The six best beaches for your break from the books.
Ready to dump your jacket and books in the nearest snowdrift and get some sand between your toes? These six, sweet Sunshine State beaches are ideal spring break escapes.
Rich in art and culture, Clearwater Beach boasts white sand, calm, clear water and beach sports such as volleyball, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and water biking. Try to spot dolphin. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and clean shoreline. Choose from abundant accommodations, dining and shopping. In the evening, boogie down to Pier 60 to check out the vendors, local artisans and free concerts.
Average temperatures in March and April: high 74-80 degrees Fahrenheit, low 58-64.
Unwind at oceanfront hotels. Surf or play in the waves. Lounge or hike on the seemingly endless beaches, drive leisurely on 11 of the 23 miles of beach, and mingle at famed nightclubs – all for bargain prices – at the original spring break hotspotof Daytona Beach. This family-friendly beach is renowned for its International Speedway and motorcycle festivals.
Average temperatures in March and April: high 76-80 degrees Fahrenheit, low 54-58.
Fort Myers Beach
Tropical Fort Myers Beach is a family-oriented Gulf coast getaway offering white-sand beaches and water sports such as fishing, boating, sailing and more. Shop, dine and celebrate at the Town Square after admiring the sunset from the 560-foot-long pier. Tired of the action? Escape to nearby Captiva Island to reconnect with nature and replenish your energy.
Average temperatures in March and April: high 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, low 59-63.
Key West knows how to party like a fish knows how to swim, so imagine how mind-boggling spring break is there! By day, tan, play volleyball, parasail or kayak at Smathers Beach. Celebrate the sunset at Mallory Square before dancing down to Duval Street for nightlife galore. This tropical retreat boasts toasty temperatures, too.
Average temperatures in March and April: high 78-81 degrees Fahrenheit, low 68-72.
Panama City Beach
The hottest destination on the Emerald Coast during spring break is Panama City Beach. It’s easy on the wallet, welcomes spring breakers and features silky, white sand and emerald-green waters. Unwind on 27 miles of pristine beaches or enjoy a plethora of water sports such as diving, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing or fishing. Compete in fun beach contests and attend concerts and events galore.
Average temperature in March and April: high 73-76 degrees Fahrenheit, low 55-58.
Sophisticated South Beach in Miami is super for trendy spring breakers who yearn to rub shoulders with – or at least get a glimpse of -- models, musicians and some of the prettiest people on the planet. The historic Art Deco District brims with boutiques, shops, activities and dining. The nightlife and club scene are notorious. The beach is unbeatable. And the weather? It’s sweet.
Average temperature in March and April: high 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit, low 64-67.