We have to get something off our chest: We love Miami—just not during those few weeks a year when it feels like the whole city is overrun with rowdy college kids. Good thing we’re only a few hours away from some beautiful (and seriously quiet) getaways. Whether you’re an island gal or you enjoy the bustle of a new city, here are six places to wait out the drunken masses.
6 Awesome Getaways to Escape Spring Break in Miami
Islamorada (2 Hours From Miami)
Looking for a quick getaway that unites your love of the Florida Keys with beachy cocktails, seaside excursions and tropical eats? Just under two hours from Miami, the four islands of Islamorada are known for having an upscale, small-town vibe with museums, seafood restaurants, boating and lots of sunshine.
Charleston (1 Hour 40 Minutes From Mia)
Charleston has so much charm that this quick weekend getaway practically plans itself. Get ready to feast on barbecue, stroll the cobblestone streets and take in the historic 18th-century architecture from “Rainbow Row” to the Battery. Plus, flights average about $200 (or less) if you book in advance. From food and cocktails to beaches and boutiques, here’s everything you have to do.
Adairsville, Georgia (2 Hours From Mia, Plus 1 Hour 30 Minutes Driving)
Spend a weekend in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the charming small town of Adairsville, population 4,849. (Yep, we’re definitely not in Miami anymore.) Stay in a cottage at the Barnsley Resort and spend your days horseback riding, golfing, strolling gardens and hiking trails. Dig into comfort food at the Woodlands Grill and stop by the adjacent beer garden afterward. You’ll want to fly into Atlanta and then rent a car to make the drive to Adairsville, which takes about an hour and a half. If you book a few weeks in advance, airfare can be as low as $70 each way.
Coconut Grove (10 Minutes From Downtown Miami)
It is possible to enjoy a relatively tourist-free long weekend in the city during spring break. As Miami’s oldest neighborhood, Coconut Grove offers no shortage of things to do, from roaming Italian-inspired gardens to drinking sauvignon blanc
Atlanta (2 Hours From Mia)
If you love a good meal, Atlanta is the place to go. Stay at the Intercontinental and eat your way through Umi, Buttermilk Kitchen, the Southern Gentleman and the rest of Buckhead’s best. Walk it off by exploring Piedmont Park, the World of Coca-Cola (yep, an entire museum dedicated to the drink) and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. If you’re a news junkie, book a studio tour of CNN before you head back to Miami. P.S. Airfare is really cheap… like, under-$150 cheap.
Key Largo (2 Hours And 25 Minutes From Miami)
Don’t feel like dealing with the airport? Hop into the car and drive to Key Largo. Consider this oceanfront spot a welcome change of pace from Miami, with picturesque sunsets, charming restaurants and quiet beachside hotels. (It’s basically the adult version of spring break.) Bring a couple of bathing suits (and lots of sunscreen) and get ready to spend a few days on the water, whether you prefer fishing and sailing or riding Jet Skis and swimming. If you’re not sure where to stay, Playa Largo Resort & Spa’s private beachfront homes are our go-to.