Alternative Spring Break Destinations to Get Away from the Crowds

Beautiful sunset on the beach at Treasure Beach, Jamaica, with a palm frond in focus Treasure Beach, Jamaica

A record breaking 1.2 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2015, and 191 million of them arrived in the Americas. That's about a 5% increase year over year according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization in its latest World Tourism Barometer.

With more travelers come longer airport lines and more tourists, making it increasingly difficult to find peace and solitude while on vacation. It can be even more challenging to find a quiet vacation destination when traveling during a holiday break, especially during college spring break season.

For travelers that are looking to vacation during the popular spring break timeframe but want to avoid crowds, there are alternative spring break destinations worth checking out. 

Alternative spring break destinations where you can really relax:

  • Destin - In lieu of Panama City, South Beach or Ft. Lauderdale, try Destin located in Florida's Panhandle. With its white sand beaches and emerald green waters, Destin offers plenty of activities (golf, water parks, fishing, shopping and dining) to keep vacationers entertained, but in a more remote setting.

  • Tulum - Looking for a Mexican destination that's not Cancun or Cabo San Lucas? Try Tulum situated an hour drive south of Playa del Carmen and about a half an hour south of Akumal. White sandy beaches, jungles and Mayan ruins are a few of the attractions this quiet, serene setting offers vacationers. 

  • Treasure Beach - Located on Jamaica's South Coast, Treasure Beach is six miles long and provides a mix of private coves, coral or black sand beaches and rocky shores. In addition to beach activities (swimming, snorkeling and relaxing), it's also common to see local fisherman displaying their catch of the day. You might not even see any college spring breakers on the beaches!

    Also read - Mexico Vacations Off the Beaten Path: Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and More

 

While some travelers seek alternative spring break destinations, there are still many who will gravitate toward popular spring break hot spots. This includes college spring breakers looking to experience spring break at its fullest.

"For many college-age students, this may be the first time they've traveled without their parents," said Bob Chambers, travel insurance expert and vice president of operations Generali Global Assistance. "It's natural for parents to worry about their kids, and having travel insurance can help both the students and their parents rest easier."

So why buy travel insurance? Chambers added that, "Unfortunate things can happen to anyone while traveling, and even people in their 20s could become injured or ill, lose their passport or luggage, or face travel disruptions from weather events, flight delays, or other unforeseeable events."

Whether college students, families or individuals are traveling during the popular spring break timeframe, they should not only consider travel insurance from a reputable source, such as Generali Global Assistance, but also prepare for a busier travel experience. The UNWTO predicts worldwide travel will continue to grow in 2016 with Asia, the Pacific and the Americas leading the way. Planning for these scenarios before departing can reduce stress and make for a much more relaxing vacation, even if you’re going to one of the bustling spring break destinations.

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