Spring break RSS Feed

Share with your friends


The Caribbean makes for a dreamy winter escape, with its clear, blue waters, white sand and endless sunshine. But add in an abundance of high-end restaurants and luxury accommodations, and vacationing there might seem out of reach for many. Enter Negril, Jamaica. It’s one of the Caribbean’s most serene tropical destinations, offers some of the best values and some of the best experiences—whether you’re looking for an adventurous escape, a couples getaway or a family vacation.

RELATED: Experience Barbados like pop-icon local Rihanna

Seven Mile Beach Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

Negril’s beach experiences

Every local in Negril will tell you that Seven Mile Beach is the place to be, and it’s not hard to access either—especially since it stretches for approximately 7 miles! This pristine beach with panoramic ocean views is known for its powder soft sand and calm turquoise waters. Even though this is a beach where you can relax and do nothing at all for hours on end, if you’re traveling with family, you know the kids won’t have that and restlessness is imminent. Fortunately, along the stretch of Seven Mile Beach you will find plenty of water sport offerings including: kayaking, ketskiing, banana boating, scuba diving and much more.

Contrary to its name, Bloody Bay Beach is not some gore-filled coastline. While rumor has it that it the beach is named after a pirate battle from hundreds of years ago, it’s safe to say that the only battle you’ll likely encounter is trying to agree with your traveling companion on the best place to position your lounge chairs! If Snorkeling is your passion, then you’ll be happy to know that Bloody Bay Beach has a wonderful Coral Reef for you to explore.

Kool Runnings Resort

Kool Runnings Resort

For the value-minded adventurer

Just across the street from the luxurious Azul Beach Resort is a water park experience for the entire family, aptly named: Kool Runnings. This water park is the largest in Jamaica and it is loaded with a variety of aquatic offerings like kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Plus, you’ll find seven adrenaline-filled watersides like the Green Grotto, which is a unique 3D virtual reality waterslide. In addition, Kool Runnings offers a human gyroscope experience as well as go-kart racing and paint ball.

YS Falls is a former sugarcane farm estate that’s about 45 minutes from Negril. Here you are able to swim in designated natural pools that are fed by either waterfalls or underground springs (the latter of which is ideal for children). You can also experience a scenic canopy ride which will take you from the top of the falls to the base camp.

A favorite for tourists visiting Negril is Rick’s Cafe. Even though this is a lively restaurant and bar, you’ll quickly find that people come here to take advantage of cliff diving—while also watching beginners and professionals cliff dive. You’re welcome to dive as much as you’d like, at no cost. FYI: The shortest cliff dive is 10 feet while the highest is 40 feet.

Caribbean style jerk chicken served with rice

Caribbean-style jerk chicken served with rice

A culinary paradise

Jamaica is known for its cuisine which utilizes a wide variety of fresh ingredients to create bold flavors. This is especially true with restaurants in Negril. Some of the best gastronomic experiences can be found in independently-owned restaurants which are not housed within hotels.

If you enjoy barbecued meats, then you’ll love the offering at 3 Dives Jerk Centre. This restaurant serves up some of the best tasting jerk chicken in Negril. The pricing of a meal here is very affordable, with  a 1/2 chicken meal with rice and veggies ringing in at about $9. As a bonus, if you visit here at dusk, you will experience one of the best sunsets in the world while having a meal at 3 Dives!

Facing the cliffs on Negril’s West End Road is a homely-looking building that’s red in color with a tin roof- but don’t judge a book by its cover, because this restaurant is an ABSOLUTE MUST when visiting Negril: Murphy’s West End. Owner/Chef Leniel Ennis’ establishment serves up some of the best Seafood meals – with generous portions – in Jamaica. Everything, including the Lobster Alfredo and the Curry Shrimp is a triumph! Murphy’s also serves up some of traditional Jamaican cuisine such as Rice & Peas so you can enjoy an unparalleled Jamaican dining experience—at a reasonable price (a full lobster dinner for two typically costs about $110 per couple).

Azul Beach Resort

Azul Beach Resort

A Place to call home….away from home

The all-inclusive Azul Beach Resort by Karisma is a great value. This luxury family resort is ideal for those who just want to get away from it all and not deal with having to worry about how much your wallet has been drained for meals and drinks. Just imagine, you and your family can eat all you want—any time of the day–while enjoying the luxury offerings and water activities of the resort. And if you want to take advantage of a spa treatment, the pricing for those services are very attractive.

If you’re traveling as a couple and want to keep the romance front and center of your vacation, Couples Negril is ideal for you. The all-inclusive aspect of this property is designed to keep couples focused on their romance and not on their wallets. Enjoy fine dining, alcoholic drinks, activities and much more at this adults-only resort.


Tagged: Beach, Caribbean, Destinations, Jamaica, Types of Travel

Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon

Latest posts by Jason Gordon (see all)

Share with your friends


With cold temperatures and record-setting snow plaguing much of the country this month, spring break is on just about everyone’s minds right now. But while it’s tempting to book a warm weather getaway ASAP,  CheapTickets data shows that this year it pays to procrastinate.

RELATED:  7 pool parties that’ll make your spring break


We used CheapTickets booking data to compare seven different booking windows for spring break (March 1 – March 31, 2019) and found that travelers who wait and book just one week out could save 16% on hotels and 20% or more on packages, compared with the average price for the month.

“A lot of travelers have been trained to book trips within that 21- to 30-day timeframe for the biggest savings,” says Justine McDonald, travel expert at CheapTickets. “But this is the first spring break season where the data is proving it pays to wait and book last minute.”


We also used CheapTickets booking data to examine the best budget friendly destinations for spring break, sharing some of the cheapest places to travel throughout the month of March. Travelers who book spring break a little later this year can find hotels for $125 or less in hot spots like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Austin and Jacksonville. Vacation packages to San Francisco, Charleston and Kyoto, Japan also topped the list at $1,500 or less.

“From bucket list destinations like Peru, Japan and Spain to great vacations closer to home in ski country or California—there’s something for every traveler at a price they can afford this year,” said McDonald.

Data shows that hotel deals abound in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

How to save

Travelers who take advantage of CheapTickets’ advice to book spring break hotels and packages a little later this year can save even more with a few last-minute promo codes. Save an extra 16% on select hotels booked March 4–31 with the code SPRINGBREAK, or take $75 off vacation packages (flight and hotel) with the code VACAY75. The package promo code is good for any destination, excluding Las Vegas.

The promo codes above can also be used on trips booked through the site’s new budget friendly search tool, Vacation Value Finder. Vacation goers start by entering their budget and the type of trip they want—hot or cold, romantic or family friendly, beach or city center, relaxing or active. The search tool then populates trip itineraries at that price point or less, based on their location and preferences.

“The tool is designed to help users find new destinations and trip ideas based on what they can actually afford—not just what they think they can afford,” said McDonald. “That benefits not just travelers, but smaller and mid-size cities, too, which offer great deals but may not be top of mind for people.”


Tagged: Cheap Tips, Flights, Tips & advice

Share with your friends


Beach haters, we see you. While the rest of us swoon about our oceanfront vacations, you’re cringing at the thought of homicidal seagulls, painful sunburns and sand in your pants. Not to worry: If you’re in search of warm-weather minus the sand, these spring break destinations are far from the beach, but close to plenty of action so you can live it up without the awkward tan lines.

RELATED: 7 pool parties that totally own spring break

The Easter Bunny takes his annual ride down New Orleans’s famed Bourbon Street. | Flickr photo by Sean Connors

New Orleans, LA

In between the madness of Mardi Gras and the sweltering Bayou summer lies a perfect time to visit N’awlins. The city loves a parade, and Easter Sunday (Apr 1, 2018) brings at least three through the French Quarter, along with a public Easter egg hunt in City Park. Next up, enjoy the French Quarter Festival (Apr 12–15, 2018), a cultural smorgasbord featuring concerts, dance lessons, public lectures and films—all for free. The event includes countless food and drink vendors, so plan to work off those po’boys and crawfish rolls with a hike around Lafitte Greenway.

Washington, DC

You could spend your entire spring break working your way through the nation’s museums, but then you’d squander DC’s glorious springtime weather. Agree on a few indoor attractions for your itinerary, and spend the rest of your time outside. Pose for selfies at the monuments, ride the carousel on the National Mall, visit the National Zoo and catch a Washington Nationals baseball game. Even your meals can be had outdoors; how about a picnic on the mall or dinner al fresco in Dupont Circle?

View from Chapultepec Park

Mexico City, Mexico

Skip Cancun’s party scene and opt for a more sophisticated spring break in Mexico’s capital—preferably during the festivities of Semana Santa (Mar 25–31, 2018), but really anytime. In spring, high temperatures hover around 80 degrees, so spend the morning exploring the zoo and castle at Chapultepec Park or the archaeological site Teotihuacan. Then as the weather heats up, dip into an indoor attraction like the National Museum of Anthropology or the Frida Kahlo Museum.

As if gorgeous flowers weren’t enough, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest includes wine tastings, a trail run, kids’ activities and more. Photo | Bobby Riggs/Flickr.

Portland, OR

Who says spring break has to be Southern? The Pacific Northwest is ripe for exploring this time of year, with average high temps around 60 degrees—ideal for browsing the open-air Portland Saturday Market or touring 40 Instagram-worthy acres of flowers during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest (March 23–April 29, 2018). Rainy-day contingencies abound, like the Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry and a handful of “play cafes” that offer space for kids to burn energy while parents get their caffeine fix. Try a new restaurant during Portland Dining Month (March 2018), when three-course meals start at $33. If you really want to chill out, drive 90 miles east to Mount Hood, where some ski lifts operate year-round.

ALSO: Book now to earn CheapCash, good towards thousands of hotels nowhere near the beach.

Memphis, TN

Skip the beer-soaked spring break music festivals in favor of a hickory-smoked good time in this barbecue and music mecca. Mild temperatures are perfect for events like the Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on legendary Beale Street (March 17, 2018), Memphis Fashion Week (Apr 11–14, 2018) and the home opener of the AAA Memphis Redbirds baseball team (April 10, 2018).

Grand Canyon, AZ

If you can’t stand crowds, then definitely steer clear of the Grand Canyon in summer. Instead, check this marvel off your bucket list in springtime, traveling from the town of Williams to the main attraction via the delightful Grand Canyon Railway. In March and April, high temperatures in the 50s and 60s are perfect for working up a sweat as you hike the Rim Trail. Parents can even sneak in some learning during spring break by enrolling kids in the Junior Ranger programs.

Flickr CC: Woody Hibbard

Austin, TX

Let’s start with the obvious: South by Southwest. The annual music/film/tech/awesomeness assembly happens Mar 9–13, 2018, in and around the Austin Convention Center. But that’s not the only draw to the Texas capital this time of year. Events like the contemporary art festival known as Art City Austin (Mar 30–Apr 1, 2018) and Rodeo Austin (Mar 3–24, 2018) make this trendy Texas town a worthy spring break destination for college students and families alike.

Spring is in bloom at Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Photo | Jared/Flickr

Orlando, FL

If you want balmy temperatures without the beach, then Central Florida in spring is just the ticket. Before the Sunshine State’s festival season gives way to summer humidity, it goes all out with events like Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida (Feb 3–Apr 7, 2018), SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival (Feb 17–Apr 15, 2018) and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (Feb 28–May 28, 2018). If theme parks aren’t your scene, then stay cool downtown when you explore the Orlando Science Center, peddle a swan boat around Lake Eola Park or take in Church Street nightlife.


Tagged: Cheap City, USA, Cheap Tips, City, Destinations, Events, Family, Florida, Holidays, New Orleans, Seasonal, Texas, Top 10 list, Types of Travel, Washington DC

Share with your friends

Hotel Deals for Kissimmee
Aquamarine Hideaway
Apr 25 - Apr 25, 2019
per night from
$ 806.01
$ 201.5

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.

RELATED: 15 totally incredible Florida hotel pools

Photo courtesy of the Freehand

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.

Photo courtesy of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

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.

Photo courtesy of the Acacia Hotel

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.

Photo courtesy of the B Resort

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.

ALSO: Spring into a better spring break by grabbing CheapCash!

Photo courtesy of the La Copa Inn

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.

Photo courtesy of the Cabo Inn Hotel

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.

Photo courtesy of the Emporio

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.


Tagged: Beach, Caribbean, Family, Florida, Las Vegas, Mexico, Texas

Share with your friends


Spring break means wet T-shirt contests, Jell-O shots and beaches so overrun you can’t take a selfie without being photobombed. But it doesn’t have to.

This year, skip the usual spring break cliches by heading for one of these less-crowded American spring break beaches.


Caladesi Island State Park. Credit Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

Caladesi Island State Park, Florida: In 2008, famed coastal researcher Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman christened this Dunedin, Florida, beach America’s best. But what keeps it less crowded than nearby Clearwater Beach is that you have to take a ferry from Dunedin to get there. It’s worth it, though, for a Gulf of Mexico getaway where soft, white sand and wildlife meet modern amenities including a snack bar and gift shop.


St. Simons Island, Georgia. Credit Ralph Daily/Flickr.

St. Simons Island, GeorgiaAvoid the Florida beach scene altogether by heading one state to the north. Take a sailing lesson, try dirt track racing at Golden Isles Speedway or climb the 129 steps to the top of the historic St. Simons Island Lighthouse. Even if you don’t fish, take time to appreciate the view from the St. Simons Island Pier while you’re downtown shopping or grabbing a bite to eat.

CheapTickets-California-Leo Carrillo State Park

Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu, California. Credit Joseph Voves/Flickr.

Leo Carrillo State Park, California: This Malibu beach makes a nice retreat from the hubbub of nearby Santa Monica. Named for an actor an preservationist, the beach is home to tidepools and sea caves that set the scene for a laid-back getaway. Pitch a tent, light a campfire and forget all about finals week.

Padre Island, Texas

Padre Island, Texas

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas: If boozy South Padre Island leaves you with a hangover, then the cure is just plain Padre Island Corpus Christi. Settle in for 70 miles of undeveloped coastline, where you’re likely to see more pelicans and turtles than rowdy coeds. Windsurfing, kayaking and camping on the beach make for a spring break you’ll actually remember.

CheapTickets-Delaware-Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach,Delaware. Credit Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue/Flickr.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: Located about 120 miles east of Baltimore, this resort town makes for a nice alternative to the usual spring break sites. Browse the downtown boutiques or take a shuttle to Tanger Outlets for some serious retail therapy. The area also has plenty of food options to fit a college student’s budget, from Grotto Pizza to Dolle’s Popcorn, Candy and Saltwater Taffy. For cheap entertainment, check the concert schedule at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.

CheapTickets-NY-Long Beach

Long Beach, New York. Credit Shinya Suzuki/Flickr.

Long Beach, New York: You don’t need Hamptons money to enjoy a beach vacation off the shores of the Long Island. Long Beach is less than an hour’s ride on the Long Island Rail Road, making it easily accessible from Manhattan. Stroll, jog or bike along the boardwalk before grabbing a meal from a pushcart vendor. By day, try surfing or beach volleyball, then change into your going-out clothes and hit up the area’s many bars.

Folly Beach, South Carolin

Folly Beach, South Carolina | Flickr CC: H. Michael Miley

Folly BeachSouth CarolinaNo mistake about it. This surf town just 15 minutes outside of Charleston oozes with Southern charm. Expect the usual water sports, fishing and nightlife you’d find in any beach town, but also saveroom for a bowl of shrimp and grits of she-crab soup.

CheapTickets-NC-Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Credit James Willamor/Flickr.

Atlantic BeachNorth CarolinaThe state’s so-called Crystal Coastmakes for a gem of a getaway. Try paddleboarding, cruise around the island on a rented bicycle or ride Island Ferry Adventures Ferry Service around to the Rachel Carson Reserve, where you might just see ponies frolicking on the shore. Now that’s what we call a wild spring break.

Pier at Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, LouisianaWhile the majority of spring break revelers stick to New Orleans, head about 100 miles south to this haven from the Crescent City. Lounge on the seven-mile stretch of white sand beaches or get your blood pumping at Wake Side Wake Board Park, where a system of cables pulls you as you wakeboard, tube or waterski.


Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. Credit Wikipedia.

Oahu, HawaiiA Hawaiian island may sound out of reach for a college student’s budget, but if you can score a cheap plane ticket, then there’s plenty of bargain fun to be had. Catch a free performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace; take a complimentary hula, ukulele or lei-making lesson at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center or remind yourself that pineapples aren’t just for cocktails when you wander through the Dole Plantation’s enormous maze. And we haven’t even mentioned the beach yet. We hear Hawaii has some pretty nice ones.


Tagged: Beach, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York City

Share with your friends


Florida is the perfect place to escape in February, when the cold is unrelenting and the spring is still too far off. This time of year, though, just dipping south of the border won’t be enough. You’ve got to go deep into Florida to get the warmth, and there’s no better place for that than Fort Myers Beach in February.

Southwest Florida International Airport

A view of the Southwest Florida International Airport. Photo: Eric Salard – Flickr

Plane, train or automobile — Fort Myers is so far south that driving isn’t a great option, unless you are down for a road trip. The closest airport to Fort Myers Beach is Southwest Florida International Airport. It’s a 30-40 minute drive from the airport to the beach, and taxis will run upwards of $50, so renting a car for your time at the beach may be the best bet — it’ll give you freedom to get around quickly so you don’t waste any valuable beach time.


Bike by a beach

Renting bikes is an option in Fort Myers. Photo: FaceMePLS – Flickr

Cheap local transit — If you don’t end up renting a car, there’s a trolley that goes up and down Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach that costs 50 cents a ride. There are also a slew of bike rental shops along the beach as well. Otherwise, just walk along the beach to get where you need to go.

Stay on Estero — The hotels and resorts lining Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach are seemingly endless, leaving for plenty of room to play with your budget. February isn’t full-fledged Spring Break season yet, either, so there are still deals to be had when it comes to accommodations. The best thing to do is take some buddies and chip in for a room with a kitchenette. That way, you can buy some groceries at the local Publix and save money by eating breakfast and lunch at home while dashing back and forth from the beach.

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

A sunset on Fort Myers Beach. Photo: Ally Marotti

Watch the sunset — When visiting the Gulf side of Florida, this really needs to be made into an event. Since you’re facing west out to sea, you can watch the sun go down over the water. Itis also a good time to spot dolphins in the surf. It’s a beautiful sight and the sun on the water creates some unforgettable lighting, so make sure to snap a few photos. Be careful though, the sun dips below that horizon quick. Don’t miss it.

 Bum at a beach bar — If you get a little thirsty while basking in the sun, take a stroll down toward the pier. Whichever side you’re coming from, you are bound to find at least a couple of options for places that don’t care if you aren’t wearing a shirt or shoes. Just make sure to remember an ID.

Mini golf

A lion statue at Jungle Golf in Fort Myers. Photo: Ally Marotti

Make it mini-golf — Spike your night with a little competition at mini-golf. You’ll have to go back over the bridge to the mainland, then there are plenty of putt-putting options. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is pirate themed, and one of the holes is on a mini pirate ship with baby alligators in the water surrounding it. If that one’s too crowded, try Jungle Golf right next door, which is peppered with statues of jungle animals.

Ice cream

Superman ice cream from Kilwin’s. Photo: Carl Lender – Flickr

Eat ice cream on the pier — Kilwin’s Chocolates has the richest, most delicious ice cream around. Grab a couple scoops and walk out to the end of the pier to indulge. Maybe catch the sunset out there, or watch some of the fishermen haul in their catch. If Kilwin’s doesn’t suit your fancy, there’s a Dairy Queen nearby, along with a couple other ice cream and fudge shops.

Doc Ford's

A view of the harbor from the deck at Doc Ford’s seafood restaurant in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo: Ally Marotti

Dine on the dock — Doc Ford’s seafood restaurant overlooks Matanza’s Harbor, and we recommend sitting outside. You can catch glimpses of dolphins frolicking in the harbor during dinner. While you’re waiting for your food, check out some of Doc Ford’s books in the gift shop: the restaurateur is also a prolific writer, with scores of books written about life in south Florida.

Tagged: Florida, Off-season

Share with your friends

Cancellations and delays. Courtesy of Chris Waits.

Cancellations and delays. Courtesy of Chris Waits.

When mother nature gives you heavy rain or high winds, airports get flight delays andcancellations. This could be a blessing or a curse for the casual traveler who was just trying to escape to some warmth over the weekend. When you get that notification from your airline saying your flight home has been canceled, you are either celebrating because you get more time in the sunshine, or weeping as you worry about the extra day’s effects on your wallet. Airlines are not required to compensate its customers for any extra costs incurred due to a delay or cancellation. They are even less likely to do so if those delays and cancellations are caused by something they cannot control, such as the weather. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your extra days in a cheap way.

Remain calm.

This may seem obvious, but it will go a long way in making the scheduling debacle work in your favor. Stay optimistic, and look at this as an opportunity for more time on vacation, not a huge disturbance in your schedule. If you panic and get upset with the airlines, not only are you making things harder on yourself, you probably aren’t helping the airline out very much either. Be cool, and let them find you an alternative return flight. If you try to take things into your own hands and book another flight, you are likely to end up paying more. The airline you were originally scheduled to fly also may not give you your money back. So let them do their thing while you sit back with your toes in the sand.

Look twice for lodging.

Vacancy. Courtesy of Lauren Mitchell.

Vacancy. Courtesy of Lauren Mitchell.

This may fall into the “remain calm” category, but when you are scrambling to find somewhere to stay after you find your flight is cancelled, do not pick the first room that pops up on a google search. It will be tempting because the pressure is on, but investing some time in the search will save you in the long run. Some airlines may offer to help compensate, but don’t count on it. The rates at some hotels skyrocket if you book the day of, but others drop as hotels struggle to fill vacancies. Take your time and find one of those options. Check search engines such as Cheaptickets.com that will do some of the leg work for you.

Keep your eyes on the skies.

A snowy O’Hare International Airport. Courtesy of Cliff.

A snowy O’Hare International Airport. Courtesy of Cliff.

If your flight was delayed because of weather, chances are dozens of other flights were delayed as well. Depending on the size of the storm that hit your home airport, it may take a couple of days to get things flowing smoothly again, meaning more delays in the days following the original cancellation. As a traveler, you are basically at the mercy of the airlines in this department, but being aware of the higher possibility of another delay can help save you money. Make time to eat a meal before going to the airport, and stock up on a couple snacks for the voyage home. That way, if you do end up getting stranded in the airport for hours, you are not forced to choose between starving and forking out $10 for bag of Cheez-Its.

Spend time outside.

The hike to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore in California. Courtesy of Alexi Ueltzen.

The hike to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore in California. Courtesy of Alexi Ueltzen.

One of the reasons the great outdoors is so great is because it’s free. If you spent a weekend full of activities that were accounted for in your travel budget, take your extra day or two to deviate from the expected. Explore the nature of whatever area you are stranded in, and enjoy the climate before you are shipped back to the frigid north. If the beach was your main draw south in the first place and you’ve had enough sun, check out a nearby town. Do some window shopping and see the sights.

Cut down on transportation costs.

Bike share in San Jose, California. Courtesy of Don DeBold.

Bike share in San Jose, California. Courtesy of Don DeBold.

When planning out your extra time, account for the fact that you probably do not have a car. Pick a spot you can head to in the morning and remain at for most ofthe day, cutting down on transportation costs. Renting a car for an extra day can tack a pretty penny onto your budget. Ask your airline about accommodating you with a rental car, but it is unlikely they would provide you one free of charge. If your location allows, check into alternative transportation such as Car2Go or a bike rental. Most cities with bike rental programs rarely charge more than a dozen dollars a day.

Tagged: Beach, Cheap Tips, Family, Flights, Florida, Food & drink, FREE!, Last minute travel, Tips & advice

Share with your friends


Pack your bikinis, trunks, sunscreen, flip flops, and don’t you dare forget that smartphone. It’s your selfie soulmate; the only way your can prove to your social following that you’re having the best spring break ever. Spring break trelfies (as in, travel selfies) are your time to shine. Enter our CheapTickets Spring Break Trelfie Contest with one of these five trelfie types for a chance to win a free trip.

roadtrip selfie small copy

Beach and poolside

The better part of any proper spring break is spent on the beach or lounging by the pool. These selfies are easy to spot because the dress code is strictly swimwear, shades, and the occasional florescent inner-tube.

beahc selfie small


Candid is key. Group selfies are great because everyone’s too worried about fitting the whole crew in to think about their most flattering angle. It’s like a spring break team building exercise. The result is always awesomely unstaged, so get weird with it. That one’s a keeper!

group selfie small


A night out–what’s not to selfie? Everyone is looking spiffy and ofcourse the mid-dance pose is an impressive feat that only the most seasoned selfie takers can accomplish.

clubbing selfie small


The possibilities are endless on the road. Any thing road-side that has a sign starting with “world’s biggest…” deserves a selfie. Or keep it simple and snap one with your backseat buddy.

Car selfie small


Okay, so you didn’t make it to the coast for spring break, but that’s because there are mountains to hike, trails to bike, and extreme backdrops to take selfies in front of. Remember bears are camera shy, so ask them before you selfie.

Adventure selfie small


Tagged: Beach, Events, FREE!, Seasonal

Kelsie Ozamiz

Kelsie Ozamiz

Kelsie Ozamiz

Latest posts by Kelsie Ozamiz (see all)

Share with your friends


It’s a college student’s rite of passage to make the pilgrimage to the closest and warmest beach with a hefty crew of cronies. Fifty-five percent of college students are planning to travel for spring break this year, with Las Vegas, Cancun and San Diego toppingthe list of the hottest destinations, according to the latest booking and survey data from CheapTickets.com. Spring breakers are also flocking to Florida as the state’s beaches occupy five of the top 15 spots.

To help students find the most popular places to go and get the most bang for their buck, the CheapTickets College Crowdometer maps the spring break schedules of 50 of the largest U.S. colleges.


The CheapTickets spring break list below identifies top college spring break destinations and calculates average hotel and flight prices.

CheapTickets.com top 10 college spring break destinations

2015 average daily hotel prices

% difference year-over-year

2015 average airfare

% difference year-over-year

Las Vegas, Nevada





Cancun, Mexico





San Diego, California





Los Cabos, Mexico





Miami, Florida





Nassau, Bahamas





Daytona Beach, Florida





Myrtle Beach, South Carolina





Fort Myers, Florida





South Padre Island, Texas






Price is the biggest factor in deciding their spring break destination. College students are inherent cheapsters, after all. Party scene and weather also come into play. Seventy percent of students plan to spend less than $1,000 and are stretching budgets by buddying up and road-tripping:

CTIX spring break blog graphic

Be safe out there, you college cheapsters. Have a fun and cheap spring break. Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do. 😉

Tagged: Beach, California, Caribbean, Cheap Tips, Events, Flights, Florida, Holidays, Infographics, International, Las Vegas, Mexico, Seasonal, Tips & advice

Kelsie Ozamiz

Kelsie Ozamiz

Kelsie Ozamiz

Latest posts by Kelsie Ozamiz (see all)

Share with your friends


Spring break means travel, and here’s a deal for college students who want to do something other than sit on the beach.

CheapTickets and United Way have partnered to encourage students to take an alternative spring break vacation — where they can combine travel with volunteer work. And to help students make their travel plans, CheapTickets is offering $75 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more.

United Way’s top five volunteer spring break destinations:

  1. New Orleans — With space for 302 volunteers, New Orleans’ Habitat for Humanity invites students to rebuild homes in this vibrant city. Accommodations for Spring Breakers are available at the appropriately named Camp Hope.
  2. Southwest Louisiana — In Lake Charles, Louisiana, UnitedWay’s Alternative Spring Break program will continue reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. Up to 350 volunteers may join the effort from March 1-29, 2008.
  3. Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast — Many communities along the Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Katrina, including Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Mobile, Alabama. A United Way Alternative Spring Break program will focus on these areas, with space for up to 250 volunteers from March 8 – 22, 2008.
  4. New York City — Appalachian State University in North Carolina has coordinated with the YMCA to have Spring Breakers travel to New York City for a week to mentor inner-city youths. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in the New York area can get more information online.
  5. Washington, D.C. — Students of Ohio State University will travel to D.C. this spring break, with plans to prepare and deliver meals for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in Washington, D.C. can get more information online.

The Spring Break sale is good for travel through June 30, but you must book your airfare and hotel by April 27.

CheapTickets resources:


Tagged: FREE!, Vacation packages, Volunteer vacations