Spring is right around the corner, and that means SPRING BREAK! Whether you’re hopping on a plane to a tropical destination or staying local for a staycation, we’ve rounded up our top 5 budget-friendly spring break ideas.  

1. Palm Springs, CA

Not only is Palm Springs known as being home to killer music festivals, but it also has a lot to offer as being the ideal destination for spring break. With the warm desert air and stunning mountain views, could you ask for a better setup to get your bronze on? The area offers plenty of affordable lodging options whether you plan on staying at a resort or renting an Airbnb for a homier feel.

2. Avalon, CA

Cruise out to Catalina Island for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland life. From deep tissue massages to the crystal-clear waters teeming with sea life — there is something for everyone! With its quaint town and picturesque views, Catalina Island is the ultimate destination for a week of relaxation.

3. Road Trip it Up the Coast

If a week-long cruise is out of the picture, take a road trip up the coast via PCH instead with your gal pals! The beauty of living in Southern California is the close driving proximity to all other beach cities. Within just one to two hours, you could be relaxing on the beaches of sunny Orange County or Los Angeles. Put on your favorite your bikini, and soak in the sunshine at each city’s unique beaches.

4. Staycation

A staycation gives you the best of both worlds — enjoying the adventures of unchartered territory all while being minutes away from home. If you’re local to the SoCal area, we recommend spending the day (or weekend, if you dare) in beautiful La Jolla. When looking for things to do in La Jolla, the beach tops most lists with its vibrant sea life and fun-filled water activities to try. When in doubt, take a “me” day and treat yourself to a beach day!

5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you’re dying to get in your share of international travel on a budgeted ticket, Cabo is calling your name. Afterall, it wouldn’t be a real list of spring break destinations if it didn’t include Cabo (duh)! With proper research, it’s totally possible to score round trip tickets for under $200. Fill a suitcase with your favorite swimsuit and sunglasses because that’s probably all you’ll be needing.

Stop by iTAN on Mystic Mondays for $15 spray tans and you’ll be looking spring break ready in no time.