Trend Alert! These Beaches Are More Popular Than Ever for Spring Break
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Like many Caribbean islands hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017, Puerto Rico spent much of the past year heartily rebuilding. Now, tourism is swiftly bouncing back. In Carolina, a city located just east of the capital of San Juan, Airbnb bookings are up a massive 643 percent. And with a gorgeous coastline boasting sun-drenched beaches, resorts, restaurants, and nightlife, this escape is perfect for those seeking a classic Spring Break getaway in an entirely fresh locale.
While Brazil has been a longtime spring staple for rowdy revelers, most travelers tend to flock to Rio for the famed Carnival festival. But this year, it seems more people are opting to stick around in favor of exploring the country’s idyllic coastline. According to Airbnb, the port city of Santos has seen a 432 percent increase in spring bookings. And with an attractive mix of historic sights and waterbound delights—just off the coast, a marine state park boasts some of the best diving in the country—Santos makes for the perfect post-winter escape.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s famous capital city is a quick and easy trip from many major U.S. cities, making it a logical choice for a spring weekend getaway. But beyond its practical draws, San Juan—with its technicolor buildings, blue cobblestoned streets, and overall charm—is a dream of a destination that’s increasingly finding its way to the travel wish lists of many beach lovers.
Looking for something a little more far-flung? This laid-back island resort region is a longtime surfer favorite, but thanks to its striking scenery (mountainous islands swathed in palms, serene lagoons, and white-sand beaches), the area also attracts those looking for a quieter place to relax. But the secret’s getting out on this exotic paradise: Airbnb bookings are up 380 percent this spring. (So, might want to book soon.)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
As a spring destination, St. Thomas is perhaps more commonly explored as a port of call on a cruise ship. But this year, Airbnb bookings on the mountainous Caribbean island are up 338 percent. Like in Puerto Rico, the uptick in bookings is a trend seen throughout the Caribbean, as more travelers opt to direct their vacay dollars to communities working to bounce back post-storm.
This picturesque port city once dubbed “a second San Francisco” is a popular start and end point on the Trans-Siberian Railway, making it a perfect place to stop over for a few days to explore. Like our Golden Gate City, the Russian metropolis on the Pacific sports a gorgeous, hilly landscape, sparkling island-dotted bays, and a stunning suspension bridge.
This French-owned territory has long been filed under the category of Caribbean islands that tend to fly under-the-radar. But, according to Airbnb, tourism is steadily increasing, with bookings up 157 percent since last spring. The volcanic archipelago boasts gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, and mountainous rainforests, and comes with less development than its French Caribbean cousins, St. Martin and Martinique. (And is significantly more affordable than celeb fave St. Barths.)