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Put down your books and pack up your bags–Spring Break 2011 is on the horizon. You only have a week of vacation to release all the stress from the semester, so if you don’t have plans to go home, check out these top five spring break destinations that are perfect for college students. Whether you’re looking to get the most for your money or the most out of your time, these spots offer something for everyone.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
The home of MTV Spring Break, Panama City Beach is where to go if you’re looking for surf, sun and lots of other students. With more than half a million college students packing up for Florida every year, Panama City Beach knows how to entertain. With all-day beach parties and clubs that stay open until 4 a.m., there’s always something fun to do.
By traveling out of the country, under-21 college students can drink legally, and Montreal is full of classy clubs and bars. You may be on a break from school, but you can still feel cultured by enjoying the French sections of the city. And feel free to splurge–the exchange rate’s in your favor.
Las Vegas, Nev.
While it is another hub for MTV Spring Break, college students don’t need too much incentive to take their break in Las Vegas. With great entertainment, gambling fun and a non-stop schedule, take full advantage of enjoying Las Vegas–but leave everything there once you have to go back to school, of course (you all know how the saying goes).
New Orleans, La.
If your spring break happens to fall in the midst of Mardi Gras, head down to this city-turned- -big-party. Aside from that, it’s still a great vacation spot for students. “It’s a unique city with a good music scene, and Frenchman Street is the coolest street I’ve been on in my life,” said Sarah Sbardellati, a sophomore at Boston University.
Getting out of the country always adds more excitement to your spring break adventures, and after this harsh winter, you probably want to head somewhere warm. Cancún has been described as the “Las Vegas of Mexico,” meaning non-stop nightlife, luxurious hotels and, of course, the added benefits of being an ultimate tropical get-away.
Panama City Beach: Gregory Moine
Montreal: Germán Poó-Caamaño
New Orleans: Darin Marshall
Cancun: Mike Fleming