Too Cool for Crowds? Insider Alternatives to 5 Classic Spring Break Spots

Because too much people watching on spring break can be a scary, scary thing.

Get your bikinis ready... spring break is right around the corner! But if you're anything like us, crazy crowds are the last thing on your mind. After all, it’s hard to get that drool-worthy instagram selfie with trucker hats and drunkies mucking up the background, right? For a sleeker, chicer — and less-congested — experience, here are five destinations that pose perfect alternatives to the classic and crowded spring break locales.

1.  Instead of Cabo: Tulum

...for soft adventure junkies and cultural treasure-seekers.

While Cabo does have plenty of cultural intrigue, hordes of springs breakers dominate the beaches by day and the bars by night... and that vibe can become your worst nightmare. Tulum is another Mexican hotspot that — while hardly under the radar — is far less crowded. Take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Playa Paraiso or snorkel through the shallow, clear water in and around the Cenotes Sac Actun caves. 

2.  Instead of Bogotá: Medellin

...for fashionistas and street art fans.

Bogotá is Colombia’s capital but don’t forget about fashion-centric Medellin for a fulfilling vacay. While Bogotá has a slew of historical museums and vibrant street art, Medellin offers a more upscale, luxurious travel experience. Eco-friendly design hotels like the Charlee overlook the bustling Parque Lleras, where independent fashion designers sell their one-of-a-kind wares along the surrounding streets. Head to Comuna 13 for colorful murals depicting Medellin’s past, present, and future.

3.  Instead of Los Angeles: Big Sur

...for photographers, foodies, and road trippers.

Hate traffic almost as much as crowds? Then, Los Angeles may not be the relaxing spot you're looking for. While Los Angeles is bursting with cultural, culinary, and natural offerings, sitting in a car for way too long also comes with the territory. For a vacay with more chill, drive up the coast of California to Big Sur. McWay Falls is definitely a must, as is Pfeiffer Beach. It's located right near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and after just a few moments' drive down a windy road, you're in for purple-hued sand and gorgeous sunsets, if you time it right. Come evening, splurge on a dinner in Carmel and stay the night.

4.  Instead of Toronto: Vancouver Island

...for pampered princesses and wellness wanderlusters.

Don't get us wrong: We love Toronto, but for fewer crowds and some serious pampering, book a ticket to Vancouver Island instead. The glamorous Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria has it all: a cozy lobby, gourmet restaurant, and best of all, a string of heated outdoor mineral pools. What better way to detox the body than with a stunning ocean view, right? For even more decadence, book a treatment at the property's in-house spa and when you’re ready to stretch your legs, hike to the top of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park for a bird’s-eye view.

5.  Instead of Málaga: Sevilla

...for history buffs and daydreamers.

Málaga might have the beach, but Sevilla has drop-dead gorgeous architecture. Whether you're interested in history or gardens, you'll get both (and so much more) with a visit to the Cathedral, La Giralda, and the Real Alcázar. The UNESCO World Heritage site features architectural features that date back to the 700s. Unlike other parts of Spain, the Moorish architecture of the palace and many buildings is reflective of historic structures you'd see in North Africa. The destination is nothing short of stunning.

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