Spring Break

Postcard worthy beaches perfect for Spring Break

Although Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow a few weeks ago, signifying there’s six more weeks left of winter, the snow will slowly start to melt and spring will be here before you know it. With all of the sunshine & new growth that come with spring, also comes the time of year perfect for a little getaway. Yes, we’re talking about spring break. It’s the few days of spring that the kids are out of school and you can take off and jet away to somewhere warm and tropical. For this spring break, we recommend picking a destination that’s not only perfect for memory making, but also takes some pretty stellar pictures. See what’s on our list of post-card worthy beaches and start planning the most epic spring break getaway today.

Eagle Beach, Ojahansted, Aruba

Aruba is known for it’s cooling trade winds, friendly people and breathtaking beaches, making it an absolute must for our list of post-card destinations. More specifically, Eagle Beach is known for it’s pristine, white sand & clear turquoise waters. In fact, Trip Advisor recently named Eagle Beach as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Now tell us that isn’t picture perfect?

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Not only is this beach a sight for sore eyes, but it’s perfect for tennis fans. On the weekends, tennis matches can be found all along the beach. And if you’re in Aruba at the right time of year, you might even be able to witness the hatchings of four species of sea turtle nests that call Eagle Beach home. If you see the beach lined with red and white markers, turtle nests containing as many as 80 eggs are in the process of hatching and making their way to their more permanent home, the ocean. Our pick for the perfect place to rest your head as you venture to Aruba’s iconic beach is Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa. This boutique, all-inclusive experience offers three restaurants, customizable spa treatments at Spa del Sol, among other things, all perfectly placed right on one of the world’s top beaches.

Playa Negra, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

If one of your spring break requirements is “something different”, Puerto Rico might just be the spot for you. The island is home to plenty of vibrant culture, delicious food, stellar nightlife and of course, unique beaches. For the ultimate family vacation spot, we recommend a stay at Gran Melia Golf Resort. Not only are there two 18-hole, championship golf courses for the avid golfers in your family, there’s an oceanfront lagoon-style pool with swim up bar, five onsite restaurants and a long list of extracurricular activities. This 4.5-star beach resort will surely have something to keep every member of your family entertained.

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Now, for the reason this destination makes our postcard worth beaches list: Playa Negra. This black sand beach located on Vieques Island will most certainly make for postcard worthy pictures. The beach gets its black sand from past volcanic activity and a shift in tectonic plates. We recommend a day trip to Vieques Islands to explore it’s other iconic light sanded beaches and then venturing off to Playa Negra for an experience that’ll make your entire trip – and make for some good pictures, of course.

Trunk Bay Beach, St. John., U.S. Virgin Islands

For the adventure seekers on spring break vacation, let us suggest Trunk Bay Beach in St. John. Next to it’s stellar views and clean, clear waters, this spot is known to have some of the most beautiful ocean life. There’s a 225-yard-long Underwater Trail of reefs, made perfect for snorkeling & underwater photography. After lounging under an umbrella on the coral sands, you can take advantage of the water-sport rentals or take a swim in the calm waters of the bay.

Photo Credit: Travel Channel

Photo credit by Travel Channel

After a long day of beaching at Trunk Bay, you’ll want to have a place to call home. Our pick is Westin St. John Resort & Villas. This 5-star resort was recently voted as Best Island Paradise and Best Family Experience by Starwood’s loyalty members. The whole fam can take a dip in the quarter-acre freshwater pool or mom and dad can head over to the golf course while the kids hang at the Westin Kids Club. Enjoy plenty of dining options & even indulge in a spa treatment at the Westin St. John spa. It sounds like your trip to St. John will be packed full of fun things to do and see, all while being surrounding by stunning beauty. Don't forget that you're only a hop, skip and a jump away from the rest of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With only a few weeks left until spring break season is officially underway, you'll want to get started planning the trip of a lifetime. What do you think of our list? Do you agree? What else would you add to our postcard beaches list? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Brittany Innes is Manager of Social Media at CheapCaribbean.com. She's a travel junkie with a passion for trying new things and being spontaneous. 

Party South of the Border: Viva la Spring Break

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If the frigid temps of winter are getting you down, just remember that warmer temperatures are around the corner – or just a short flight away! It’s never too early to start thinking about your 2014 Spring Break vacation. There are plenty of choices when choosing a destination for your spring getaway, and Mexico offers several of the most popular spring break locations.

If you’re a college student wanting the traditional beach and pool parties, you can’t go wrong with Cancun. It’s hands down the most popular student destination because it offers everything from affordable beachfront hotels to lively nightclubs where the parties last well into the night. If you want even more action, most resorts host beach contests and games, too. You can try your luck in a bikini contest, compete in a dance-off or join in on a game of beach football.

Not too far from Cancun is the sunny island of Cozumel, which offers lots of outdoor adventures like diving and snorkeling, along with a great nightlife and party scene. The very popular Secrets Aura Cozumel will put you in the perfect state of mind for a spring break vacation. Party into the night at the resort’s multiple bars, or lounge around at one of the many spacious pools. You can also take advantage of the resort’s pristine beachfront location and just soak up the sun. Elegant and comfortable rooms have all the modern amenities you’re used to all while being able to relax to the sounds of the ocean waves directly outside your balcony door.   This resort features multiple beachside and water activities to keep you busy all day. Sunscape Sabor features the only scuba training pool in Cozumel.

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Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Western coast is the second most popular spring break spot. From great drinks, to lively parties, to luxurious rooms overlooking the Bahia de Banderas and beach, Puerto Vallarta offers plenty of options for every taste.

For a fun and unique atmosphere, check-out Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta. You’ll fall in love with the all the activities this resort offers such as fine gourmet dining and a full service spa for you to indulge in during your stay. Rest assured that during your visit you will be pampered with the top-notch exemplary service that Secrets Resorts are known for. Have no fear about ever running out of things to do here!

Just steps outside the resort enjoy the classic and traditional cultural atmosphere of the charming and historic Puerto Vallarta. Located just a half block off the main north and south roadway along the beach and less than a 10 minute drive from Old Town Puerto Vallarta, the location truly can’t be beat.  Old Town Puerto Vallarta combines a luxury experience with a prime beachfront location. For breathtaking views of the Bay and Sierra Madre Mountain range, try the all-inclusive Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Resort.

No matter which location or resort you choose for your spring break getaway, you’re bound to find plenty of fun in the sun on either side of Mexico. What’s not to like about white sand beaches, some of the best nightclubs in the world and watersports in warm tropical waters? See you there!

Top 3 “UN-Spring” Break Destinations from CheapCaribbean.com

Spring Break 2011Looking forward to basking in the Caribbean sun and enjoying the crashing of crystal-clear waves in a sandy paradise not overrun with spring breakers? Here are three spots that will soothe your craving for a cheap spring break vacation...without the spring breakers.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If your ideal Caribbean vacation includes a 20-mile stretch of beach and soothing Bachata music playing as you enjoy the sight of a majestic sunset and the company of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, look no further than Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Located in the east coast sector of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is home to many all-inclusive resorts, including the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is the first Hard Rock hotel to open in the Caribbean. When looking for a cheap spring break vacation that you will not soon forget, consider Punta Cana as your destination of choice.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

There is no island in the Caribbean with more history, culture and flavor than Puerto Rico, and there is no Caribbean destination that offers more bang for your buck than San Juan. With its all-inclusive resorts like the Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, and the Intercontinental scattered across the gorgeous beaches and incomparable historical locales, San Juan, Puerto Rico offers an inexpensive, passport-free experience with a relaxing array of places to go and faces to see. Visit El Yunque, the only rain forest registered under the U.S. National Parks registry, or go to the many clubs, casinos and beachfront celebrations on the island. Come bask in the sun on the shores of Isla Verde. One day in the magical scenes of San Juan and you’ll never want to go home.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Exotic, festive and hauntingly beautiful, Playa Del Carmen in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico is an unforgettable and inexpensive hideaway from all of the spring break madness. Worried about the recent not-so-sunny reports coming from Mexico? Never fear. The Riviera Maya region is located far from the locations making headlines, so you won't find any news crews here. What you will find is sunny beaches, breathtaking landscapes, amazing food and incredible people, all at a destination that stays warm and breezy all year long. And with packages starting at $499 per person, who can say no to a spring break vacation spent in Playa Del Carmen?

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So what are you waiting for? Spring Break 2011 will only happen once! Enjoy the Caribbean without the crowds, and visit www.cheapcaribbean.com for more information on how to make your dream vacation a reality today.

Family Spring Break Vacations from CheapCaribbean.com

If you are looking for cheap spring break ideas that also keep your family happy, then you're in luck! Caribbean Jim, founder of CheapCaribbean.com, shares his favorite cheap spring break spots for 2011.

From San Juan, Puerto Rico to Playa del Carmen, CheapCaribbean.com has you covered.

Cheap Spring Break 2011

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