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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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  • 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...
  • 'Spring Break' fundraiser for City Year Los Angeles breaks record

    'Spring Break' fundraiser for City Year Los Angeles breaks record
    The event:  “Spring Break: Destination Education,” staged carnival style at Sony Studios in Culver City, was a star-studded affair that had tweens, teens and their families lining up half an hour early on Saturday. The fourth annual event...
  • 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 break 2014: To selfie or not to selfie

    Spring break 2014: To selfie or not to selfie
    The selfie has come into focus for spring break 2014. Coming off the heels of the 86th Academy Awards last Sunday, when host Ellen DeGeneres crashed the Twitter social site with her selfie shared around the world, this cultural phenomenon of snapping...
  • Spring break trips with a difference

    Spring break trips with a difference
    Spring into service with a "voluntourism" vacation. You can mix with the locals, living and working in communities on a variety of projects and activities, from teaching English to caring for youngsters in orphanages, taking part in community...
  • 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...
  • Taking the Kids -- to L.A. museums

    Taking the Kids -- to L.A. museums
    Meet megamouth. He's the world's rarest shark. Maybe your kids would rather reach out and touch tires that flew in space on the space shuttle Endeavour. The artists in your family can create their own masterpieces while young scientists can watch...
  • Taking the Kids -- on a last-minute spring break

    Taking the Kids -- on a last-minute spring break
    Are you ready to trade snow boots for flip-flops? Ah, sunshine! You've never needed a little fun in the sun more than now after a winter that's repeatedly buried us in snow and ice -- even in the South -- and given us school snow days that have...
  • Summer camp signups: Yeah, it's barely March, but it's time

    Summer camp signups: Yeah, it's barely March, but it's time
    If you're like me, you may still be dealing with plans for Spring Break and spring sports and spring schedules. But pick up the pace (that's my advice to myself) because it's summer camp sign-up time, never mind if actual summer is months away. Some...
  • 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.  ...