Spring break is by far the greatest holiday of the year. It occurs in the best season with the perfect weather, and in later years, is looked back upon and associated with the most fun and craziest memories. Maybe all this is only my opinion, but according to my family and friends, my opinion is usually factual.
With that in mind, here are 5 destinations for your Spring Break Bucket List.
1. PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Puerto Vallarta is the place I think of every time I close my eyes and wish I were somewhere else. It’s my happy place. Think: sandy beaches, sipping Piña Coladas in the pool bar, that warm, happy feeling of the sun on your skin, a great beach read… You’re drooling, aren’t you? Puerto Vallarta is the perfect R&R destination for spring break. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try zip lining in the mountains or taking an ATV through the villages.
2. VENICE, ITALY
Not only should you see The Floating City before it sinks into the ground, it’s also a great city for active spring breakers. You won’t see a car anywhere inside this city, only gondolas and bridges. This forces you to tour the city by (expensive) boats or by foot, leading you to the nooks and crannies of this beautiful city. Enjoy a bottle of champagne at a café outside St. Mark’s Basilica or treat yo’self to a gondola ride through the canals. A big perk: all that walking means all the pizza and pasta you can eat. Win.
3. MOROCCO, AFRICA
If you consider yourself a decent surfer and you’d like to ride the wave somewhere other than California or Hawaii, meander on over to Morocco where you’ll find countless surf camps all over the coast. Go all out with a morning yoga session, a hearty breakfast and a drive over to the beach to chill until the waves are surf-ready. Don’t fret if you’ve never touched a surfboard! This was my first time surfing and it was an absolute blast. While you’re there, get your hands on some Argan Oil. It’s good for your hair, skin, everything.
4. PARIS, FRANCE
Paris in the springtime. It’s the stuff of poems, and it’s all completely true. For the year I lived in Paris, I woke up everyday in the springtime absolutely loving life. The gloomy, gray skies have officially passed, and you realize what Audrey Hepburn said all those years ago still rings true: Paris is always a good idea. Enjoy an espresso on the busy streets of any arrondissement of your choosing, take a stroll through the Champ de Mars and see the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Head down the Champs-Elysees and see it from the Arc de Triomphe, but do some shopping along the way first. Visit one of Paris’ many famous museums—my favorite is Espace Dalí in Monmartre—and don’t forget to take time to sip, wine and nibble on cheese wherever you go.
5. MYKONOS, GREECE
Mykonos was by far the best trip I’ve ever taken. My friends and I rented the most beautiful Airbnb overlooking the town and beach. We went when it was off-season for tourism in Mykonos, so it felt like we were the only ones on the island. Visit beaches and bars and explore stone pathways through Greece’s famous painted-blue-roofed buildings. Above all, take time to relax and have fun—that’s what spring break is for!