Best Spring Break Destinations for Every Budget [Spring Vacation Ideas for 2020]

Path leading to the beach at a spring break destination.

Spring. The world comes out of hibernation, the snow melts, and the flowers begin to bloom, bringing another season. Spring is a time of growth, of rejuvenation, and of beauty, and for many, the first taste of nice weather and vacations. Whether it’s time off from work or school vacations, spring is a great season for an outdoor vacation. Spring break for some may be a crazy party on the beach and for others it may be a relaxing weekend in woods. Whatever your idea of the perfect spring break is, with so many different spring break destinations around the world you’re sure to find something. But there are so many different spring getaways, how do you start to choose where to go?

Spring break destinations and spring vacation ideas.

Spring is also the perfect opportunity for us to head out into the glittering wilderness and enjoy the milder climate. Check out these fabulous spring vacation ideas and the top spring break destinations around the world. Whether you’re looking for spring break destinations for college students or spring vacation ideas for families, we have you covered with the best spring break ideas! Keep reading for our top suggestions for spring break ideas on a budget.

Spring break in Europe

1. Visit Slovenia

If astonishingly clear lakes and seemingly impossible mountain paths indulge your senses, the pristine beauty of Slovenia’s Alps is the place to head this spring. Visit Slovenia!


A safari tent with private path and hot tub for spring vacation in Slovenia.

Triglav National Park is quickly becoming a prime tourist destination, and it’s no wonder why. With the majestic peaks rising up to 2,864 meters, the area is full of incredible views and mirror-like lakes, making it ideal for both a relaxing escape and outdoor sports alike. Lake Bled, which lies in the the heart of the park, offers the perfect spot to wind down after a day in the mountains and take a romantic boat trip to the fairy-tale church located at the center of the iconic waters.

Returning to your glamping Slovenia tent, secluded in the forest and taking a dip in the bubbling waters of the hot tub will leave you feeling at true peace with this alluring area of the world.


Glamping on Lake Bled as a spring vacation idea in  Slovenia.

2. Holiday in Greece: villas to rent in Crete

Steeped in ancient history and Greek mythology, Crete, Greece’s largest island, is famous for its fine sand beaches, rising mountain ranges, and captivating archaeological museums.


Villas for rent in Crete for spring break destinations in Greece.

With the astonishingly beautiful coastal areas of the Balos Lagoon, the iconic pink sand of Elafonisi Island, and the Neolithic city of Knossos dating back to 7000 B.C., it’s no surprise that this enthralling island is regarded as the birthplace of Zeus.

What could be better after a day spent walking in the footsteps of the Olympian gods than retiring to one of our villas to rent in Crete to watch the sun make its descent over the vast Aegean Sea? By the beard of Zeus, make Crete your next adventure and start planning your holiday in Greece!

Spring break destinations on a beach in Crete and luxury holidays in Greece.

3. Portugal beach holidays; the perfect

spring break ideas on a budget

One of the best spring break ideas on a budget, and generally accepted as one of the best value destinations in Western Europe, the breathtakingly beautiful coastline of the Algarve in the south of Portugal is a beach lover’s dream. While there are many Portugal beach holidays to choose from, the Algarve is definitely a top destination.


Spring vacation ideas in Portugal and where to stay in the Algarve.

In contrast to its Spanish neighbor, the charming coastal towns of Lagos, Portimão, Praia da Marinha, and Carvoeiro offer a more rugged territory, full of jaw-dropping cliffs, hidden coves, and, of course, spectacular golden beaches. The foodies in the group will love having their pick of freshly-caught seafood and traditional Portuguese delicacies in the inviting bars and restaurants. Book these Algarve holiday rentals for the best beach holidays in Portugal.

Spring break destinations on the coast of Portugal.

4. Visit Spain: spring break destinations in Catalonia

Those looking to combine a beach getaway with a location brimming with culture and tradition need look no further than the Catalan region of northeastern Spain. Tarragona’s Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast, with its 15 kilometers of sandy coastline, offers the chance for lazy beach days at sites like El Miracle, L’Arrabassada, and Playa Larga. Go glamping in Tarragona when you book this yurt camping rental!

A yurt near Barcelona for spring break vacations in Spain.

Meanwhile, just an hour’s drive up the coast will lead visitors to the winding streets and Gothic cathedrals of Barcelona. Antoni Gaudí’s fascinating Sagrada Família and Park Güell are sure to evoke your creative side, while the feisty Catalan culture is an experience in and of itself.


Parc Guell in Barcelona is a popular spring break destination in Spain.

Spring vacation ideas: where to go in Africa

Best places to visit in Morocco

Looking for the best places to visit in Morocco? While cities like Marrakesh, Fez, or Casablanca are truly unique, there’s nowhere quite like the barren terrain of an alien-esque landscape of Morocco’s southern desert.

Safari tent for desert holidays in Morocco.

Exploring the endless deserts of the Agafay and Sahara by camel, traversing the steep cliffs and canyons of the soaring Atlas mountains, and soaking up the rich history of the ancient city of Aït Benhaddou are voyages that will be remembered a lifetime over.

If sleeping in an enchanting desert tent under a crystal clear sky sparkling full of distant stars and galaxies is your thing, don’t miss out this spring, as, after all, the sands of time wait for no man or woman!

Two camels for a desert tour in Morocco.

Spring vacation ideas in North America

1. Visit South Carolina: Hilton Head vacation rentals

Hilton Head Island is a prime location for those who are looking for a relaxing getaway full of water sports and picturesque sunsets. The area comes to life in the spring, and the opportunities for jet skiing, fishing, waterskiing, and parasailing are endless. If you’re planning to visit South Carolina, make sure to check out our Hilton Head vacation rentals. Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolina’s top spring break destinations.

A Hilton Head vacation rental with private ppol for spring break in South Carolina.

Booking a chartered tour will bring you close to the brimming sea life in the area, with many tour companies offering dolphin and whale watching cruises to get up close to these magnificent aquatic beasts.

The many pristine golf courses, historic buildings, and museums also offer a way to soak up some culture and mix with the locals. It’s easy to enjoy a South Carolina vacation when you book a Hilton Head vacation rental with private pool, and it’s even near the beach!


Spring vacation ideas on the coast of Hilton Head Island.

2. Weekend getaways from Austin: Texas Hill Country

If you’re in Texas and looking for spring vacation ideas close to home, consider these weekend getaways from Austin. Texas Hill Country is a region full of great vineyards, small-town charm, and enchanting natural attractions, the wide-open views. With charming small towns like Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Boerne, and many more, a Texas Hill Country vacation is filled with different outdoor opportunities.

Spring break destinations in Texas: Austin tree house rental overlooking a creek.

Garner State Park located in Concan, offers 1,774 acres of rolling hills, making it ideal for a day of hiking or kayaking on the winding waters of the Frio River. Evenings can be spent at the award-winning wineries of Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow, which also boast picture-perfect vistas.

When evening rolls in, there’s nothing better than heading back to your own Austin tree house nestled high up among the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness.

3. Travel BC: spring vacation ideas on Vancouver Island

Located off Canada’s Pacific Coast, the mild temperatures of Vancouver Island make it an ideal spring destination for nature lovers, beach-goers, and food connoisseurs alike. Port Hardy, found in the northern part of the island, is a haven for whale watching, salmon fishing, and kayaking, as it boasts a wild terrain of forests, lakes, and misty mountains. Travel BC!

A Vancouver Island cottage rental with sheep and a garden.

After some exploration, get your taste buds tingling at one the “boat-to-table” food events held during Feast Tofino (May 3rd – May 5th), where renowned chefs use local ingredients to make dishes that pay homage to the region and its famous fisheries.

At the end of your day out and about, retire to this Vancouver Island cottage for a cozy evening curled up around the fireplace, cold drink in hand.

4. Where to stay in Tennessee: cabins in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee need no introduction and its endless mountains make an exceptional place to take in the resurging beauty and color that springtime kindly brings with it. As temperatures rise and the frosty ground thaws, trekking through the entrancing terrain offers beautiful awakening wildflowers, powerful waterfalls, and a wide variety of wildlife. So if you’re going on spring break and looking for where to stay in Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains are your answer.


A Pigeon Forge cabin rental with a private hot tub looking out over the mountains.

Towns like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville also hold a number of spring events, ranging from arts and crafts shows, wine tasting weekends, and even trout tournaments.

With views like this from your very own private hot tub back at the Pigeon Forge cabin rental, a getaway in the Great Smokies is one heck of a catch this spring.


A man hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.

5. Southern California vacation spots: spring vacation ideas

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat surrounded by the soaring mountains of the San Jacinto or a week of wild partying in the Colorado Desert, Southern California makes a fantastic spring getaway. Check out our Southern California vacation spots for some top spring vacation ideas

An Idyllwild cabin rental in the woods of Southern California.

Easily accessible from Los Angeles, families will love the nature trails, diverse desert wildlife, and one-of-a-kind stargazing opportunities in Joshua Tree National Park. Alternatively, the party animals out there can make the annual homage to the Colorado Desert for the hipness, bohemian outfits, and popular music of one of America’s most famous festivals—Coachella.

Be it recovering after a week of dancing the night away or just a quiet family retreat, this Southern California cabin rental is the perfect spring respite.


Spring vacation ideas and music festivals in Southern California.

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