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Ditch The Masses: 4 Less Crowded Spring Break Destinations in the U.S.

When most of us hear spring break, images of Las Vegas, Cancun, Orlando and San Francisco tend to come to mind. While these popular spring break destinations are all fine and well, if you crave a stretch of sand you don’t have to share with the world, you can seek out some spring break surprises instead. These four spring break destinations provide the warmth many require in a spring getaway but also a tranquility more popular players cannot.
Amelia Island, Florida: Florida is crawling with spring breakers from March until May. However, if you are looking to dodge the crowds congregating in Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, you can head up north to Amelia Island for a tranquil spring break getaway. Amelia Island sits off the coast of northeast Florida, around 30 miles from Jacksonville. The barrier island comes packed with history for it was once under the thumb of France, Spain and England. For beach oriented spring breakers, Amelia Island delivers with 13 miles of beaches. Outdoor pursuits run rampant on the island where you can partake in horseback rides along the water, water sports and sea life viewings.
Austin, Texas: Heading west, Austin, Texas is often overlooked as a spring break destination. At the same time, Texas’ capital city presents some of the best weather for visitors in the spring. The summer heat hasn’t quite set in yet temperatures are balmy enough to enjoy all of the city’s outdoor offerings including Zilker Park. The city’s largest park is home to two water based activities, the Barton Springs Pool, a natural swimming pool and Lady Bird Lake. A spring visit to Austin also almost guarantees the famous bat flight off of South Congress Street Bridge. Known as the Congress Street Bat Colony, from March to September, you can see 1.5 million Mexican free tailed bats emerge just in time for sunset. A spring break in Austin also puts travelers within reach of the Texas Hill Country and its tasty wineries.
Monterey, California: While many on spring break head to nearby San Francisco, Monterey, California presents a calmer spring getaway. A piece of iconic California, the community is home to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium lends a fine spot for families to enjoy with its innovative exhibits with more than 35,000 creatures. To get even closer to the sea, Monterey supplies with a number of scenic drives and beaches. Travelers can cruise Highway 1, one of the top scenic drives in the world. The drive presents breathtaking coastline and plenty of opportunities to stop for a dip along the way.
Jekyll Island, Georgia: Due south of Savannah, Jekyll Island in Georgia presents another barrier island without hordes of spring break crowds. With temperatures in the high 70s during the spring months, this southern Georgia island is state owned, meaning it has maintained an undeveloped, untouched quality. Jekyll Island is home to 10 miles of beaches, golf courses and a 250-acre historic landmark district. Jekyll Island can easily be reached from Jacksonville, Florida or Savannah, Georgia.


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