Top Spring Break destinations revealed

Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Allianz Global Assistance has released the top travel destinations for Americans this 2019 Spring Break season, revealing that sunny Florida is one of the most popular destinations for domestic trips, while Mexico is the top choice for international travel.

Allianz recently published the findings, which revealed the most popular day for travelling to be 28 February for domestic travel (3.6 per cent) and 16 March for international flights (4.4 percent). It also highlighted that, although the top destinations uncovered are based on trips between 22 February and 21 April, most Spring Breakers will be spending five days in domestic destinations (31 per cent) and eight internationally (52 per cent).

For Spring Breakers travelling within the US, Orlando was the number one destination, with 7.9 per cent travelling to the sunny beaches; Phoenix came second, with 5.4 per cent of travellers heading there highlighting that hot and sunny spots ruled as the desired climates.

Florida’s beaches and holiday resorts appeared to be very popular destinations overall, with Fort Lauderdale (3.9 per cent), Fort Myers (3.6 per cent), Miami and Tampa (2.8 per cent) all making the top 10 list – coming sixth, seven, eighth and 10th respectively. City breaks such as Las Vegas (third), New York (fourth) and Los Angeles (fifth) also made the top 10 list, and going against the grain, Salt Lake City also made its way onto the Top 10 list – coming ninth as 2.9 per cent of travellers opt to head to the slopes for their Spring Break.

In terms of the top international Spring Break destinations, Mexico reigned supreme: with Cancun (11.8 per cent) and San Jose Del Cabo (6.9 per cent) leading the list. Nassau in the Bahamas jumped up from seventh to third place this year, with 5.9 per cent of travellers heading here. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico came fourth, with 5.6 per cent; and San Juan, Puerto Rico made a comeback – at fifth place, with five per cent – after dropping off the list in 2018, following its recovery from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Aruba came sixth, at 4.8 per cent, with travellers going to Oranjestad; Higuey in the Dominican Republic took the seventh place (4.7 per cent); and Montego Bay in Jamaica (4.2 per cent), Providenciales in Turks and Caicos Islands (3.5 per cent) and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands (3.2 per cent) marked the eighth, ninth and 10th most popular destinations respectively for international trips.

Referencing Hurricane Maria, which knocked Puerto Rico off the list in 2018, Daniel Durazo, Director of Communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA, said: “Wherever you’re heading this year, sudden illness, storms or other circumstances can unexpectedly get in the way of your vacation. Travel insurance can provide peace of mind and may reimburse your investment in the case of delays or cancellations, making for a stress-free spring break.”