
2. Miami Beach
While it’s true that the Canadian dollar may not be at its strongest against the US dollar (though it has gotten better of late!), that doesn’t mean you should discount a trip to one of the most iconic spring break vacation destinations. In Miami the weather is warm, the bars and amenities are plentiful, and there’s a lot more to do here than most resorts (it is a large city after all). Don’t expect it to be cheap – far from it – but Miami Beach is a destination that will appeal to night owls, families, and those in the business world equally. This is the most popular destination for American students – but most of them will be invading the city in March, not February.
Frankly there are so many places to visit in Mexico during reading week that we decided to pick the entire country instead of choosing one. Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta…the list goes on and on. All the popular spots are home to a wide variety of resorts. This isn’t a trip to make if you want to get an authentic taste of Mexican culture. But if tons of college aged kids, warm water, and bottomless drinks sounds like something you might enjoy, it’s definitely a country worth considering.
4. Dominican Republic
Frankly there are so many places to go in the Dominican Republic during reading week that we decided to pick the entire country instead of choosing one. Puerto Plata, Punta Cana…is this all sounding similar? Well that’s because the Dominican Republic offers a similar experience to Mexico. Great resorts – albeit ones that are removed from the ‘real’ Dominican so to speak – play host to countless students looking to blow off some steam. So compare resort prices with Mexico and decide which one is best for you!
Just because it’s reading week, doesn’t mean you have to go to a beach. Now before you stop reading, just know that Austin is perhaps the most exciting city in the US for university-aged kids. Bars, live music, and a huge university all make the city (and 6th street in particular) an exciting one to experience. Plus during Canadian reading week you can expect to meet quite a few of the local learned population – since school is still in session down there.
6. San Juan
Puerto Rico’s capital offers a little something for people of all ages. There’s the beaches and booze you’ve come to expect (if you’ve seen 22 Jump Street, that’s San Juan pretending to be Mexico) – but the old city and surrounding forests offer something a little more unique than lounging in the sun on a beach (as fun as that sounds right about now). Colonial forts, a diverse rainforest, and an eclectic mix of cuisine make San Juan a great place to visit anytime of the year, for people of any age and interest.
Best Reading Week Destination
So what is the best reading week destination? Well, that’s up to you. Choose sun and sand, music and culture, or popular destinations and tourist hotspots. Wherever you go be sure to let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or right here in the comments section!
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