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Florida Budget-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Want to travel to Florida for Spring Break, but worried about breaking the bank?
There’s no need to fear. There are plenty of wallet-friendly spring break options in the sunshine state.
Typically Spring Break falls between early March and mid-April when both school-aged kids and college students get at least a week-long break.
Florida always tops the list of Spring Break destinations. In 2018, the state set a tourism record welcoming more than 120 million out of state visitors - the highest it’s been in the previous eight years, according to Visit Florida.
As Spring Break approaches, you may be thinking about how to fit in some affordable fun with the family or your friends. If so, why not rethink the way you Spring Break.
Having fun in Florida doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some alternatives to pricey Spring Break trips.

Thinking Orlando? Try Tampa

When you think Florida for Spring Break, images of theme parks and bright sunny beaches come to mind. But did you know you can find both in Tampa? You can get your thrills at a theme park and be basking in the sunshine on the beaches the same day. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 335-acre African themed animal theme park. It’s owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and has some of the fastest roller coasters in the nation. It’s also a fraction of the cost of some Orlando-based theme parks. When you’re done there, head across the bridge (there’s three of them to be exact) over to Clearwater Beach. The beach is technically within Tampa Bay because the area consists of four different counties, including Pinellas County where the beaches are located. Did we mention Tampa is home to some pretty awesome craft beers? The Tampa Bay area is a great mix of attractions for families, college spring breakers and couples looking for a getaway. Find affordable hotel deals at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Trinity.

Thinking Miami? Try Miramar Beach

Dreaming of blue waters and white sand? Skip Miami Beach and head to Miramar Beach instead. Located just north of Miami-Dade, Miramar is known for its serene beaches and relaxing pace. The Miramar beach area consists of 26-miles of smaller beach neighborhoods, including Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach, and Seascape. Take your pick depending on the vibe you’re looking for. Feeling like reconnecting with nature? Check out Greynolds Park for camping. Feeling lucky? The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a 13.5-acre resort with more than 3,000 slot machines and 200 game tables. Find affordable hotel rates in Miramar.

Thinking Daytona? Try Jacksonville Beach

Sure, Daytona Beach is one of the state’s biggest Spring Break destinations, but there’s more than just one Northeast Florida city to consider when it comes to vacation. Jacksonville is located on the same Atlantic coastline as Daytona, but often for a much cheaper price. Jacksonville’s beaches are known for the waves, which make it a favorite among surfers. It’s 1,320-foot peer is a fisherman’s paradise. And there plenty of shopping and dining right off the pier, making Jacksonville Beach one of the best places for families. The city also boasts a vibrant art scene. There are three major art museums and there’s a weekly Downtown Art Walk through the city. Headed to J-ville this Spring Break? Check out the affordable hotel rates at the Hampton Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach.