If you’re a college student, and international student, a teacher, or just someone with some vacation time saved up, the most wonderful time of the year is approaching… and we’re not talking about Christmas. Spring break is a time to set aside your troubles and travel somewhere amazing with people you love (or solo if you need some peace and quiet).
Of course, there’s really no better place on the planet to spend your spring break than Southern California. Los Angeles County and Orange County especially have some must-see spots, but you’ll find amazing attractions, resorts and dining options everywhere. And with your low-cost car rental Los Angeles option from Super Cheap, you can see it all.
These are some of our top picks for a Southern California spring break in 2018.
Laguna Beach is the gem of Orange County. The trendy little beach town is perfect for fashionable people who love art and culture—you’ll find quite a few art galleries, museum, shops and fine dining establishments here. There are typically a lot of spring events at Laguna too, so take a look at the local schedule.
If you prefer more of a party atmosphere, Venice Beach is the place for you. This is, by far, the biggest party beach in Southern California, and there’s never a dull moment here. Aside from the quirky shops, beautiful beach and never-ending party, Venice Beach does have a quiet side in the form of canals, just like the ones in Italy.
Best of all, Venice Beach is close to LAX Airport, so you can drive your rental car to your hotel, park, and relax for the rest of the week. Super Cheap has plenty of Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to choose from.
There’s never a bad time to visit San Diego, but springtime there is especially delightful. If you’re traveling with your family, attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland in Carlsbad will keep your little ones (and you) happily entertained. Pacific Beach is the place to hang out when you’re traveling with friends, and you’ll also find plenty of relaxing resorts if you’re on a couple’s getaway.
Looking for a relaxing retreat? Head to Santa Barbara, often referred to as the American Riviera. Here you’ll find golden hillsides that spill into the sea, red tile roofs, and perpetually sunny skies. Taste wine, check out the shops and wander the Museum Mile, which features 12 downtown museums mixed in with local cuisine and cocktails.
Perhaps an active spring break is what you’re looking for. Hermosa Beach has a beautiful boardwalk and doesn’t get as crowded as some of the others in the area, so you can bike, jog or rollerblade without worry. Hermosa is also a popular place to surf.
Big Bear Lake
Sometimes spring break isn’t all about the sunshine. Spending your days in Big Bear gives you a “best of both worlds” experience—you’ll find snowy hills perfect for skiing or tubing, fishing, boating and other outdoor recreation. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can go on a zip line tour or a snowshoe tour.
While you won’t find much solitude in Santa Monica, you will find a beautiful pier that both children and kids at heart enjoy. A ride on the Ferris wheel gives you amazing views, and we highly recommend timing your ride right… the sunsets here are breathtaking. The charming little beach town is extremely walkable, and you’ll never be far from great restaurants and bars.
Cruise out to Catalina Island and spend a peaceful week in Avalon, one of the most beloved coastal communities in all of Southern California. Quaint and picturesque, this is the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.
San Clemente is known as the Spanish Village by the Sea. This serene little Orange County hideaway is a local secret, but they won’t mind if you discover it, as long as you’re polite. Del Mar Street is a shopper’s paradise, and the San Clemente Coastal Trail is the perfect place to burn off all the calories you’ll indulge in (the restaurants here are great). And nothing tops seeing the sunset from the San Clemente Pier.
These are some spectacular Southern California destinations. If you can’t decide between them, Super Cheap Car Rental can help you take a road trip and explore them all.