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Spring Break

February-April
Spring Break is an annual celebration of spring—and of school vacations—by an estimated two million college students who whoop it up, sunbathe, party, drink, dance, and listen to loud music.
From the early 1950s until 1985, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a prime destination. In 1960 the movie, Where the Boys Are (based on the Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name), featuring Connie Francis, George Hamilton, and Yvette Mimieux, was all about spring break. It gave Fort Lauderdale great national exposure. But the hordes of students got to be too much; by 1985, 350,000 people took over the city for six weeks and tied up not just traffic but the legal system. Fort Lauderdale started clamping down, and now only about 20,000 students visit.
Popular destinations today include Panama City Beach, Fla., Daytona Beach, Fla., South Padre Island, Tex., Palm Springs, Calif., the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Mexico. To lure the spring breakers, various towns and resorts spend millions of dollars and offer an abundance of free activities, including beach sports, concerts, movie premieres, and contests.
CONTACTS:
Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cancun Center, 1st. Flr., Blvd. Kukulcan
Hotel Zone
Cancun, Q.Roo 77500 Mexico
52-998-881-2745; fax: 52-998-881-2774
cancun.travel/en
South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
600 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
800-767-2373 or 956-761-3000; fax: 956-761-3024
www.sopadre.com
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
16000 Front Beach Rd.
Panama City, FL 32403
800-722-3224 or 850-233-5070
www.thebeachloversbeach.com
SOURCES:
Spring Equinox See Vernal Equinox
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For the budget-conscious traveler, spring break airfare to hot spots in Mexico such as Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas will on average cost $425 per ticket.
In 2008, spring break travelers didn't have many options for lowering their airfare, but this time around, the landscape is much different and in favor of the traveler," Grus said.
spring break destinations are down 15 percent since 2008, with the average hotel rate at $202 per night.
Another article, in the Christian Science Monitor for March 17, told of a student group from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who also spent spring break living amidst rather primitive conditions (outdoor toilets and showers) while helping to rebuild New Orleans.
The report estimated that 10,000 such students spent their spring break helping with the rebuilding effort.
A large group of teens from the Valley went to Mexico over their spring break to build houses for the needy.
Several other Valley youths from First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills also went to Mexico over spring break through Amor Ministries.
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The following graph displays some of 2008's Spring Break destination Airfare Gainers/Losers, based on percentage of change over 2007:
Consumers will pay on average 10-12 percent more for spring break this year for travel," said John Rauser, a Farecast Fareologist.
More than 80 percent of parents said they were concerned about college students drinking alcohol during spring break.
Unfortunately, spring break is no longer an innocent respite from the rigors of academics, it's potentially life threatening," says J.