Spring Break Guide - 2011

Spring Break off the beaten path

Note to readers: All prices are for a trip departing the Washington D.C. area March 12 and returning March 19.

Instead of Miami Beach, go to Cocoa Beach

Ditch the crowds in Miami and opt for a more relaxing vacation in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Instead of Cancun, go to the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast boasts bright, sunny beaches made of mounds of soft white sand. The Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala., offers a private balcony and a beach view for just $183 a night.

Instead of Paris, go to Prague

Book a travel package that includes airfare and a five-night stay at the luxury Crowne Plaza Hotel for $1,118. This Travelocity steal is a must!

Instead of Vail, go to Beaver Creek

This ski resort town is a hidden gem, and a great budget-friendly alternative to Vail, Colo.

Some Spring Break tips from STA

Planning a vacation can be daunting with so many websites to consult, package deals to compare and friends to accommodate.

Check out the Spring Break Guide in print!