The perfect spring break starts with three things: location, location… and price. By choosing a hotel that’s near the action but not smack-dab in the center of it, you’ll save a few bucks, and maybe—just maybe—get some sleep at night. Check out these 7 hotels that are within a stone’s throw of major spring break action, but won’t bust your bank account.
Freehand: Miami Beach, FL
This Instagram-worthy hostel is redefining shared accommodation for the budget crowd. Its rooms are bright, airy and contemporary, its pool scene lively and its onsite cocktail lounge Broken Shaker is the place to see and be seen. Given that Mid-Beach has been blowing up lately (don’t miss celebrity gazing at the new Faena Hotel or brunch at Soho House) we would hardly call this one out of the way, but if you are a South Beach devotee you can rest assured it’s less than a mile away via taxi, ride share or bicycle, which you can rent on site. Choose from a hostel room with a shared bathroom, or a private guest room.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Las Vegas, NV
What happens in Vegas costs less if you stay off the Strip. Luckily, there are a ton of hotels near South Las Vegas Blvd that won’t leave you feeling like you’re stuck at the kids’ table. A stellar choice is Hard Rock Hotel, with its trendy decor, weekly “Rehab” pool party and endless entertainment (Magic Mike Live, anyone?). A great value for being just 1 from the action, the hotel offers a shuttle between 10am and 5pm that’ll drop you off mid-Strip at Fashion Show Mall. After that, your hotel is just a short Uber ride away.
Acacia Boutique Hotel: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The popular Condado Beach area is packed with places to stay. Avoid the hubbub when you stay in the district’s quiet side at this boutique hotel that blends colonial, tropical and modern design. It’s set back from the action but close enough that you can walk to the beach, shopping and nightlife. The pool, free wi-fi and on-site bar make Acacia a nice place to unwind when you’re all turnt up.
B Resort and Spa: Orlando, FL
Now that Disney ticket prices are sittin’ pretty in the triple digits, families need to watch every penny, so there’s still room in the budget for some Mickey ice cream bars. Thankfully, the newest resort in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) keeps you close to the action without making you feel like you’ve been pick-pocketed by the Seven Dwarfs. Features like kitchenettes, sleeper sofas and bunk beds make B Resort a bargain for families, while modern guest rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant and spa keep the grown-ups happy. And of course there’s a free shuttle transportation to all the Disney parks; Magic Kingdom is just 8 miles away.
La Copa Inn Beach Hotel: South Padre Island, TX
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Padre Island is party central for one of the country’s largest spring break bashes. The heart of the action is Padre Boulevard, home of the multi-day Ultimate Music Experience at Clayton’s Outdoors Beach Bar. On the same street take in even more concerts throughout March, as Isla Grand Hotel & Resort Beach hosts sets by rapper 2 Chainz, country crooner Cole Swindell and EDM trio Cash Cash. You’ll have enough money for souvenirs when you stay just 4 miles south at the beachfront La Copa Inn, which features a waterfront restaurant, water sports and a Starbucks to cure what ails you.
Cabo Inn Hotel: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Spring breakers descend upon Medano Beach to revel in the mayhem at Mango Deck Restaurant, Bar & Beach Club; cool with a raspado (snow cone) from a beachfront vendor; and dance the night away at Nikki Beach Club and Passion Lounge. But no need to stay in party central to take advantage of oceanfront cantinas, watersports and shopping. When you just can’t party no more, walk less than 15 minutes to Cabo Inn Hotel, where you can choose from a standard room, suite or open-air Mexican palapa; some setups sleep up to six people, so your squad can save even more bucks.
Emporio Hotel & Suites Cancun: Cancun, Mexico
Zona Hotelera is the epicenter of Cancun’s oceanfront hotels, but beachfront Emporio Hotel is less than a 15-minute cab ride from the airport, shopping, restaurants and all the action. It’s also within walking distance of cultural attractions like Maya Cancun Museum and San Miguelito archaeological site. When you know you’re saving money, the turquoise waters will seem extra-blue and the sand will feel even softer.