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When spring is sprung and the world is once again young and budding, the heart wants to roam. You want to spread your wings and fly to horizons you’ve never flown to before. No wonder there’s such a thing as a spring break! This time, don’t be satisfied with a road trip to your parent’s place. Spread your wings further and look towards the far ends of the globe. How about Cancun in Mexico, or how about a Caribbean island? It’s all up to you – So plan your perfect trip to the world’s top 10

spring break destinations!

1. Croix, US Virgin Islands

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St. Croix of the US Virgin Islands is home to the native Arawak and Carib peoples. You can enjoy their music, arts, crafts, and lifestyle via a number of cultural events and festivals. There are also some gorgeous beaches to enjoy apart from fine dining, golf, gambling and more. For a small island, St. Croix is amazingly diverse. The island’s fantastic history, both ancient and colonial make for an excellent study. Visit Christiansted to observe the regal 18th and 19th-century homes. Explore the tropical rain forest in Frederiksted and enjoy looking at the huge expanses of the hibiscus flower. St. Croix also offers perfect white-sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas. Don’t wonder where to go for spring break – head straight to St. Croix.

2. Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second-largest city. The beaches are to die for! The beautiful Green Grotto Cave system was filmed in James Bond’s movie – Live and Let Die. The 1.5 km long cave system was used by slaves to hide in the 17th century from the Spanish. There’s a lovely underground lake here as well. Be sure to visit the Mystic Mountain that was featured in the movie Cool Runnings for bobsledding. Rose Hall Great House is a former plantation and the home of the White Witch of Montego Bay. Sign up for a bamboo rafting experience on the River Martha Brae which winds through old plantations and some lovely nature. Montego Bay has its share of adventures too – ziplining, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking being some of them. For the adventurer and nature lover, Montego Bay offers one of the

best spring break trips.

3. Aruba, Caribbean Islands

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This tiny island off the coast of Venezuela was once a Dutch colony. Enjoy checking out typical Dutch colonial architecture – including gables painted in tropical pastels. Head to Eagle Beach for some cool beach bumming and water sports. Head to baby Beach for snorkeling and wreck diving. Visit the Arikok National Park and check out the Conchi pool & Fontein Cave paintings. The weather is consistently fine and dry, which makes this island perfect for a spring break.

4. Cancun, Mexico

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The weather is sunny and the water is deliciously warm, which makes Cancun a definite Yes for spring breaks. Visit the Cancún Underwater Museum to enjoy contemporary underwater sculptures. Explore the underground river and take a Catamaran Cruise on Cancun’s waters. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, zip lining, paddle-boarding, canoeing and swimming to your heart’s content. Visit Chichen Itza and Tulum and Downtown Cancun for some non-beach-related fun. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins housed at the El Rey Archaeological Zone to learn about Mexico’s past.

5. Nassau


Climb the 66 steps of the Queen’s Staircase carved out of solid limestone by – guess – slaves! Sample some rum at John Watling’s Distillery close to the Bahamas’ pink Government House. Go shark diving at Stuart’s Cove and browse the Straw Market for a huge variety of goods made out of straw. Rose Island offers a great beach and some much-needed privacy, so go for it. Head to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to get to know the swashbuckling and sordid tales of the pirates who once ran Nassau, in the early 18th century. Head to Cable Beach on New Providence Island or Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island or Junkanoo Beach in downtown Nassau. You’re in line for blue waters, sugar-white sands and some great beach bumming, swimming, canoeing and more. Head to Love Beach for the excellent beach bar, Nirvana. If you want local flavor, head to Saunders Beach, west of downtown Nassau.

6. Cozumel, Mexican Caribbean Island

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Isla Cozumel is only 250 square miles large and is Mexico’s largest Caribbean Island. Think swaying palm trees, azure waters, and silvery-white sandy beaches. That’s Cozumel for you, though there’s more on offer. Snorkel in the world’s second-largest coral reef and enjoy a submarine tour. When you want a break from the water, explore a Mayan archaeological site – there are plenty of them. Visit the Punta Sur Ecological Park which is home to the best beach on the island – Punta Sur Eco Beach. This eco-park has plenty of wonderful flowers, crocodiles, sea turtles, and lovely beaches.  There’s also the Celarain Lighthouse within the park that offers 360-degree views of the Island. Explore the El Caracol ruin in the park, which dates back to 1200-1500 AD.

7. Saint Lucia, Caribbean Island

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If you want to feast your eyes on some splendid verdant rainforests and the most spectacular beaches you ever saw, head to Saint Lucia. Pigeon Island National Landmark offers 18th-century military ruins such as Fort Rodney which offers panoramic views. The park also contains two good beaches and some eateries. Anse Chastanet is the best beach in all of St. Lucia, especially if you’re into diving and snorkeling. Reduit Beach is where you head to for glorious sunsets and nearness to bars and shops. You can go windsurfing, waterskiing and jet skiing at this beach. The Pitons are volcanic plugs – tall hills made out of volcanic material that rises tall from the sea. They’re covered with emerald-green vegetation and make great photo opportunities. The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is an eye-catching 6-acre garden full of amazing foliage. The gardens are strewn with hibiscus, Ixora and heliconia flowers to name a few.

8. Finger Lakes, New York

New York’s Finger Lakes region is home to not one but 11 charming lakes. These lakes were created by a series of northward-flowing rivers during the last Ice Age. Lake Superior is the largest and the deepest of the Finger Lakes. You can go boating, fishing and swimming on some of the lakes. This region is also home to 100 wineries, which means a whole lot of wine-tasting! There are many charming villages, intriguing museums, parks, enchanting waterfalls, parks and tons of shops.

9. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is famous for being an eco-friendly vacation destination. Head to the Nicoya Peninsula for fabulous beaches, littered along the sparkling 80-mile shoreline. Climb up the 5000 feet high Arenal Volcano to gaze into the always bubbling fiery lava. Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast” is full of secluded beaches, cloud-covered rainforests, and volcanoes. The Corcovado National Park is a 160-square-mile misty rainforest, a must-visit for its diverse wildlife. So when you start wondering where to go this spring vacation, think Costa Rica.

10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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An amazing 30-mile sun-kissed coastline, comprising of blue, blue seas and sugar-white sand beaches – have you got you yet? There’s more – the beaches are lined with tall coconut trees that sway romantically in the constant breeze. When you’re done with the beaches, take the time to explore the ancient Taino caves. The Tainos are an old race of people who sheltered in caves and lined the walls of the karst (limestone) caves with pictograms, drawings, paintings and more. Be sure to explore the caves at Mudjin Harbor on Middle Caicos. Check out the museums at Punta Cana which house archeological artifacts of ancient Taino civilizations. Punta Cana is one of the top spring break destinations for the history lover.

Conclusion So are you ready for your spring break yet? Pack your bags and head to one of these fantabulous destinations when it’s time. Each of these destinations offers plenty of beach fun, so if that’s what you have mainly in mind, then pack up and get ready to go now!

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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