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11 Amazing Spring Break Destinations for Everyone but College Kids

From Stunning Resorts on the California Coast to Boutique Hotels in the Tropics, These Getaways Offer a Little Slice of Paradise

Spring break is all about having some fun in the sun. Whether you’re looking to stay local on the California coast or jet set to a tropical destination, it’s time to celebrate better weather, longer days and laid-back living. Though spring break is synonymous with college kids and Cabo’s raucous Mango Deck, there are also plenty of elevated options that couples, families and solo travelers will love. From tanning by the pool in Palm Springs to snorkeling along the shores of Hawaii, we’ve found the 11 best spring break destinations worth visiting this year. P.S. Don’t skip the sunblock!

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La Quinta Resort & Club

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La Quinta Resort & Club is a desert oasis that boasts hacienda-style suites and guestrooms, five premier golf courses and more than 45 acres of lush landscaping. From casitas with private patios and hot tubs to spacious villas with full-size kitchens, there are plenty of accommodation options that will allow you to feel right at home during your spring break vacay. If you’re a fan of golf, the Stay and Play package includes a round of golf per night of your stay at one of the hotel’s five championship courses, while the Spa Getaway package lets you start each day of spring break with a relaxing breakfast before enjoying unlimited fitness classes and a daily $200 spa credit. Thanks to the resort’s tight-knit partnership with Aperol, you’ll find plenty of places to sip on an Aperol Spritz as you soak up the sun, including 41 climate-controlled pools on property. When it comes to food, there are five different dining concepts on-site, ranging from authentic Mexican to farm-to-table American. Start your morning at the Marketplace for specialty coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries and end your evening with a margarita in hand at Adobe Grill.

Local Insight: Check out this guide for more things to do in La Quinta!

Location: La Quinta, CA


VEA Newport Beach

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If you’re an OC local hoping to book the ultimate staycation, look no further than the all-new VEA Newport Beach. This chic property sits in the center of it all, blending a cosmopolitan ambiance with elements of coastal charm, and the inviting rooms and suites are modern yet warm. The neutral color scheme features hints of blue, connecting even the interior of the hotel to the nearby ocean outside. Indulge in a fresh cocktail or crisp glass of white wine during sunset at VIEW Restaurant & Lounge before filling up on their signature crispy confit chicken wings and innovative sushi rolls. You’ll also want to reserve a cabana at the hotel’s stunning outdoor pool to stay shady as you sip your cocktail.

Location: Newport Beach, CA



The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

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Say aloha to The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua! The recently redesigned guest rooms and suites of this magnificent resort in Hawaii offer tropical garden and ocean views along with a homey and timeless feel (don’t be shocked when you want to extend your stay!). The Maui resort offers direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach, which is the ideal place for surfers and swimmers looking to catch some waves. After a long day of snorkeling and sunbathing, sit down for dinner at the Banyan Tree and take in the epic ocean views while snacking on fresh hamachi crudo and the local mushroom and macadamia nut salad. 

Location: Maui, HI


Park Hyatt Aviara

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Carlsbad is a great staycation spot for spring breakers from San Diego and the OC. Best known for its luxury golf course, this five-star resort sits on 250 acres of land and overlooks the sparkling Batiquitos Lagoon. Hit the green in the morning or get your steps in on a scenic hike around the lagoon, then get a soothing massage or take a cooking class at the resort’s all-new Miraval Life in Balance Spa. The sandy beaches of Carlsbad are also just a short drive away, but getting yourself to leave this luxury property might be a difficult feat, as it’s one of the best resorts in California. However, having a drink at sunset at the resort’s Pacific Point is a must, and you can even catch live music in the evenings on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. 

Location: Carlsbad, CA


Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Mexico is one of the most iconic spring break destinations in the world, and for good reason. Between the pristine beaches and delicious cuisine, it doesn’t get better than spring break in Cabo. One of the best hotels in Mexico, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort sits on one of the only swimmable beaches in Cabo, allowing you to make the most of your tropical vacay. The views are simply magical, and couples seeking solace this spring break will find it quite easily here. The renowned dining and drinking options range from in-depth tequila tastings at La Biblioteca to fresh seafood at Leña.

Location: Cabo San Lucas, MX


Princess Andriana Resort & Spa

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Those looking to truly skip town this spring break will fall in love with Princess Andriana Resort & Spa in Greece. Located on Rhodes island, this five-star hotel sits right on the coveted Kiotari Beach, giving you prime access to the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Though this is the perfect place for a romantic escape, it is also family-friendly and even features a Kid’s Club and plenty of activities for people of all ages. Allow yourself to melt away with a customized massage at Euphoria Spa before sitting down at one of the seven different on-site restaurants. This is easily one of the best family spring break destinations for those who don’t mind catching a flight this season.

Location: Rhodes, Greece


Arizona Biltmore

Looking to cross state lines this spring break? The Arizona Biltmore is a historic desert jewel that is best known for its renowned Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style. Surrounded by towering palm trees and vibrant cacti, the property maintains the same sense of Hollywood glamor that made it a go-to for the Golden Age’s biggest stars back in the day. The cottages and suites offer an ample amount of privacy, and most rooms feature spacious patios, some of which even have cozy fireplaces. Spend your day lounging by the adults-only Saguaro pool or hit the Tierra Luna Spa for a Hydrafacial. 

Location: Phoenix, AZ



Orli La Jolla

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Situated in the heart of La Jolla, Orli is a renovated landmark building that offers a design-forward space for spring breakers to call home. This elevated boutique accommodation places travelers in proximity to some of La Jolla’s most beloved beaches, coves, cafes and shopping. With only 13 guest rooms and suites, Orli boasts a sense of exclusivity and privacy, but the walkability of the hotel is hard to pass up. Though there is plenty to do in La Jolla, the rooms have everything you need for a cozy staycation, including Apple TV, luxury linens and Turkish cotton robes. 

Location: La Jolla, CA



The Steward Santa Barbara

Embark on a sustainably-focused spring break at The Steward Santa Barbara. This all-suites boutique accommodation sits on the historic grounds of the Sexton House, and its bright and airy suites boast a clean and elegant ambiance that encourages guests to unplug and unwind. The on-site restaurant Terra focuses on feel-good foods while following a socially-conscious program that uses locally-sourced fare alongside Mediterranean techniques and flavors. From sailing in the harbor to wine tasting in the Funk Zone, there are plenty of ways to spend a special spring break in Santa Barbara.

Location: Santa Barbara, CA


White Water Cambria

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Cambria is a charming seaside village on California’s central coast, making it the perfect place for travelers craving a low-key spring break. The design throughout the property blends midcentury and modern decor, and you’ll find plenty of local artwork in both the rooms and the lobby. Some of the best activities for spring break here include hiking along the coastal trails, surfing at Moonstone Beach, which is steps away from the property and enjoying fresh oysters at the nautical-themed Sea Chest Oyster Bar. There are also plenty of local wineries close to White Water if you’re in the mood for a spontaneous tasting. 

Location: Cambria, CA



Mi Amor Tulum

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Mi Amor Tulum is a romantic haven for couples. This boutique hotel sits just above the Caribbean Sea, and the open layout and nature-inspired architecture ensure that guests enjoy the very best of indoor/outdoor living. The infinity pool is the ultimate place to sip on a crisp Modelo while catching some rays or lounging in one of the swaying hammocks. Though you can’t go wrong with a sea-view room, the jungle-view rooms are just as enticing and transportive. Be sure to book a couples massage for a sensual ending to your spring break. 

Location: Tulum, MX

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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