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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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  • Volunteers clear Everglades trails

    Volunteers clear Everglades trails
    Fourteen volunteers braved the hardships of the southern Everglades last Saturday to clear overgrown trails at Everglades National Park, reports Cerisa Swanberg, the park’s assistant volunteer coordinator. “Undaunted by the heat and mosquitos...
  • 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...
  • Five Big Ten teams in Owls' Spring Break golf tournament

    The Florida Atlantic men's golf team is hosting the 17-team Spring Break Tournament Friday through Sunday at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, with five Big Ten teams entered. Joining FAU in the field are Connecticut, DePaul, Eastern Michigan,...
  • Most dangerous Spring Break destination? Orlando! Ugh?

  • Beavis and Butt-Head on Spring Break: Duo tried to steal gators from restaurant

  • Timbers go with Thompson

    UC Irvine forward Spencer Thompson was one of three players to be signed to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, as announced by Timbers general manager and technical director, Gavin Wilkinson. Thompson concluded his collegiate career at UC...
  • Lego-based day camp set for Orlando Science Center

    Lego-based day camp set for Orlando Science Center
    Youngsters can learn through Lego at next week's Lego-Rama Spring Break Camp at the Orlando Science Center. The event, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, is designed to teach engineering concepts and about spatial relationships using the...
  • Disaster looms? It's time for a road trip!

    When the recent turmoil in the Middle East ignited, causing gas prices to soar higher than Charlie Sheen's ego, there was only one sensible thing to do for the wellbeing of my family: rent a petroleum-swilling RV and hit the road. Nothing makes sense...
  • Boyd All-American

    Vanguard University senior Sarah Boyd has been named second-team NAIA All-American in women's basketball. Boyd, a 5-foot-4 point guard who led the nation in assists (6.8 per game), averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Lions, who finished 17-...