What comes to mind when you think of spring break? Maybe your first thought is sun and sand, or perhaps you think of major parties—either way, you probably don’t like to think of your spring break budget.
Sure, there are spring break spots out there that offer some great deals on drinks and lodging. Some might even be within driving distance, which can save you big money on airfare, but then there are those incredible dream locations that are way out of your budget.
From beachside cities like South Beach Miami and San Diego to secluded escapes like Harbor Island in the Bahamas and Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, all of these destinations have two things in common—they are expensive and luxurious.
These spring break spots may fit into your budget this year, but you can always start saving for next year.
South Beach Miami, Florida
Arguably the single most popular spring break destination in the world, South Beach Miami is a top spot on many wish lists. The fact that the area is so popular certainly doesn’t help to bring prices down. The city is synonymous with some of the best nightlife in the world and the proximity to the beach is a major draw as well. Most of the popular hotels range from around $300 to more than $500 a night and the clubs charge a premium as well. Many of the hottest clubs, like LIV, are hosting major events with Tiesto, Lil John and Steve Aoki—you have to call to see about getting a table and bottle service doesn’t come cheap.
Palm Beach, Aruba
This island nation is straight out of a dream—pristine beaches, the finest resorts and some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world—and that’s just scratching the surface. The Palm Beach area is home to the best nightlife, hotels and beaches—from the no-frills Senor Frogs to the boutique-style Confession Club that pumps European house music and features a spacious interior and fully-stocked mega bar. Flights to Aruba can get pricey, especially during the spring break period, and hotel rates are high as well. Whether you opt for the Radisson, the Hyatt Regency, the Mariott or the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, you’d be hard-pressed to find a room for less than $400 per night in the Palm Beach area and it only goes up from there.