6 Spring Break Destinations Where You Won't Run into Annoying Spring Breakers
By which we mean: drunk co-eds in string bikinis
Look, we’ve all been college kids at one point or another. And we get it: Slurping watered-down piña coladas at some all-inclusive Cancun resort has a certain je ne sais quoi (when you’re 19). But now we’re adults, and we’d like to get as far away as possible from that whole scene, thank you very much. Here, six spring-break destinations where you’re guaranteed not to run into any spring breakers.
Amelia Island, Florida
This 13-mile stretch of coastline just north of Jacksonville boasts the laid-back lifestyle of Key West with the southern charm of Savannah. Think: undisturbed sand dunes, Spanish moss-draped oaks and golfing and horseback-riding expeditions catering to the grown-up--not Ft. Lauderdale--set.
Where to stay: The Ritz Carlton
East Coast, Sri Lanka
For nearly 20 years, civil war and natural disaster cut off Sri Lanka from tourism, but now this tiny country in the Indian Ocean is becoming an international destination once again. Come April, you’ll want to head to the east side of the island, which will be drier and generally more hospitable. Take a safari with elephants and leopards in one of the national parks, explore the hills of tea country and relax in the gorgeous beach town of Batticaloa--which is basically the polar opposite of overrun Phuket.
Where to stay: Cape Weligama Resort
Summer may be the most popular time to hit up Portugal’s Algarve beach region, but there’s a special charm about visiting the Iberian Peninsula during the spring, when the hills come alive with blossoming almond trees and lavender fields. Spend a few days in Lisbon before wine-tasting your way across the windy Douro river valley.
Where to stay: As Janelas Verdes
Harbour Island, Bahamas
While Nassau and Paradise Island are invaded by college students, this lesser-known Bahamian getaway boasts an almost non-existent nightlife but plenty of pink-sand beaches and pastel architecture. And fear not: You can still order up a strawberry daiquiri.
Where to stay: The Dunmore Beach Hotel
Tuscan summer is hot, humid and crowded, but spring brings pleasant, tepid weather and fewer crowds. Start in Florence, where you’ll face shorter lines at the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and, of course, at the gelato stands. Then head south to the medieval villages of Siena and Lucca.
Where to stay: Hotel Savoy
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This small island located off the coast of South Carolina is the polar opposite of nearby Myrtle Beach. In addition to beach-lazing and golfing, you’ll want to spend some time visting the untouched marshlands, ponds and hiking trails. Nature! How very adult of you.
Where to stay: The Sanctuary