Spring Break is one of the busiest times of the year for many of Texas' top tourist locations. And, there is no shortage of Texas towns and locations that offer visitors the perfect spot for a great Spring Break vacation. From the coastal beaches to inland lakes and rivers, much of the attraction for Spring Breakers is water and water sports. Without a doubt, these top Texas towns and locations for Spring Break offer visitors ample opportunities for sun and fun in and around the water. So, for college students looking for a place to spend their annual break during the spring semester, they need look no further than the Lone Star State.
Without a doubt, South Padre Island - or South Padre as it is known to Spring Breakers - is the best known Spring Break destination in Texas. Although the Spring Break throngs aren't quite as massive (or rowdy, thankfully) as they were during the Spring Break heyday of the 1980s and 90s, Spring Break is still a busy time of the year on Texas' southern most barrier island. The reasons for South Padre's popularity among Spring Breakers are many. Because of its southern location, South Padre is typically a little warmer (and more consistently so) than other Texas beaches during late February and March when most schools and colleges have their spring vacation scheduled. Additionally, South Padre is known for great water and excellent beaches. It also boasts an impressive number of condos, hotels, clubs and restaurants. And, seeing as how it sits a mere 20 miles north of the Mexican border, it offers visitors the opportunity for a "two-nation vacation."
Better known as "Port A" among Spring Break crowds, Port Aransas often gives South Padre a run for its money as a Spring Break destination. The biggest difference is the amount of beach Port Aransas offers for Spring Breakers to spread out over. While the city beaches of Port Aransas accommodate much of the Spring Break festivities, Mustang Island, which lies just below Port Aransas, is packed with condos and miles of white sandy beaches. Whether they opt to stay in the town of Port Aransas or down the beach at Mustang Island, Spring Breakers more often than not find sunny, warm conditions to greet them and allow them to enjoy swimming, surfing, wind surfing, sun bathing and more along these Coastal Bend beaches.
Just south of Port A and Mustang Island is another popular Texas Spring Break destination - Corpus Christi. In many ways, Corpus is actually two distinctly different Spring Break destinations, as part of Corpus Christi lies on Padre Island while the main part of the city is on the mainland. Both sides of Corpus offer an array of beaches. On the island side, visitors are treated to open Gulf beaches, while the mainland offers beachfront along Corpus Christi Bay. Both sides offer a variety of condos, hotels and clubs, while the mainland also features a number of popular attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington.
The largest Texas "island town," Galveston Island also sees its share of Spring Break visitors, although it tends to attract a more subdued crowd than the other Texas beach locales. Galveston is full of historical attractions, as well as modern day wonders such as Schlitterbahn Waterpark, which features a retractable roof so visitors can have wet, watery fun regardless of the weather. Galveston also features a number of great Gulf beaches, as well as restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, condos, tours, shopping and more.
New Braunfels, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, also sees a good deal of Spring Break traffic. With miles of riverfront, as well as the original Schlitterbahn Waterpark and close proximity to Canyon Lake, New Braunfels offers limitless water sport opportunities.
Home to Texas State University, San Marcos is the rare college town that is also a draw for college students during Spring Break. Thanks to its scenic Hill Country location, miles of riverfront, great attractions and numerous restaurants, clubs and bars, San Marcos is one of the top spots to spend Spring Break in the Lone Star State.