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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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  • Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break

    Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break
    Let's not kid ourselves. None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family's idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day...
  • Last minute travel

    Most of us do make holiday travel plans ahead of time. There's vacation time to schedule at work, care for pets to arrange, and money to budget. There's also the reality that last minute travel, especially for airfare, is expensive. "Flights can...
  • Il Volo at the Fillmore: Can you feel the love, Christmas cheer?

    Il Volo at the Fillmore: Can you feel the love, Christmas cheer?
    As one-third of the dashing young Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo,  Piero Barone has seen his share of unusual clothing items thrown his way onstage. But he expects South Florida fans to be more modest Wednesday night, being such a chilly winter evening...
  • Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers

    Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers
    Nicole by OPI on Monday announced a partnership with six-time Grammy winner and country music star Carrie Underwood that will bring 14 shades of limited-edition Underwood-inspired nail lacquers to market in January. Described as "a colorful mosaic of...
  • Cuba travel crack earns rebuke from Cuban-American senator

     
    By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee didn't ask a single question of Secretary of State-nominee John Kerry about his views on Cuba policy at his confirmation hearing this week. But a meant-to-...
  • Those temporary tattoos may not be

     
    From the better-late-than-never crew at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration comes a warning about temporary tattoos. As a warning to college and high school students given to experimenting over Spring Break, it's a great idea. It would have been more...
  • Legoland Florida: Water park doubles up on bricks

     
    When the Legoland Florida water park reopens for the season on Saturday, guests will see even more figures and scenes constructed of Lego bricks. Two million bricks have been added since the Winter Haven water park opened last year, bringing its total...
  • Two-week holiday break part of Orange 2013-14 calendar proposal

     
    The Orange County School Board is slated to adopt a calendar tonight for the 2013-14 school year that includes a Winter Break that is two weeks long, a school start date two weeks before Labor Day and a last day of school of June 4. The proposal would...
  • Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'

    Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'
    Luke Bryan made the invite, and fans responded. The country star's "Crash My Party" landed at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this week and caused quite the celebration in doing so.  "Crash My Party" sold 528,000 copies for the week ending Aug. 18,...
  • Florida Beach Guide: Fort Lauderdale

    Florida Beach Guide: Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Lauderdale has successfully shed its image as a Spring Break circus and become a more tranquil family resort. But something of the old song Where the Boys Are still applies, as the city is regularly voted one of the top vacation destinations for...
  • How to Avoid Common Spring Break Travel Scams

  • Album review: The Lonely Island, 'The Wack Album'

    Album review: The Lonely Island, 'The Wack Album'
    *1/2 (out of four) "The Wack Album" represents the Lonely Island's first full-length album since the comedy trio (consisting of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) ceased contributions to "Saturday Night Live." Without the group enjoying...