HJDS Travel Group

Information And History Of The College Spring Break

by on May.25, 2013, under Vacations

  • Sumo

In the late 1950s, it was well documented that college students from all over the country were flocking to the beaches of Florida in March and Fort Lauderdale became the first Spring Break destination. But did you also know that since the late 1800’s American college students have participated in a travel vacation away during the spring break vacation period?

A student interviewed by Time Magazine at the time said that she had come to Fort Lauderdale because “this is where the boys are.” This simple comment set the scene for the 1960 movie – Where the Boys Are, which premiered at Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway Theatre on Sunrise Boulevard on 21 December 1960. The movie was a massive success and promoted across the country the annual mass migration of college students to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. The “invasion” in March of 1961 saw over 50,000 college students arriving in Fort Lauderdale, overwhelming the 80,000 local residents.

In the mid 1980s the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was enacted in the United States, which meant that Florida was forced to raise its minimum drinking age to 21. This encouraged many 18 to 20 year old spring breakers to travel outside the United States for their Spring Break vacation. It was around this time also that Fort Lauderdale residents became upset at the damage done by Spring Breakers and in 1985 the local government passed laws restricting parties. By 1989, the number of spring breakers heading to Fort Lauderdale fell from 350,000 at its peak, to just 20,000.

MTV’s first Spring Break promotion was from Daytona Beach in 1986 and the following few years up to 200,000 students headed to Daytona Beach for Spring Break. Daytona Beach emerged as the new hot spot Spring Break destination. Daytona’s local government undertook similar measures to Fort Lauderdale and the crowds of the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s had fallen away.

These days Panama City Beach is the destination of choice for Spring Breakers, making Spring Break a major factor in the city’s economy. Panama City Beach in Florida has become the most popular Spring Break destination due to its relative proximity to many southern colleges, as well as the fact that the locals welcome Spring Breakers.

Other major Spring Break destinations in the USA are South Padre Island in Texas, Las Vegas, Miami’s South Beach and Daytona Beach has reamerged as a Spring Break destination.

Spring Break international destinations, with their lower minimum drinking ages, are a major factor for the increase in Spring Breakers heading overseas for their vacation.

Internationally popular Spring Break destinations include Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatln, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco in Mexico, as well as the Bahamas, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands.

Spring Break is a must-do event on any college students calendar.

FOMO Travel, the events and festival travel specialists, provides an extensive array of Spring Break information and advice on tour operators, travel options, travel tips, party spots and other activities.

Related Blogs

    Be Sociable, Share!
    :, , , , , , , , ,

    Comments are closed.

    Behind HJDS Travel Group Blog

    My name is Harry Delgado and I am a full time Internet and Small Business developer and marketer. Over 30 years in the Computer systems development, programming, hardware installations and support. Currently making a living from blogs like HJDS Computer Services , HJDS Investment Group and HJDS BlogBiz. You can connect with me via social media sites at Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - YouTube.