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A little ice with your tropical drink?

Spring break destinations range from sunny to the polar opposite

some of the world’s most pristine white sand beaches. But it has a few other features that make it a unique find. All of the beaches, no matter how exclusive the resort that abuts it, are public, and relatively deserted. The island is kept in a trust for its citizens, so development is extremely limited — there is no McDonald’s on this island. It has few residents and few tourists, and an abundance of peace and quiet.

Perhaps most importantly for students, it has an affordable bed and breakfast called Lloyd’s Guest House, which runs at $135 per night for a two-person room. So hop on a boat, call up Lloyd’s Guest House for a reservation, and prepare for a week of relaxation.

Just a short walk from Lloyd’s is Little Bay, a tiny beach cut out of a sheer rock cliff. You can only access Little Bay by boat or by rappelling down a rope that hangs from the cliff, but the risk is worth it. You’ll rarely see anyone in the tiny beach, and its cliffs are perfect for snorkeling.

For a cheap eat, the Un Amore Cafe is the spot. The pizza is the cheapest food on the island.


For most, Sweden conjures images of Ikea, H&M, ABBA and Elin Nordegren Woods (wife of Tiger Woods). But more than that, it offers cultural and natural wonders, and may be your choice for a (literally) cool getaway this spring break.

Part of this Scandinavian nation lies inside the Arctic Circle, meaning it offers snow- and ice-related activities. It’s also considered one of the friendliest countries in the world.

Typical winter sports such as downhill skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular, but try dog sledding for an unforgettable experience in the snow. While in the Arctic Circle, you should also attempt to see the Northern Lights; also known as the Aurora Borealis. They are best seen between September and March, but are not always easy to spot.

In terms of lodging, there is one particularly unique (but pricey) option: Ice Hotel in the town of Jukkasjarvi. As you might expect from the name, in the ice hotel everything is ... wait for it ... made of ice. Each suite is designed with a unique theme, like the “Spooning Suite,” drawing on the pun by situating the bed between two “drawers” full of large knives and spoons, all carved in ice. The experience makes a great story, but this is not a cheap option. All rooms are more than $1,000 per night.

But there are certainly ways to see Sweden on a budget. Outside of the capital (Stockholm), you can find quaint hotels and cabins without the hefty price tag using websites like

Away from the nature, the capital of Stockholm offers your typical European sights, including royal palaces, castles, seaside villas, museums and fashionista shopping venues. Staying in Stockholm is quite affordable, as one can always turn to hostels or inexpensive local hotels, like the Alexandra Hotel Stockholm or the Stay At Hotel Apartment Bromma Stockholm.

Spring is the not considered part of Sweden’s “high season,” so airfares are relatively low during March and April, averaging $600 for a round-trip from New York, says

A final plus? Most Swedes speak English, so you won’t have to learn Swedish for “Where’s the bathroom?” (Ursakta mig, men var finns toaletterna?!)

Costa Rica

Whether cruising the rainforest on a zip line or soaking in a hot spring with the locals, Costa Rica offers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Active volcanoes and white water rapids sit between hundreds of miles of Pacific and Caribbean beaches — a virtual playground for adventurous spring breakers.

And the best news: It’s affordable. Flights into Juan Santamaria International Airport (just outside of the capital, San Jose) are about $400 roundtrip, if you avoid flying on Saturdays. Once in Costa Rica, dorm beds in a hostel cost about $10 a night, and a private room goes for about $20 a night. You can look through options at HostelWorld. Though we don’t recommend staying in San Jose for long, a bus ticket from this central location to anywhere in