Are you looking for the best places for Spring Break in Florida? We have you covered with our list of the best spring break destinations in Florida!
If beaches, sunshine and warm weather are on your list when looking for a spring break destination Florida should be at the top of your list! Whether you are looking for the best party beaches in Florida, non-stop nightlife or a laid-back beach vacation we have you covered.
Spring break is a right of passage for many college and university students and a trip many look forward to all year. Thousands flock to Florida each year in March and April because of the amazing weather, beaches, nightlife and activities.
From the panhandle to both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and down to the Florida Keys you will find many different spring break destinations in Florida!
15 Best Places For Spring Break In Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida
If looking for some of the best spring break beaches in Florida head to St. Petersburg! Here you will find miles of white sand beaches with turquoise water located on the Gulf Coast. St. Petersburg is known for its laid-back vibe and is LGTBQ+ friendly.
It is a popular spring destination for college students and families alike. There are a ton of museums and gardens in the area to explore as well as nature preserves and state parks if you want to avoid the crowds on popular St. Pete beach!
Spring breakers flock to the St.Petersburg and Tampa Bay area for both the beaches and nightlife in downtown St. Petersburg and nearby Ybor city in downtown Tampa.
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Miami Beach is ranked #2 Spring Beak destination by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Not only does Miami have some of the best nightlife in Florida with many clubs open until the early morning hours Miami is also known for its beaches!
If looking for some the best breakfast sorts to hit after a night out or before heading to the beaches check out our list of the best breakfast places in Miami.
Head to South Beach or Miami Beach to perfect your tan or head to one of the many beach bars for food and drinks. If your spring break falls in late March, Ultra Music Festival one of the top music festivals in the world is held at Bayfront Park.
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Key West is the southern most point in the United States located about 3 hours South of Miami. Key west while laid-back has everything a spring breaker could want on Duval Street and Mallory Square.
While there are better beaches in Florida, Key West is the perfect spring break destination for those looking to kick back and fish or head out on a boat! Take a day trip to the Dry Tortugas one of the best National Park in Florida only 40 minute boat ride away!
With live music, restaurants and bars Key West has a Caribbean vibe without having the leave the US! IF you want to venture past Duval Street, check the Ernest Hemmingway museum or the Rum Distillery!
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Clearwater beach has been voted the best beach in the United States! Spring breakers head here from March and April and is known to be family friendly as well.
The beach is the main attraction with its powdery white sand and warm water. There are tons of activities on the beach like volleyball and water crafts like jet-skiing and boating and tons of great restaurants!
Head to Pier 60 for the nightly sunset festivities with street performers and weekend fireworks. A good tip is to take the Jolley Trolley a fun and vintage trolly ride or Florida free rides to get around Clearwater Beach without having to drive and at zero cost to you!
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If looking for a Florida Spring Break is equal parts laid back in one area and known for partying in another head to Fort Myers and Sanibel! From hotels and beach clubs like Lani Kai that play live music all day and have life size beach games to more low key beach vacation on nearby Sanibel and Captiva Island.
Fort Myers goes from a town of about 8000 to over 30,000 during Spring Break. If you are looking to party in southwest Florida this is the destination for you. But if you want a secluded beach vacation head to Capitva Island just a 15 minute drive across the bridge where you can spot wildlife and go shelling.
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Daytona Beach is one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in Florida and also the original! If you are looking for some of the best party beaches and the best nightlife Daytona Beach should be your pick!
There are over 20 miles of beaches to enjoy during the day with tons of activities from volleyball, jet skiing, parasailing, and bicycles. And at night head to the numerous clubs to dance and party the night away or head to the numerous beach bars. Daytona beach even provides a free party bus to and from hotels, beach bars and nightclubs!
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Located along A1A Fort Lauderdale is a popular spring break in Florida for those wanting beach access, restaurants, beach bars, and nightclubs. You will find all the hot spots are located in one area on Las Olas Boulevard known as the “The Strip”.
It has been said that Fort Lauderdale is the home of spring break dating back to the 1930’s! While Fort Lauderdale is just north of Miami the prices here are lower than nearby Miami during Spring break.
For those looking for a spa get-a-way for spring break in Florida head to Harbor Beach Spa one of the best spa’s in Florida!
Best Fort Lauderdale Airbnb’s
If you are looking for Florida spring break destination with state parks, beaches, nightlife, museums, restaurants and golf head to Jacksonville. While Jacksonville might not be on most people’s list it has everything a spring breakers could want without all the crowds.
If you want a secluded beach trip head to Amelia Island 45 minutes south it is one of the prettiest islands in Florida. Or head too Little or Big Talbot Island to hike trails and dunes perfect for families and college spring breakers.
Beach bars and clubs are popular in Jacksonville for spring breakers with many popular bars located on the beach with live music.
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Sarasota is located just south of Tampa/Clearwater Siesta Key is also located on the Gulf Coast. Known for beaches like Siesta Key from the MTV show, nightlife in the Siesta Key Village is exciting and steps from the beach and restaurants in St. Armands Square offer a more upscale experience there are a ton of options for spring break in Sarasota.
Unlike the northern beaches all Sarasota beaches have free parking and are less crowded. Try Lido beach for a more-laid back vibe than nearby Siesta Key. For those looking to do more than work on their tan there are a ton of beach activities offered.
Checkout our list of the best Sarasota Attractions from museums to state parks.
Best Sarasota Airbnb’s
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is the perfect spring break destination in Florida if you are looking to avoid the big crowds. Anna Maria Island is a seven mile island that is a hidden gem just 45 minutes northwest of Sarasota.
There are several beaches ranging from family friendly to secluded as well as nearby Egmont Key National Wildlife Reserve that is only accessible by boat!
Take the free Monkey bus a trolly that runs every 20 minutes with live music and more. This island has a small town feel where you can horseback ride on the beach as well as spot dolphins and turtles. No big chains or high rise buildings keep Anna Maria Island small town vibe perfect for families and spring breakers looking to relax in a laid-back town without the crowds.
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Why not enjoy a Florid Spring Break in the oldest city in the United States? Just like Anna Maria Island, St. Augustine is not known as one of the party beaches in Florida. Instead you can expect a low-key vibe with museums, golf courses, Ottis Castle, beaches, ghost tours and outdoor activities.
While not as warm as the southern spring break hotspots the weather here is still a little cooler in March and April still in the 70’s! For those not wanting to deal with crowds on the beach St. Augustine is your place! The town markets themselves as a family-friendly spring break!
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Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is one of the beaches near Tallahassee and perfect spring break destination for those in the panhandle. This is perfect for those looking for a party beaches in Florida and is often referred to as the “Spring Break Capital of the World”.
Spring Break season brings one of the biggest music festivals the Gulf Coast Jam a three day country music festival in late March! Spring break also brings some of the biggest names in the music industry to perform free concerts over the spring break period.
The parties on the beaches, clubs, nightlife are some of the best in Florida and open until 4 am! The Gulf Coast has amazing powdery white sand and turquoise water perfect for those wanting to swim or tan! Just be prepared for crowds and more rowdy spring break experience!
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While Destin is also in the Florida Panhandle spring break here is less rowdy than in nearby Panama City Beach. Known for amazing beaches, island destinations off shore like Crab Island complete with floating bar this is a boaters paradise.
You can rent a boat for the day from the marina and anchor at the sandbar where the party is taken offshore. The water is shallow enough to walk around and boat hop! OR stay on shore and enjoy the beaches.
You can checkout our list of the best things to do in Destin such as golf at one of the best rated courses in Florida, Air Force Museum, Boardwalk, Science Center and more! Head to the boardwalk for restaurants and bars that turn rowdy after sunset.
For families head to any of the area beaches for a more laid-back beach vacation or one of the nearby state parks like Grayton State Park.
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You can canoe, kayak or boat along the river known for springs that bring manatees you can swim alongside. This is the destination for those who love nature! Known as one of the best places to snorkel and scuba dive like King Spring or Three Sisters Spring.
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Orlando is the theme park capital and draws large crowds for spring break! Perfect for families who want sunshine, adventure and theme parks. Head to Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and Legoland! If looking for something other than theme parks not wot worry we have you covered with our list!
If looking for a more adult trip head to one of the area breweries to unwind. Or head to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival starting in March. Universal Studio even hosts Mari Gras from February through April.
We have put together a list of the best day trips for those looking to escape Orlando during their Spring Break Trip. With destinations like Kennedy Space Center, Bok Towers and more.
Best Orlando Airbnb’s
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