Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach & Fort Myers Full Of College Partiers
The annual rite of spring for college students is Spring Break and for many that means piling into the car and headed to the warm and sunny beaches of Florida.
Here’s the top three destinations to find the most students, the partying students, Spring Break events and the general “fun in the Florida sun” that Spring Breakers crave when they leave their cold campus in February and March.
DAYTONA BEACH SPRING BREAK
One of the longest-running Spring Break destinations in the USA, Daytona Beach provides hotels with beachfront swimming pools, cars that actually drive on and park on the beach and a scene that’s lively and spirited.
PubClub’s favorite party spot here is the Ocean Deck, a bar in which you walk right off the sand into the place. It also has a signature drink, the Red Tide, served in a plastic cup with a handle.
The Oyster Pub and Razzles are also to fav spot to party at come nighttime. This could be one of the biggest years in a long time for Daytona Beach as hotels started filling up as far back as October.
FORT MYERS BEACH SPRING BREAK
Further down the Florida coast, on the Gulf side, is this prime party place. And the center of it all is one hotel, the well-worn Lanai Kai Island Resort. (Actually it’s pretty nice, all things considered; PubClub.com has stayed there, tho not during Spring Break.)
Right on the beach, it features an all-day and all-night party with games and contests on the sand, a DJ in the afternoon and a band at night. This is, folks, what Spring Break is all about in Florida.
Fort Meyers also offers other party places, as just up the beach are a succession of bars on the beach and on a back bay that provide plenty of party activity.
PANAMA CITY BEACH SPRING BREAK
This is where you’ll find students from Southern Colleges, particularly the SEC. The close proximity of those schools to “PCB” (also known as the “Redneck Riviera”) makes it the mecca of the Southern Spring Break.
The prime bar destination is Spinnaker II, an indoor-outdoor bar right on the beach. There is also a huge concert on the sand called the Beach Bash Music Fest.
However, there’s a change for 2016 as officials have banned alcohol on the beach during Spring Break; in recent years there have been some incidents of out-of-control behavior, the most noted when Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescot was attacked with beer bottles in a gang-like assault.
A lively but tamer scene takes place few miles west of PCB in what is also a top Spring Break destination, Destin.