Don’t let spring break you or your wallet

By Cielestia Calbay

That week long vacation is almost here. After you’ve pulled
all nighters and turned in your last final exam, it’s time to
celebrate with that spring fling you’ve been dreaming about. While
a quintessential spring break trip on a white sandy beach sounds
nice, it can be pricey and even dangerous. Here’s a selection of
road trip alternatives to overpriced tourist destinations, as well
as several safety tips to keep in mind whether you’re relaxing in
the sun or hitting the slopes. Lake Havasu,
AZApproximate driving time: 5 hoursLake Havasu is
an oasis in the Death Valley desert and has been a spring break
destination since the 80s. It’s primarily known for its outdoor
activities, such as ATVing, cliff diving, dirt biking and
wakeboarding. If you’re not one to get your hands dirty, several
points of interests such as Havasu Falls, London Bridge and the
Planes of Fame Air Museum are also of note. Popular places to eat
are Mexican-favorite BadMiguel’s on 1841 N. Kiowa Blvd., where
prices range from $5 to $10 and Juicy’s River Cafe on 25 Acoma
Blvd. which starts at $8 per entree. Lake Havasu’s best party spots
are Copper Canyon and The Channel, places where everyone gathers on
their boats until the break of dawn. Las Vegas,
NVApproximate drive time: 4 hoursSin City, ’nuff
said. If there’s one thing Vegas is famous for, its the luxe
nightlife.Ghostbar’s location at the top of the Palms gives patrons
an amazing view of the city. Tao at the Venetian Hotel & Casino
has it all: two floors of dancing, unique bars and drinks, bathtubs
and even a beach. Pure at Caesar’s Palace draws patrons in with its
opulent decor, labyrinth-like set-up and rooftop VIP area. And if
you’re looking for a glitzy club with the relaxed atmosphere of
your favorite local spot, then Prive at the Planet Hollywood Resort
is the place for you. Since cover charges start at $20, a lavish
hotel room might not be on your list. The Golden Gate Hotel and
Casino starts at $45 per night, while the Stratosphere Casino
starts at $50. Santa Barbara, CAApproximate
drive time: 3 hoursThose looking to spend time away from your
typical Newports and Lagunas will appreciate this American
Riviera.The city by the sea is home to seasonal whale watching,
trolley rides and kayaking, among many other activities.For a
picturesque world of Spanish-style courtyards and lush tropical
flowers, head to Paseo Nuevo, which boasts a get-away shopping
experience with art galleries and theatres. To experience the
city’s boardwalk ambiance, eat at Longboard’s Grill which features
an outdoor patio and ocean views. An average meal will cost you $12
on everything from burgers to pizza, fish and steak.For affordable
beachside hotels, try the Sandpiper Lodge where rooms start at $68
per night.


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Don’t let spring break you or your wallet


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Don’t let spring break you or your wallet


Don’t let spring break you or your wallet

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