Travel Picks: top ten spring break destinations

Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:01am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Sun, sand, surf and a sea of friends and possible dates is the recipe for a successful Spring Break holiday for North American university students.

Online travel advisor ( provides a list of the top 10 Spring Break destinations. Reuters does not endorse this list:

1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With 24,000 hotel rooms and counting, Punta Cana is the tourist haven of the Dominican Republic. Rife with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, all-inclusive deals and buffets galore, this destination has a lot to offer in terms of value. Nightlife abounds too, with free VIP passes to the island's top-rated clubs when you look through student programs like Student City, which has two headquarters there - Grand Paradise Bavaro and Barcelo Punta Cana.

2. Cancun, Mexico

If you didn't know it already, Cancun is the unofficial Spring break capital of North America. With an average daily temperature of 80 degrees, this Mexican mother city is unapologetic in its mass-tourism reputation. Students love it for its accessibility to nightlife and the plethora of all-inclusive resorts that include food and drink. Add in the fact that the dollar is standing strong against the peso, and you've got yourself a deal.

3. Montego Bay, Jamaica

The island's busiest airport and cruise-ship port bring loads of tourists to Montego Bay all year round, but a certain clientele appreciate it most during Spring break season. Sunny days are well-spent along Fletcher Beach and Doctor's Cave Beach, while partygoers find countless clubs on Gloucester Avenue, (referred to as "hip strip") at night.

4. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico   Continued...

<p>Tourists walk on Caracol beach in Cancun February 1, 2011. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>