March is finally here, which means an epic spring break adventure is right around the corner.
Like any other vacation, planning for one of travel’s busiest seasons tends to require some savvy planning and deal hunting— especially if you’re a student on a budget.
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Fortunately, even if you haven’t already booked your trip, there are still ways to have a great getaway without your wallet hating you. These destinations are full of sun, culture and lots of fun.
So grab a pen – and your crew – and scroll through to check out our list of affordable spring break destinations you can plan for today.
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Nobody city is as vibrant as New Orleans, after all, it's been home to ESSENCE Fest for the last 25-years. The city is famous for its food (hey beignets!), music, and, Bourbon Street parties. New Orleans is also full of unique cultural traditions you won't find anywhere else. The best part, you can find roundtrip flights for as little as $300 from many major cities.
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Nothing says spring break like Mexico. Year after year Mexico is tops with spring break travelers because of the plethora of available all-inclusive deals, affordable flights often under $400 roundtrip, great weather, gorgeous beaches, culture, and activities. Skip the packed Cancun and head to the coastal town of Puerto Vallarta and budget-friendly oceanfront rooms, delicious food and great shopping in the Zona Romantica.
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Looking for Florida beaches without having to pay Miami prices? Key West may not be your traditional spring break destination, but with few crowds, plenty of activities, cheap accommodations and an easy drive from Miami, Key West is perfect for travelers looking to go big on a small budget. Flights can be found, in many cases nonstop, for under $500 roundtrip. Search Kayak and Expedia for great savings on flights and hotels.
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While you won't tend to find Bahamas ranking on traditional spring break destination lists, it should definitely be on your radar. Grab a cheap flight on carriers like Southwest or Spirit to Miami, and you can enjoy a spring break cruise to the Bahamas for as little as $159 per person on Carnival Cruises. Doesn't get anymore budget-friendly than that!
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Beaches, good food, friendly people and tons of culture, Jamaica has it all. What makes the birthplace of reggae such a great spring break destination is that you can find tons of affordable all-inclusive packages to the island on sites like CheapCaribbean or even Groupon. If you're on a budget, all-inclusive properties save you money by taking care of things you'll probably spend the most on when traveling - food and drinks.
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