21 Best US Beaches for Spring Break in March AND April (2024)

Looking for the best US beaches for Spring Break? I've compiled a list of 21 beaches in the US that are warm, fun, and perfect to jet off to in both March and April.

It’s finally time to plan Spring Break, beach bums! It may be raining or snowing outside right now, but let’s just think about the warm weather that will be gracing us soon. 

While some areas in the US are still not completely thawed just yet, there are still plenty of spots that are warm enough for a great beach vacay in March or April. 

I’ve put together a list of 21 of the best – and warmest – beaches in the country. I’ve been to almost all of them too, so I know that they are good! 

From Hawaii to the Caribbean, I’ve got you covered. So let’s set sail (or hop on a jet ski, whatever), and explore the best beaches the US has to offer for Spring Break. 

Key Takeaways

  • The warmest, most tropical destinations for Spring Break in the US are Puerto Rico, the Hawaiian Islands, and the US Virgin Islands – their average temperatures in March and April are in the low to mid-80s. 
  • Florida and California offer warm temperatures and a variety of beaches, whether you want peace and quiet or a fun-filled vacation with many activities. 
  • You’ll be able to score deals at the beaches in the south in Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. 

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America's 21 Best Spring Break Beach Spots

I’ve grouped the beaches by state and ranked them by average temperature in March and April. I got all the details plus the best spots to stay—and even some ideas for amazing excursions to go on while you’re there.

US Virgin Islands

1. St. Thomas: Magens Bay Beach

March temperature: High 83 / Low 74
April temperature: High 84 / Low 76

Consistently voted one of the top-10 most beautiful beaches in the WORLD, Magens Bay Beach is what you picture when you think of a tropical beach. Crystal clear turquoise water, bright white sand with a touch of pink, a lush backdrop, swaying palm trees… it’s postcard worthy.

Since it’s a bay the water is calm and so are the vibes. Snorkeling is great, swimming is safe, and you might even catch adults laying on floats with a drink in hand.

The beach has food options, a rental shop, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, changing rooms, and lifeguards. Only downside is that there’s an entrance fee for anyone 13+.

The Best Hotels Near Magens Bay Beach

✅ For a low-key resort on the bay: check prices and book your stay at Flamboyan on the Bay Resort here! 

2. St Croix: Rainbow Beach

March temperature: High 86 / Low 72
April temperature: High 86 / Low 73

If you’re looking for easy beach days with local Caribbean vibes, Rainbow Beach is it.

Rhythms, the restaurant/bar on the beach, serves up local foods and drinks. There’s a spot to rent beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, and jet skis.

If you want a lively time, visit on Sunday Fundays when the beach lights up with locals and live music. Avoid visiting on a Tuesday though, that’s when cruise ships dock, and the beach gets crowded.

The Best Hotels Near Rainbow Beach

✅ For one of the best resorts on the island: check prices and book your stay at the Carambola Beach Resort St. Croix here! 

3. St John: Trunk Bay Beach

March temperature: High 85 / Low 71
April temperature: High 87 / How 72

St. John’s most visited beach, most photographed beach, AND voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Conde Nast! It’s pretty much the best overall beach in St. John.

Trunk Bay is long with fluffy white sand and has calm waters and thriving coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling and kayaking. It has all the amenities you’ll need too—a snack shack, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, beach chairs, and a rental shop for beach gear. Unfortunately, there’s a small entrance fee though.

The beach can get crowded (especially on cruise dock days). Luckily, if you head left from the entrance, you’ll get more privacy and better snorkeling. And if you continue beyond the rocks, you’ll discover a small secret pocket beach, Jumbie Beach!

The Best Hotels Near Trunk Bay Beach

✅ For a beachfront apartment with glorious views: check prices and book Peter Bay Gatehouse here!

✅ If you’d rather stay in the city and take the drive into Trunk Bay Beach, book the most luxurious and family-friendly resort on the island: click here to check prices at the Westin St. John Resort Villas. 

Puerto Rico

4. San Juan: El Escambron Beach

March temperature: High 81 / Low 75 
April temperature: High 82 / Low 76

Walking distance from San Juan, El Escambron Beach is the most popular beach in the area, for tourists and locals—and for good reason.

First of all, it’s gorgeous. It has beautiful, clear waters, the sand is soft, plus there are mountain views to stare at. There are also plenty of palm trees for shade, and even a couple of spots you can hang a hammock to really relax.

Not only is it huge but it offers two different experiences on each side. On one side there’s a protected cove so the waves are calm and it’s the spot for swimming and lounging around. On the other side, the area is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Plus, there’s restrooms, showers, lifeguards, plus numerous restaurants and cafes nearby. This beach is a total crowd pleaser!

Need an itinerary for your first time in Puerto Rico? Read over my 7 day itinerary with everything you must do while you’re on the island!

The Best Hotels Near El Escambron Beach

✅ For the best hotel around San Juan: check prices and book your stay at the Caribe Hilton here!

Hawaii

5. Maui: Ka’anapali Beach

March temperature: High 79 / Low 71
April temperature: High 80 / Low 73

A previous winner for America’s Best Beach, Ka’anapali Beach has beautiful golden sands, clear waters, and a fun vibe.

There are seven resorts that line the beach plus a neighboring mall and many restaurants and activities around. So, if you want action, this is your spot.

Snorkeling is excellent around Black Rock, especially at the north end of the beach. I saw every single color of fish when I went! You can also visit the booths along the beach and sign up to go parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, on a boat, or sign up for surfing lessons.

One of the coolest (and most famous) attractions is the cliff diving ceremony every night at sunset. A cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff and dives off of Black Rock. It is awesome to watch!

➡️ Check out this 5-star snorkel tour!

Awarded the Badge of Excellence, this 2.5 hour tour takes you to an underwater reef with beverages included.

The Best Hotels Near Ka’anapali Beach

✅ A condo resort for the best family-friendly stay (we LOVED it): check prices and book your stay at Honua Kai Resort and Spa here!

✅ For a luxury stay with breathtaking views in front of the famous Black Rock (we LOVED it here too!): check prices and book your stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa here!

6. Big Island: Hapuna Beach

March temperature: High 82 / Low 66
April temperature: High 83 / Low 67

Not only one of the best US beaches for Spring Break, Hapuna Beach is regularly voted among the best beaches in the world! It’s roughly 200 feet wide and stretches for about a half mile. It’s a breathtaking beach with pure white sand and a gradual slope into the ocean.

Besides being beautiful, the beach has everything you will need. There are restrooms, picnic tables, beach and gear rentals, food concession stands, lots of trees for shade, lifeguards, and a large parking lot. Snorkeling is good on the north and south sides too. 

I absolutely loved my time on this beach, I stayed for almost the full day! (And the fish tacos at the food stand were delish!)

Note: the beach is currently undergoing water work that will make showers unavailable until sometime in 2024.

➡️ Check out this 5-star Night Manta Ray Adventure tour!
Take a short cruise at sunset to swim with manta rays! All equipment and light refreshments are included.
And if you don’t see any manta rays, they’ll book you on another tour for free.

The Best Hotel Near Hapuna Beach

✅ For the ultimate luxury stay: check prices and book your stay at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort here!  

7. Oahu: Waikiki Beach

March temperature: High 82 / Low 67
April temperature: High 83 / Low 68

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular destinations in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The weather is perfect, the beach is gorgeous, and the water is clear with vibrant coral reefs.

In addition to lounging on the beach, March and April are the perfect time to learn how to surf because the waves are perfect for it. My first time surfing ever was on Oahu and I had a blast! The instructors are awesome.

Waikiki Beach is centrally located too, so you will be close to everything you could want—shopping, dining, desserts, plenty of amazing hotels, and countless activities.

 Take this 3-hour snorkeling + waterslide + Diamond Head cruise! It’s earned 5 stars and a Badge of Excellence! 
➡️ Check prices and book this traveler-favorite cruise from Waikiki!

The Best Hotels Near Waikiki Beach

✅ For a family paradise: check prices and book the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort here!

✅ For beautiful, old-school Hawaiian vibes: check prices and book the The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort here! 

8. Kauai: Hanalei Bay

March temperature: High 79 / Low 65
April temperature: High 81 / Low 66

On the north, quieter side of Kauai is Hanalei Bay. It’s a huge bay with a beautiful mountain backdrop. The beach is wide, two miles long, with white, powdery sands. The water is clear and warm.

There is a long pier to walk out on to really see the views. Restrooms, lifeguards, and picnic tables on site and rental shops and dining options within walking distance.

You’ll really feel like you’re on a tropical vacation on the North Shore. It’s peaceful, incredibly lush, with plenty of gorgeous beaches to visit—and a lot less crowds than the south.

The Best Hotel Near Hanalei Bay

✅ For a lush resort with an amazing pool: check prices and book your stay at Hanalei Bay Resort here!

Florida

9. Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach

March temperature: High 79 / Low 64
April temperature: High 82 / Low 68

Named one of Fodor’s Best Beach for Families, Hollywood Beach is amazing—it’s wide, goes on for miles, and the water is clear.

Right outside of Ft. Lauderdale, the beach has a lot of options for water activities—jet skis, surf lessons, kayaking, parasailing, paddleboats, or just swimming. There are multiple volleyball nets set up on the beach too. And some resorts have full service on the beach, so you can get food and drinks right at your beach chair.

The beach is lined by the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, full of restaurants, boutiques, dessert shops, live music, and great people watching.

A free shuttle ride away is Young Circle, the downtown area, with even more activities and many events.

If you’re visiting Hollywood Beach for the first time, read over my full guide by clicking here!

The Best Hotels Near Hollywood Beach

✅ For the ultimate beachside resort (we LOVED our stay here!): check prices and book your stay at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach here!  

10. Key West: Smathers Beach

March temperature: High 79 / Low 69
April temperature: High 82 / Low 72

Key West’s largest beach and one of the best (if not THE best)! Clear blue waters, white sands, lined with palm trees— the ultimate tropical vibes.

Not only is it beautiful, but it gives you everything you’ll need plus more. Beach chairs and umbrellas, volleyball courts, food trucks, restrooms, picnic tables, jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, parasailing, boats, floats, and parking.

While it’s on the quieter side of Key West, there is a free shuttle, the Duval Loop bus, that takes you to bustling Old Town, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Many hotels also offer free shuttle rides to popular areas of town.

➡️ Check out prices for this awesome parasailing adventure– for a one, two, or three-seater ride here! 

The Best Hotels Near Smathers Beach

✅ For a family-friendly resort with amazing amenities: check the prices and book your stay at Margaritaville Beach House Key West here!

11. Marco Island: South Beach

March temperature: High 78 / Low 59
April temperature: High 82 / Low 64

If you’re looking for a calm Spring Break, South Beach is one of the best beaches on quiet Marco Island—powdery white sand and turquoise waters for miles. And along with being beautiful, it’s one of the best shelling beaches in the country!

South Beach offers a good old fashioned beach day. Calm waters are great for swimming or renting a kayak or paddleboat. If you want more action, jet skis, parasailing, and boat tours are available. There are plenty of restaurant options within walking distance too.

The Best Hotels Near Marco Island

✅ For an upscale beachfront resort with amazing amenities: check prices and book your stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort here

12. Fort Myers Beach

March temperature: High 81 / Low 59
April temperature: High 85 / Low 63

Fort Myer’s Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is a beach lover’s dream. Sugary white sand, clear and warm waters, swaying palm trees, and unforgettable sunsets.

Aside from swimming and lounging on the beach, watersports like kayaks, jet skis, and parasailing are available. Fishing is popular on the pier, and while you’re up there you might spot pelicans and dolphins too.

Right next to the beach is Times Square, a lively shopping and dining area. You can take the free trolley all around town too! And if you have a car, Fort Myer’s bustling downtown area, River District, is about 20 minutes north.

Speaking of dolphins, check out this top-rated dolphin and manatee adventure by clicking here!

The Best Hotels Near Fort Myers Beach

✅ A family-friendly heaven with huge pools: check prices and book your stay at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina here! 

13. St. Pete Beach

March temperature: High 76 / Low 63
April temperature: High 81 / Low 68

Consistently named America’s Best Beach by different publications every year, St. Pete is a dream. It’s known for it’s bright-white sand (seriously, bring your sunglasses), emerald waters, and fun oceanfront resorts. 

The beach has activities like parasailing, boat tours, sunset cruises, paddle boarding, and fishing. There’s even a kid’s pirate cruise nearby! You’ll have plenty of options for activities here.

And the best part is that you can walk to pretty much everything. Once you’re beached out, plenty of restaurants, bars, and music are just a stroll away. And if you want even more, you can head over to the bustling strip on Central Ave.

Get on the water on this 2 hour dolphin cruise with snorkeling at Shell Island – can’t beat that combo!
Check prices and book it here.

The Best Hotels Near St. Pete Beach

✅ A family-friendly 40-acre tropical paradise with all kinds of amenities and activities: check prices and book your stay at the Tradewinds Island Grand by clicking here!

South Carolina

14. Hilton Head Island: Coligny Beach

March temperature: High 70 / Low 48
April temperature: High 76 / Low 54

Named one of the top family beach destinations in the US year after year, Hilton Head Island offers 12 miles of white sand and calm waters. And popular Coligny Beach has even been named top 25 bluest water locations in the country. So, you can rest assured that the beach delivers. 

You can lounge the day away at Coligny Beach, or have some fun playing volleyball, rent bikes, jump in the splash pad with the kids, or enjoy a drink at the beach bar. You’ll have all the beach amenities you need too — lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, umbrella rentals, and free parking are all offered.

There are restaurants scattered within walking distance, or you can head to Main Street Village for the unique shops, dining, desserts, and good vibes. 

Note that the beach season on Hilton Head Island officially starts on April 1.

 

Kids will LOVE this 1.5 hour Pirate Ship Adventure Sail – they’ll get transformed into pirates with costumes and face paint and set sail for treasure.
Check prices and book the Pirate Adventure Sail here!

The Best Hotels Near Coligny Beach

✅ A casual, beachfront hotel near the action: check prices and book your stay at the Beach House Resort Hilton Head Island by clicking here!

15. Myrtle Beach

March temperature: High 64 / Low 43
April temperature: High 72 / Low 52

Get ready for some FUN at Myrtle Beach. Right in the middle of 60 miles of sandy beach, it has a famous boardwalk, live music, theaters, and amusement parks. On the water, there are also activities galore like boat and jet ski rentals, parasailing, fishing and dolphin cruises. If you want action, this is your spot. 

Nicknamed “The Beach” because of it’s 60 miles of sand, Myrtle Beach is home to many different beaches. Whatever type of vibe you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it. 

And America’s Boardwalk, stretching out for a mile, is lined with shops, dining, desserts, attractions, and the iconic 187 foot tall SkyWheel. 

 

The Best Hotels Near Myrtle Beach

✅ A family-friendly favorite away from the bustle with multi-room suites, a lazy river, and multiple pools: check prices and book your stay at the Island Vista Resort by clicking here!

Alabama

16. Orange Beach

March temperature: High 71 / Low 51
April temperature: High 76 / Low 57

Most people don’t think of Alabama when they’re searching for a beach escape, but you should! Orange Beach is a charming, relaxing little hidden gem on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

If you just want to get away and enjoy some tranquility, this is your spot. You can enjoy the intense beauty of the beach with its pristine white sands and clear emerald water.

If you want to get on the water, rental shops line the beach for all types of water activities (bonus, March and April are dolphin-watching season!)  

And after the beach you can head to the Wharf for all kinds of dining options, a Ferris wheel, events, an arcade, and boat tours.

Speaking of dolphin tours—check out this highly rated dolphin tour that’s earned a Badge of Excellence by clicking here!

And if you can make it an adults-only night, try this 5-star sunset cruise on a tiki bar (where you also might spot dolphins)! 

The Best Hotel Near Orange Beach

✅ A crowd-pleasing beachfront hotel with something for everyone: check prices and book your stay at the Perdido Beach Resort by clicking here!

Georgia

17. St. Simons Island: East Beach

March temperature: High 69 / Low 52
April temperature: High 75 / Low 59

A barrier island off of Georgia’s coast, St. Simons Island has everything you’ll need for a fun and relaxing Spring Break — remarkable scenery, beautiful beaches, and charming shops and restaurants. 

East Beach is the most popular and largest beach in the area. You can kayak, paddle board, rent boogie boards, go shelling, bike along the beach, or even get a scuba or snorkeling lesson. There’s a big bonus for kids too — right along East Beach is Neptune Park Fun Zone with an 18-hole mini golf course and pool. 

And if you head south, you’ll hit Pier Village, a downtown hub of dining options and shops.

The Best Hotel Near East Beach

✅ The best of St. Simons Island, right on the beach: check prices and book your stay at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort by clicking here!

Texas

18. South Padre Island: Isla Blanca Beach

March temperature: High 74 / Low 62
April temperature: High 80 / Low 69

Did you know you can get tropical vibes in Texas? South Padre Island is 34 miles of light sand beach between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay. And with 300 days of sunshine, this is a great spot for a Spring Break beach vacation.

Isla Blanca Park is known as the best beach in the area. Besides lounging on the beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing are also popular activities. for the more adventurous, there’s beach horseback riding, jet skis, and parasailing. There are plenty of food options to choose from in the area too.

The Best Hotels Near South Padre Island Beach

✅ For an upscale resort on the beach: check prices and book your stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort South Padre Island here! 

California

19. Malibu: Zuma Beach

March temperature: High 70 / Low 53
April temperature: High 72 / Low 53

Malibu is a rustic yet glitzy beach town outside of Los Angeles. It’s known for natural beauty, a vibrant culture, and of course, beautiful beaches. If you’re looking for a quieter Spring Break spot, Malibu is a great option.

Zuma Beach is the ultimate SoCal beach, and one of the largest and most popular beaches in Malibu. It’s a crowd pleaser with it’s wide sands, great surf, and beautiful scenery (mountain backsplash anyone?) There’s plenty of parking, volleyball courts, life guards on duty, food stands, restrooms, and outdoor showers. 

There are a few dining options nearby, and many more in Malibu Village. 

The Best Hotels Near Zuma Beach

✅ For an upscale boutique across from the beach: check prices and book your stay at the Surfrider Malibu by clicking here!

20. Laguna Beach: Main Beach

March temperature: High 69 / Low 47
April temperature: High 71 / Low 49

Main Beach is the beach hot spot in iconic Laguna Beach, so you know it’s good.

You’ll be there all day using all the amenities—basketball, volleyball, a big grassy area, a boardwalk, and a play structure for the kids.

As for water sports, (you’ll need a wetsuit because the water is chilly!) you can body board, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard.

The beach area is so walkable, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, museums, art galleries, and shopping.

The Best Hotels Near Main Beach in Laguna

✅ A charming beachside inn with amazing location and perfect views: check prices and book your stay at The Inn at Laguna Beach here!  

21. San Diego: Coronado Central Beach

March temperature: High 66 / Low 53
April temperature: High 68 / Low 56

Coronado Beach is pretty famous—it was voted #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach, top US beaches on TripAdvisor, and even featured in the old film “Some Like it Hot.”

It’s a picturesque California beach town. It’s long and wide and even sparkles due to the mineral mica in the sand. There are beach chairs and cabanas, volleyball, firepits, tidepools, and calm waves for swimming or boogie boarding.

Orange Avenue, full of restaurants and shops, is just a stroll away.

If you’re visiting San Diego with kids, check out my full guide including the best things to do while you’re there!

The Best Hotel Near Coronado Central Beach

✅ The absolute best resort in San Diego for everyone: check prices and book your stay at Hotel Del Coronado here!

FAQs: Best Spring Break Beaches in the US

Where is best for spring break USA?

The US is packed with great destinations for Spring Break! If you want island vibes, Puerto Rico and Hawaii are your best bet. If you’d prefer staying stateside, Florida and California offer up amazing beach vibes. And if you’re on a budget, you can try Texas or Alabama beaches. 

 

Are Florida beaches nice in April?

Yes, Florida beaches are a great destination in April. The warm weather has hit, there are plenty of fun activities to try out, and you can find any type of beach vibe you are looking for! 

Wrapping Up: Best Spring Break Beaches in the US

And there you have it, beach bums. The warm weather and beach vibes are calling your name! Now comes the hard part – which one will you choose?! All the spots on the list offer beautiful beaches, fun activities, and any type of vibes you are looking for. 

Whether you want to island hop in Puerto Rico or Hawaii, go on a boating adventure in Florida, or surf in California, you are sure to have a great time.

So, get ready to welcome in the warmer weather and start packing. Happy Spring Breaking! 

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