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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • Will Muschamp better get control of Gators or the party's over

    Will Muschamp better get control of Gators or the party's over
    When Florida hired Will Muschamp, the question was whether he was ready for prime time. Three-plus years later, the answer still isn’t what Gator fans want to hear. It’s no, based on a lot of things. The latest is Jonotthan Harrison...
  • 'Spring Breakers' sequel in the works, but can the fun continue?

    'Spring Breakers' sequel in the works, but can the fun continue?
    The characters in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" liked to vow "Spring Break Forever(a)." Now the refrain from last year's artsploitation favorite looks as if it could come true--sort of. The French sales and financing company Wild Bunch is putting...
  • Mayo: Watch me on TV (Ch. 10 again) this Sunday

    Shameless plug alert: I'll be appearing on This Week in South Florida with hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg again this Sunday. The weekly public affairs show airs at 11:30 a.m. on WPLG-Ch. 10, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale ABC affiliate. The show has...
  • Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years

    Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years
    The fashions have certainly changed. You won't be seeing big hair, jean shorts and puka shell necklaces on Daytona Beach this spring, but college students from around the country still flock to Central Florida this time of year for the annual party that...
  • NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend

    NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend
    This weekend will be a busy one when it comes to events.  In addition to Spring Break visitors, downtown Orlando and the metro area will play host to several big events, most notably MegaCon 2014 and the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament.  ...
  • Gary Stein: Having a truly life-altering experience

    Being that I do not believe in overstatement or hyperbole, I will try to express myself in a simple and understated fashion: Last week, I had the absolute greatest moment in my life other than my bar mitzvah and the birth of my son. Okay, a little...
  • Florida travel calendar for March

    Florida travel calendar for March
    Check out festivals and events in March across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Feb. 1 -March 9: Bands Brew and BBQ...
  • Taking the Kids -- to the Boston Tea Party

    Taking the Kids -- to the Boston Tea Party
    HUZZAH! There may be 21st-century LED holiday lights all over Boston, but we've time-traveled back to 1773 -- Dec. 16, 1773 to be exact -- the night that literally changed the course of American history. Welcome to the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea...
  • Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business

    Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business
    — Brent Ashley may have aged into the enforcer role at a certain point, but he still remembers when he was the miscreant. "I was halfway up the stairs and felt the hand on my shoulder," Ashley said of the night about 40 years ago when he got kicked...
  • College Roundup: UCI women's water polo grabs Big West title

    WOMEN'S WATER POLO UC Irvine 10, Long Beach State 7 The host Anteaters clinched their third straight Big West Conference regular-season championship behind four goals from Danielle Warde and eight saves from Jillian Yocum on Thursday. No. 6-ranked...
  • Octavia Spencer, Aloe Blacc Help Raise $1.5M for City Year

    It was a hopping Spring Break party on the Sony backlot Saturday night. Dreamworks' Stacey Snider, NBC's Bob Greenblatt led the charge as 1,400 guests raised $1.5 million at the 4th annual Spring Break: Destination Education soiree which benefits City...