10 Best Passport-Free Spring Break Destinations
by Jessica Bisesto
Spring break is the perfect time to explore a new and sunny destination. Although Mexico and Costa Rica may be towards the top of spring break destinations, we've rounded up ten incredible options that allow you to leave the passport at home. Whether you're looking for a city trip, beach getaway or party scene, we've found something for everyone.
Best For Couples
Prefer a peaceful and relaxing spring break with your other half? Skip the rowdy beach parties and head to beautiful Kauai, Hawaii for a romantic retreat. Catch some waves at one of the less-crowded beaches or hit the hiking trails of Na Pali State Park before making the drive to Waimea Canyon for the perfect sunset view.
Best For Friends
San Diego, California
Grab your friends and head to sunny San Diego. Book a kayaking tour through the La Jolla Sea Caves, take a cruise around the harbor or stroll through the beautiful and historic Balboa Park. Enjoy some margaritas in Old Town before exploring the nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter or catching a Padres game.
Best For Explorers
San Juan, Puerto Rico
A fabulous and tropical option for those looking for a bit of adventure, Puerto Rico offers beautiful beaches, fun nightlife and a culture all its own. Although the island experienced some damage from the hurricanes of 2017, Puerto Rico is open and welcoming tourists back with great deals on round-trip flights and hotels. Why not make this beautiful place your spring break destination?
Best For Families
Grab the kids and your winter coats and head to Vail for an unforgettable spring break. Imagine crisp blue skies, 5,000 skiable acres, snow tubing and plenty of other family-friendly activities in one cool place. If you're ready to trade in a bit of sand for snow, this is the place for your family getaway!
Best For Budget Travelers
The Outer Banks, North Carolina
Skip the crowds that flock to Myrtle Beach or Miami for spring break and enjoy the savings available at the Outer Banks. Travelers looking for an affordable destination should consider renting a home for a few days on one of these beachy islands off the North Carolina coast.
Best For Nature Lovers
Yosemite National Park, California
Hiking trails, camp sites and thundering waterfalls can be found by spring breakers who head to stunning Yosemite National Park. March and April travel to this beautiful destination offer blue skies, temperatures averaging in the mid-60s and fewer tourists than the summer months.
Best For Music Lovers
Also known as "Music City," Nashville is the perfect spring break destination for music lovers. Plenty of live (and often free) shows, art galleries, incredible food and blossoming flowers await those who head to this cool Southern city.
Best For Partiers
South Padre Island, Texas
If you're seeking beach parties, poolside fiestas, booze cruises and the ultimate spring break experience, look no further than South Padre Island! With DJs galore, dance parties, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing and many more activities, SPI reaffirms that everything is bigger in Texas.
Best For City Slickers
Home to many cool and interesting festivals between the months of March and April, Seattle is a cool spring break destination for people looking for a bit of city and culture. Get your caffeine fix at Pike Place Market and catch a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island for boutique shopping. Filled with fabulous seafood, views and architecture, this PNW city is not to be overlooked.
Best For Solo Travelers
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Book a bed and breakfast or a casita near the popular Plaza and dive into the authentic culture of this southwestern city. Take part in an artist workshop, have a bowl of the famous chili, explore nearby national parks and hiking trails and check out Museum Hill. Did we mention Santa Fe is totally walkable?