5 Exciting Destinations For Spring Break In California

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5 Exciting Destinations For Spring Break in California

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Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on one of the West Coast’s famous beaches, experience the vibrant nightlife in California, or walk through ancient Redwood and Sequoia trees, California is a foolproof spring break destination.  Boasting warm temperatures year round, college students across the country come here to escape the back nine of winter.  So spend your spring break with us in style. Here are five California sites worthy of a spring break visit.

When is Spring Break in California?

The months of March and April in California are a bit of a fever dream.  Spring breakers looking for a party or a well deserved rest flock to California to enjoy the weather.  While most East Coast schools get a week off in March, West Coast universities have a break later at the end of March and early April.  California beaches are a haven for locals in the Spring, but as spring break inches nearer, college students start to set up camp.

Cheap Spring Break in California

It’s no secret that spring break can make a heavy dent in your wallet. Travelers tend to spend the most on stays and food when on the go.  Staying in hostels like ours that host free breakfast and nightly events is a great way to have fun on a budget.

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Likewise, try to bring as many groceries as you can from home.  Shopping at tourist destinations tends to be pricier, and you’re more likely to splurge in an unfamiliar location.  Bringing food from home is a great alternative to eating out and helps you save money for the excursions and hefty cover fees you’ll inevitably need to pay for.

Spring Break California Destinations

Santa Barbara in Spring

Known for its wide, sandy beaches and mountainous backdrop, spend your spring break in the Santa Barbara South Coast!  The Ellwood Bluffs, Rattlesnake Canyon, Channel Islands National Park are surefire hits for marine life and outdoors enthusiasts.  As a college town in its own rite, Santa Barbara has a great night life scene, especially for university students on spring break.  Drinks at Old Kings Road, DJ’s at EOS Lounge, and theme nights at Wildcat Lounge are great spots to dance the night away and share a drink.

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Santa Barbara’s most popular tourist attractions are Old Mission Santa Barbara, local wineries, and Stearn’s Wharf.  In general, this spring break haven in California makes visitors feel like they’ve abandoned the U.S. for the Mediterranean.

San Francisco in Spring


San Francisco is well known for its diverse nightlife.  Mission is a great neighborhood for students balling on a budget.  Known as a self-proclaimed dive bar, The 500 serves cheap drinks within graffiti covered walls.  If  pulsing beats sound more like your idea of fun, SoMa is famous for its intense clubs and long-lasting parties.

It’s hard to run out of things to do in SF.  Pier 39 is perfect for browsing local shops and restaurants. Tourist spots like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are obviously unmissable, but consider seeing a sports game while you’re there.  Baseball season will soon be in full swing, so catch a Giants game under the lights at Oracle Park.

Socializing doesn’t need to stop when you get home for the night.  Think about staying in our Pacific Tradewinds Hostel to meet fellow spring breakers, solo travelers, and locals alike.

Joshua Tree in Spring

For students in search of a transcendental spring break site, Joshua Tree is the perfect choice.  Enjoy the warm desert temperatures during the day and stargaze at night.  As the perfect camping site, Joshua Tree welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to join in on a spiritual journey.

While you’re there make sure to embark on the Hidden Valley Nature Trail or the shorter Barker Dam Nature Trail.  Skull rock and the Cholla Cactus Garden are favorites as well.   For spring breakers who want to experience J-Tree without having to sleep outside, check out ITH Coyote Ranch.  Here you can sleep in a dorm, private room, or a restored trailer, all whilst meeting travelers from all over the world.

Big Bear Lake in Spring

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Known for the Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort, Big Bear Lake is a great spring break site for those with sights set on skiing, boutiques in Big Bear Lake Village, or the surrounding San Bernardino mountain trails.  Big Bear has it all from fishing and hiking to mountain biking and partying.  Spring and fall are typically the best times of year to visit this SoCal gem as it has less crowds and off-season pricing.  This spring break season, temperatures range from 60s to low 70s during the day but sink at night.  Stay in our Big Bear Hostel at the entrance of Big Bear Village, a short distance from Murray’s Saloon, Lakeside Tavern, cliff jumping spots, and the marina.

San Diego in Spring

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Ditch the tourist traps in Los Angeles, and head for San Diego.  Hosting California’s warmest year round temperatures, San Diego in the spring is the perfect option for students in search of the sun. Make sure to catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs, stroll through Balboa Park, catch waves in La Jolla, and party at Pacific Beach.  San Diego hosts a booming bar scene that’s hard to come by anywhere else.  Check out the bars on Garnet in PB or San Diego’s famous breweries like North Park Beer Co or Border X Brewing.

Think about booking beds for your friend group at our Adventure Hostel in Little Italy or our Beach Bungalow on the water.  Odds are, if you book together and have the right amount of guests, you could even get an entire dorm room just for you and your friends.

So pack your bags and get ready for the Spring Break of a lifetime!  California is always a great idea, and at any of the destinations from this list, you truly can’t go wrong.

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