6 Exciting Destinations For Spring Break In California

Asha Crocker
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6 Exciting Spring Destinations in California

Hello there, fellow adventurers! It’s almost that time of the year again! Spring break dates in California vary depending on the school or university. Generally, spring break in California falls between late March and early April.  And since spring break is just around the corner,  we’ve got six exciting destinations lined up for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for sun, sand, mountains or nightlife, we’ve got you covered with these California spring break ideas.

How to have a cheap Spring Break in California

California can be an expensive destination, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Spring Break on a budget. Here are some tips for planning a cheap Spring Break in California:

  • Hostels: Hostels are a great option for budget-conscious travelers. Many California cities have hostels that offer affordable accommodations, often with communal kitchens and common areas.
  • Beaches: California has miles of beautiful beaches that are free to visit. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day soaking up the sun, swimming, and playing beach volleyball.
  • Campgrounds: California has many beautiful state and national parks that offer affordable camping options. Consider renting a tent or RV and spend your days hiking, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors.
  • Museums and galleries: Many museums and art galleries in California offer free or discounted admission on certain days of the week. Check their websites for details.
  • Farmer’s Markets: California is known for its fresh produce, and many cities have farmer’s markets that offer affordable and delicious local food. Stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other goodies for a picnic or to cook at your hostel or campsite.
  • Public transportation: Instead of renting a car, consider using public transportation to get around. Many cities in California have affordable and efficient public transportation systems, including buses and trains.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a fun and affordable Spring Break in California without breaking the bank.

Spring Break California Destinations

San Diego

First up, we have San Diego. Known for its vibrant nightlife and laid-back beach culture, San Diego is the perfect destination for those looking to soak up some sun and hit the town. With its bustling Gaslamp Quarter, historic Balboa Park and miles of stunning coastline, San Diego is a must-visit destination for any spring break adventure.
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Don’t forget to catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs, ride the waves in La Jolla, and party hard in Pacific Beach.  San Diego also hosts a booming bar scene that’s hard to come by anywhere else.  Check out the bars on Garnet Ave in Pacific Beach or some of San Diego’s famous breweries, like North Park Beer Co or Border X Brewing.
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After a beautiful day in sunny San Diego, you can stay at any of our San Diego hostels.   The Beach Bungalow Hostel in Pacific Beach, Backpacker Hostel in Mission Beach, and the Adventure Hostel in Little Italy are all great spots to relax and meet fellow travelers.



Santa Barbara

Next on the list is Santa Barbara. With its Spanish architecture, charming coastal town and vineyards that stretch for miles, Santa Barbara offers a picturesque escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can hike, bike or simply relax on one of the many beaches that line the coast.  The Ellwood Bluffs, Rattlesnake Canyon, Channel Islands National Park are surefire hits for marine life and outdoors enthusiasts.
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In addition, Santa Barbara has a great night life scene, especially for university students on spring break.  Drinks at Old Kings Road, special guest DJ’s at EOS Lounge, and themed nights at the Wildcat Lounge are great spots to dance the night away and share a drink. Other popular  tourist attractions are Old Mission Santa Barbara, various local wineries, and Stearn’s Wharf.

Joshua Tree

If you’re looking for a desert adventure, then Joshua Tree in spring is the perfect destination for you. With its unique rock formations, stunning vistas and endless hiking trails, Joshua Tree National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover. And with the wildflower bloom in full effect during spring, the park is transformed into a colorful paradise.
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

For those who prefer mountain escapes, Big Bear Lake in spring offers breathtaking views, fresh air, and outdoor adventures galore. You can go skiing at the Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort, explore the surrounding San Bernardino mountain trails, go snowboarding or take a scenic hike around the lake. And if you’re feeling brave, try zip-lining or taking a helicopter tour for an unforgettable experience.
After a full day of adventure, please stay at our rustic and cozy Big Bear Hostel.  Our hostel sits across a lake is located at the entrance of Big Bear Village, a short distance from Murray’s Saloon, The Boathouse Lakeside Tavern, cliff jumping spots, and the marina.
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Los Angeles

And of course, no California spring break adventure would be complete without a visit to the city of angels, Los Angeles in spring. From the iconic Hollywood Sign to the vibrant nightlife of West Hollywood, LA has something for everyone.
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You can also check out the hipster neighborhoods of Silver Lake and Echo Park or head to the beach one of the many stunning beaches in to soak up some rays.

Top beaches to visit in Los Angeles:

  • Santa Monica Beach – This iconic beach is located in the heart of Santa Monica and features a long stretch of white sand, a famous pier, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants.
  • Venice Beach – Known for its colorful boardwalk, Venice Beach is a popular destination for people watching, street performers, and a variety of beach activities like surfing, skating, and volleyball.
  • Malibu Beach – With over 20 miles of coastline, Malibu is home to several beautiful beaches, including Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, and Point Dume State Beach.
  • Manhattan Beach – This charming beach town boasts a wide, sandy beach, a pier, and a scenic bike path along the coast.
  • Hermosa Beach – Another popular beach town, Hermosa Beach features a wide, sandy beach, a lively pier, and a variety of shops and restaurants.   After riding the waves of Hermosa, come and stay at our Surf City Hostel.  We are literally a 2 minute walk from the beach!

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San Francisco

Last but not least, we have the beautiful city of San Francisco.  Spring is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities in San Francisco, such as hiking in Golden Gate Park or along the waterfront or taking a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.  There are also many festivals and events that take place during the spring, including the Cherry Blossom Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
San Francisco is also well known for its diverse nightlife.  The Mission District is a great neighborhood for anyone balling on a budget.  Known as a self-proclaimed dive bar, The 500 Club serves cheap drinks within graffiti covered walls.  And don’t forget to check out Pier 39 is perfect for various local shops and restaurants.

Once you’re done touring this awesome city, think about staying at our Pacific Tradewinds Hostel to meet fellow spring breakers and travelers alike.

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So there you have it, six exciting destinations for spring break in California. Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway or an outdoor adventure, California has something for everyone. So pack your bags, grab your friends and get ready for an unforgettable spring break adventure in the golden state!



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