It’s that time of year again: Spring Break. What college student doesn’t want to go to a cheap, affordable beach destination? I found the Top 5 college-oriented destinations for Spring Break 2014.

Panama City Beach, Florida
How could these 27 miles of beach not make my list? This beach destination has an annual attendance of half a million students. As you can imagine, this is a lively scene packed with college students. The best part is that it is extremely affordable and based around a college student’s budget. There is also entertainment with tons of free ‘big name’ concerts and giveaways.

Cancun, Mexico
Want to get out of the U.S.? Cancun, Mexico is the place to go. You are probably thinking the price of traveling out of the country is high. It’s not; since you are a college student, there are websites that offer packages including airfare, hotel, and meals. The beaches in Mexico are beautiful and the temperature is perfect to release some of that stress you built up through school.

Key West, Florida
Key West is another beautiful, beach-y atmosphere. What differentiates Key West from the other locations is that it appeals to all different interests. There is something for everyone. The streets are lively, full of shows, places to eat, and shops. Although a tad bit more expensive, it is worth it.

Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona is the leader in Spring Break destinations for college students; meaning it is particularly inexpensive. Not only do you have beaches, but less than an hour away are all the theme parks. It offers many things to do, and the sun is guaranteed to give you a nice tan.

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Not many people know about this secret paradise located on the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Shores has a low-key atmosphere with restaurants, shops, and beaches. There are many things to do, including concerts, and prices here are fairly low. For those of you who want a quiet spring break get away, this is the place for you.

Spring Break is important because it gives you a chance to unwind, regardless of where you go. Staying relaxed is important and will help you become a better student!

Tara K.