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Spring Break Beaches on the Gulf Coast

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2 Adults
Pool
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Pets allowed
2 Bathrooms
250 yd to water

From the Texas-Mexico border to the Florida Keys, the Gulf Coast is home to some of the most popular spring break destinations in the country.

Spring Break on the Gulf Coast: Top Accommodations

Cottage Gulf Shores
Feb 22 - Mar 1
-31%
$243
$168 per night
Cottage ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Wonderful Cottage in Gulf Shores with Patio & Pool

5.0
Outstanding
Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States
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House Siesta Key
Mar 22 - Mar 29
$234 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in Siesta Key

4.4
Very good (51 ratings)
Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, United States
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Condo Orange Beach
Mar 1 - Mar 8
-18%
$202
$165 per night
Condo ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Condo in Orange Beach with Private Balcony

Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States
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Information about Spring Break on the Gulf Coast

📏 Average home size 109 m²
🥳 Busiest month February
🛏️ Popular home types Condo and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months 95 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and February
🌧️ Rainiest months 12 rainy days in February and August

Frequently Asked Questions

Spring Break on the Gulf Coast: What is the nightly price for a stay?

You can get a great vacation rental from $316 and get discounts up to 73%!

Spring Break on the Gulf Coast: are there many vacation homes available for groups?

on the Gulf Coast, medium-sized groups and families should look for Condo since they can fit 6 guests.

Spring Break on the Gulf Coast: what types of vacation homes are available?

You can choose from 72,640 House rentals and 77,194 Condos available on the Gulf Coast.

Gulf Coast Beach Index 2023 - HomeToGo
Diving into out the best Gulf Coast beaches for spring break

Gulf Coast Beach Index 2023

Spanning from the Texas-Mexico border to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, the Gulf Coast offers thousands of miles of sun-kissed coastline in a subtropical climate that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether visitors are looking for a peaceful escape along the coast or a bustling seaside shopping and watersports adventure, HomeToGo waves hello to the most affordable beachside stays and destinations along the Gulf Coast. 

To create this ranking, HomeToGo looked at the top searched beaches on its platform and scored them based on their typical weather for March and April, their popularity among spring break travelers (the less popular, the better), and the affordability of nearby places to stay. With so many beach towns to explore, HomeToGo is turning the tide on expensive seaside vacations with this helpful guide on budget-friendly adventures. Prepare to dive into the top bustling beachside boardwalks and secluded seaside escapes along the Gulf Coast for 2023!

Beach
City
Popularity
Sunshine
Temperature
Affordability
Total
1
Boca Chica Beach
Boca Chica Village
TX
10.00
8.30
7.22
10.00
35.52
2
Rockport Beach
Rockport
TX
8.40
8.30
6.11
9.00
31.81
3
Quintana Beach
Quintana
TX
9.60
6.70
4.44
9.40
30.14
4
Caladesi Island State Park
Dunedin
FL
8.80
10.00
6.67
4.50
29.97
5
Padre Balli Park
Corpus Christi
TX
6.80
6.70
6.67
9.20
29.37
6
Matagorda Beach
Matagorda
TX
9.20
6.70
5.00
8.40
29.30
7
Somebrero Beach
Marathon
FL
5.60
8.30
10.00
4.10
27.60
8
Edwin King Atwood Park
South Padre Island
TX
4.40
8.30
6.67
8.30
27.27
9
St. George Island State Park
Saint George Island
FL
7.20
10.00
6.67
2.90
26.77
10
Grayton Beach State Park
Santa Rosa Beach
FL
6.00
8.30
4.44
7.50
26.24
11
Coquina Beach
Bradenton Beach
FL
7.60
10.00
6.67
1.80
26.07
12
Archibald Beach
Madeira Beach
FL
3.20
10.00
7.22
6.00
26.02
13
Clearwater Beach
Clearwater
FL
2.00
10.00
6.67
7.00
25.67
14
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach
FL
4.00
10.00
6.67
5.30
25.57
15
Miramar Beach
Miramar Beach
FL
5.60
6.70
4.44
8.20
24.94
16
Port Aransas Beach
Port Aransas
TX
4.40
6.70
5.56
7.90
24.56
17
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach
FL
3.20
8.30
3.89
8.50
23.89
18
Surfside Beach
Surfside Beach
TX
8.00
6.70
0.00
8.90
23.60
19
Siesta Beach
Sarasota
FL
1.60
10.00
6.67
4.60
22.87
20
Rosemary Beach
Walton County
FL
4.80
6.70
2.78
8.10
22.38
21
Johnson's Beach
Perdido Key
FL
6.40
0.00
6.67
8.70
21.77
22
Gulf Shores Public Beach
Gulf Shores
AL
0.40
8.30
3.89
8.90
21.49
23
Smathers Beach
Key West
FL
1.20
10.00
10.00
0.00
21.20
24
Orange Beach
Orange Beach
AL
0.80
8.30
3.33
8.60
21.03
25
Jamaica Beach
Galveston
TX
2.40
3.30
5.00
9.00
19.70
26
Henderson Beach
Destin
FL
0.00
6.70
4.44
8.30
19.44
[1]
Boca Chica Beach
Boca Chica Village
TX
[#26 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[71℉]
[$69.51]
35.52
[2]
Rockport Beach
Rockport
TX
[#22 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[69℉]
[$89.22]
31.81
[3]
Quintana Beach
Quintana
TX
[#25 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[66℉]
[$80.63]
30.14
[4]
Caladesi Island State Park
Dunedin
FL
[#23 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$173.31]
29.97
[5]
Padre Balli Park
Corpus Christi
TX
[#18 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$84.99]
29.37
[6]
Matagorda Beach
Matagorda
TX
[#24 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[67℉]
[$100.35]
29.30
[7]
Somebrero Beach
Marathon
FL
[#14 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[76℉]
[$182.67]
27.60
[8]
Edwin King Atwood Park
South Padre Island
TX
[#11 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$101.65]
27.27
[9]
St. George Island State Park
Saint George Island
FL
[#19 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$205.22]
26.77
[10]
Grayton Beach State Park
Santa Rosa Beach
FL
[#16 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[66℉]
[$116.25]
26.24
[11]
Coquina Beach
Bradenton Beach
FL
[#20 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$225.78]
26.07
[12]
Archibald Beach
Madeira Beach
FL
[#8 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[71℉]
[$146.49]
26.02
[13]
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach
FL
[#6 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$159.27]
25.57
[14]
Clearwater Beach
Clearwater
FL
[#10 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$126.67]
25.67
[15]
Miramar Beach
Miramar Beach
FL
[#15 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[66℉]
[$103.88]
24.94
[16]
Port Aransas Beach
Port Aransas
TX
[#12 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[68℉]
[$109.18]
24.56
[17]
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach
FL
[#9 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[65℉]
[$98.58]
23.89
[18]
Surfside Beach
Surfside Beach
TX
[#21 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[58℉]
[$91.16]
23.60
[19]
Siesta Beach
Sarasota
FL
[#5 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$171.72]
22.87
[20]
Rosemary Beach
Walton County
FL
[#13 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[63℉]
[$105.21]
22.38
[21]
Johnson's Beach
Perdido Key
FL
[#17 Most Searched]
[6 Rain Days]
[70℉]
[$95.14]
21.77
[22]
Gulf Shores Public Beach
Gulf Shores
AL
[#2 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[65℉]
[$89.84]
21.49
[23]
Smathers Beach
Key West
FL
[#4 Most Searched]
[0 Rain Days]
[76℉]
[$259.7]
21.20
[24]
Orange Beach
Orange Beach
AL
[#3 Most Searched]
[1 Rain Days]
[64℉]
[$95.75]
21.03
[25]
Jamaica Beach
Galveston
TX
[#7 Most Searched]
[4 Rain Days]
[67℉]
[$87.72]
19.70
[26]
Henderson Beach
Destin
FL
[#1 Most Searched]
[2 Rain Days]
[66℉]
[$102.64]
19.44

For more information on the scoring, please see the methodology below

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Mapped: The Best Beaches in the USA

Closer Look: Top 5 Gulf Coast Beaches for Spring Break

1. Boca Chica Beach, TX

Comprised of more than 1,055 acres, Boca Chica Beach invites visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation including birding, fishing, swimming, camping and fishing.

2. Rockport Beach, TX

Known as the “First Wave Blue Beach”, Rockport Beach is famous for its pristine beaches, its family-friendly environment, and its clean well-kept amenities.

3. Quintana Beach, TX

Quintana Beach, a 52-acre beach with a unique and colorful history, offers families a variety of waterfront amenities and natural attractions.

4. Caladesi Island State Park, FL

One of the few untouched islands of the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island State Park can be accessed by ferry or private boat for a wonderful, intimate experience.

5. Padre Balli Park, TX

Beloved most by the locals, Padre Balli Park is a 400-acre stretch of coast is known for surfing, shore fishing, and the famous Bob Hall pier. 

Methodology

We examined HomeToGo traveler search demand for spring break to collate a shortlist of the top beaches for this index. In order to rank these beaches, we researched 4 data points: the popularity among travelers searching for spring break accommodations, the average precipitation, the average temperature, and the median nightly price of accommodations. After obtaining the raw data, we assigned each data point a representative numerical value between 0 and 10, with 0 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. The hypothetical "perfect score" would be 40 out of 40. We used the following equation in order to calculate this for every factor:

Score(i) = 10 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin )

Popularity Score: To provide an estimate of each beaches popularity and crowdedness, we examined the number of travelers searching on HomeToGo for stays between March 1st and April 30th, 2023. Each beach was then ranked from "#1 Most Searched" to "#70 least searched". The beach with the least amount of searches was given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 0 or higher.

Sunshine Score: We used historical weather data from Visual Crossing Weather to analyze the last year (March 1st 2022 - April 30th 2022) of data from the nearest weather station to each beach. The beaches with the lowest number of rainy and overcast days were given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 0 or higher.

Temperature Score: We used historical weather data from Visual Crossing Weather to analyze the last year (March 1st 2022 - April 30th 2022) of data from the nearest weather station to each beach. The beaches with the highest average temperature were given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 0 or higher.

Accommodation Price: We used internal HomeToGo data to find the median price per night for a vacation rental in the area between March 1st 2023 - April 30th 2023. The area with the lowest median price per night per person for a vacation rental was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining locations were awarded a score of 0 or higher. Data was collected in February 2023, prices are subject to change.

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