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8 Beach-Chic Escapes for an Adult Spring Break

Lindsay Paige Stein

Where do you vacation for spring break when you’ve outgrown the typical hotspots like Cancun and Cabo? With so many great spots to choose from, there’s more to the decision than whether or not there’s an all-inclusive drink package involved. Though, that’s usually an added bonus. Whether you’re looking for a wellness-focused journey to completely unplug or an adventurous trip to step out of your comfort zone, there’s something out there for everyone.

If you’re in need of a mindless getaway, now is the time to grab your swimsuit and book the springtime escape of your dreams. The trendy beaches of St. Barths or white sands of Turks and Caicos are calling your name. Here are eight chic beach spring break ideas that should be on your list.

Beach Destinations to Visit This Spring

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Rovinj, Croatia

Quaint and off the radar, this overseas coastal village in Croatia is where you should go to completely unplug and forget about your worries. Rovinj is a Croatian fishing port situated on the north Adriatic Sea, and it’s an absolute gem. It’s one of those destinations where you never feel bored. Take in the beauty of the town by taking a walk in The 24 Hour Jumpsuit, and explore its narrow cobbled streets up and down. Spring in Rovinj is perfect for doing sports and leisure activities, especially for spending time in the Golden Cape Forest Park. It’s also a great time to go scuba diving in Rovinj. The appeal of the diving sites in Rovinj lies in the rich, well-preserved marine wildlife, as well as the many underwater walls, reefs, caves, and shipwrecks. The chic Hotel Adriatic is an upscale harbor-front property that will complete your trip.

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Cartagena, Colombia

With it’s surging design and culinary scenes, Cartagena continues to be one of the trendiest destinations. Besides the fact that it’s one of the most exquisite cities in Latin America, Cartagena has a vibrant local culture. Snap an Instagram-worthy photo in The Capri at one of Cartenga’s best-kept secrets, the nearby beaches of Tierra Bomba. While you’re there, Rosario Islands is worth a visit, as it’s an archipelago located within a national park on the Colombian Caribbean coast, only about an hour from the city. There’s plenty of high-end accommodations to choose from including the colonial-style Casa San Agustín and the 5-star Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara.

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Turks and Caicos

The famous stretches of uncrowded white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs is what makes Turks and Caicos so magical. It’s a warm-weather destination that’s paradise year round, but the best time to go is in spring before the hurricane season. Whether you’re traveling with your significant other or the whole family, the island is home to resorts and activities that fit everyone’s desires.  Snorkel and dive along the third largest coral system in the world or visit a local conch farm, the key ingredient in so many local dishes. While you’re there, visit the secluded Half Moon Bay beaches in The Voyager swimsuit. Discover the island’s best restaurants such as Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar, Mr. Grouper’s, and Hemmingway’s. For more inspiration, read our complete guide to Turks and Caicos.

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Costa Rica

Nature lovers will thrive in Costa Rica as it’s made up of mostly jungle that’s bursting with wildlife such as spider monkeys and sloths. Costa Rica is a top wellness travel destination with a wide array of experiences like forest bathing and body wraps in volcanic mud. Hike up the Arenal Volcano to see the lava fields, then bath in the hot springs in The Deep Dive swimsuit. There are many luxury eco-friendly lodges like Pacuare Lodge or El Silencio that are surrounded by waterfalls and rivers, perfect for a digital detox type of getaway.

 

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St. Barths

Spring is the best time to plan a trip to St. Barths, since April and May are the affordable sweet spot. Consider staying at the newly renovated Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa, which has luxurious villas, an oasis of a spa that uses Le Mer products, and delectable local cuisine at its restaurants. If you’re into live music and superb cocktails, grab a drink during sunset at the hotel’s recently debuted rooftop bar called Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Hit the town and check out the ultra-chic local boutiques for some retail therapy. After spending the morning in the sun, throw on The Sleeveless Day to Night Bodysuit with a festive skirt and head to Nikki Beach, the island’s beloved beach club where you’ll most likely spot a celebrity.

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Tulum, Mexico

Many of Tulum’s hotspots focus on wellness and holistic health. It’s a popular destination, thanks to its spectacular location overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is best known for being home to gorgeous cliff-top Mayan ruins — some of the last ever inhabited. Throw on The Sidestroke swimsuit and visit the many beautiful cenotes (sinkholes) and lagoons. With Airbnb, you can find a huge selection of affordable villas and bungalows with private pools in the area. If you’re looking for super fresh seafood dine at Chamicos or try the authentic tacos at Taquerio Honorio.

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Florida Keys

With so many destinations in Florida, it can be tough to pick which is right for your adult spring break getaway. The Florida Keys, commonly known as America’s Caribbean, is made up of over 1,700 islands, so you’re bound to find one that checks off all of the boxes that make up your dream vacation. Its tropical climate is ideal for hitting the beach in The Swan Dive swimsuit or getting your adrenaline going with water sports. Key West, in particular, is where you’ll experience free-spirited vibes and its coral reefs that are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Snapper, grouper, cobia, and kingfish make for a great catch for dinner, and most local dockside joints such as Seven Fish will even cook your catch for you.

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Malibu, California

It’s never a bad time to go to Malibu, but the springtime brings even more sunshine and waves to surf. It’s no surprise that many of the best things to do in Malibu are by the beach, but you can also hike through the hills and go wine tasting. Rent a sit-on-top kayak at Malibu Surf Shack, and get a seafarer’s view of the coast or take your skills to the next level and learn how to surf. The Malibu Beach Inn is the epitome of beach-chic aesthetic and has some of the most breathtaking panoramic views from each room. For a lesser-known beach, head to the secret Lechuza Beach in The Lesley Bikini Top and The High Leg High Rise, which is the most scenic, with sea cliffs, and tidepools.

What’s your dream beach escape?