Thinking about making a trip to Florida for Spring Break? Xpatt Matt has compiled the top spring break destinations in Florida and why you should be spending your 2016 Spring Break in that city. Check out the post and let us know if you visit any of the destinations in the comments below!
Daytime highs in the mid-70s, sugar-sand beaches, and bathtub-like ocean temperatures make Florida one of the hottest spring destinations among Americans. However, while many spring breakers flock to jam-packed Daytona Beach and the long lines at Disney World, you could be lounging in the sun on an uncrowded beach or enjoying a posh hotel in one of Florida’s favorite cities.
These five Florida spring break destinations are ones that should be on your travel radar for spring break 2016.
The northern Florida town of Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, but it’s far more than a college town. Visit while the college students are away, and you’ll enjoy the area’s world-class fishing spots, nature parks, hiking trails, canoeing routes, botanical gardens, and golf courses practically all to yourself.
Gainesville is known as an outdoor-lover’s haven, but it’s also home to several museums, galleries, famous restaurants, and shops that provide plenty of entertainment when you come in from the outdoors. The town’s college-friendly atmosphere means there are a variety of accommodation options ranging from resorts with outdoor pools to budget-friendly chain hotels like the Super 8 Gainesville and the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center.
Panama City, Florida, offers the best of both worlds — a hip, luxurious city scene just minutes from white sand beaches and turquoise ocean waters. The city is bustling with world-class restaurants, happening nightlife, and shops ranging from coastal antiques to the biggest name brands. Visitors will find a wide selection of affordable Panama City accommodations whether they wish to be steps from the sand or in the heart of Panama City’s downtown district.
Sanibel isn’t a large city — it has a population of less than 7,000 — but its location on Sanibel Island makes it one of the best places to explore this spring. Sanibel Island’s miles of beaches, bike paths, and premier fishing spots invite travelers to thrive in nature all day, but the island’s numerous health clubs, restaurants, nightlife options, beachy shops, andamenity-packed hotels and resorts make it easy to spend time indoors too.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach sounds like a small town, but it’s really a bustling city with roughly 100,000 residents. Surrounded by water, it’s an ideal place to visit if you’re seeking fishing charters, waterfront restaurants, parasailing, and enough arts and entertainment to fill days from sun up to sun down. West Palm Beach may be known for its ritzy residents, pristine town, and sugary-white beaches, but you’ll have no problem finding an affordable place to stay near the sand or the downtown scene.
Few Florida cities offer as much stunning Gulf of Mexico scenery as Sarasota. Practically constructed on the sands, Sarasota offers views of the gulf from nearly every part of town. The city’s barrier islands, known as keys, are some of the best places to find luxurious yet affordable hotels if you’re seeking a spring break with your toes in the sand. However, you’ll probably want to cross the bridge back into the city for its famous selection of bars, restaurants, shops, and frequent festivals.
(This post was originally posted by Matt on XpatMatt on February 2, 2016.)
(Photo via Trover by Lauren Bassart)