Top Ten Alternative Spring Break Destinations

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SOLITARY SUNBATHING: You'll get the beach at Mayreau practically to yourself (courtesy, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism)

Hot Spot:
Aruba, Dutch Antilles
You're not alone if your top three criteria for a spring break destination are beaches, beaches, and beaches. The sand's gotta be white, the water turquoise, and the sun hot—is that too much to ask? Eagle Beach, in Aruba, Dutch Antilles, has one of the Caribbean's finest strips of sand, but also one of its most crowded, especially during spring break. And the endless string of resorts tends to diminish that Corona-commercial feel.

Tulum, Mexico
The beach in Tulum is truly postcard-perfect, with azure water and powdery sand, backed by swaying palm trees. Lodging here mostly comprises bungalow-style getaways rather than sprawling all-inclusives. Many resorts cater to yoga practitioners and offer massage, Maya sweat baths, and other treatments. Even if those luxuries aren't your style, you'll appreciate the prevailing aura of rest and relaxation. There's not much nightlife (unless you want to drive two hours to Cancun) but there's plenty to see and do, including visiting Maya ruins, snorkeling in underground caverns, and kayaking and bird-watching in a nearby biosphere reserve.

Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
For even more isolation, try Mayreau, a tiny island—just two square miles with a single village—with an idyllic white sand beach curving gently around a calm bay. Mayreau is a popular anchorage for yachters, but you can also get there by ferry and stay in the island's solo resort. Be sure to book a snorkeling or diving trip at nearby Tobago Cays, a wildlife reserve consisting of several uninhabited islets.

Published: 25 Mar 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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