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Doing Spring Break Adult-Style Can Be Fun, Too

Bridge to Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf Coast

Bridge to Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Spring break isn’t just for kids.

If you’re looking for a spring break idea that’s a little more “wow” than “woo-hoo!,” here are seven tips for a more grown-up spring break.

Florida? Go West, Old Man

With miles of beaches and abundant sunshine, Florida attracts quite a crowd for spring break. College kids tend to fill the beaches in Miami, Panama City and Daytona. Families with kids head to the theme parks in Orlando.

Travelers looking for a more laid-back vacation should look at Fort Myers and Sanibel, in the southwest part of the state. These Gulf Coast spots offer less-crowded white-sand beaches, plenty of outdoor activities such as kayaking or nature walks, and for sports fans, several spring training locations within a reasonable drive.

Europe in Bloom

The price of flights tends to be seasonal. Winter is cheaper than spring, which is cheaper than summer. The key is finding the sweet spot, when the fares are low, but the weather’s nice and getting better. March offers that opportunity to travelers looking to visit Europe. Sales from the likes of British Airways and Lufthansa are still running that offer last-minute savings to Europe through the end of March. Pricing starts to shift after that, and by late May it will likely cost $300-$400 more to visit the same cities.

With the days getting longer, and weather getting warmer, spring break is a good time to cross the pond. Travel midweek for the lowest fares, and to avoid the backpack crowd, which will likely need to travel on weekends to make it back to school.

Mexico or Caribbean? Go the Extra Mile

While the MTV set descends on popular beach locations in the Caribbean and Mexico, it’s not out of the question to enjoy a more tranquil escape in the same region. Just choose the destination wisely. Instead of Cancun, head about 30 minutes south to the more serene Riviera Maya. Instead of Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bahamas or the Dominican Republic, consider going the extra mile (or boat ride) to Aruba, Curacao, the Cayman Islands or the Virgin Islands (U.S. or British).

Read more: HuffPost

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