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Spring Break: Lauderdale, Miami Top Destinations in 2013

February 28, 2013

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel

Miami skyline. (File photo)
Miami skyline. (File photo)

South Florida's sunny climes, sandy beaches and vast dining and entertainment options continue to be a lure for spring break travelers. This year Fort Lauderdale and Miami rank among the top 10 destinations for spring breakers especially for traveling from major college towns such as Boston, Washington and New York, according to research released Wednesday from Fly.com.

South Florida beaches, dining and entertainment venues are likely to be hopping with spring break travelers this year based on airfare searches made on at least one travel website.

This year Fort Lauderdale and Miami rank among the top 10 travel routes for spring breakers traveling from major college towns such as Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York, according to Fly.com research released Wednesday.

Other Florida cities placing high on spring breaker's vacation destination list for travel Feb. 23 to March 30, were Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, the airfare search engine's data showed.

Las Vegas, Cancun and Cabo were also among the favorite spring break destinations.

While airfares were about 4.2 percent higher in 2013 than during spring break last year, savvy travelers however can still find savings to these popular routes by being flexible with their travel dates, Fly.com said.

"Moving your preferred travel dates by one or two days is key to securing low-cost fares," said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager, Fly.com, in a statement. "Airfares can change from one day to the next but we have found that consumers can save hundreds of dollars when they pick the right day to travel."

For example, spring breakers traveling to Fort Lauderdale from Washington D.C. from March 2-6 can snag round trip airfare for $171 -- a 52 percent savings compared to March 2-10, according to Fly.com's airfare tracking tool.

The Travelzoo subsidiary said it used data collected from more than two million user searches and pulled out domestic and international flights for travel Feb. 23 -- March 30 for major college cities in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. It then compared the information with overall airfare pricing on Feb. 26 for the same travel period to arrive at its findings.



Source: (c)2013 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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