Travelers Advantage Tips: Top Beaches For Spring Break Vacationers

NORWALK, Conn., March 8 /PRNewswire/ — Spring break is here, so grab the tanning lotion, slide on the shades and pack the coolers – it’s time to hit the beach for fun and sun.

The experts at Travelers Advantage are catching the wave, too, and surfing into the spirit with its list of top beaches for spring break.

“Spring break officially opens the beach season, and the warm sun, pristine sand and azure ocean beckon students, families and friends alike for this exciting annual rite of passage,” said Julia Ryan, vice president of Travelers Advantage and “All across America, throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, fabulous beach resorts are rolling out the welcome mat and staking out the umbrellas.”

So pack the swimsuit, grab the towels … and set your sunglasses on the Travelers Advantage Top 10 Spring Break Beaches:

1. South Padre, Texas … Boasts some 25 miles of sandy shoreline.
Condos and hotels dot much of the beachfront, and there are more than
20 beach access points with free parking. South Padre is also home to
the best surf in Texas, and lively nightlife is dished up year-round.
The play-hard culture dominates at Laguna Madre on the bay side of the
island. While there, go sailing, parasailing, boating, windsurfing,
kite surfing and more.

2. Tampa Bay, Fla. … A crown jewel of the Florida West Coast,
Treasure Island sparkles with myriad beach and water sport activities.
Treasure Island — as are most of the Pinellas beaches — is bordered
by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the intra-coastal waterway and
Boca Ciega Bay to the east. Rich in both Indian and pirate history,
Treasure Island is one of the Bay Area’s most popular beaches.

3. Key West, Fla. … Popular Smathers Beach offers a half-mile stretch
of pristine beach, and features ample parking, concession stands,
chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables and volleyball. Take to the
surf with numerous watersport activities, including jet skiing,
parasailing and windsurfing. Duval Street is the hub of Key West
life; hotels, guest houses, inns, bed & breakfasts, shops and
restaurants abound, evoking the ambience of a tropical paradise. They
are only a conch shell’s throw from each other, and a leisurely walk
is the best mode of transportation on this enchanting island.

4. Destin, Fla. … Destin is home to some of the world’s most beautiful
beaches. The crystal clear, water and sugar white sand fortifies the
Emerald Coast in both name and reputation, and has emerged as one of
America’s premier vacation destinations. Destin’s beaches offer
sunbathers, snorkelers and fishermen a veritable vacation paradise.
Fishing off of the beach and jetties yields catches of Whiting,
Pompano and Mackerel, while snorkeling offers spectacular views of
tropical fish, aquatic life and shimmering shells. Destin dishes out
enjoyment and indulgence for all ages.

5. Sanibel Island, Fla. … Known as one of the world’s best shelling
spots, Sanibel is beginning to get a bit picked-over, so there are
numerous shelling charters available to take you to less-traveled
areas. Sanibel also offers a variety of canoe, bicycle and boat
rentals for the explorer in you. Much of Sanibel Island — some 40
percent — is a dedicated nature preserve. Visit the J.N Ding Darling
National Wildlife Refuge, or the Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife
Society for guided tours and other services.

6. Waikiki, Hawaii … Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki.
Since the 1950s, it has been a tourist destination extraordinaire.
While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or
encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty
can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand. Come
nightfall, the hipsters strut their clubwear, and lovers find peaceful
little nooks under the cover of sweeping palm trees.

7. Miami … South Beach is a fantasy land with unique architecture, a
24/7 chic night life and stunning shoreline. It occupies less than two
miles on the tip of Miami Beach, but nothing compares! Known as the
American Riviera, South Beach is where films, music videos and TV
shows are often shot. Like a dry martini, South Beach draws
celebrities, trendy youth and the young-at-heart. It’s great for
couples on spring break, offering refined relaxation and hip parties.

8. Daytona, Fla. … The consummate Florida beach town, with its T-shirt
shops, amusement arcades and wall-to-wall motels. Daytona Beach owes
its existence to 20 miles of sand where the only pressure is to break
out the swimsuit and enjoy yourself. This location features a
seemingly limitless beach — 500 feet wide at low tide and fading
dreamily into the sunset. Lined with an all-but-endless procession of
enormous but surprisingly low-priced motels, oceanfront Atlantic
Avenue is just a gull glide away from the water.

9. Icacos Beach, Acapulco … Icacos beach is a beautiful — yet
sometimes crowded — resort located in the Golden Zone. You can ride
in a hot air balloon, soar on the Skycoaster, para-sail, or ride wave
runners. Boats and yachts cruise this part of the Acapulco bay during
the high seasons. There are also many ambitious vendors here, so be
sure to ask the price to avoid unpleasant surprises.

10. Cancun … Beaches edge the shimmering waters of Mujeres Bay while
others face the open Caribbean Sea. Brilliant white beaches and the
tranquil turquoise sea offer a kaleidoscope of varying hues from deep
blue to emerald green. It’s a true tropical paradise south of the

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