An Unofficial Guide to Spring Break in Miami and South Beach

Don't miss out on all the action this spring break!

Ocean Drive at night, Miami beach, Florida, USA
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Miami Beach is one of the top spring break destinations for college students seeking to get away from their routines and the drudgery of midterm exams. Every year, thousands of co-eds converge upon South Beach for a week of fun and excitement. Here’s a collection of our best resources designed specifically to help you have a blast on your Miami Beach spring break!

How to get there:

First things first: you need to get to Miami!

Miami International Airport (MIA) is the best airport to fly into when vacationing in Miami Beach. It’s one of the countries’ busiest hubs for international travel and is only a about a half an hour drive to the beach. Taxi’s and hotel shuttles are readily available near the baggage claim area. Miami’s MetroRail and MetroBus are available as well.   

Where to Stay:

You’ll need a place to crash while you’re in Miami. Whether you’re looking for a high-end hotel, cheaper establishment, or a hostel in South Beach, there’s a place for every taste and budget. The Mondrian South Beach offers stunning views of Biscayne Bay and is located minutes from the center of South Beach and the artsy Wynwood District. It’s a great location for relaxing during the day and heading out at night, but it’ll cost you. Rooms at the Mondrian start at about $279 a night.

For those looking for a more mid-range option, Circa39, located across the street from Miami’s mid-beach area.

Rooms at Circa39 start at about $130 a night and include poolside food and beverage service, cabanas, and beach chairs and towels. This spot is full of personality and color — a great place to create awesome memories.

Located at the epicenter of South Beach, Posh Hostel is the place for budget travelers.

The offer free Wi-Fi, pool, complementary nightly drinks, and free breakfast. The accommodations are dormitory style and there is a shared bathroom and kitchen. It’s a great place to meet people and at only about $40 a night it’s totally worth it!

What to do during the day:

If you’re heading to Miami Beach for Spring Break, chances are you’re looking for fun and sun — and Miami’s got plenty of it. Miami has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world including the famous party capital, South Beach. Come here for the quintessential Miami experience and the famous art deco architecture. And for those looking to really break out of their shells, Haulover Beach, located between Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour, is Miami’s only legal “clothing optional” beach. Look for food trucks and live music on Tuesday nights.

Pool parties are abound in Miami as well, so don’t leave before checking out some of the best. The Cleavlander South Beach’s POOL + PATIO parties take place all day, every day, and offer a fun and relaxed vibe and reasonably priced food and drink. Weekends are the time to play in Miami, and the new Vegas-style HYDE SLS South Beach Hotel offers one of the best weekend pool parties around.

Party all weekend long, starting Friday afternoon with the club’s resident DJ Danny Stern. Saturday brings champagne showers, guest DJ’s and endless bottle parades. If you’re still standing, cap it all off Sunday with a relaxing poolside mimosa.

What to do at night:

The real fun in Miami starts after sundown. The nightclubs of Miami Beach are a hot spot for Spring Break travelers and nightlife lovers alike. The iconic Mango’s, located in South Beach, is a showcase of international talent, cuisine and entertainment. Mango’s is known for their engaging shows that include salsa dancing, Brazilian Samba, belly dancing, and Cuban Conga. Expect lots of action on the main dance floor after hours. If you’re more interested in fresh beats by world-renown DJ’s, like Kaskade and AfroJack, and music by hit artists like Tyga, head to LIV at the Fountainbleu or STORY, right down the street on Collins Ave.

Both clubs are owned by the same company, so you can expect a similar crowd and cutting edge experience at both spot. 

Where to eat:

After a night at a Miami club, you’ll probably sleep in and miss the hotel breakfast. But that’s okay because everyone knows brunch is the best meal of the day, anyway. Breakfast is served 24/7 at the iconic News Café located in the Art Deco district, so there’s no need to rush. Of course, no trip to Miami Beach would be complete without indulging in a classic Cuban breakfast. Las Olas Café Miami Beach is a must to get your café con leche with a side of tostadas fix. For a more upscale Miami brunch try South Beach’s Juvia. This rooftop restaurant serves bottomless brunch from 11am-3pm daily.

Miami is a fantastic place to spend Spring Break. The hot sun, pulsing nightclubs and lively atmosphere make it a phenomenal location for young adults from around the country and the world to let loose and enjoy some time away from the books.

Be sure not to limit your time in Miami to the beaches and bars. The city has so much more to offer​ ranging from a wonderful restaurant scene to a vibrant art community and some of the best shopping in the United States! People from around Latin America routinely fly into Miami with empty suitcases and the sole purpose of filling them with luxury items at our many shopping malls.