The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

Happy FRI-YAY! It’s mid-march now which means only one thing: SPRING BREAK! For those of you who are still in school or who have kiddos in school, this is usually the time of year you take to get a little break from the school year and enjoy a vacation with your family. There are TON of popular Spring Break spots in the United States – but today, we are going to be branching out from the top ten usually spots for Spring Break and going over the best little-known beachy spring break spots in the United States. If swarming crowds of people and drunk adults aren’t really your thing – these spots are really going to call your name! Check out the best unknown spring break spots in the US below:

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

Number One: Grand Isle, Louisiana

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

While you may be tempted to vacation in the lively city of New Orleans (and I get the temptation) during March and April – think about instead visiting Grand Isle, Louisiana! It’s about 100 miles south of New Orleans and it has beautiful sandy beaches, water activities and beautiful scenic views.

Number Two: Tybee Island, Georgia

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

If rustic charm is your thing, look for further than Tybee Island, Georgia! Get your peaches ready for this beach town. It’s a little bit east of Savannah and is a picturesque island that offers a less bustling feel that it’s big city neighbors. There are stretches of beautiful beaches and salt marshes ready to take your vacay from 0-100.

Number Three: Gulf Shores, Alabama

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

If you’ve never been to Gulf Shores (Orange Beach), Alabama – you are missing out! This is an awesome little escape from busy city beach towns with a ton of outdoor and water recreation and amazing food (they are well known for their delicious seafood). If you go in April – you can take part in the Mullet Toss and their annual Beach Party. The beaches are also well known for their crisp white sand! It’s the perfect getaway.

Number Four: Folly Beach, South Carolina

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

Only 15 minutes away from Charleston, SC is an adorable little surf town called Folly Beach. It has expansive beaches, comfortable cottages, and a laid-back and casual feel. Locals refer to it as the “Edge of America” because it’s easy to forget about the rest of the world in this darling little town.

Number Five: Golden Isles, Georgia

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

If you don’t need anything more than the ocean – Golden Isles, Georgia is going to be the best Spring Break location for you and your family. It has a collection of islands such as: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island. These barrier islands house historic lighthouses, golf courses, tennis courts, boat sailing, dirt racing and quaint locally own shops. It’s one of the south’s best-kept secrets of the south.

Number Six: Atlantic Beach, South Carolina

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

Can you tell I’m a fan of South Carolina? If you are looking for a spot with surf, sand and sun – Atlantic Beach is for you. There are dozens of water activities to take part in with your family and when you are done with the water, they have bikes for rent that you can ride around the city. They are also known for their wild ponies so if you’re lucky – you can catch a glimpse of them galloping around!

Number Seven: The Big Island: Hawaii

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

I am currently trying to convince my husband to move us here in the near future. The temperatures range around 70-80 all year long so you can almost 100% count on amazing weather when going for spring break. Beginning of April is the start of high season so the coastline and volcanoes are in full, beautiful view.

Number Eight: Asheville, North Carolina

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

So it isn’t North Carolina — but it’s still a Carolina and I still love it. Asheville is nestled right into the Blue Ridge Mountains so it is a destination city with southern charm and beauty. Lonely Planet also voted Asheville the best city to live in in the United States. There are dozens of craft breweries if that’s your kinda thing (more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country). There is a thriving food and arts scene so it’s a hipsters dream come true. There is also the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is you like to hike scenic trails.

Number Nine: Pacific Grove, California

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

Flipping over the the other side of the country, we’ve got Pacific Grove, California. It was voted one of the most beautiful beach towns in California. It’s home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (I’m a fan of aquariums, personally) and it’s one of the top aquariums in the country. Within walking distance is the Asilomar State Beach, where you can explore tide pools, surf, rent kayaks, and see sea otters up close. 

Number Ten: Chincoteague, Virginia

The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

This is a quaint summer beach town, home to the Cincoteague National Wildlife Refuge where you can peek on the wild ponies that live there in their natural habitat. You have an opportunity to rent bicycles and binoculars to explore the island as well. If you venture just outside of Chincoteague, the NASA Visitor Center is a great place to learn about rockets and space shuttles launched just a few miles away!


The BEST Unknown Spring Break Spots In The United States

I hope this guide helps you organize your spring break trip this year to a lesser known – but still JUST AS FUN – as any popular spring break location. They’ve got the small town, beachy vibe you need to unwind you’re looking for, I promise.

Have you been to any of these spring break locations? Let me know your personal experience in the comments below!!

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  1. Nicole | 16th Mar 18

    I wish I was going on spring break, but we are heading to Cali for vacay in July, just put in a pool, and are building a new deck this year, so we are on a budget at the moment! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful recommendations!

    • Taylor Mobley | 16th Mar 18

      No problem Nicole! Those all sound like pretty good excuses for not going on a Spring Break trip! LOL

  2. lydia | 16th Mar 18

    I have never been to any of these places, but after this post, I’m most definitely going to! All of these places sound so much and look gorgeous! The #1 place I want to visit for sure is Hawaii!

    xo, lydia

  3. amy | 16th Mar 18

    Wow… after looking at all the pictures alone in this post… I am ready to pack my bags and leave right now! I graduate college next month and me and some friends were trying to plan a celebratory trip, so I will definitely be making note of your suggestions. Thanks for this post!

  4. Neely Moldovan | 16th Mar 18

    Folly beach is one of our favorite places to visit!

  5. Carolyn | 16th Mar 18

    I’m not doing any spring break traveling this year (sadly), but I love all of these spots and it’s making me want to travel!

  6. Krystin | 16th Mar 18

    What a great list! I would have never thought of these places so kudos to you for putting this together!

  7. ShootingStarsMag | 16th Mar 18

    Ooh fun locations. I’d recommend Pawley’s Island in South Carolina. It’s close to Myrtle Beach.

  8. Melissa Dawn | 16th Mar 18

    I’ve never actually done a spring vacation before but these places all sound amazing. I am familiar with Pacific Grove as I’m a California native but I’ve never been there. Looks like I have some vacations to book in the near future! Thank you!

  9. Erin Gill | 16th Mar 18

    These all look like so much fun! I much prefer to go to out of the way, less-considered places for a more authentic experience. Looks like I have some new ones to add to my list.

  10. shayna | 16th Mar 18

    these are fantastic suggestions! definitely going to keep this post handy for when i plan spring break next year!

  11. Kileen | 17th Mar 18

    These all look amazing, I never would have thought to visit some of these-but now I might just have to put these on my travel list!

    cute & little

  12. Suzanne | 17th Mar 18

    So many beautiful places to see in the world. Wish I could see it all!

  13. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 17th Mar 18

    If only I could’ve afforded spring break in Hawaii…LOL. #Dreaming

  14. Nataly | 18th Mar 18

    This is such a great list! My husband and I are planning a little getaway soon and this will come in handy!

  15. Whit | 18th Mar 18

    Georgia looks AMAZING! Def a spot I never considered before! Great summary!


  16. Stephanie | 19th Mar 18

    I was shocked that there were actually several of these that I recognized! And those several are places I’ve had on my travel bucket list for a while now. I really can’t believe I’ve never been to Chincoteague, considering it’s in my home state. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas. They’re definitely less expensive than traveling internationally!

  17. Kait Elizabeth | 19th Mar 18

    I have been wanting to go to Tybee for a while now! What cool spots. Hugs, Kait

  18. Marci Smith | 19th Mar 18

    Is that lavender by the beach in pacific grove? That would be the definition of relaxing!

  19. KatWalkSF | 19th Mar 18

    So many great spots I would have never discovered!

  20. Candace | 21st Mar 18

    What a great list of places to visit during spring break! This list definitely has some not so known places, including Grand Isle, which is actually in the state where I’m from!

  21. Crystal // Dreams, etc. | 24th Mar 18

    I’m a big fan of South Carolina, too! A friend of mine was just in Gulf Shores and she kept me updated in Snapchat. It looked so gorgeous!!!

  22. sharon wu | 27th Mar 18

    let me add one more to your list – palm springs california! 😉 haha but seriously though, I actually have been really wanting to visit gulf shores alabama for a while. have seen soooo many gorgeous pictures there. thanks for sharing these destinations darl xo

  23. kelly Fordon | 28th Mar 18

    My husband and I are heading to the Big Island next week are couldn’t be more excited!

    Birdie Shoots

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