Where Travel Bloggers Go On Spring Break

What’s the only thing college students look forward to more than happy hour? Spring. Break. Now, I’ve been dealing with the harsh reality that I’m no longer in college for well over a year now, but I’m still dreaming of tropical skies, tall margaritas and all things Spring Break. I’ve been enviously looking up exciting travel destinations and day dreaming of soaking up the sun in the tropics. Seeing all the amazing Instagrams of big swan floaties, mango cocktails and outrageous scenery from all the travel bloggers I follow got me thinking – when you’re a world traveler, where’s your favorite place to escape to paradise? They’ve experienced a lot of different beach destinations and tropical locations. So, I’m uncovering where travel bloggers go on Spring Break. I asked some of the most well-traveled people I know to spill all the deets.

The Ultimate List of Spring Break Destinations From Travel Bloggers

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“St. John is one of three main US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Two things set St. John apart and make it the perfect spring break destination. First, it’s relatively hard to get to (no airport and cruise ships aren’t allowed to dock) so crowds are lighter. Second, 60% of the island is national park, meaning there are tons of unspoiled beaches. One of my favorite spots on St. John is Oppenheimer Beach, a small beach on the island’s North Shore. Oppenheimer is relatively unknown amongst tourists and is basically empty compared to the more famous Trunk Bay Beach and Cinnamon Bay Beach. Aside from having the beach to yourself, there’s a tire swing perfect for swinging into the ocean and helping you snap the perfect Instagram pic.” – Caitlin, The Gramercy Girl 

Siquijor, Philippines

where travel bloggers go on spring break

Siquijor is a small island destination in the Philippines where you can get that disconnected relaxation you have been looking for. The beaches here are some of the most enchanting you’ll see anywhere and will definitely spoil you for white sand. As the sun sets, this gorgeous destination takes on a whole new dimension. Bright oranges, oyster pinks, and lilac purples streak across the sky as the vast, open horizon makes you feel the power of nature.” – Sam and Katherine, When Two Wander 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“Mexico is a beautiful country with countless stunning beaches; one of its best is Playacar Beach in Playa del Carmen. With gorgeous resorts, crystal clear blue water, and a trendy, chic atmosphere, Playa del Carmen makes for the perfect getaway or spring break destination. And while Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist location, it’s much smaller and less crowded than Cancun, conveniently located only 40 minutes from the airport. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America, and has something for everyone: endless, soft sand beaches, a wide range of restaurants, world-class clubs, vast shopping plazas, and more water sports and excursions than you can dream of – all at ridiculously affordable prices.” – Ian, Escaping Expectation 

Waikiki, Hawaii, USA

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“Although some consider it too busy or too touristy, I absolutely love Waikiki Beach and the Waikiki Beach Strip. It’s the perfect mesh between a lively city and a tropical beach. You’ll get that feel especially if you end up staying in one of the beachfront hotels. There’s tons to do in the area including shopping and restaurants, as well as authentic (and delicious!) Hawaiian food, the aquarium, the zoo, and Diamond Head crater just a bus ride away.” – Genie, Gallivanting Bean

The Algarve, Portugal

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“It doesn’t matter how much you travel the world – there’s no place like home! And being able to call the Algarve my home isn’t such a bad thing, really! I come here every year in all seasons and while the party scene is unreal in the peak of the summer, the Algarve in the Spring offers a sort of serenity I haven’t found in many other places. It’s the best time to avoid the tourist crowds and enjoy the sunny beaches all to yourself.” – Inês, The Wanderlust Factory 

Phú Quốc, Vietnam

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“There are so many beautiful beaches on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam that you are going to have difficulty choosing a favourite.  My favourite is Long Beach, which is where you will find most of the tourists.  This beach has calm, warm, crystal clear water perfect for swimming in.  There are plenty of cheap beach bungalows dotted along the beach and some great bars and restaurants too.  This is also the perfect spot to watch the sunset.  Just before sunset you will the tourists grabbing the best seats along the beachfront and with cocktail in hand they sit back to enjoy this colourful show put on free of charge by mother nature.  Long Beach is the ideal spot for a fantastic beach holiday.” – Melissa, Thrifty Family Travels

Los Angeles, California, USA

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“Los Angeles, city of the stars is a perfect place to while away a few days over spring break; especially if you’re thinking of chilling out on the various beaches here. My recommendation would be to head to Manhattan Beach (south of Santa Monica). Why? Well, here you will have the opportunity to rent a large house overlooking the beach. Plus during the day, you can eat Mexican food (California is famous for it) and play some sports on the beach with your friends. Combine this with house parties at night and the warm weather (of course), and your spring break will be the most awesome yet!” – Justine, Wanderer of the World

Varkala, India

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“If you’re in the south of India and you want a bit more peace than Goa can offer you then Varkala in Kerala is the perfect choice. Just North of the capital, Trivandrum, Varkala is one of the best beach towns in Kerala, particularly popular with backpackers and yoga enthusiasts. It’s a place to relax, make friends with other travellers and some of the adorable stray dogs that will sit next to your feet in cafés, tan yourself on the beach, and pick up souvenirs from the abundance of craft shops. If you’re after a bit of adventure then you can paraglide off the cliff next to the Helipad (yes Helipad!) or rent a bodyboard for the day and surf the waves before relaxing in the evening with a fresh tender coconut from Coffee Temple, or freshly caught grilled fish and a cocktail from one of the many cafés lining the edge of the cliffs.” – Sarah, The Wandering Welshie 

 Pigeon Point, Tobago

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“Tobago is an ideal place to chill for spring break.  This mellow island paradise in the southern Caribbean is not overly developed or touristy.  It’s most popular beach, Pigeon Point, is known for its aquamarine water but also for a boat tour to the Nylon Pool.  It’s an offshore sandbar where you can wade in crystal clear waters.  Legend has it that it’s a fountain of youth of sorts and I know I was feeling rejuvenated after my visit.” – Cindy, Travel Bliss Now

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

where travel bloggers go on spring break

“Ko Pha Ngan is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and has everything from yoga retreats to zip-line trails and miles of gorgeous beaches. But the BEST beach for a Spring Break trip on this tiny island is definitely Haad Rin, home of Thailand’s famous, monthly Full Moon parties. Aside from how gorgeous this beach is with towering mountainous views and impressive waves, there is just so much to do with bars on every corner and lively parties every night. Head there during a Full Moon (or Half Moon) party where you can party with people from every corner of the world, drink liquor pitchers, jump through fire jump ropes, and dance till the sun comes up.” – Michelle, Maps & Muses


Where do travel bloggers spend their Spring Break? Find the best beaches from around the world from expert world travelers themselves.

34 thoughts on “Where Travel Bloggers Go On Spring Break

  1. When I first moved to San Francisco I spent some time making a list of places I wanted to see in the next two years. You just reminded me that Playa del Carmen, Mexico was on that list and I haven’t been yet! It looks gorgeous. Thanks for the round up, I’ll have to do spring break one day so that I can feel like an American 😉

    1. Woo-hoo! It’s the perfect excuse to escape the winter and get a tan Playa del Carmen does look amazing. Thanks for the comment, Katherine!

  2. I am glad that you recommended Siquijor as well! Philippine’s beaches are awesome! But of course I would like to try some other beaches in different parts of the world. Like Tobago and the Virgin Islands. Thanks to your photos and descriptions, you make me want to go there sooner.

  3. So fun to see a collaborative blog post about spring break! Wonderful to see where all the travel bloggers would go. I’d have to agree with Caitlin: I’m a big fan of St. John, having been there a few years ago. It’s so green and less crowded than other places I’ve been, making it a perfect getaway. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Do travel bloggers go on Spring Break. I thought SPring Break was for college students with rich parents who head to Florida and get wasted. LOL. But thats the view from me here in london. Great post and wanna hit up St Johns now 😀

    1. Everyone loves the beach! And I think it’s more than for kids with rich parents (example: I went on spring break on my own dime ). Always love a trip to the tropics to escape the cold of winter. And I agree, St. Johns sure does look amazing. Thanks for the comment, Danik!

  5. St. John is one of my favorite places in the world. My husband and I were married there on Hawksnest Beach! If you are looking for all-inclusive and beach service though, I would say Playa del Carmen is the better choice. Hawaii is on my short list, can’t wait to take a trip there!

    1. How amazing! Hawaii is also on my list – and that’s definitely good to know about St. John vs Playa Del Carmen. I bet your wedding was stunning. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  6. St John and Tobago! Yes please! Did see a few of these destinations, but those 2 would be my first choice! On the other side, That sunset in the Philippines looks pretty amazing too! Discovered some great blogs with this article as well! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ah man I didn’t know that! Well I hope you enjoy your summer vacation! Do you have any summer travels planned?

  7. I’ve experienced Spring Break a few times in my life. Once when I was studying in Minnesota and the chance to escape the depths of winter was a chance I couldn’t pass up. We road tripped down to New Orleans and had a great time along the way. The other two were when I was working in Colorado in the mountains, and Spring Break was crazy busy, and drunk. Of the places mentioned above, I’ve only spent time in Playa de Carman and while I enjoyed it, I loved nearby Tulum much more.

    1. Yes, I’ve heard it can be VERY cold in Minnesota in the winter! I bet that road trip was amazing. I’ll have to look into Tulum! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  8. Can I go to all of these places please?! They all look amazing. I would love to visit Varkala or anywhere in India for that matter. This was a great read!

    1. I totally agree, I want to go to all of these places! Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  9. Spring break is a great excuse to go somewhere nice and warm. All these places look amazing and I have to say that even though it was busy we enjoyed Waikiki too. I don’t know if it would be somewhere we went back to but it was fun to see. Does anyone go to cold destinations on spring break?

    1. Great question! I haven’t been anywhere cold for spring break, but I have spent winter break in Vermont 🙂 How about you?

  10. These are amazing places to go for a spring break. I particularly love Siquijor as it offers a relaxing vibe. I am definitely gonna pay a visit on my trip to Philippines.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the list! I hope you enjoy your trip to the Philippines. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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