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2018 Spring Break travel trends and destinations


Spring Break season is right around the corner and Americans will be taking off on trips throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico in search of sprawling beaches, lively nightlife, and inspiring culture.

Although the travel data shows that Spring Break 2018 (March 17th-April 28th) will be 2% more expensive than last year, there are still savings to be had, including a few popular destinations that stood out as being slightly less expensive throughout the seven-week travel period: Playa del Carmen (20% cheaper), San Diego (17% cheaper) and Panama City Beach (4% cheaper).

The following week-to-week recommendations highlight additional great savings for travelers, where they will discover a variety of accommodations to choose from – from hotels and B&Bs, apartments to vacation homes and even more unique properties.

Week of March 17th – 23rd

• Ocean City, Maryland: 29% cheaper
• Playa del Carmen, Mexico: 7% cheaper
• Tampa, Florida: 9% cheaper

Week of March 24th – 30th

• Cancún, Mexico: 23% cheaper
• Miami, Florida: 9% cheaper
• Palm Springs, California: 14% cheaper
• San Diego, California: 8% cheaper

Week of March 31st – April 6th

• Clearwater Beach, Florida: 10% cheaper
• Key West, Florida: 12% cheaper
• Miami Beach, Florida: 18% cheaper
• Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: 26% cheaper
• Orlando, Florida: 16% cheaper
• San Juan, Puerto Rico: 22% cheaper
• Santa Barbara, California: 12% cheaper
• Santa Cruz, California: 25% cheaper
• Virginia Beach, Virginia: 25% cheaper

Week of April 7th – 13th

• Daytona Beach, Florida: 20% cheaper
• Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 15% cheaper
• Las Vegas, Nevada: 6% cheaper
• South Padre Island, Texas: 24% cheaper

Week of April 14th – 20th

• Atlanta, Georgia: 17% cheaper
• Monterey, California: 7% cheaper
• Nashville, Tennessee: 10% cheaper
• New Orleans, Louisiana: 20% cheaper
• Reno, Nevada: 42% cheaper
• San Antonio, Texas: 28% cheaper
• Savannah, Georgia: 16% cheaper

Week of April 21st – 28th

• Atlantic City, New Jersey: 25% cheaper
• Corpus Christi, Texas: 40% cheaper
• Panama City Beach, Florida: 6% cheaper

And for those looking for the top Spring Break destinations for young couples and groups, the experts found the following cities to be trending, based on current bookings:

• Atlanta
• Atlantic City
• Cancún
• Clearwater Beach
• Corpus Christi
• Daytona Beach
• Fort Lauderdale
• Key West
• Las Vegas
• Miami
• Miami Beach
• Monterey
• Myrtle Beach
• Nashville
• New Orleans
• Ocean City
• Orlando
• Palm Springs
• Panama City Beach
• Playa del Carmen

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