Ugh, get ready for the arrival of a bunch of drunk, unruly college students (and not the FIU and UM variety we're already used to dealing with) in a few weeks, because according to a top travel agency, South Beach has now become the third most popular Spring Break location for college students. We're just behind two Latin American beach towns, which means we're number one within American borders.
STA Travel, one of the top travel agencies specializing in booking trips for college kids, has released their rankings of the destinations with the most bookings. South Beach is up from the seventh spot last year.
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1. Cancun, Mexico
2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
3. Miami (South Beach)
4. Panama City Beach, Fla.
5. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
6. Acapulco, Mexico
7. Montego Bay/Negril, Jamaica
8. Nassau, Bahamas
9. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
10. Las Vegas
Miami has never been a real Spring Break powerhouse. Other Florida towns, like Panama City Beach, Daytona Beach, and (in the '80s) Fort Lauderdale have been more traditional Spring Break destinations. They're typically more affordable, but it seems even in the face of economic downturn, South Beach has emerged to overtake them all.
Perhaps its because this year a number of colleges' Spring Break dates happen to coincide with Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference.