Instead, head to the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s western coast, and get in on the secret of this secluded paradise (the name translates to “Hidden Port”). The beaches are host to some of the world’s best surfing, snorkeling and sun-worshipping, as well as a down-to-earth nightlife scene, replete with live music and open-air watering holes.
The people who most dislike Panama City's spring break party central reputation are the residents of Panama City, who are trying to crack down on bad behavior.
#4 Apalachicola, FL
Head just a few minutes east to Apalachicola, a sedate waterfront town known for excellent seafood, moss-strewn live oaks, and not much else. Why do a bar crawl when you can do a raw bar crawl?
#5 Negril, Jamaica
We love Negril, but hotels (and restaurants, and beaches) fill up quickly, especially during spring break.
#6 Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Two hours' drive away, you'll find the quieter and prettier Treasure Beach, what many locals say is "what Negril used to be—30 years ago." The area is peppered with casual beach shacks, peaceful coves and bays, mineral springs, waterfalls, and scenic cliffs perfect for hiking.
#7 South Padre Island, TX
This island near the Mexican border ranks as one of the most popular spring break hotspots, when about 60,000 holidaymakers descend upon an area with less than 3,000 permanent residents.
#8 Austin, TX
Instead, head about five hours north to Austin, where you get all the benefits of a booming college town (a quality music scene, buzzworthy restaurants, outdoor activities) without all of the spring break madness.
#9 Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most easy-to-get to tourist destinations—as well as a top-party spot. Which is to say, this popular destination has its perks…but also its crowds and typical spring-breakers.
#10 Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
To really appreciate the coast, head to this surfing hamlet further south, where the vibe is distinctly laid-back. In Santa Teresa, your days will be filled with surf lessons, yoga, and naps in a hammock—in between which you can grab fresh smoothies at one of the healthy cafes in town. At night, catch the sunset with a glass of wine, then cozy up with a beach bonfire.