Spring Break Spending Stats – How Much Do Our Beloved Beach Vacations Cost?


Those of us who are getting sick of winter – which is, let’s be honest, everyone – are dreaming of sunshine, warmth and sandy beaches. It’s March, which means many Americans are taking a much needed spring break vacation to escape Old Man Winter, who continues to wreak havoc over the majority of the nation. How much do Americans spend on spring break? Here are some stats on spending and other facts about the vacation season:

  • College students alone spend more than $1 billion every year on spring break
  • $726: The price of a round-trip plane ticket from New York City to Key West, Florida, during mid-March (2 months later, in mid-May, the price plummets by $300)
  • Las Vegas is expected to be the most popular domestic spring break destination this year, where the average cost of a hotel room is $115 per night.
  • Cancun is expected to be the top international travel spot for the 2015 spring break vacation season. Hotel rooms average $303 a night in this hot spot.
  • Gasoline prices are the lowest they have been in years, which could encourage more Americans to take a road trip for their spring vacation. The national average price of a gallon of gas in the US is $2.46, as of March 6. Last year at this time, gasoline was $3.48 a gallon.

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