Top Spring Break Destinations 2011

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As winter fades into warmer weather, it's time to start planning a trip to the best spring break destination for your needs. This holiday week is infamous for its college student partying, and you can expect plenty of night-clubbing youngsters storming the beaches. Families might consider avoiding the top spring break destinations for college students unless they're prepared for the onslaught of beach parties.

Cancun

The most popular spring break destination for college students, Cancun is party central during the holiday. Organized parties, booze cruises, a drinking age of 18 years old and a strong dollar against the peso all combine to make this Mexican beach town a swarming mass of young Americans. Families might be a bit overwhelmed by the debauchery, though there are certainly family resorts that won't buy into the scene.

Puerto Vallarta

On the other side of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta sits on the Pacific Ocean and is an easy location for West Coast residents to visit. Here you'll find plenty of all-inclusive resorts and time shares, as well as activities such as para-sailing, SCUBA diving, interacting with dolphins, or shopping. Puerto Vallarta is one of the more family-friendly spring break destinations.

Nassau

This city, on the Bahamas' New Providence Island, has great beaches, shallow blue Caribbean water, and plenty of nightclubs for the college students. Cable Beach is the hot spot for all the Spring Break activities; open-air beachfront bars and several casinos add to the fun.

If you're interested in sticking a little closer to home, plenty of southern US coastal cities are top spring break destinations. In theory, things are a little bit more tame in the US, since the higher drinking age of 21 excludes many underage college students.

Las Vegas

In 2011, MTV will be filming its annual live spring break coverage in Vegas. This will be MTV's first time covering Las Vegas, proving that spring beakers have widened their horizons beyond the usual beach towns.

Daytona Beach

Twenty-three miles of sandy beaches draw spring breakers like moths to a flame. A long-standing spring break destination, Daytona Beach has been in the party business for decades. Besides the long stretch of beach, there's also water parks, mini-golf, and plenty of other entertainment.

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