Spring break…a time when the weather starts to break and most “breakers” head to the nearest beach or the closest thing to a warmer climate. The east coast is full of options for the week off, whether you stay the entire time or a few days. A time to let your hair down for a well deserved break and a way to unthaw from the bitterness of winter. I have a short list of places I’d recommend to visit as a great way to transition into spring and take a break…east coast style.
New Orleans, Louisiana
This is my non-beach east coast pick. NOLA is a classic location to vacation at any time. The French-influenced city tucked in the Gulf is really pushing the divide when it comes to east vs west. And since north and south aren’t included in this here article, New Orleans is a part of my east coast picks. The city is surrounded by lakes and The Mississippi River that spill into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s like no other place with a mixture of French, American, and African cultures- just like gumbo. The French Quarter neighborhood sits along the river and is considered the pulse of the area. The night life is continuous, the fun never-ending, they don’t call it the “Big Easy” for nothing. It is as spicy and exciting as the food it offers, and unique all its own. Just a great place to escape. www.neworleans.com
Miami South Beach, Florida
If you’ve ever had the pleasure to visit South Beach it just goes without saying. It’s one that should be on anyone’s list of places to visit. It’s sexy, sultry, lively and fun. The heart of Ocean Drive is a car show stroll and a catwalk strut, a people watchers heaven. The patio driven restaurants, lounges and bars don’t disappoint. They seem to suck you in as you walk along the strip. I’m not sure if there are more visitors on the beach or the strip. Either option is fun. The boutique hotels are swanky and fairly reasonable; especially, if you’re splitting the cost. It’s just a fun place to be. www.visitsouthbeachonline.com
Hilton Head, South Carolina
This is a family spring break dream location. It’s a resort town and super quaint; 20-miles north of Savannah and 95-miles southwest of Charleston. A trip here can also turn into day trips to both Charleston and Savannah. With a bridge to connect South Carolina to Hilton Head, it is the major option to get in and out of the island. The island where nature is truly the backdrop with outdoor activities, including miles and miles of nature trails, parks, golf courses and water sports. www.hiltonheadisland.org
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This beach made its appearance as a “must visit” beach back in the 90’s. Where great weather, sand, amusement park-ish activities, and suntan lotion collide. This beach community is really fun. Fit for the party goers as the prices are affordable. I love the boardwalk. You may not get a great tan during spring break as the weather is in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s, but you’re guaranteed to have a good time. www.myrtlebeach.com
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
A surprise on the list, I know. I had the pleasure of visiting last May and I was rather impressed. It’s Delaware- not a place that most people think of when speaking of beaches, let alone a place to visit for spring break. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and hotels on the boardwalk. It’s a quick bike ride and less than 3-miles from Dewey Beach. Delaware is tax free, so shopping there is a must. Not too far from the beach are two outlet malls. Delaware is super small so you can explore the entire state. Discover wine and beer trails throughout the state, lots of history, and enjoy the landscape inland or at the beaches along the coast. It’s a great option to consider visiting this spring break, especially for families. www.cityofrehoboth.com
Domestic travel is extremely affordable and worry-free of passports, currency exchange, language barriers, and drastic change in time zones. No matter what you decide to do for spring break, there are plenty of great places to choose from on the east coast. Enjoy the destination of your choice.