Cheap Spring Break Trips (Under $1,000)
Dominican Republic: Memories Splash Punta Cana
The all-inclusive resort of Memories Splash Punta Cana makes up for the fact that it’s not exactly beachfront (the sand and surf of Bavaro Beach is across the street) by delivering buckets full of family fun at a huge on-property waterpark, including seven waterslides, a wave pool, and more. When it’s time for some adult fun, mom and dad can slip away to dinner and the casino at the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana Resort.
Rates: Start at $384 per adult, per night, with the first child free.
La Paz, Mexico: CostaBaja Resort and Spa
This Spring Break, why not peace out in La Paz? This coastal city is the capital of Baja California; generally overshadowed by Cabo San Lucas, it has all the history Cabo lacks plus great beaches on the Sea of Cortez and opportunities for whale watching, swimming with sea lions, and day tripping to Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check it out by checking into the oceanfront CostaBaja Resort and Spa, the city’s only luxury boutique hotel.
Rates: From $247 per night.
Puerto Rico: The Condado Plaza Hilton
Condado is the most popular place to stay in San Juan for good reason: resorts here have the beach at their doorstep but also are just a few minutes from the history, restaurants and nightlife of Old San Juan. The classic Condado Plaza Hilton had a chic makeover a few years back and is currently undergoing restoration after being hit by Hurricane Maria last fall. Amenities like a 24-hour fitness center, two pools, and a variety of food and beverage options are still being offered, and until full amenities are restored, Condado Plaza is waving its resort fee. Support Puerto Rico in its rebuilding efforts, and enjoy incredible views of the nearby Condado Lagoon, as well as a welcoming and hospitable staff.
Rates: From $349 per night, double occupancy.
Treasure Beach, Jamaica: Jakes Hotel
One of Jamaica’s most talked-about hotels is also one of the island’s most affordable. Jakes is an away-from-it-all boutique hotel on Jamaica’s quiet South Shore, where every room dances to the unique stylistic beat of owner Sally Henzell. Guests can pamper themselves with spa services, dine on farm-to-table delights, take a daily yoga class, or just chill over cocktails at Dougie’s Bar.
Rates: The simple Conch and Coral rooms start at just $90 per night, though scoring a room at just under $200 during Spring Break should be considered a win unless you plan long in advance.
Panama: The Westin Playa Bonita
The parade of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal is just part of the scenery at the Westin Playa Bonita, a visually arresting beach resort just minutes from the high-energy nightlife of Panama City. With rates starting at $197 per night, it’s a great budget getaway for couples or families (the hotel features both a Sensory Spa by Clarins and a Westin Kids Club), and frequent air service between the U.S. and Panama means you won’t break the bank getting here, either.
Rates: From $197 per night, double occupancy.
Virginia Beach: The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
With its endless boardwalk and a bazillion entertainment options ranging from amusement parks and whale watching to golf outings and breweries, Virginia Beach is a worry-free Spring Break destination for families. The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center has its own private beach on Chesapeake Bay and is a magnet for tennis lovers: guests get an hour and a half of free daily outdoor court time at the nearby Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.
Rates: Starting at $161 per night.
Gulf Shores, Alabama: Perdido Beach Resort
You may not automatically think beach when you think of Alabama, but this Gulf Coast state has a 32-mile sliver of white-sand coastline with great beaches, bike trails, fishing, boating, and golf — all convenient to Gulf Shores, considered one of the best beach towns in America. Spring Breakers can choose from everything from a cabin at Gulf State Park to a condo (cooking for yourself can save big bucks) or a stay at the Perdido Beach Resort, the only full-service hotel in town and an undiscovered gem.
Rates: Start at $139 per night.
Outer Banks, North Carolina: The Sanderling Resort
What kid—or child at heart—could resist a Spring Break getaway to a town called Duck? This Outer Banks beach town is home to the Sanderling Resort, which boasts recently renovated guest rooms, a luxury spa, fitness center and—if the spring weather turns chilly—an indoor pool as well as two outdoor pools and, of course, the beach steps away. Kids will love biking into town, going on a dolphin tour, and gathering by the fire pit at night.
Rates: Start at $239 per night.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa
Got golf? The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is best known as the home of the TPC Sawgrass golf tournament, but Spring Breakers can swing in for a family-friendly vacation that includes mini golf as well as full-sized version, a kids club for ages 5-12, and spacious one- and two-bedroom villas.
Rates: Start at $259 per night.