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Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013  Posted by  Hot Deals, Travel

If you haven’t made plans for spring break yet, you’d better get cracking. Or maybe you’ve been procrastinating because you don’t think you can afford a spring break getaway. Although hotels at many major spring break destinations will cost you an arm and a leg, there are still some places where you can enjoy the spring break experience without spending a fortune. Here are four choices:

1. Myrtle Beach: The average high temperature in Myrtle Beach in March is 68 degrees. Even though that may be a bit cool to break out that bikini, there are other things you can do. The oceanfront bars and restaurants along the Myrtle Beach boardwalk are all open for spring break and many run spring break specials. During the day, you can take a ride on the SkyWheel or the Slingshot, or visit one of the city’s five Ripley’s attractions. But what mostly draws people to Myrtle Beach for spring break is the wide variety of nightclubs, beach bars and dance venues that cater to spring breakers. Click here for discounts at some of the more popular Myrtle Beach nightclubs. Using the major travel sites (Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia), I found oceanfront rooms in Myrtle Beach for as little as $52 per night for dates in mid-March.

2. Corpus Christi: In Corpus Christi, the average high temperature in March is 76 degrees, which for me is warm enough to hit the beach. When you’re not lounging on the sand, you can go parasailing, fishing, kayaking, or sailing. Downtown Corpus Christi is where you’ll want to be when the sun goes down. You’ll find live music, dancing, billiards, karaoke and more at Corpus Christi’s many nightclubs. Using the major travel sites, I found rooms at an oceanfront resort for as little as $114 per night for dates in mid-March, which is still relatively cheap if you share.

3. Las Vegas: The average high temperature in Las Vegas in March is 69 degrees, which is perfect weather for hitting the Las Vegas strip. Las Vegas is party city all the time, so you won’t have any trouble finding something to do 24 hours a day. When you get tired of gambling, you can take in a show, ride one of the Stratosphere thrill rides, or browse through the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Using the major travel sites, I was able to find rooms (with casino) on the Las Vegas strip for as little as $72 per night for mid-March.

4. Caribbean cruise: With the Vacations to Go 90-day cruise ticker, you can get discounts on last-minute cruises of up to 75%. As of right now, there are several Caribbean cruises to choose from. Prices for a 7-day cruise in mid-March start at $439. See our tips on scoring a cruise bargain during Wave Season.

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Julie Henry

Julie Henry, RN, MPA, is a freelance writer, editor, and project manager who loves the thrill of scoring a good deal. She writes a bi-weekly "On the Cheap" column for the Sun News in Myrtle Beach. In addition to writing about deals and discounts, Julie is an established medical writer. She has done work for a number of national health care organizations, including The Joint Commission, The American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, she now lives in Myrtle Beach. Julie owns and operates Kansas City on the Cheap, Myrtle Beach on the Cheap, and Charleston on the Cheap.

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