All the deals for spring break are being advertised, even the once “hot spot” Palm Springs which hasn’t seen a thong bikini in over 20 years is advertising.
Yes, even Palm Springs has reversed its course on the restraints that have been in affect since the then mayor of Palm Springs, Sonny Bono (yes, that Sonny Bono) put a stop to all the spring break fun in the late 1980’s.
The new call out to spring breakers is largely due to the hard times Palm Springs has fallen on due to the recession and the recent travel alerts and warnings.
Due to the L.A. offices of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms urging students to avoid Northern Baja California during spring break, Palm Springs is advertising and has sent out mailers to the younger set ready to make Palm Springs a spring break party town again.
There are deals the travel industry hopes you can’t resist of discount lodging, special prices on entertainment and deals at restaurants.
We always expect so much of spring break: A tropical locale, perfect weather, hot guys . . . or girls. At the same time one expects our bodies to handle drinking alcohol from 7 a.m. until, well, sometime in April. My spring break activities have changed through the years and a few kids. Spring break is now centered on one thought –– relaxation.
A more recent vacation began with wake-up around 10 a.m., lay by the pool until noon, grab a bite to eat then head down to the beach. Around 5 p.m. find a place for happy hour, change clothes and head to dinner. It was a needed change from previous “Girls Gone Wild” attempts.
Some spring breakers may travel with package deals to Cancun, Bahamas, Jamaica or South Padre Island. This year Cancun may be sparse in light of the recent violence in Mexico. The recent alert was aimed specifically at border towns and did not include other popular destinations such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, but the strong warning closed the deal for parents.
There are stories of people who have seen the dark side of spring break and lived to tell about it. Names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.
My first “official” college spring break involved a Volkswagen bus and a two-day trek into Mexico to find the town of San Felipe I had heard about.
San Felipe is known for its stunning beaches, warm weather and clear ocean.
A cabana on the sand became my home for a week. This was the 1970’s , before the dawn of sunscreen, so we slathered our bodies with baby oil. The sun felt great and my group dozed off, only to wake up who knows how many hours later, feeling ready for a night of margaritas and dancing. Only I didn’t look so good. The fashion trend was tube tops and hot pants but with my red sunburned skin I made the most of it by deciding on jeans and a shirt that covered all but the extreme pain I was now in.
What began as spring break in Mexican border towns ended with one thought in mind–tequila! Ah yes, the good ole days and once yelling “mas tequila” has now developed into something very different.
There are deals out there, ski packages,deals in Las Vegas and an old favorite Lake Havasu. But there was one that caught my eye, one I’d never seen – spring break in Texas: Good weather, great dude ranch, Fun horse riding,
Texas sunset. Well, why not Texas? So pack your bags and saddle up – hay rides included.