by Michelle Michalak March 02, 2018

Put your text books aside Spring Breakers, it's time for surf, sand, and sunshine.

More than half of the nation’s 20.9 million college students are expected to travel for spring break this year. Slyde has compiled the ultimate destination guide to all things wild, salty, and fun.  

South Padre Island, Texas

Known as the epicenter of the Texas surf scene, South Padre Island is 34miles of white sand and pumps with some of the best waves on the Gulf of Mexico.  Spring brings strong south winds for the return of consistent swells in mesmerizing turquoise water.

Hit up Clayton’s, the biggest beach bar in Texas, and get wave crunk. 

Panama City, Florida

Panama City Beach's slogan is "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches." The Florida Panhandle also located on the Gulf of Mexico coast, is an exposed beach break with crystal clear waters.  Keep in mind the surf on the Gulf can be erratic, but if lucky, you'll find yourself scoring some pristine waves.   

And if all else falls it's good to know you'll be partying on the location of MTV's reality show Floribama Shore.

Dayton Beach, Florida

Nicknamed the world's most famous beach, this sunshine state destination is located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida.  The Daytona Beach Pier AKA the Ghetto Pier is the center of all the wave action.  Plus, if a pier break or crowds isn't your thing, head less than 5miles away to the Ponce Inlet

Have a layday, pimp your ride and cruise the wide stretches of beach with hard packed sand, that make Daytona one of the few places in the country which allows driving and parking on the beach.  

San Diego, California

Warning a casual spring break surf trip to San Diego, may result in a permanently moving to the west coast.  We've heard it all before, a small dose of Southern California waves, sunshine, vibes and you're never the same. With 17 miles of coastline, San Diego was built for surfing, and it's obvious from the Ocean Beach, to La Jolla, to Oceanside, surf culture runs deep in this Pacific Coast oasis.   

After surfing your face off head to Pacific Beach, a hub for college students and recent graduates. This epic beach town is loaded with bars, clubs, and beautiful people.

Rosarito Mexico

Feeling adventurous? A short half-hour drive from San Diego, will deliver the full authentic Mexican experience with top-quality surfing spots. Baja delivers a variety of exposed beach, reef and river-mouth breaks with dependable solid surf.  Conditions vary according to the tide and weather, from "fun, punchy and rippable" to "fast, hollow and barreling."

Whatever the waves type, all you need to do is be ready to party. Rosarito is home to one of the most famous beach clubs on the West Coast,  Papas and Beer!

Cancun, Mexico

Want to viva la Mexico but with warm transparent waves? Head to Cancun on the Caribbean Sea, home to the famous beaches of the Yucatán Peninsula. Waves tend to be more gentle and slow rolling than the Pacific ocean version, making it the perfect place to learn to surf or to handboard. Rumor has it Delfines Beach or Playa Defines (which means dolphins) just 30mins outside of downtown Cancun is the best place to shred the gnar.  

Looking to ball on a budget, most of the clubs in Cancun have a $10-20 entry free but once you get inside all drinks are included, so be prepared for your nights to get messy.

Oahu, Hawaii 

Want to avoid the rowdiness of spring break, and tab into chill aloha vibes, Hawaii is the go.  Birthplace to surfing and the hula, it's also home to Sandy Beach park. This south shore shorebreak is a must for bodysurfers and handboards, who love a good drop.  It's also nicked named Break-Neck Beach, so don't underestimate the raw power of this wave.

There’s probably nowhere in the world where a tropical drink is more appropriate than in Hawaii. Be sure to sip on exotic colored and flavored drinks, like the mai tai, blue Hawaiian, and lava flow, inspired by the palette of colors in the Hawaii sky and landscape. 

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Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.


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