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Spring Break in the USA: Top Destinations

Spend a Memorable Spring Break at these Top Destinations

Though spring break is mainly associated with college students, there are also plenty of hot spots that provide a family-friendly atmosphere for unforgettable spring break vacations. Whether you're looking to enjoy fun beach activities or party the night away, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to spring break ideas in the United States.

Beach Price Index 2020 - HomeToGo
Ranking the 60 Best Beaches in America, Based on Affordability

Beach Price Index 2020


Where are the best beaches in the USA? From Southampton to Santa Cruz, HomeToGo has researched the cost of spending a day at the beach across America. With two coasts and thousands of miles of beach, we combed the country to create a shortlist of the 60 most popular seaside destinations in the USA. 

This year's ranking examines the cost of beach-side parking, sunscreen, lunch, a beer, plus one night's accommodation near the coast. With so many beach towns to explore, this guide can help you find the best beach without getting burnt over price. Get ready to dive into the best beaches for 2020!

Fin-tastic Beach Facts!

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America’s beaches and coasts attract 2x more visitors each year compared to all of the state and national park visitors combined.*

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Florida is the state with the 2nd largest coastline in the US (1,350mi) - approximately the same distance as driving from San Diego to Seattle!

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Daytona Beach, Florida was the speed-capital long before the Daytona 500. The city's long stretches of beaches have helped to set more than nine land speed world records!

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Many beaches in Texas are considered ‘public highways’, allowing travelers of any age and mobility to access the most remote parts of the beach.


The 60 Most Affordable Beaches in the United States


Rank
Beach
State
Parking
Sunscreen
Beer
Fish Tacos
Accom
Total
1
North Beach, Corpus Christi
TX
$0.00
$6.97
$3.99
$9.43
$67.97
$88.36
2
Surfside Beach
SC
$5.00
$7.47
$2.50
$10.99
$64.12
$90.08
3
Jacksonville Beach
FL
$7.00
$7.43
$4.00
$15.00
$61.19
$94.62
4
Pompano Beach
FL
$8.75
$7.60
$4.00
$9.99
$64.61
$94.95
5
St. Augustine Beach
FL
$0.00
$7.43
$5.99
$13.99
$72.68
$100.09
6
Myrtle Beach
SC
$10.00
$7.47
$3.00
$15.00
$68.27
$103.74
7
Panama City Beach
FL
$5.00
$7.43
$3.75
$14.00
$76.12
$106.30
8
Fort Myers Beach
FL
$2.00
$7.43
$3.50
$14.99
$79.57
$107.49
9
Fort Lauderdale Beach
FL
$10.00
$7.60
$5.50
$17.00
$68.76
$108.86
10
Rockport Beach
TX
$5.00
$6.97
$3.25
$12.95
$81.71
$109.88
11
Hatteras Beach, Outer Banks
NC
$0.00
$7.45
$2.50
$12.50
$88.83
$111.28
12
Daytona Beach
FL
$20.00
$7.43
$3.00
$17.00
$64.99
$112.42
13
Galveston Island East Beach
TX
$8.00
$6.97
$3.25
$12.99
$82.46
$113.67
14
Indian Rocks Beach
FL
$0.00
$7.43
$3.00
$15.00
$89.64
$115.07
15
Ocean City Beach
MD
$15.00
$7.39
$3.00
$12.00
$77.99
$115.38
16
Virginia Beach (City)
VA
$10.00
$7.36
$4.00
$8.25
$86.18
$115.79
17
Huntington Beach
CA
$7.50
$7.56
$6.00
$13.00
$82.16
$116.22
18
Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head Island
SC
$0.00
$7.47
$3.00
$15.00
$91.65
$117.12
19
Miramar Beach
FL
$0.00
$7.43
$5.50
$12.99
$91.31
$117.23
20
Pensacola Beach
FL
$0.00
$7.60
$4.00
$11.99
$94.11
$117.70


Mapped: The Best Beaches in the USA

How we Produced this Guide

Total Cost = Parking + Sunscreen + Fish Tacos + Beer + Accommodation

Parking: The cost of parking was provided by local visitors bureaus and online tools such as Parkopedia. The given price is for an entire day, or 5-hours of meter parking when a full-day option was not available.

Sunscreen: The cost of sunscreen was provided by a leading online retailer, for a 8 oz., SPF 50+ bottle. This price includes sales tax.

Fish Tacos: We used Yelp's online menus to find out the price of a regular portion of fish tacos at an oceanfront restaurant in each of the locations. We selected prices from restaurants in Yelp's $$ price category.

Beer: We used Yelps's online menus to find out the price of a 12 oz. bottle of domestically-produced beer, from an oceanfront bar in Yelp's $$ price category.

Accommodation: The accommodation price is the median price per person per night to stay in vacation rental found on HomeToGo within 5 km of the beach, for one night between the dates of March 19, 2020 and June 20, 2020. Our own metasearch data provided this information.

*Most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2018, Published by S. Lock, Feb 10, 2020

All prices in USD. Please note that this is a forecast and that prices may change between now and the upcoming season. Prices exclude sales tax, except for the sunscreen category. For additional information, please contact [email protected]

Spring Break in the USA: Top Accommodations

House Koolauloa
$243 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Koolauloa, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
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Rental Advisor
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Apartment Fort Myers Beach
$498 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Fort Myers Beach, Lee County, Florida, United States
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Coastal Vacation Properties
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Condo Waikīkī
$103 per night
Condo ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0
"Excellent" (2 ratings)
Waikīkī, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Marina Hawaii Vacations
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The Best Spring Break Destinations for Families

The Best Spring Break Destinations for Families

These spring back destinations provide a great opportunity for families to escape the chilly winter weather back home and enjoy some treasured time together.

  • Virginia Beach

    From exploring pristine beaches and taking a leisurely stroll along the 3-mile boardwalk to clicking a family photo with the 34-foot King Neptune statue, Virginia Beach offers a wealth of activities for spring break getaways. At the oceanfront, in the middle of all the action, you'll find plenty of things to do and see, such as street performances, live music, cafés, shops, and the Marina District. Also, family spring breaks aren't complete without some adventure. Enjoy paddle boats, parasailing, and sailing in the calm waters.

  • Hilton Head

    Just off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina is a 12-mile-long island with 14 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, and over 100 miles of bike paths. Hilton Head's tranquil waterways, marshes, and diverse outdoor activities made it a favorite spring back destination for families. Take a trip to Charleston or Savannah for a taste of the area's rich history, and set out on eco-adventures such as crabbing or seeing dolphins playing in the surf.

  • Destin

    Nestled on Florida's Emerald Coast, Destin is famed for its gorgeous white beaches, world-famous fishing scene, and challenging golf courses. Because of its abundant underwater habitat, Destin is famously called the "world’s luckiest fishing village." It also boasts world-class resorts and some of the best dining and shopping anywhere.

Best Places to Stay for Spring Break in the USA

House Bonita Springs
$170 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bonita Springs, Lee County, Florida
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IPG Professional Management Inc
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Apartment Butler Beach
$114 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (1 rating)
Butler Beach, St. Johns County, Florida
Details
Coastal Realty
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House Fort Myers Beach
$165 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
4.9
"Excellent" (10 ratings)
Fort Myers Beach, Lee County, Florida
Details
Vacasa
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The Best Spring Break Destinations for College Students

The Best Spring Break Destinations for College Students

The long-awaited and inevitable break during the spring semester is best packed with sun, sand, food, friends, and crazy nightlife.

  • Panama City Beach

    Panama City Beach has been an affordable spring break hot spot for US college students for decades. Large groups of co-eds make the journey to this beautiful beach destination along the Gulf of Mexico for spring break, enjoying beach activities and vibrant night entertainment. Check out Tiki Bar, a famous spring break hot spot, to party on the beach until the wee hours with excellent drinks, the hottest DJs, and a nightclub-like ambiance.

  • Key West

    Key West is famed for gorgeous beaches, pleasant climate, and happening beach bars. It’s not surprising that Key West is known as one of the hottest party spots for spring break. The island is surrounded by glistening turquoise water, perfect for diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wave running or just swimming. The clubs and bars on Duval Street get especially crazy during spring break.

  • South Padre Island

    If you're looking for non-stop pool and beach parties, celebrity-hosted events, and budget-friendly accommodation, South Padre Island is the place to be. South Padre Island is another favorite spring break destination among college co-eds. Attended by thousands of students, the area's massive spring back party features live music, contests, and games. The island's beaches also offer volleyball, snorkeling, banana boats, and parasailing.

Recommended Accommodations for Spring Break in the USA

House Wimberley
$113 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (1 rating)
Wimberley, Hays County, Texas
Details
Hill Country Premier Lodging
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House Dripping Springs
$117 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Dripping Springs, Hays County, Texas
Details
Hill Country Premier Lodging
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House Wimberley
$104 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Wimberley, Hays County, Texas
Details
Hill Country Premier Lodging
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The Best Spring Break Destinations for Couples

The Best Spring Break Destinations for Couples

If you and your partner are planning a romantic getaway, then you might want to consider these spring break escapes for an intimate vacation.

  • Miami Beach

    Plan a romantic spring break trip to Miami Beach to enjoy sunny weather, fabulous beaches, world-class restaurants, buzzing nightlife, and great shopping. Miami provides loads of activities, catering to any experience you want. Check out the crazy nightlife and crowds along the main strip, or hide out in the secluded and peaceful places that are isolated from the buzz.

  • Fort Lauderdale

    If sea breezes and palm trees are your key elements for a romantic spring back getaway, then Fort Lauderdale is sure to make the sparks fly. Complement a cozy day spent riding an airboat in the Everglades Holiday Park and splashing in the surf with an intimate dinner for two. Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic place for a romantic vacation because of its laid-back atmosphere and easy accessibility.

  • Myrtle Beach

    With 60 miles of sun-soaked coastline, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of attractions, scenic sights, great restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and much, much more. Myrtle Beach’s Broadway is well known for its nightlife, with numerous bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, shows, and concerts. Catch the sunrise over the ocean, search for seashells, take a relaxing walk on the beach, or enjoy the breathtaking ocean views with your partner.

Top Offers for Spring Break in the USA

Cabin Wawona
$289 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
4.7
"Outstanding" (18 ratings)
Wawona, Mariposa County, California
Details
The Redwoods In Yosemite
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House Big Bear Lake
$339 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California
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Avantstay
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Apartment Mission Beach
$261 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (10 ratings)
Mission Beach, San Diego, California
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Vacasa
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do vacation rentals for Spring Break Destinations cost?

The average price for accommodation in the USA is between usually $339 and $446 per night.

What kinds of rentals can I find for Spring Break Destinations?

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