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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • Florida travel calendar for March

    Florida travel calendar for March
    Check out festivals and events in March across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Feb. 1 -March 9: Bands Brew and BBQ...
  • Ready for Spring Break? Skip the parties, focus on your career

    Brazen Careerist James Franco said it best in his movie Spring Breakers: "Spring break. Spring break. Spring break fo'ever!" OK, so your spring break may not involve holding up a restaurant to fund your vacation or working with a drug dealer. But it can...
  • Varsity scores: March 26

    Varsity scores: March 26
    Baseball   Lake Nona 9, Titusville Astronaut 4 Buzz: Jeremy Rivera went 2-for-4, including a double, and scored a run for Lake Nona (10-7). Fabel Saneaux allowed 2 runs in 5 innings.     Oviedo 6, Lyman 0 Buzz: Nick Logan pitched 6 innings...
  • Spring Break: Making it count

    Spring Break: Making it count
    In the midst of third-quarter shenanigans – whether it be tracking down teachers for that last-minute grade or stressing over the March SAT, Spring Break is a much-needed break from the harsh reality that is high school. Not all breaks are created...
  • Gary Stein: Having a truly life-altering experience

    Being that I do not believe in overstatement or hyperbole, I will try to express myself in a simple and understated fashion: Last week, I had the absolute greatest moment in my life other than my bar mitzvah and the birth of my son. Okay, a little...
  • Varsity scores: March 27

    Varsity scores: March 27
    Baseball   Lake Brantley 6, Hagerty 2 Buzz: Chase Haecker went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs for Lake Brantley (12-5). Harrison Ray added 2 hits including a double. Bryce Tucker pitched 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-4 for Hagerty...
  • Varsity scores: March 28

    Varsity scores: March 28
    Baseball   Trinity Prep 9, Bishop Moore 5 Buzz: Patrick Trevisani went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Kyle Altomare had a triple and 1 RBI for Trinity Prep (15-2). Dylan Anseaume hit a 2-run homer for Bishop Moore (10-7).     Oviedo 12, Hagerty 5...
  • Riverside Market says: Relax, just drink it

    Riverside Market says: Relax, just drink it
    If all goes according to plan at Fort Lauderdale's Riverside Market and Café on Saturday, owner Julian Siegel expects the craft-beer-quaffing public to don vintage Spring Break beachwear: swimming trunks, 1980s hairstyles and, he hopes, not a single...
  • S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame

    S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Did you know South Florida has its own versions of the Hollywood Walk of Fame? In fact, the Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame has been in the spotlight lately because of a Facebook campaign to get Gregg Newell — aka "the Father of Spring Break" —...
  • Time for Fort Lauderdale to honor late 'Father of Spring Break'

    You might not recognize his name, but surely you know Gregg Newell's legacy. Newell was known as the Father of Spring Break, a propeller-beanie-wearing entrepreneur whose bars, nightclubs and exuberance led to Fort Lauderdale becoming the hot spot for...
  • NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend

    NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend
    This weekend will be a busy one when it comes to events.  In addition to Spring Break visitors, downtown Orlando and the metro area will play host to several big events, most notably MegaCon 2014 and the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament.  ...
  • Spring break 2014: To selfie or not to selfie

    Spring break 2014: To selfie or not to selfie
    The selfie has come into focus for spring break 2014. Coming off the heels of the 86th Academy Awards last Sunday, when host Ellen DeGeneres crashed the Twitter social site with her selfie shared around the world, this cultural phenomenon of snapping...