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Florida Spring Break 2013
Florida is a top destination for spring breakers who are looking for a friendly place to blow off some steam and have a good time. It is the perfect drive or fly-to spring break location offering hundreds of miles of white sandy beaches, world famous Florida beach bars and plenty of locations from which to choose.

Where you go for spring break depends on your budget and your idea of a good time. With all the options Florida has to offer, you are bound to find a spring break place that is your own perfect paradise. There are the popular spring break party destinations and others that offer a quieter relaxed atmosphere. Whatever your choice, be prepared for crowded beaches and plenty of fun in the sun.

Daytona Beach
Daytona BeachAlthough many of the old beach bars have given way to renovation and rebuilding, Daytona Beach remains a popular destination for spring break. With 250,000 breakers expected you’ll find plenty of action anywhere you go. Since cars are allowed on Daytona Beach, for a mere $5 a day you can drive to find your favorite beach bar or party location. Spring Break activities are planned for beach locations and pool decks up and down the Daytona Beach strip.

Most of the activity is centered around the Main Street Pier, the longest pier on the east coast of the United States.
The only remaining “toes in the sand” Florida beach Bar is the Ocean Deck Beach Club near the pier and Racing's North Turn located much further south at Ponce Inlet. The Ocean Deck Survival Oasis Beach Party is a major destination for Spring Breakers. Breakers hang out and listen to bands, down their favorite drinks, and win free prizes! The Ocean Deck is the only restaurant and beach club directly on Daytona Beach.

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Clearwater Beach
Clearwater BeachAt about 3 miles in length, Clearwater Beach is located just west of Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico. Like most Gulf beaches, Clearwater Beach, Florida is known for its fine white sand. The recently renovated S. Gulfview Blvd. features a new Hyatt Hotel.

Clearwater has plenty of beach and plenty of beach bars. At the southern end of the Island is Shephard’s Beach Resort with outside Tiki Bars and the Wave night club. It was voted one of Florida Beach Bar's top 10 beach bars in Florida. At the other end of the beach you will find Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar and French's Rockaway Grill, both “toes in the sand” beach bars.

Clearwater Beach is one of the top spring break spots on the west coast barrier islands. And St. Pete Beach, another Florida spring break destination, is just a short ride to the south. But make no mistake about it. Once you are at Clearwater Beach you will find all the ingredients you’ll need for a great spring break experience.

Fort Lauderdale
Fort LauderdaleSpring Break was born in Ft. Lauderdale in 1960 when Connie Francis took to the beach in the movie hit, Where the Boys Are. Back then you only need to see the movie and you wanted to be where the boys and girls are, the beaches of south Florida. The movie centered on a beach bar called the Elbo Room in which became became the unofficial "party central" for hundreds of thousands of college students on spring break.

That was then and this is now. The Elbo Room stands virtually unchanged from the sixties. But the spring break atmosphere changed when the city of Fort Lauderdale began to crack down on the out-of-control spring break activities. And while breakers are still welcome in Lauderdale, the city now promotes its more than seven miles of sparkling beaches as a place for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment.

Newer bars in the historic district are located in Beach Place and include Lulu's and Da Big Kahuna. Beach place is conveniently located just across the street from Ft. Lauderdale Beach; not a bad place for a beer especially during pring break.

If you are looking for a more subdued Florida beach for spring break, then Lauderdale is the place. The beaches are beautiful and the bars still plentiful.  You can even bring your mom and dad and the rest of the family along.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers BeachFt. Myers Beach is a popular spring break destination with miles of fabulous beach, plenty of “toes in the sand” beach bars, and its Times Square town center. There are plenty of hotels, beach resorts and condos on the island.  It’s a Florida spring break vacation that won’t need to cost you a lot of money. 

Spring Break Central is at the rather unique Lani Kai, an old Florida beach bar and resort. It’s a bit run down and certainly wouldn’t qualify as one of your better beach resorts. But when it comes to fun, music, and partying, it’s one place you won’t want to miss.

Right next door is the Cottage with a beach bar on the upper deck and another beach bar serving to breakers that is right on the beach. Continue down the beach and pick from a half dozen other bars without ever leaving the white sand. Because of its south Florida location, spring time temperatures are among the warmest in Florida.

Traffic onto, off, and around the island can be heavy, but the beach bars are so close to one another you don’t need to drive much, if at all.

Key West
Key WestIn Key West, every day is spring break. It is the ultimate Florida party town all year long. There are more great bars, music and nightlife here than just about anywhere on the planet. And if your plans call for leaving the States, Key West, also known as the Conch Republic, qualifies. Most everything happens on Duval Street which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico offering coast to coast spring break partying.

The party starts early in the morning in bars like the World famous Sloppy Joe's and doesn’t end ‘till early the next day. Bars like Irish Kevin's, Captain Tony’s, the Hogs Breath Saloon, and Schooner Wharf Bar keep up the pace. There are even some clothing optional bars for those that want to bare it all. Hey, it’s Key West, and pretty much anything goes here.

Smathers Beach provides the sun and the water. It’s not the best beach in Florida, but this southernmost US location makes it up with some of the warmest weather in the state. Top off a day at the beach at Mallory Square with a sunset party filled with street entertainers.

If you are driving to Key West the trip to the Keys can be as much fun as Key West. Key Largo is home to Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill and Tiki Bar. Islamorada’s Holiday Isle has three tiki bars within walking distance. Marathon Key features the Sunset Grille. Overall the Keys are a great place for spring break. You are guaranteed to learn more here than you ever will in school.

Panama City Beach
Panama City BeachPanama City Beach is the undisputed “Spring Break Capital of the World” and draws nearly a half million breakers each year. The parties are outrageous, the beaches are packed, and you never know which celebrity you’ll find in the crowd. And getting there is easier than ever with the opening of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City.

The 27 miles of sugar white sand that are Panama City Beach is served by over 21,000 rooms in properties that range from resorts to villas. It is also home to some world famous “toes in the sand beach bars” that includeSkarky’s Beach Club, and Pineapple Willy's. On and off the beach are dozens of other beach bars that are ready to make spring break a memorable experience.

So if you want to go where the action is, Panama City Beach is the place to be. It is undoubtedly the number one spring beak location in Florida.

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Pensacola Beach
Pensacola BeachLocated at the Panhandle’s eastern most point on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola Beach has an old Florida feel with natural beaches and plenty of local hang-outs. It’s home to the Navy’s Blue Angels and Jimmy’s Buffet’s Land Shark Landing, a new version of the an old Florida, “toes in the sand” beach bar. And when spring break comes, it’s the temporary home to nearly a half-million breakers. This place has nearly a dozen beach bars that are either on the beach or near the water.

Pensacola Beach has all the fixin’s needed to conjure up a great spring break. Capt’n. Fun's beach club is the largest waterfront venue in Pensacola hosting both national recording artists as well as regional and local bands. The Flora-Bama is located farthest west right on the Florida /Alabama border. This is a one of a kind beach bar that words can’t describe.

Pensacola Beach is tamer for spring break than its Panhandle rival Panama City Beach drawing mainly grad students looking for a fun but relaxed vacation. None-the-less, you will find some of the traditional spring break activities like bikini contests, Jello wrestling and foam dance parties. Bar goers share the beaches with families, snowbirds and a more laid back spring break crowd. Learn more at

South Beach, Miami

South BeachSouth Beach (SoBe) is Florida’s Rodeo Drive of spring breaks. Take just a short walk down Ocean Drive, and you will quickly realize that aside from the sometimes topless beach and a sidewalk lined with cafés, South Beach is all about the money. You will see people cruising in their Rolls Royce, and “beautiful people” of all ages hanging out at the bars. Rooms at decent places in South Beach are upwards of $300 a night, so you’ll either need a bigger credit card or to share a dorm sized hotel room with several friends.

At Florida Beach Bars like The Clevelander and Mango's Tropical Cafe the fun starts at 11 am and goes to 5 am. That’s barely enough time to count the cash drawer and clean the restrooms. In other words, at Miami’s South Beach, you simply party all night long. From all day beach parties to clubs and VIP setting bars, there is always something to do. But dress for the occasion. People come to South Beach to be seen, and they dress to get everyone’s attention.

SoBe is trendy and chic offering the most sophisticated spring break location in Florida.  Locals and visitors alike can party with the best of them. Add it all up and South Beach is your place for the ultimate spring break. And if you’re lucky, you just might meet the person driving that Rolls Royce convertible.

St. Pete Beach
St. Pete BeachWhile St. Pete Beach isn’t a typical spring break destination, it is a busy beach where things are always hopping – bar hopping that is. No sense driving from bar to bar, just find a place to park and hit the beach. You’ll be sharing the beach with locals and snow birds, so prepare for the crowds. St. Pete Beach is home to Jimmy B's Beach Bar voted by visitors as the beast beach bar in Florida.

Treasure Island is just up the street from St. Pete Beach. While you may need a car to get there from St. Pete Beach, it is well worth the trip. You’ll find that out once you arrive at Caddy’s, one of the best beach bars in Florida and another beach bar where it is spring break year round. Caddy’s is a “toes in the sand” beach bar with a younger crowd and all the things you’d expect at a great spring break bar. Among the dozen or so Florida beach bars on St. Pete Beach is the Undertow located right on St. Pete Beach. Enjoy the Undertow's Midnight Happy Hour Monday through Sunday 12AM to 3AM.

St. Pete Beach is old Florida with many beach bars. It seems as though every beachside hotel has a tiki bar that are more like tiny local bars. It doesn't matter. You are always welcome, and if you want something different it’s probably right down the beach.


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