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Start Your Own Student Travel Company

January 24, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 1.52.49 PMThere is a major market for spring break travel.  Each year thousands of student’s flock to the beaches in Panama City Beach, Florida; Acapulco, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and even Punta Cana Dominican Republic.  The problem with booking these sort of vacations on Expedia.com and other online traditional travel agencies is that they don’t offer payment plans and they don’t allow individuals in the room pay separately.  Not to mention they have no idea what is most important to the college student.  All students want a direct flight with their whole group of friends (if flights are needed) and/or bus trips to domestic destinations in the USA.  They also want to stay at student friendly hotels with parties and events happening each day.  Lastly, they are looking for the best deals possible to go out to nightclubs, bars, and lounges to drink with their friends on a budget.

The time couldn’t be better to start a spring break travel company.  A recent article by Las Vegas Inc. outlines a new company that is doing just that.  Connecting students together in an amazing travel package to go to Vegas for spring break.   The traditional student travel companies that have been in business for 20+ years haven’t done anything innovative in a long time.  For instance, in consulting with Your Travel Startup Inc. (a consulting group in the travel start-up industry), they noted that there is huge demand for niche spring break travel itineraries for college students.  A couple areas include: Gay and Lesbian themed trips, service trips to Africa, and custom yacht cruises (check out The Yacht Week).

Having been in the industry for many years, I can tell you that the market is ready for an innovator to enter and take the college spring break travel market by storm.  Our friends at Your Travel Startup Inc. are offering a free consulting package to anyone interested in starting a spring break travel company.  Be sure to check them out for tips and tricks on how to start your own travel company.

To summarize:  If you are interested in tapping into a growing market, with something new and fresh to offer, the next two years would be the best time to enter the market.  More and more college students have disposable income to travel and they are waiting for something different than just a trip to the beach in Florida.

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Spring Break 2015 Dates

January 10, 2015

Listed By School Name Starting With The First Week Of College Spring Break:

Note: Our Spring Break calendar weeks are Monday-Friday but you’ll most likely book your travel arrangements to arrive Saturday prior to the Monday date listed below. This post is sponsored by our friends over a VIP Orlando Limo.  If you ever need limo service in Orlando, please reach out to them.

February 23 – 27, 2015

School Enrollment
Alma College 1,336
Brenau University 1,800
Chestnut Hill College 2,000
Concordia College 45,954
Eastern Michigan University 22,974
Fanshawe College 15,000
Saint John’s University 15,720
Siena College 3,390
Total: 108,174

March 2 – 6, 2015

School Enrollment
Anna Maria College 1,400
Ashland University 6,000
Assumption College 2,117
Ball State University 22,083
Barry University 9,300
Barton College 1,189
Berea College 1,514
Bethel College 2,000
Boston College 14,754
Cambrian College 4,500
Christopher Newport University 4,793
Clark University 2,203
College of Charleston 9,866
Dalton State College 5,987
Davidson College 1,890
Duquesne University 10,363
Ferrum College 1,500
Grand Valley State University 24,662
Gwynedd Mercy College 2,020
Immaculata College 3,200
Johnson & Wales University at Providence 16,095
Judson University 1,231
King College 1,804
Lake Erie College 650
Lake Superior State University 2,637
Longwood University 4,800
Loyola University in Maryland 6,080
Mary Baldwin College 2,542
Mary Washington College 5,379
Mitchell College 1,000
Mount Union College 2,209
North Carolina Wesleyan College 1,500
Northern Michigan University 8,578
Notre Dame College 2,120
Oakwood University 1,810
Ohio Northern University 3,721
Ohio University 35,324
Pfeiffer University 1,400
Presbyterian College 1,300
Reinhardt College 1,057
Roanoke College 2,100
Sacred Heart University 6,407
Seneca College 20,855
Southern Wesleyan University 2,400
Temple University 37,696
University of Florida 49,589
University of Maine 11,867
University of Maine Fort Kent 1,072
University of Michigan 42,716
University of South Alabama 15,007
University of Vermont 10,459
Valparaiso University 4,061
Vanderbilt University 12,714
Villanova University 10,482
Wright State University 18,304
York College of Pennsylvania 5,564
Total: 483,871

March 9 – 13, 2015

School Enrollment
Albertus Magnus College 1,600
Albion College 1,492
Alfred University 2,300
Alverno College 2,815
American International College 2,300
American University 10,000
Antioch New England 1,200
Appalachian State University 17,500
Arizona State University 72,254
Austin Peay State University 9,835
Baylor University 15,195
Becker College 1,739
Bemidji State University 5,365
Benedict College 2,500
Bentley College 4,157
Bloomfield Colleges 2,100
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 8,877
Boston University 30,823
Bowdoin College 1,777
Bowling Green State University 17,706
Bridgewater College 1,651
Bryn Mawr College 1,771
Bucknell University 3,500
Butler University 4,034
Carleton College 1,958
Carroll University 3,292
Case Western Reserve University 4,227
Charleston Southern University 3,298
Chatham College 2,300
Claflin University 1,800
Clark Atlanta University 4,000
Cleveland State University 17,204
Coastal Carolina University 8,360
College of Coastal Georgia 3,500
College of William and Mary 6,071
Collin College 51,000
Connecticut College 1,911
Cornell College 1,197
Creighton University 7,730
Curry College 2,000
Daemen College 2,958
Daniel Webster College 1,200
Dartmouth College 6,000
Dean College 1,055
Defiance College 1,000
Delaware Valley College 1,700
Dickinson College 2,300
Dordt College 1,300
Duke University 14,746
East Tennessee State University 15,536
Emory University 13,893
Fairfield University 4,991
Ferris State University 14,560
Fisher College 1,121
Fitchburg State College 5,201
Florida International University 47,966
Florida State University 40,474
Francis Marion University 4,187
Franciscan University of Steubenville 2,088
Furman University 2,704
George Mason University 33,320
Georgetown University 17,130
Georgia Gwinnett College 8,400
Gettysburg College 2,600
Glenville State College 1,882
High Point University 4,500
Hilbert College 1,100
Hillsdale College 1,402
Hood College 2,435
Husson College 3,500
Illinois State University 20,762
Illinois Wesleyan University 2,090
Ithaca College 6,448
James Madison University 18,971
Juniata College 1,619
Kentucky State University 2,341
Kentucky Wesleyan College 834
LaGrange College 1,137
Lander University 3,000
Le Moyne College 3,533
Liberty University 13,400
Lynchburg College 2,500
Macon State College 5,702
Marietta College 1,417
Marquette University 8,012
Massachusetts College of Art 1,863
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 2,100
Massachusetts School of Law 635
McKendree University 3,220
Mercer University 5,500
Merrimack College 2,300
Methodist University 2,100
Michigan State University 47,954
Michigan Technological University 6,957
Middle Tennessee State University 24,192
Midway College 1,800
Millersville University Of Pennsylvania 7,644
Milligan College 1,130
Millikin University 2,400
Minnesota State University 15,649
Minnesota State University Mankato 13,547
Minnesota State University Moorhead 7,497
Missouri State University 21,059
Missouri Valley College 1,789
Missouri Western State University 6,010
Montclair State University 18,498
Morehouse College 2,439
Mount Ida College 1,300
Mount Mary College 1,443
Mountain State University 1,070
New England College 1,460
Newberry College 1,100
North Carolina Central University 8,612
North Park University 3,251
Northeastern University 15,339
Northern Illinois University 25,313
Northern Kentucky University 15,405
Northwood University 4,500
Norwich University 2,100
Oglethorpe University 1,000
Ohio Dominican University 3,052
Ohio Wesleyan University 1,850
Old Dominion University 24,125
Olivet College 1,145
Park University 25,500
Pennsylvania College of Technology 5,976
Pennsylvania State University 44,817
Pikeville College 1,841
Quincy University 1,169
Quinnipiac University 8,400
Radford University 9,370
Rhode Island College 9,000
Rhodes College 1,820
Roosevelt University 7,306
Saint Bonaventure University 2,000
Saint Cloud State University 15,536
Saint Louis University 13,785
Saint Louis University 13,785
Sam Houston State University 17,618
Sam Houston State University 17,618
Seton Hall University 5,245
Seton Hall University 5,245
Seton Hill College 2,014
Shaw University 2,800
Shenandoah University 1,767
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 6,579
Simpson College 1,485
Skidmore College 2,500
South Carolina State University 5,000
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 11,341
Southern Methodist University 12,000
Spelman College 2,355
Spring Arbor University 2,940
Stonehill College 2,600
Swarthmore College 1,545
Syracuse University 20,407
Tennessee State University 8,456
Tennessee Technological University 10,000
The College of Wooster 1,854
The George Washington University 24,531
Thiel College 1,096
Troy University 29,689
Truman State University 6,101
Tuskegee University 3,156
UNC Asheville 3,609
UNC Chapel Hill 29,390
UNC Greensboro 18,502
UNC Pembroke 6,433
UNC Wilmington 12,743
United States Coast Guard Academy 990
United States Naval Academy 4,400
University of Central Florida 58,698
University of Charleston 1,315
University of Evansville 3,050
University of Georgia 33,367
University of Indianapolis 5,200
University of Memphis 17,963
University of Miami 15,657
University of Mississippi 20,844
University of New Hampshire 12,218
University of Notre Dame 11,733
University of Pennsylvania 21,329
University of Pittsburgh 28,766
University of Rhode Island 19,095
University of Richmond 4,250
University of Rochester 5,643
University of South Carolina 45,251
University of South Dakota 10,151
University of Southern Indiana 10,820
University of Southern Mississippi 17,968
University of Tampa 6,900
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 11,429
University of Virginia 21,106
Upper Iowa University 6,158
Wagner College 2,400
Wake Forest University 4,412
Washington College 1,350
Washington University in Saint Louis 14,070
Waynesburg College 1,500
Webster University 21,091
Wesleyan University 2,870
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 12,800
Western Carolina University 10,000
Western Kentucky University 21,048
Western Michigan University 25,045
Westfield State College 5,500
Winona State University 8,896
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3,537
Yale University 11,593
Youngstown State University 11,803
Total: 1,992,842

March 16 – 20, 2015

School Enrollment
Adelphi University 8,603
Agnes Scott College 998
Albright College 2,334
Alfred State College 3,200
Allegheny College 2,100
Amherst College 1,795
Anderson University (IN) 2,565
Anderson University (SC) 2,480
Arcadia University 4,021
Armstrong Atlantic State University 7,538
Asbury College 1,700
Augsburg College 3,822
Avila University 1,818
Babson College 3,439
Bard College 2,305
Barnard College 2,360
Berklee College of Music 4,270
Birmingham-Southern College 1,400
Brewton-Parker College 1,119
Bryan College 1,292
Bucks County Community College 4,119
Caldwell College 2,300
Calvin College 4,075
Canisius College 3,369
Central Connecticut State University 9,678
Chesapeake College 3,914
Chowan College 1,260
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 5,895
Clarkson University 3,018
Clemson University 15,459
Colgate University 2,825
College of Mount Saint Vincent 1,527
Columbia University 27,606
Concord University 3,048
Concordia University-Wisconsin 7,618
Delaware county Community College 10,627
Denison University 2,132
Dillard University 1,200
Drake University 3,164
Drury University 5,474
Earlham College 1,181
Eastern Connecticut State University 4,493
Eastern Illinois University 11,651
Edgewood College 20,003
Elon University 5,225
Emporia State University 6,314
Endicott College 2,250
Eureka College 785
Fairmont State University 7,740
Farmingdale State College 8,000
Finger Lakes Community College 6,699
Fordham University 15,158
Fort Hays State University 11,883
Framingham State College 5,903
Franklin & Marshall College 2,118
Frostburg State University 5,215
Gainesville State College 8,968
Genesee Community College 7,208
Georgetown College 3,200
Georgia College & State University 6,654
Georgia Institute of Technology 20,487
Georgia Southern University 20,212
Georgia Southwestern State University 303
Georgia State University 40,000
Grand View University 2,200
Greensboro College 1,250
Greenville College 11,003
Grinnell College 1,688
Guilford College 2,706
Gulf Coast State College 7,207
Hamline University 6,000
Hampshire College 1,500
Hampton University 5,000
Harding University 6,815
Harvard University 21,225
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2,110
Hope College 3,200
Howard University 10,491
Indiana State University 12,114
Iowa State University 31,040
Johns Hopkins University 4,744
Kansas State University 24,378
Kean University 16,000
Keene State College 5,443
Keuka College 1,867
Lafayette College 2,382
Lamar University 13,773
Lasell College 1,760
Lawrence University 1,566
Lehigh University 4,883
Lesley University 9,625
Lipscomb University 4,278
Logan University 1,045
Macalester College 2,005
Manhattan College 2,600
Marist College 4,536
Mars Hill College 1,237
Marshall University 10,020
Mohawk Valley Community College 7,200
Monmouth University 4,744
Morehead State University 8,732
Mount Holyoke College 2,200
Murray State University 10,623
New Jersey Institute of Technology 9,558
New York Institute of Technology 14,000
New York University 38,391
Nichols College 1,459
North Central College 2,900
North Dakota State University 14,399
Ohio State University 56,867
Onondaga Community College 12,000
Pace University 14,177
Philadelphia University 2,707
Pittsburg State University 7,277
Plattsburgh State University 6,214
Plymouth State College 4,300
Princeton University 7,567
Purdue University 39,726
Purdue University Calumet 10,133
Rider University 5,790
Rowan University 10,438
Rutgers- Newark 11,804
Rutgers-Camden 6,158
Saint Lawrence University 2,327
Saint Mary’s College of Maryland 2,035
Salisbury University 8,606
Samford University 2,882
Sarah Lawrence College 1,235
Shepherd University 4,200
Sheridan College 17,000
Southeast Missouri State University 10,477
Southern Connecticut State University 8,496
Southwestern Illinois College 16,245
Spalding University 2,000
Springfield College 3,621
St. Clair College 6,500
State University of West Georgia 11,646
Stephens College 1,000
Stevenson University 3,929
Suffolk University 9,500
Texas A&M University 53,337
Texas State University 34,229
Texas Tech University 32,611
The College of New Jersey 6,964
Towson University 17,517
Tufts University 9,517
U Wisc Green Bay 6,665
Union County College 11,100
University of Alabama 33,602
University Of Arizona 30,346
University of Baltimore 2,412
University of Bridgeport 2,248
University of Central Missouri 11,191
University of Connecticut 22,472
University of Dubuque 1,559
University of Hartford 4,842
University of Houston 39,820
University of Iowa 30,328
University of Kansas 29,462
University of Kentucky 28,094
University of Louisville 15,125
University of Maryland 37,631
University of Massachusetts 68,315
University of Minnesota 52,557
University of New England 7,330
University of New Haven 6,000
University of North Dakota 15,250
University of Northern Iowa 1,114
University of Rio Grande 2,300
University of Scranton 4,084
University of South Florida 47,122
University of Tennessee Knoxville 27,523
University of Texas 38,463
University of Wyoming 13,657
Vassar College 2,450
Virginia Military Institute 1,500
Virginia Union University 1,700
Warren Wilson College 900
Washburn University 7,303
Washington & Jefferson College 1,519
Wayne State University 32,564
Western Connecticut State University 5,907
Western Illinois University 11,300
Western New England College 3,657
Wichita State University 14,806
William Paterson University 11,518
Winthrop University 5,913
Worcester State College 4,665
Total: 1,908,360

March 23 – 27, 2015

School Enrollment
Alabama State University 5,800
Arkansas State University 13,438
Arkansas Tech University 10,972
Athens State University 3,500
Auburn University-Auburn 25,469
Bowie State University 5,600
Brown University 8,649
Carthage College 2,500
Central Methodist University 3,382
Colby College 1,825
College of Saint Catherine 5,246
College of the Ozarks 1,371
Columbia College Chicago 11,922
DePaul University 16,384
DePauw University 2,400
Elmhurst College 3,400
Faulkner University 3,574
Freed-Hardeman University 1,972
Harper College 26,441
Hartwick College 1,531
Hendrix College 1,454
Huntingdon College 1,107
Indiana University 110,436
Indiana University-Bloomington 42,731
Indiana University-East 2,459
Indiana University-Kokomo 3,719
Indiana University-Northwest 5,560
Indiana University-South Bend 8,394
Indiana University-Southeast 6,840
Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne 14,000
Jacksonville State University 9,490
John Brown University 2,183
Kalamazoo College 1,403
Kent State University 42,513
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10,894
Miami University 20,126
Middlebury College 2,507
Miles College 1,900
New Jersey Berkeley College 8,900
Northwest Missouri State University 1,025
Northwestern University 20,000
Oberlin College 2,800
Orange County Community College 6,441
Parsons School of Design 4,200
Saint Francis College 2,744
Southwest Baptist University 2,570
The New School 9,825
Union College 2,194
University of Akron 24,601
University of Arkansas 24,595
University of California Irvine 27,676
University of Central Arkansas 13,863
University of Colorado at Boulder 29,894
University of Illinois Chicago 28,091
University of Kaupy & Wright 1,337
University of Missouri 34,255
University of Missouri Kansas City 15,473
University of Nebraska 50,000
University of North Alabama 7,243
University of Oregon 20,631
University of West Alabama 5,157
Valdosta State University 13,089
Virginia Commonwealth University 31,899
Wellesley College 2,300
West Virginia University 29,616
Williams College 2,188
Total: 865,699

March 30 – April 3, 2015

School Enrollment
College of DuPage 29,000
College of New Rochelle 6,800
Cornell University 20,939
Eastern Kentucky University 16,567
Johnson C. Smith University 1,500
Lindenwood University 17,351
Marymount Manhattan College 2,040
Saint Olaf College 3,007
Tulane University 13,359
Union University 4,259
University of Delaware 19,391
University of Montevallo 2,885
University of Saint Thomas 10,534
University of Southern Maine 10,974
University of Wisconsin 42,595
Vermont Technical College 1,453
Xavier University of Louisiana 3,200
Total: 205,854

April 6 – 10, 2015

School Enrollment
Hofstra University 12,400
Houston Community College 57,364
Kennesaw State University 23,103
Louisiana State University 29,549
New York Medical College 1,660
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 5,700
SUNY Binghamton 14,713
SUNY Buffalo 28,601
SUNY College at Buffalo 11,659
SUNY College at Cortland 7,200
SUNY College at Fredonia 5,398
SUNY College at New Paltz 7,885
SUNY College at Old Westbury 3,896
SUNY College at Oneonta 5,852
SUNY College at Potsdam 3,902
SUNY College at Purchase 4,000
SUNY College of Technology at Canton 3,320
University of Louisiana Monroe 7,519
Total: 233,721
Be sure to check out our friends at EzAcapulco.com
Also, if you are interested in starting your own travel company check out our friends at YourTravelStartup.com
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Beer, beaches, and babes – spring break 2011

October 27, 2010

So you stumbled here on to my blog in search of a couple of things…beer, beaches, and babes…right?

Well maybe not exactly (if your a female spring breaker), but I am sure you were searching the internet for a few items on Spring Break 2016!

The hot spots for spring break 2016 are the usual:  Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Panama City Florida or South Padre Island Texas!

HERE ARE THE 4 STEPS TO PLANNING YOUR 2016 SPRING BREAK TRIP!

 

STEP # 1: Find out when your school goes on spring break!

I already did that for you! I have listed them all here on my blog. To find your school’s spring break date  Click here  (opens in a new window)

STEP # 2: Figure out a budget…(i.e. save some beer money!)

I can help you do that too.  It’s important to have a budget, so you’ll need to save some money.  To see how to budget and what an average trip will cost check my blog post on it Click here (opens in a new window)

STEP #3:  Choose a destination/hotel that fits your budget.

So if you can afford it and have $2000 per person to spend for 7 nights (including airfare) of all out crazyness…check out the private villas in Acapulco…or headquarter properties like the Oasis Cancun Resort.  Private villas run from $1700 – $2000 per person.  The Oasis Cancun runs about $1400 – $1500 per person but…IT’S ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK.

For a 7 night vacation  with all you can eat and drink including your flight plan to spend:

Cancun $999 – $1600 per person

Acapulco $899 – $1800 per person

The Bahamas $999 – $1500 per person

Puerto Vallarta from $1000 – $1500 per person

Jamaica from $800 – $1300 per person

Party Cruises from $400 – $699 per person

More info on VIP Villas in Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta? Check my blog post  click here

More info on the Oasis Cancun Resort? Check my blog post click here

STEP # 4: Choose a company secure and legitimate travel company to book your trip.

On the internet these days there are hundreds of ways to book a spring break trip.  There are people claiming to operate spring break trips in all these foreign countries, when really they are just a “mom and pop” travel agency.  They have no parties, no MTV, no free meals and drinks…and most of all no staff from their offices to pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel and be there to help you if there is trouble.  In the past 8 years I have travelled with several small companies but have not found any to be as comprehensive and low priced as Studentcity.com

They are a publicly traded company on the stock exchange (so they aren’t “mom and pop”) and they are the largest student travel company in the USA!  They are also the official travel partner of MTV.  You can see them on “The Real World Cancun” airing Wed. nights on MTV.  Spring Break is all that they do and they send about 40 staff to every destination to make sure your having the best time, and if you need help…they are right there to help you out!  Also know they are the low price leader, but if you do happen to find a lower price…they’ll BEAT it!

Here is a link to their website: www.studentcity.com

Whether you choose to travel with Studentcity.com or someone else, please use your head and make smart decisions.  Be safe and have the time of your life.

For more info on spring break safety read my blog page about it here!

ALSO…if you are looking to start your own spring break or student travel company, check out our friends a W Tour & Travel Group.  They charge no up front fees, and don’t make you sign a contract, however they will make you a ton of money.  They will help you build a business plan, sales/marketing plan, help you get your company on college campuses and more!  Check them out at http://www.yourtravelstartup.com

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Sports Betting For College Students

October 3, 2010

College Sports betting is on the rise on most college campuses. Some people say its terrible for people to start betting at such a young age, but the real truth is that I paid for most of my education while betting on sports in college.

There are several systems available to help you learn how to bet, and how to win more than lose.
I was able to win about 97% of all bets I placed in college. Did I make it a full-time career now…NO. But I still do bet, and I make a great supplemental income.

Please checkout my guide here.

Please do NOT start betting on sports until you read this guide. If you are in college, you need to be careful with your money and be sure that you focus on school 1st. Anything after that, is totally fine.

I can show you how to win 97% of the time when you bet using these simple tactics. Check it out here!

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Spring Break 2011 Cruises!

October 3, 2010

So you want to take a cruise for spring break?

As a travel professional I am going to give you the ins/outs of booking a cruise when your in college and probably under 21 years of age.

1. If you are booking with a group, do NOT tell them you are in college and going on the cruise for “spring break”.  If you do, they will most likely not allow you to buy the on board “all you can drink package” and most likely make requirements such as “each room must have somone 25+”.  With that being said, just look for the best possible deal.

2. Use a broker…

Cruise Brokers are people that buy cabins in bulk and then wholesale to the general public.  If you are looking for a 5 night or 7 night Caribbean cruise you shouldn’t be paying more than $195 per person.  YES…it is true.  With a down economy, the cruise ships are scrambling just to fill the ship in hopes you’ll spend more money on premium drinks, meals, and shop in the on board boutiques. 

To get the best possible deal on a cruise, read my cruise insiders guide. CLICK HERE

The guide referenced above is the BEST way to get student discounts, and un-advertised specials from cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

Again, check out the cruise insiders guide I have put together here

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Top 10 beaches of 2010

May 28, 2010

Dr. Beach is a gentleman who ranks beaches based on several critiria.  Each year he publishes his findings.  I found this list on Boston.com today.

Not all of these beaches are great spring break destinations, but they are definitely great locations for summer!

10. Cape Florida State Park –  

Dr. Beach says: “Cape Florida State Park, located at the south tip of Key Biscayne, provides clear, emerald-colored waters and gentle surf. This fine, white coral sand beach is great for swimming, as waves are knocked down by a large sand shoal offshore.”

9. Hamoa Beach – 

Maui, Hawaii

Dr. Beach says: “This pocket beach is rimmed by cliffs, covered by coconut palm trees and beautiful flowering vegetation. This crescent beach, which is a mixture of coral and lava sand, is the most famous of Maui’s Hana beaches.”

8. Beachwalker Park – 

Kiawah Island, S.C.

Dr. Beach says: “The water is not clear here, but it is clean and provides for fantastic seafood for low-country cooking.”

7. Coast Guard Beach – 

Cape Cod, Mass.

The Eastham treasure moved up two spots from last year’s rankings. Dr. Beach says: “Coast Guard Beach, accessible by bicycle or via shuttle bus from the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center, was formed where a sand spit attached to the eroding glacial cliffs. The sand is fairly coarse, so the beach slopes steeply into the water. The picturesque old Coast Guard station still sits atop the glacial bluffs, allowing for a spectacular view down upon the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay.”

6. Kahanamoku Beach – 

Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Dr. Beach says: “A shallow offshore reef protects this beach from the big waves, making it a great swimming area for families with children.”

5. Main Beach – 

East Hampton, N.Y.

Dr. Beach says: “Main Beach provides the perfect blend of nature and built environment.”

4. Cape Hatteras – 

Outer Banks of North Carolina

Dr. Beach says: “Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing.”

3. Coronado Beach – 

San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Beach says: “Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea, measuring hundreds of yards wide. With its lush subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, beach-goers flock to this beach for great ship watching and the summer’s warm and mild surf.”

2. Siesta Beach – 

Sarasota, Fla.

Dr. Beach says: “Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters that serve for ideal swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to anchoring of onshore rocks to the north and a unique underwater formation of coral rock and caves, providing for great snorkeling and scuba diving.”

1. Coopers Beach – 

Southampton, N.Y.

Dr. Beach says: “While the U.S. Northeast coast was pummeled by storms this past winter, Coopers Beach stood up well with no damage.”

So there is the list of the best beaches in the U.S. for summer travel.

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Indiana University Spring Break 2011

April 20, 2010

Indiana University seems to be taking over Acapulco again for 2011.

Early booking numbers (already posted) are showing a staggering number of students from this pretigious university are again headed to Acapulco in style.  After talking to severl groups who have already booked they are choosing Acapulco for several reasons.

1. Night Life – Some of the best (if not the best) night life in all of Mexico is in Acapulco!  In order the best clubs are: Palladium, Mandara, El Ajibre, and Pure.  Pure is a new night club only available through the party package offered by www.studentcity.com

2. Variety of Hotels – It seems most students love the service at the hotels in Acapulco.  MTV chose Playa Suites Hotel as their headquarters for their concert stage featuring Ludacris, Drake, and many more.  They even shot the Gauntlet Challenge at this hotel.  More students are choosing this hotel over the Copacabana because it offers 24/7 all-inclusive, it is close to the clubs, has the sickest daytime pool parties, and will again be host to several concerts and events not offered at other hotels.  Not to mention it is the only all suite hotel that allows students.  Studentcity.com is the official spring break travel company for Playa Suites again in 2011. 

3. Private Villas – The hills of Acapulco offer unsurpassed luxury accomadations for those students with the best taste.  The Las Brisas exclusive community offers private Million Dollar custom villa homes that sleep from 10 – 30 people.  Each home features 6 – 12 bedrooms, private pools, your own butler, waiter, bartender, private chef, and private driver.   Believe it or not, pricing is not that high, so if you have a big group I would definitely consider calling a booking agent for these homes in the US at 978-573-2041 (these agents guarantee to get you the lowest price).

The final reason Indiana University and several other schools are choosing Acapulco….THE SERVICE.  The people of Acapulco love spring break.  Contrary to what you see and hear on the news, the tourist areas of Acapulco are VERY safe.  The drug induced violence you see on Fox News is NOT happening near the hotels, clubs, or villas.  The violence is happening more than 300 miles away.  In FACT, the united states department of transportation as issued NO warnings or closed travel to Acapulco.  The hotel owners, the club owners, right down to your VIP servers in the clubs are there to serve you.

With that being said, be sure to book your spring break trip with a reputable company.   This helps you with all the planning, guarantees you get a great deal, and ensures there is American staff in Acapulco to serve you while you travel.   A great resource for planning can be found at Studentcity.com

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