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YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK! FOR OVER 75 YEARS, the college Spring Break getaway has been an American tradition. In 1936, Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the first Spring Break destination. When MTV decided to film their inaugural Spring Break special from DAYTONA BEACH in 1986, a new hot spot was established, and up to 200,000 students began to flock to the Daytona scene year after year. Today, Florida still stands as the number one destination— specifically PANAMA CITY BEACH, which has become widely regarded as the ‘Spring Break Capital of the World’, hosting more than half a million students each year! SOUTH PADRE ISLAND offers students an affordable alternative to Florida Spring Breaking. Close to 150,000 students visit this Texas destination each year, making it a popular place to be each March. The perfect weather of LAKE HAVASU, ARIZONA has made this popular tourist destination a vibrant Spring Break scene, equipped with all the amenities which have students taking notice.
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For over 20 years now, the Spring Break Guide has provided students with information for college Spring Break. We’ve presented affordable travel options, always keeping your monetary budget in mind. We’ve encouraged getting the most from Spring Break by featuring a variety of activities, points of interest, party spots, travel tips and a whole lot more. THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO OUT THERE, AND WE WANT TO HELP YOU FIND IT AND ENJOY IT. THAT’S OUR MISSION.
TABLE OF CONTENTS PANAMA CITY BEACH SPRING BREAK SURVIVAL BEACH BASH MUSIC FEST SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET SPRING BREAK BEAUTY PARTY IN PCB STAY COOL ON SPRING BREAK SOUTH PADRE ISLAND PLAN NOW, PARTY LATER
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STUDENT MONEY MANAGEMENT 34 PARTY IN PADRE 39 DAYTONA BEACH 42 SPRING BREAK SOUNDTRACK 46 DAYTONA AFTER DARK 51 BUCKET LIST: DAYTONA 52 LAKE HAVASU 55 SOCIAL MEDIA: THE TRUTH 58
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AT A GLANCE •P anama City Beach, Florida is the number one Spring Break destination in the United States. •N early half a million students visit PCB for Spring Break each year. •T he largest nightclub in the United States is Club La Vela, located in Panama City Beach. •P anama City Beach has enjoyed wide-spread acclaim for having one of the world’s best beaches •P anama City Beach boasts one of the highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins in the world •P CB is referred to as the wreck capital of the south for its many shipwrecks off the Gulf coast
Panama City Beach, Florida is the Spring Break Capital of the World! This huge Spring Break party takes place on 18 miles of sugar white sand beaches that lie on the edge of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, this destination has one of “the most beautiful beaches in the world”. Don’t miss the awesome nightlife that this Spring Break destination has to offer. Some of the largest and best beach clubs in the country call Panama City Beach home and they are all open until 2 am every night. You only need to be 18 years old to enter these clubs (21 to drink) and you can party and dance all night long! Every March Panama City Beach offers a bevy of
live concerts, celebrity appearances and special events that add the final touch to a perfect Spring Break trip. Panama City Beach is easily traveled to by automobile from most anywhere in the U.S. If you prefer to fly, the brand new Northwest Florida International Airport is just a stone’s throw from the beach. You will find once you arrive, that virtually all the hotels and condos are gulf front and almost every room faces this gorgeous beach. You will really enjoy the warmth and sunshine of this tropical climate and participating in beach activities like volleyball, parasailing and jet skiing. Don’t believe us? Ask one of the 500,000 students that choose Panama City Beach every year as their Spring Break destination of choice. Don’t miss out on all the action for Spring Break 2017! For more information or to book direct with any of the hotels listed in the guide visit the “Official Spring Break Website” for Panama City Beach at www.pcbeachspringbreak.com.
SPRING BREAK SURVIVAL GUIDE SPRING BREAK 2017 SPRING BREAK IS A BREAK FROM CLASSES, JOBS, AND STRESS—BUT IT ISN’T A BREAK FROM COMMON SENSE! COME HOME FEELING LIKE IT WAS THE BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE; KEEP THESE POINTS IN MIND:
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM: Hang out in groups and ALWAYS use the buddy system. Never allow a friend to leave a party alone. Always travel with a buddy in a taxi, bus, or public transportation. If you lose your buddy, ask a proper authority to escort you home.
TRANSPORTATION: Check with the hotel front desk for guidance on the cheapest, easiest, and most reliable transportation. Use only licensed taxis and limos, and negotiate the fare before entering hired vehicles. Always travel with a buddy.
WEAR SUNSCREEN: Returning home tanned is great, but coming home cancer-free is better. Use the lotion! Re-apply every three hours—the sun is most intense mid-day, the time when you’ll most likely be on the beach. water and
RESPECT YOUR HOTEL: Inspect your hotel room upon check-in and report any damage immediately. Do not hang out on the balconies of the hotel after partying. Do not damage any hotel property, including your room. Do NOT remove your hotel wristband as they are used by secu- rity for guest identification and hotel access purposes.
DRINK RESPONSIBLY:Know your limit. Note the amount of drinks per hour you are consuming. Do NOT accept drinks from strangers. Do not carry open containers of alcohol in the street.
BEACH SAFETY: Do NOT swim in the Gulf/Ocean at night. You’ll be swimming at your own risk if a lifeguard isn’t on duty. Follow all beach patrol warnings. Pay attention to flags or posted markers on the beach that are used to warn you about dangerous tides, harsh water conditions.
DRINK WATER!: Staying hydrated can keep you from getting sick, losing your voice, and prevents sun stroke.
HAVE FUN!: This is your vacation and it should be stress free.
BEACH BASH SPRING BREAKâ€™S #1 DAYTIME EVENT
MUSIC FEST: NOW AT 3 DESTINATIONS!
Spring Break’s ultimate beach concert event stands out among other daytime parties as the one place to be at in March, and it’s now a major stop at three Spring Break destinations! It is here that popular national music acts are able to perform to massive crowds on Spring Break’s largest beach stage. Sponsors are able to present their brands to thousands of students in the hopes of attracting a captive consumer audience, and all within a safe, fun and friendly environment. Some of the biggest names and acts in pop culture have performed, including country music sensations Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, and Brett Eldridge. EDM has been on the rise in the last half decade, and crowd pleasing performers including Steve Aoki, Diplo, Kaskade and The Chainsmokers have all drawn huge crowds. It’s no wonder that since 2013, the Beach Bash Music Fest has seen major increases in attendance, breaking records year after year. Now a highlight event at three major spring break destinations, including Panama City Beach, Florida, South Padre Island, Texas, and now Daytona Beach, Florida, the Beach Bash Music Fest is expanding in popularity, attracting even more top talent and continues to deliver on its “number one daytime beach event” mantra. Information on the 2017 Beach Bash Music Fest concerts, at all three destinations listed, including early-bird tickets sales and VIP information, is available at the official website at beachbashmusicfest.com.
PRING BREAK ON A BUDGET Going on a Spring Break trip doesn’t have to be an occasion that will break the bank. If you’re vigilant about saving money, you can have a great spring break, without going broke. Take some time to plan your trip, budget your finances, and cut back on unnecessary expenditures during the weeks and days before your trip.
Before and during Spring Break, consider these moneysaving tips: Book With the Hotel Directly
There are a number of companies that are dedicated to student travel. Booking with these companies consist of you paying a middle-man fee. Booking directly with the hotel, however, means you’re cutting that middle-man fee out. Most hotels offer the opportunity to book online – so all you really need is a credit card and you’re set!
If you have to buy clothes, sunglasses, sunblock or other common tourist items once you reach your destination, you will pay much more than you would have at home. Make a list before you go!
Bring Your Student ID
Carrying your student ID can be very advantageous. Many clubs, restaurants, and attractions offer student discounts.
Discount Card Programs
When considering your budget it is important to prepare for the unexpected, so assume everything will cost ten percent more than you’re expecting.
Gas isn’t cheap, but driving to your destination is much less expensive than flying. If you’re traveling with friends, you can all pitch in for gas. 14
Pack Everything You Need
Meals out can be one of the largest – and most underestimated – expense on a multi-day vacation. Bring a cooler along and shop for food that’s ready to eat at grocery stores. Most of the spring break destinations offer students a discount party pass which usually includes free cover and happy hour specials at various bars, clubs and restaurants. For example, Panama City Beach offers the Panmaniac Club Card. Daytona Beach and South Padre Island have their own discount card programs too.
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SPRING BREAK BEAUTY if you’ve hit the panic button and are worried about how you’re going to look in a bikini, now might be the right time to start practicing the following advice.
In the last weeks before your big getaway, there are a few things one can do to be beach-body ready in no time, even if the winter blues still have you feeling less-than-confident. The main motto of Spring Break beauty is worry and stress-free, because how you look in pictures should be the least of your concerns as you relax and enjoy the beach views – sipping on a mai tai, of course. Getting that sunny glow is something most people aren’t naturally born with. Using a gradual self-tanner and exfoliating regularly can help skin look glowing. This would also be the time to hit the gym as much as possible. Squeeze in as many workouts as you can, and watch what you eat for the next few weeks, particularly salty foods that cause bloating. Above all, don’t resort to crazy diets or cleanses that promise to help you shed weight fast; eating and drinking less than usual will only cause your body to cling to the nutrients it has and go into “starvation mode”, which
means it won’t be burning the calories you consume and it will hold on to weight. Spring Break is usually pretty synonymous with having an all-around blast in skimpy clothes, so hair and makeup should be as natural and fuss-free as possible during your trip. Let your hair go natural or add a slight wave (which could also work in your favor if humidity strikes!), and use as little makeup as possible to keep from looking like a huge oil slick. This way you won’t have to worry about getting wet and your makeup smearing down your face. If you have good scenery and good friends, there’s no need to overanalyze what you look like, but rather about feeling your best and making the most of your memorable trip.
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PARTY IN PCB SPINNAKER - The Club that started it all, Spinnaker boasts an amazing atmosphere, and it’s one awesome place to party! Sitting right on a stunning shoreline, Spinnaker is the perfect beach destination, complete with an open-air deck and sparkling waterfall, an outdoor concert stage, and shaded bar stations. Spinnaker’s interior displays a sophisticated club atmosphere, and makes everyone feel like a VIP. Spinnaker is part of the Panamaniac Club Card Network. 8795 S. Thomas Dr. 850-2347882.
biggest daytime beach bash in PCB! Sharky’s is part of the Pana- maniac Club Card Network. 15201 Front Beach Rd. 850-235-2420
HARPOON HARRY’S – The College bar on the beach. Harry’s makes you feel like you’ve walked into your favorite bar back on campus, only this bar sits right on the Gulf of Mexico! Hang out all day and partake in daytime beach contests and enjoy tons of free giveaways. After dark, Harry’s becomes an energetic party bar with DJ Smiley Jay spinning all your favorites. Harpoon SHARKY’S BEACH CLUB – Home Harry’s is part of the Panamaniac of the world famous Beach Bash! Club Card Network. 12627 Front You‘ve read about it in Rolling Stone Beach Rd. 850-234-6060 magazine and you’ve seen it on MTV, so don’t waste another minute HAMMERHEAD FRED’S – The — go experience it for yourself! The party starts early every night at dance floor is packed every night Hammerhead Fred’s – with 40 FREE KEGS of ice-cold draft! Dance all with DJ “J” and the party wheel. Get there early for the FREE KEG night with top college DJ’s and get PARTY NIGHTLY and the always lathered in foam at their weekly entertaining and wild contests. foam party extravaganza. Go to Sharky’s is also the venue for the Fred’s when you’re ready to really
party! Hammerhead Fred’s is part of the Panamaniac Club Card Network. 8752 Thomas Dr. (across from The Summit) 850-233-3907 TIKI BAR – Tropical oasis by day, world-famous club by night. The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort is the only Spring Break Hotel in Panama City Beach with a bumpin’ club like the Tiki Bar on the same property! Thousands of spring breakers party at the Tiki Bar, and your spring break isn’t complete until you ‘get freaky in the Tiki!’ 17403 Front Beach Rd. 1-800-488-8828 COYOTE UGLY – Party Ugly!
You’ve seen the movie about the bar, but have you experienced it? Yes, hot girls do dance on the bar. And yes, you will be hosed down if they disapprove of your drink choice. It’s wild, rowdy, and it’s ugly! Get there early, it gets packed fast. Coyote Ugly is a part of the Panamaniac Club Card Network. 10512 Front Beach Rd. 850-236-5965 21
PUT THE GUIDE IN YOUR POCKET!
This Spring Break
No one likes a show-off. Even less-liked are people who behave without selfresepect in public. Spring Break should be a time for fun, but not a time for reputation-killing disasters.
DRESS TO IMPRESS Research current fashions and work them on the beach! Ditch the stained t-shirts, dumpy bathing suits, ill-fitted trunks and nasty jeans.
USE THE SUNSCREEN NOBODY is immune to the Florida sun. Don’t be that guy walking around looking like a lobster or — worse yet — at the hospital with sun poisoning.
LEARN A BEACH ACTIVITY If you’re asked to play volleyball with a good-looking bunch of Spring Breakers, it will help to know how to play. If volleyball isn’t your thing, learn another social game so you won’t be left out of the fun!
DON’T BE A LUSH An obnoxious drunk is not cool. Being a sloppy mess isn’t attractive. Enjoy yourself, but don’t be the annoying, irresposible one in your group — your friends will tire of babysitting, and others will only gossip.
HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR There’s nothing like making people laugh to make a good impression. Everyone loves the funny one! But don’t overdo it — know when to change the subject, and never tell jokes that could be offensive to new friends. 22
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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND Everything’s Bigger in Texas!
AT A GLANCE •P adre Island is the longest barrier island in the United States •S outh Padre Island hosts huge Texas sized Spring Break parties with celebrities •W ith the proximity to Mexico, South Padre Island is known as the “Two Nation Vacation” •T he island is the perfect playground for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, and jet skiing •S outh Padre Island hosts the annual Beach Bash Music Fest, featuring chart topping artists at Rockstar Beach – Spring Break’s #1 daytime hangout!
Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, SPI hosts a huge Texassized party every year! This tropical resort area, or the “Island”, as locals call it, is surrounded by the tranquil waters of Laguna Madre Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The four miles of award winning sand beaches come alive during Spring Break, hosting some of the most active and wildest events, proudly living up to the slogan “Everything’s Big in Texas!” The tropical weather is perfect to compliment your favorite daytime activities. Jet skis, banana boat rides, parasailing, snorkeling and more are all available for rental.
There are also plenty of beach volleyball games that are free and a fun way to meet other people. A host of clubs and bars also keep the party going after the sun sets. Louie’s Backyard hosts nightly live concerts with top name national acts, Hawaiian Tropic bikini contests, DJs and dancing, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing, go carts, and more. It is perhaps the signature club and this hot spot definitely lives up to the hype. Having been featured on MTV, E!, The Travel Channel, and more, this party spot is always jumping for Spring Break. Getting To “The Island” is easy whether you are flying or driving. If you choose to fly most people fly into Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport which is located approx. 30 minutes away. They also have inexpensive shuttles that travel back and forth regularly. With the sheer volume of Spring Breakers flooding into this resort town, it’s not uncommon for entire bars and hotels to become hubs of Spring Break activity. In fact, the entire island can feel like an exclusive Spring Break party.
PLAN NOW PARTY LATER With winter in full gear, you may find yourself daydreaming about relaxing on a sunny beach without a care in the world. Be sure that your spring break vacation will be as perfect as you imagine, and make your travel arrangements today.
Fortunately, Spring Break is just around the corner, which means planning for your getaway should start sooner rather than later. For most college students, finding the right trip means not breaking the bank, so starting early is key in order to find the best deals for your budget. Besides taking on a few more hours at your campus job, start by talking to your friends about what kind of trip theyâ€™d want to take. Near or far? Beach or otherwise? You also all need to have a candid conversation about money, and how much you are willing to spend and not spend. The trip you plan should try to accommodate as much as possible without going overboard, but be prepared to spend a little more than youâ€™d like for erroneous expenses you might have forgotten about.
Websites like pcbeachspringbreak.com and dbspringbreak.com offer student-geared pricing on hotels and information on events that is extremely helpful. Some of the most popular Spring Break destinations like Panama City Beach, South Padre Island, and Daytona Beach are often booked quickly, so the earlier you start the better! Whatever plans are made for Spring Break, this time should be used as a respite from school to recharge, let loose and prepare yourself for the second half of the spring semester. Whether your destination is warm or cold, spring break is a week to look forward to, either as a distraction from winter or a preparation for spring.
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MANAGING YOUR MONEY as a Student
It may seem that no matter how responsible you act, money disappears faster than ice cream during finals week. Weekly grocery shopping, morning coffee, drinks out with friends – they all contribute to evaporating your cash in seconds. Everyone wants to spend their money wisely, but sometimes that doesn’t mean refraining from spending any money ever. So instead of turning down a night out with your friends, just follow these tips and tricks. You won’t let your empty wallet control you ever again. ALWAYS SEEK DISCOUNTS Don’t let your fears of talking to people prohibit you from pulling out your student ID. They’ve all been there. See if you can get a buck or two knocked off an entrance fee or an extra round of appetizers for the table. Also, try branching out. Grab the weird on-sale wheat bread the next time you grocery shop instead of your usual classic baguette. Why not? You might just find a new favorite! BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD Just because you got paid yesterday doesn’t mean you should go all out tonight and splurge. When you go out, bring cash. If you leave your credit card at home, you can’t overspend. PLAN IT OUT During the age of online banking and apps for literally everything, you don’t need to be an accountant to make yourself a budget. You can easily join programs to set aside money for different aspects of your life. Set goals for your month. If you’re not sure how to start budgeting and what numbers will work for you, take a look at what you currently spend (ie: groceries, fixed bills etc). What’s left over is either savings or money to spend on that night out with friends. TRACK YOUR SPENDING Although tedious, this will help you get a feel for where your money goes. When you see it all written out it’s much easier to tell how you’re doing.
ASK YOURSELF: WOULD I USE THIS? Before you commit to a purchase, make sure you don’t just want or “need” it, but that you’ll use it. You might not need that new purse, but will you use it tomorrow? What about the day after? Next week? If you’ll use or wear the item equal to or more than every dollar you spent on it you’ll not only save money, but you’ll feel good about what you bought. TAKE SHORTCUTS Once familiar with your budget, it’s easier to see where you spend the most money. Ask yourself, can you live without what you’re spending the most on? Instead of eating out or meeting friends out, invite them to your place for a cooking party. Even making your own drinks at home can save tons. While this may not be the option for you, renting a bike for a month or walking to class instead of driving can cut down on gas and monthly metro card costs. HOLD ONTO YOUR COINS Yes, that beautiful vase full of pennies is actually worth something. Even if at the end of all your collecting it’s only $5, that’s $5 you can guiltlessly spend on that amazing bakery you salivate past on your way home every day. Quarters seem like nothing, but they add up so fast. By using your change to leave yourself with dollars instead of random coins, you also feel richer.
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LOUIE’S BACKYARD – A Legend Thirty Years In the Making! In Padre, it’s simply referred to as “The place”. Louie’s has been featured on MTV, 60 Minutes, the Travel Channel, VH1, ETV, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You never know who is going to show up at Louie’s. Each year, their spring break VIP list gets bigger, so get there and be part of the Padre party action!
TEQUILA SUNSET – Home of the Tuesday Night Mardi Gras Party Boasting a huge open air deck with high-top tables and stools, Tequila Sunset hosts its massive Mardi Gras party every Tuesday in March, and yes, it should be a definite stop on your party schedule. 200 W. Pike (956) 761-6198
CLAYTON’S BEACH BAR & GRILL – Biggest Beach Bar in Texas. Clayton’s is the newest and largest beach bar on the Texas coast. Listen to live music, dance on the sand and sip a cold one at the beach front bar. You can start your day and end your night without even leaving the beach. 555 Seabreeze Blvd. (386) 255-6348
ULTIMATE MUSIC EXPERIENCE– Enhanced by South Padre Island’s tropical surroundings, enjoy your Spring Break with a massive music festival featuring world-renowned talent playing the hottest electronic dance music . The fun starts early with the official pre-party, so if you’re ready for the best getaway you’ll have all year – join us this March.
TEQUILA SUNSET – Home of the Tuesday Night Mardi Gras party, boasting a huge open-air deck with hightop tables and stools. Tequila Sunset hosts its massive Mar.comdi2Gras party every Tuesday in March, and it should certainly be a stop on your Spring Break agenda! 200 W Pike (965) 761-6198 ROCKSTAR BEACH & ISLA GRAND POOL DECK PARTIES – Padre’s hottest resort throws the biggest and most outrageous pool/beach parties on the island. National recording artists like Lil’ Jon, Chainsmokers, and more perform daytime on Rockstar Beach and at night the hottest DJ’s keep a massive crowd entertained on their huge pool deck. LOUIES’ BACKYARD - A legend in the making! In South Padre, it’s simply referred to as “The Place”. Louie’s hosts the most outrageous parties and events on the island and it has been featured on MTV, The Travel Channel, VH1, and the E channel. Every year, their parties and Spring Break VIP list gets bigger, so get there and be a part of all the action in South Padre Island.
DAYTONA BEACH The World’s Most Famous Beach!
AT A GLANCE •D aytona Beach has been called the “World’s Most Famous Beach” since the early 1920’s. •C ars can drive directly on the beach due to Daytona’s hard packed sand •T his area hosts the famous Daytona 500 race; the biggest stock car race in the world •M TV filmed their first “reality” show during Spring Break in Daytona Beach in 1986 •D ay trips to Orlando’s incredible theme parks are just a short hop away
This tropical resort paradise has been a haven for Spring Breakers for decades. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean with its warm balmy breezes, and surrounded by the inter-coastal waterway where dolphins play with jet ski and paddle board riders. The beach is home to miles of oceanfront hotels, many of which host daily Spring Break pool deck parties with music and contests. Daytona is known for the International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has
very hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas. Near Daytona’s famous pier and boardwalk, you will find rides, attractions, and arcades along with the Daytona Beach Bandshell that stages free oceanfront concerts. There is no shortage of night life in Daytona, with amazing clubs like Voodoo Lounge, Seabreeze Taphouse, world famous Sloppy Joe’s, Mai Tai bar and others. These bars and clubs host outrageous nightly Spring Break parties with great live music, popular DJ’s, and all pumped through their state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Daytona Beach is easy to get to by car with interstate 95 and I-4 connecting to the city. If traveling by air, Daytona Beach International Airport is located five minutes from the beach with loads of daily flights on Delta and American Airlines. For Spring Break 2017, make Daytona Beach your new destination. It’s HOTTER in Daytona Beach!
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LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman This song was meant to be your love story… and it’s catchy!
LEVELS Avicii This feel good-song never gets old. Flo Rida covered it for his hit track “Good Feeling” and it’s been a major hit ever since.
SUNTAN CITY Luke Bryan Luke Bryan is the Country Music King of Spring Break in Panama City Beach. This country party anthem was inspired by Luke’s time in Panama City Beach!
CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd One of the biggest songs of the year, this track is nominated for multiple Grammy’s including Record of the Year. CRUISE Florida Georgia Line Top down, cruising down the highway with the hot Florida wind in your face—this one fully encompasses that feeling. UPTOWN FUNK Mark Ronson, feat. Bruno Mars This single received massive global success, spending 14 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and recently received 2 Grammy Award nominations, including Record of the Year. 46
SWEET HOME ALABAMA Lynyrd Skynyrd This classic southern party song is the feel-good anthem for every southerner east of the Mississippi. WOP J. Dash Now a viral dance routine, the Wop continues to be one of Spring Break’s must-play songs in every club. TURN DOWN FOR WHAT DJ Snake, feat. Lil Jon The theme track of Spring Break 2014 is still going strong! ALL I DO IS WIN DJ Khaled Featuring the who’s who of hip hop, including Rick Ross, Ludacris and T-Pain, this is the epic jam that makes you feel invincible!
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BIG EASY VOODOO LOUNGE
The Big Easy Voodoo Lounge is Daytona’s newest and hottest Spring Break club. This ultra-cool nightclub will be your favorite bar to party at during your stay in Daytona Beach. Located in the epicenter of the “Seabreeze Nightlife District” it has an amazing high energy atmosphere with live DJ’s and a state-of-the-art music system that you won’t find in other clubs. This spacious club has VIP tables, serves amazing food and has a large outdoor patio in front of the bar for those warm weather evenings. 512 Seabreeze Blvd. (386) 257-2022 SEABREEZE TAPHOUSE & GARAGE The Seabreeze Taphouse tops off a full liquor bar with a variety of over 100 craft beers, 25 of which are on tap. You will find a great mix of American/European producers, with a healthy dose of Canadian makers thrown in. Starting at 11AM daily Seabreeze Taphouse becomes a food haven where beer lovers can grab one of the hundreds of labels to choose from and enjoy it with delicious daily food specials. Adjoining the Seabreeze Taphouse is “The Garage” bar where you’ll enjoy sports on 30 HDTVs, a front Tiki bar and
back outdoor bar, and a large game room. There is great music at the Garage from country to rock & roll and live local entertainment. 512 Seabreeze Blvd. (386) 257-2022 SLOPPY JOE’S BAR Sloppy Joe’s Bar was founded on December 5, 1933, the day Prohibition was repealed. It was Ernest Hemingway, a favorite patron of the Key West bar from the start, who encouraged the owners to give the bar it’s name. Since 1933, Sloppy Joe’s has been a destination for people who love great food, cold drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. The tradition continues at Sloppy Joe’s Daytona Beach. At Sloppy Joe’s you can take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the World Famous Daytona Beach Bandshell. Sloppy Joe’s is your Spring Break headquarters for all things awesome so grab the gang and come visit! Located on the second floor of The Ocean Walk Shoppes and within easy walking distance to the Daytona Boardwalk and Pier. 215 N. Atlantic Ave. (386) 239-0014 MAI TAI BAR The Mai Tai Bar is tucked away in Ocean Walk Shoppes, overlooking the historic Bandshell and featuring a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. The
Mai Tai Bar features a great outdoor seating area and one of Florida’s best happy hours and the coolest live music in Daytona Beach. If you want excellent food, Mai Tai is adjoined with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant next door and their restaurant menu is outstanding. Join the Spring Break partying at the Mai Tai bar! 215 N. Atlantic Ave. (386) 947-2493
WINGHOUSE BAR & GRILL
Located in the Ocean Walk, the WingHouse is a fantastic sports bar experience. You will love the smiling, attractive WingHouse girls as they greet you and hand you an icy cold draft beer, mixed drink, or one of their delicious menu items. Hungry? Like the name says, they were founded on their made-to-order, juicy and flavorful wings along with other delicious shareable appetizers. WingHouse Bar and Grill is never complete without your favorite local and national sports. With a huge array of Hi-Definition flat screen TV’s and all your favorite big-time sports packages, the WingHouse is the best place to cheer your college team on to victory. 215 N. Atlantic Ave. (386) 255-1893 51
SPRING BREAK BUCKET LIST: DAYTONA BEACH You’re in your senior year and you either haven’t been on Spring Break yet or your past attempts at being a breaker have been nothing more than a trip to the cottage with a few of your friends and a pack of beer. In other words, you have one last chance to experience a true Spring Break. Assuming that this will be your last opportunity to engage in studentoriented shenanigans, here now are some specific instructions on what you need to do to have that perfect Spring Break experience: P A N A M A
Daytona Beach, Florida. The mecca of Spring Break has also been given the worldly title of “World’s Most Famous Beach” and is travelled to by not just Americans, but by others from various continents eager to experience what this amazing place has to offer. So, if you’re going to do Spring Break right, start with the best destination.
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Beach Bash Music Fest. This daytime beach event is the biggest event on Spring Break. Top national acts perform on the Pbeach’s and A N A Mlargest A C I stage T Y B E Ayou C H won’t be disappointed with what you see, hear, or experience. Get the VIP package and you’ll be treated like royalty with your own stage platform, bar, and entrance gate.
Daytonamaniac Club Card. If there’s one thing you should do this Spring Break, it’s get this card. It’s literally designed to save you money and guarantees that you’ll be partying with thousands of fellow breakers each and every day and night at the biggest and best clubs on the beach. Daytime events, nighttime events, a free souvenir Spring Break T-Shirt, and VIP treatment. What more could one ask for?
The Food. You may be on a tight budget, and that’s understandable. But with all the money you’ll save by getting the Daytonamaniac Club Card, you can afford at least one nice night out to one of many of Daytona Beach’s premiere restaurants. Savor the fresh seafood, and really experience the southern hospitality. You need to treat yourself, especially if this is your last Spring Break. So why not do it in style? 52
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The Beach. Don’t just hit the beach. Soak every last minute of it in. There’s a reason why this place is nicknamed the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”. It’s absolutely breathtaking, spanning 23 miles of pure white, sugar sand beaches. Your sunset beach walks will never be the same after. Seriously, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to Heaven.
LAKE HAVASU The West Coast’s Largest Spring Break Hot Spot!
AT A GLANCE •L ake Havasu is the home of the world famous rebuilt London Bridge that spanned the river Thames •T he London Bridge is known as the world’s largest antique and draws thousands of yearly visitors •L ake Havasu was formed by the damming of the Colorado River •S pring Breakers can boat to Copper Canyon and cliff jump – a popular experience! •B oating on the lake you can see petroglyphs from the ancient Chemehuevi Indians
Lake Havasu City is the #1 Spring Break destination on the West Coast. It is located in western Arizona and is home to the world famous London Bridge. Lake Havasu is known for its warm days with over 300 days of sunshine and cool nightlife. Spring Break in Lake Havasu is centered around the warm weather, sandy beach areas, and vibrant nightlife. Spring Break headquarters is located in the Channel Riverwalk and Village area, where visitors will have access to area shopping, dining, and attractions all within walking distance. Spring Breakers can enjoy easy access to the sandy shores of the Bridgewater Chan- nel located in the Channel Riverwalk and Village where all the action will be found. The Channel and Koko Beach serve as the place to be for daytime fun in Lake Havasu. You can rent a Jet Ski or boat from The Channel area and explore hot spots on Lake Havasu and return for an afternoon of non-stop fun in The Channel. Kokomo – Beach, Surf, & Party Bar is the ultimate Day and Nightclub. Kokomo, the West Coast’s largest outdoor party bar, has been Spring Break party headquarters for 25 years. Kokomo pool deck features a resort style swimming pool and you will be
able to join in a game of water volley- ball or other poolside games throughout the afternoon. Top named entertainment and the most outrageous fun can always be found at Kokomo – Beach, Surf, & Party Bar. Kokomo has a great backyard where you can play life-size pong, ring toss, and ping pong, or grab a street taco from the Ko- komo Food Truck, located inside the club. Martini Bay, located inside the London Bridge Resort, is one of Lake Havasu’s top nightspots. Martini Bay has some of the best DJs in the area and a night of dancing in this lounge is always a good time. Martini Bay has great outdoor patios and balconies with views of the London Bridge and overlooking Kokomo - Beach, Surf, & Party Bar. Lake Havasu City is ideally located and is an easy drive for students on the West Coast. Check out why The Travel Channel and E! TV have named Lake Havasu as one of the top #5 Spring Break destinations in the world. Where to Stay: London Bridge Resort is the premier resort in Lake Havasu City and is located adjacent to the world famous London Bridge. London Bridge Resort is an All-Suite resort featuring three swimming pools and Splash Pool & Waterslide. The Channel is only steps from London Bridge Resort and the best nightlife including Kokomo and Martini Bay is on-site. Visit azspringbreak.com for the best Spring Break packages. londonbridgeresort.com. 55
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SOCIAL MEDIA THE HARD TRUTH Ego-boosting, self-esteem, validation, praise, happiness, and sense of worth. They’re all words to describe feelings we yearn for. Sadly, for many throughout the past decade or so, these feelings seem to only get achieved through the use of social media.
Most of us are guilty of using social media as a method of ego-boosting. Often times we turn to it to reestablish our sense of worth, resulting in an almost instant gratification. Whether it is through posting a selfie in the gym, changing a profile picture after a haircut, or typing a funny tweet—most of us use social media as a form of validation in one way or another. But the real question is: How long does this “high” last? And what are the effects of this addictive temporary “healing”? It feels great to be praised and acknowledged by social media. That recognition and happiness may last for several hours or even days. The truth is, however, that the happiness is very temporary. And once it subsides, you’re left wanting that high again. It can be argued that not everyone uses social media for these purposes. Maybe you’re merely proud of your homemade chicken curry dish and want to share with the world, or maybe you worked hard to land your dream job and feel excited to announce it. But where do we draw the line? When does this go sour? Do we really need to know that you’ve decided to go on a healthy food diet, or that you’ve gained 25 extra pounds of muscle? Do people really care? We turn to social media as a method of coping, and this can be 58
both a great and horrible thing. In times of loss, it can be a powerful way for others to show support. But in another sense, it can be a way for people to seek attention that isn’t real. The virtual attention often doesn’t translate to reality. The same person that says “I’m so sorry! I am here if you ever need to talk!” in an Instagram comment might not follow up with that offer face to face. Often there is a pressure to be positive in social media spaces. People often portray themselves on social media as happy, well-off and successful, but many aren’t honest. The solution to ending this vicious cycle of seeking constant validation over social media begins with being honest with yourself—being honest with your feelings, thoughts, and desires. Identify the truth behind your social media connection and realize it. If you feel you use social media for attention, take a step back and think about how long the satisfaction lasts and if it really fulfills the gratification you sought. We don’t need social media to discover and identify our self-worth. If you struggle to find it, it’s not waiting for you on the internet. It’s waiting for you in your friends and family. And really, do you honestly care what Susie did on Friday night or how hot she looks? Do we actually think that we need to gain approval from others on how we live our life? Will that end up making a real difference in the end?
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