Winter is coming to a close which means that Spring Break is just around the corner and I’m taking you back to the sun. What I love about the transition of these two seasons is back to the warm weather and of course my BIRTHDAY. I usually like to go somewhere for a birthday trip and I have done that in the past. I’ve been to many different cities in previous years that consisted of beautiful beaches, great food, the night life and even family friendly sites. So I decided to list my top 5 Spring Break getaways that anyone can afford to take a pause from reality and celebrating the hard studying from midterms and term papers. From staying domestic or taking a flight to Mexico, hopefully these cities can give you the break you need.
CABO SAN LUCAS
What I like about Cabo is the majority of their resorts are all inclusive and it is affordable. And the backyard of these resorts are easy access to the beach. And if you want to head into the night life, downtown has a strip of bars and night clubs which is easy access to.
RIU SANTA FE: average hotels per night in March and April $175 a night
LAX to SJD: $350-$400 RT March/APRIL
JFK TO SJD: $400-500 RT MARCH/APRIL
Growing up watching MTVs Spring Break is probably one of the best TV rituals I had every year during spring break being a 80s and 90s child. My TV was on MTV all day when my parents would leave my sister and brother at home dreaming that we can be there under age partying with Notorious BIG, USHER and No Doubt. Until this day, Cancun has the all around effect for a perfect relaxation, let loose party until you drop with the MTV spring breakers, and even great sight seeing tourist attractions which can you bring the whole family to (Chicken Itza-Mayan Ruins, Xcaret, etc.)
All Inclusive Resorts Average: $200-$500/night – March and April
Hotel Casa Maya 4 star resort: $131/night
JFK to CUN flight average: $489-$600 RT March/April
LAX to CUN flight average: $400-$500 RT March
LAX to CUN Flight Average: $280-$520 RT April
Aeromexico RT: $285 with One Stop
My favorite city and I love to call this place my second home. My family and friends know how crazy I am over the 305. This city brings a whole lot of international and latin flavor from food to music, which I’m in love with. No matter where you go, south florida is the hot spot. Whether you want to party with the beautiful people in south beach, check out the arts district in downtown miami, or just even relax in Ft. Lauderdale, the south florida area has it all.
Ft. Lauderdale to Miami is 28 miles 45 kilometers from each other about a 40 minute drive on the I-95.
LAX to MIA $295-$450 RT/MARCH
LAX to MIA $247-$450 RT/APRIL
JFK to MIA $228-$550 RT/MARCH
JFK to MIA $216-$550 RT/APRIL
4 star hotel average $200-$650/night in MARCH
4 star hotel average $160-$500/night in April
What I love about this city is that it is a great place to relax with a beautiful scenery. If people ask me what they think of Puerto Vallarta, I tell them it is probably similar to Hawaii in my opinion but a lot more affordable. You can do a lot of the similar things like hike, lay on the beach, and have dinner and drinks with the tourists and locals. People here are very friendly and approachable.
LAX to PVR $320-$430 RT/March and April
JFK to PVR $560-740 RT/March and April
4 star hotel average $50 to $320/night in March
4 star hotel average $21 to $226/night in April
This part of the entry may be a little biased since I’m a true California West Coast guy and I live in Los Angeles, but in all honesty, you really can’t beat the many things you can do out here. My family and I used to road trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California almost every spring break. The weather is perfect and within 100-200 miles/160-320 kilometers distance away from each other you can go from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to San Diego all in a matter of a week if you are really good with time management and money. No matter the age from your terrible twos to over the hill, you’ll always be a kid at heart by making a stop in Disneyland. And also, don’t forget the many entertainment sites you can see on Hollywood and Highland, and even stroll along Santa Monica Pier while watching the sunset on an average of 70 degree weather from sunrise to sunset.
SFO to LAX $160 to $250 RT/March and April
JFK to LAX $350 to $510 RT/March and April
4 star average Disneyland Hotels $80 to $400/night in March.
4 star average Disneyland Hotels $60 to $350/night in April
Everyone pretty much knows that I owned it when it came to traveling this year. But the thing is, I OWNED 2015. A lot of it had to do with figuring out who I am, who my real friends are, and who needed me the most. I lost friends, but I gained my self dignity and pride in myself. Yeah it hurts, but I am a lot more happier than I was earlier this year. I had to eliminate a lot of the FAKE, THE PLASTICS, the ones who do not know what is going on for their lives and trying to reach what they THINK they need. For me, I just want to live life, have fun.
I travelled to 3 different countries, 11 cities, which adds up to almost 70,000 miles this year. In all of these places I’ve been to, I think I’ve learned something different about life and myself.
CABO SAN LUCAS:
Someone told me that I was full of myself, but at least I love myself.
The ones need LOVE the most are the ones that I give and deserve it. Not the ones that want attention, but need the LOVE. There’s a difference.
When I was out and about dancing in the streets and made 21 euros, you shouldn’t care what people think. Just go out there and do you. When I donated that money to a homeless lady on the street, the ones that need it the most are more appreciative than the ones you know that you tried to be there for when you thought they need it, and then they burn you. Not cool.
You have to trust your own instincts. Trying to figure out the public transportation system in another country is not always the same as your familiarization in your town.
That Britney Spears is doing another residency for another two years in competition with Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey who is coming back for the month of February.
You need those days where you need to reflect, and just need time to meditate and relax. Sometimes you just need to let go of the gas and slow it down a bit because if you’re on overdrive then you’ll heat up. You need time to yourself to cool down from the hustle and bustle and in this crazy world we live in.
When you feel like you’re failing or if you lost, you just have to get up and keep moving. Yeah, I lost the fake friends, but they were fake, plastics, but you’re up and about and you keep moving.
This party town in south beach is always going to be there. Yeah we all have our obstacles that we go through, but there are more important things in life that needed to be done. FAMILY FIRST. If you don’t get it, then you don’t get me.
From all this, the bigger picture, I pretty much learned that I do not owe anything to anyone. The only person I owe something to is myself. You will never satisfy another person. In the long run, if you’re happy with yourself and doing what you love doing, then that is all that matters. Who cares about the fakes, the plastics, they only worry about their superficial lives and the other “artificials.” I really don’t need that many friends, and it is something that I am getting used to with out having what they call now a days a “squad.” But do you really need a group of friends to make you happier in life? I can count as many friends in just one hand and I’m good. And with family by my side, that is all that matters. Besides if you can be independent, then the stronger person you are. I’ve always told people and I have to keep repeating to myself to JUST DO YOU. Keep on going, move forward, because “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” And that’s what I’m doing.
SUMMER IS HERE! What better way to kick off Summer by going to Mexico, better yet CANCÚN. Located in the south east coast of Mexico surrounded by the caribbean sea and the gulf, this exotic location attracts tourists all over the world because of its breath taking white powdery beaches and fluorescent blue beach water.
Famous for it’s spring break getaways, you can actually go to Cancún for a quick getaway and some relaxation time. That was the point of my trip. With the three days i was there there was not so much I wanted to do but hang out at the beach, drink a couple of cocktails and getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big metropolitan. But since it is now officially summer 2015, I wanted to go somewhere exotic, and so I did. The one thing I regret not doing was checking out the mayan historical sites such as the Coba and Chichen Itza.
This was a trip that I needed to getaway for a couple of days, and Cancún is a great city for it. Check it out.
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