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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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  • 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 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...
  • Spring break with a twist

    Spring break with a twist
    With the dreadful weather that's spread across much of the country this winter, even into the usually balmy South, thoughts of spring might seem like a fantasy. But spring break really is on the horizon. It's a nebulous term, though, with getaways...
  • What to pack and where to put it

    What to pack and where to put it
    For many families, Spring Break marks the start of road trip season, also known as, “Are we there yet?” Before you send your spouse and kids packing, consider some strategies and gear designed to keep that question from ringing in your...
  • '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...
  • Free wireless speaker from Victoria's Secret PINK

    Free wireless speaker from Victoria's Secret PINK
    Get a free wireless mini heart speaker with any purchase from Victoria's Secret PINK. PINK Nation had a Spring Break bash on Miami Beach and now is giving away a free speaker with a coupon when you make any purchase. You also can score the dance party...
  • Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break

    Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break
    Let's not kid ourselves. None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family's idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day...
  • Florida Beach Guide: Fort Lauderdale

    Florida Beach Guide: Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Lauderdale has successfully shed its image as a Spring Break circus and become a more tranquil family resort. But something of the old song Where the Boys Are still applies, as the city is regularly voted one of the top vacation destinations for...
  • How to Avoid Common Spring Break Travel Scams

  • Album review: The Lonely Island, 'The Wack Album'

    Album review: The Lonely Island, 'The Wack Album'
    *1/2 (out of four) "The Wack Album" represents the Lonely Island's first full-length album since the comedy trio (consisting of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) ceased contributions to "Saturday Night Live." Without the group enjoying...