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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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  • 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...
  • Chan Lowe: A1A destruction and reconstruction

    Chan Lowe: A1A destruction and reconstruction
    There are a couple of ways to think about the issue of rebuilding the storied Florida State Road A1A, which suffered near-obliteration in some places thanks to the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.   First, that without A1A, South Florida is nothing....
  • Florida travel guide for car enthusiasts: Museums, races and festivals

    Florida travel guide for car enthusiasts: Museums, races and festivals
    Check out our new guide for car enthusiasts. You will find information on Florida auto museums, races, car shows, festivals and more. MUSEUMS Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Ocala: A visual history of drag racing, with Big Daddy Garlits's Swamp Rat...
  • 2012 Armwood OT Kevin McCoy loves UCF, leaning toward Knights

    2012 Armwood OT Kevin McCoy loves UCF,  leaning toward Knights
    To hear Kevin McCoy talk about UCF, you’d think there was a No. 78 Knights game jersey with the name MCCOY stitched across the back and hanging in the Bright House Networks Stadium locker room right now. “I’m feeling great about UCF,&...
  • Nuevas ofertas para residentes de la Florida

    Nuevas ofertas para residentes de la Florida
    ¡Me encantan estas noticias! Como residente de Florida sé que hay muchas familias a quienes les resulta difícil visitar los parques de atracciones. Sí, aunque vivimos en un lugar turístico fantástico a donde vienen millones personas de todas partes del...
  • Panhandle Sheriffs are on a roll: No break for Spring Breakers

    Panhandle Sheriffs are on a roll: No break for Spring Breakers
    These Panhandle Sheriffs sure mean business. Sheriffs from Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay Counties held a joint news conference on Wednesday to lay down the law to druggies and Spring Breakers: “We don’t want college students coming in from...
  • Spring-break community service now the norm on Central Florida campuses

     Spring-break community service now the norm on Central Florida campuses
    Welcome to what college students once called Alternative Spring Break — which, these days, is not so alternative and really isn't much of a break. Though there may be no shortage of vacationing young people at Daytona Beach or Panama City this...
  • Family-friendly house party

    Family-friendly house party
    Join us Friday at the Central Florida Home + Garden Show for Family Day, a celebration of all things home and family. In the midst of spring and Spring Break, now's the time to bring the kid out in all of us. Join in special activities and stage...
  • Legoland Florida: Water park doubles up on bricks

    Legoland Florida: Water park doubles up on bricks
    When the Legoland Florida water park reopens for the season on Saturday, guests will see even more figures and scenes constructed of Lego bricks. Two million bricks have been added since the Winter Haven water park opened last year, bringing its total...
  • Cops: Man punched police horse for no apparent reason

    Cops: Man punched police horse for no apparent reason
    Key West cops working a mounted patrol Spring Break detail said Yeorgo Carl Brooklyn Kapiris, 28, interrupted an investigation into underage drinking and allegedly punched a police horse named 'Smoke' for no apparent reason, reports Keysnet.com in the...
  • Spring Break Shootout: Woman mad at boyfriend fired 18 shots in hotel room, cops say

    Spring Break Shootout: Woman mad at boyfriend fired 18 shots in hotel room, cops say
    More Spring Break fun. Apparently this gal packed more than a bathing suit, suntan lotion and flip-flops for her Spring Break vacation -- she also packed heat. On Wednesday afternoon cops were dispatched to the Sun and Surf Motel after getting a...