Top 10 Places To Go To During Spring Break In Florida - Updated 2024

places to go on spring break in florida
Caroline
Caroline 
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Florida, the well known and beloved “Sunshine State” is a popular tourist destination all year round, prized for its wildlife, natural parks and theme parks alike, as well as its vibrant culture and history. It is also now a prized destination for spring break, thanks to its pristine white sand beaches, its entertainment hubs, and its world-renowned theme parks. From relaxing to party vibes, Florida has something for everyone, and its tropical atmosphere is sure to charm you. And to ensure that you make the most of your spring break, we have selected the best destinations that Florida has to offer! Scroll below for the top places to go to during spring break in Florida.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 25, 2024.

1. Jacksonville (from USD 252)

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Florida’s most populous city, a historic and cultural place, Jacksonville is full of activities and sights to see. Whether you want to explore its quieter side with museums and city parks and gardens, its history with the Kingsley plantation or the 16th-century Fort Caroline, or its nightlife with its several bars and nightclubs. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is also a popular tourist destination. There is much to do for everyone in the great city of Jacksonville!

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Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Wifi Available

Address: 225 East Coastline Drive
284.32 km (176.7 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

2. Universal Orlando Florida (from USD 285)

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And finally, what would be a trip to Florida without going to Universal Studios? With attractions from your favorite movies, most notably the Harry Potter saga, Universal Orlando makes for a perfect destination for teens or students in need of thrill and adventure! With tickets starting at 115 USD, it’s worth splurging on, especially since you can also stay on site and soak in the atmosphere all day.

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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 6550 Adventure Way
142.4 km (88.5 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Laundry

3. Anna Maria Island

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This island with a peculiar shape is a gem for people looking for a relaxing yet exciting destination. You can either enjoy a day of sunbathing, mini-golfing, strolling along the beach and eating the freshest seafood, or you can be adventurous and try out the boat excursions to perhaps see dolphins! There is even a very casual nightlife with lounges and bars if you want to have a sip while taking in a beautiful sunset. Bridge Street is a shopping hub and who knows you might spot a great bargain.

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Anna Maria Island Retreat

Wifi Available

Address: 1301 Bay Drive North
57.26 km (35.6 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Skiing Free parking Internet services

4. St. George Island (from USD 252)

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St. George Island is located in the northwest part of Florida, 76 miles (122 kilometers) away from Tallahassee. This destination makes for a peaceful and relaxing location, with lots of nature to enjoy. Notably, every year starting in May, loggerhead sea turtles come to St. George Island’s beaches to lay their eggs! On top of that, the island has its own State Park and State Reserve. The island is also known for its beautiful lighthouses namely the St. George Island Lighthouse, the Cape St. George Light, and the Crooked River Lighthouse.

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Buccaneer Inn

7.7 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 160 West Gorrie Drive
273.61 km (170.1 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Express check-in/check-out

5. Panama City Beach (from USD 148)

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Panama City Beach stands on Florida’s beloved “Emerald Coast”. The beach is very large, adorned with white sand, and the water is clear and warm even during spring. This makes it a great relaxing destination. Even if it’s on the quiet side for spring breaks, Panama City Beach still offers activities like water sports or scuba diving and has lots of shops and amenities. You are also sure to enjoy their water park i.e. the Shipwreck Island Waterpark!

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Chateau Beachfront Resort - BW Signature Collection

Wifi Available

Address: 12525 Front Beach Rd
382.93 km (238.0 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Restaurant 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking

6. Daytona Beach (from USD 74)

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Daytona Beach, on the east coast of Florida, between Jacksonville and Orlando, is a vibrant city full of fun activities. You can enjoy a good day with friends at the Daytona Lagoon, a water park with go-karts, mini-golf, an arcade, a laser tag, and a climbing wall! And Daytona has even more activities for outside fun, such as water sports, strolling in the gardens or at the beachfront park, or taking a dip in its beautiful waters. Daytona also has loads of bars, clubs, and lounges for the party-goers. It is also home to one of the largest museums in Florida, the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

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Ocean Breeze Club Hotel

Address: 640 North Atlantic Avenue
225.11 km (139.9 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

7. Sanibel Island (from USD 410)

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Sanibel Island is an island off the west coast of Florida and near Cape Coral in Fort Myers. It makes for a great exotic destination, without actually breaking the bank or having to travel overseas. Its white sand beaches are popular with surfers, shell collectors, or really anyone who loves a good sunbath. The island is also known for its wonderful flora and fauna, which you can enjoy in its wildlife refuges (the largest one, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, is a must see) or in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Be sure to visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum with your children for a fun interactive experience.

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West Wind Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL, USA, 33957
186.23 km (115.8 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

8. Fort Myers Beach (from USD 305)

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Fort Myers Beach is a coastal town on an island off the coast of Cape Coral. It offers a great mix of family-friendly activities such as wildlife exploration, walking avenues with cute shops and places to eat, while also having a vibrant yet casual nightlife with its many bars. And for a quirky experience during spring break, enjoy the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival, held in March every year. Visitors may also try their hand at parasailing in Estero Island, near Fort Myers Beach.

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Diamond Head Beach Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 2000 Estero Boulevard
190.43 km (118.4 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace

9. Amelia Island (from USD 133)

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Amelia Island is a place full of colonial and civil war history and culture, while also being an incredible place for nature lovers. This family-friendly location boasts outdoor sports, wildlife viewings, and beautiful peaceful beaches. Amelia Island is also a great place for golf lovers. Families can even go horse backing riding in the Amelia Island State Park.

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Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach Amelia Island

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2707 Sadler Road
324.87 km (201.9 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Non-smoking rooms Business centre

10. Clearwater Beach (from USD 100)

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Clearwater Beach is known for its water sports such as jet-skiing, fishing, or on a less sportive note, cruises! It has been ranked several times one of the best beaches in the USA, with some of the best resorts in the country. It’s a safe bet with loads of activities along its large beach and its laid-back vibe.

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Island Cay at Clearwater Beach

Wifi Available

Address: 648 Poinsettia Avenue
1.45 km (0.9 mi) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Parking Tennis court Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Free parking Internet services

Entertainment with a tropical vibe

These places make for wonderful destinations for your spring break. They offer a beautiful change of scenery and have a plethora of activities and sights to see. So why don’t you book a room at one of our recommended accommodations, hop on a car or a plane and enjoy all that Florida has to offer this spring!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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