The Truth Behind Miami Beach During Spring Break

The Truth Behind Miami Beach During Spring Break

Some insight on how Miami is during spring break.

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With spring break just two weekends away, some college students are going crazy trying to plan a fun yet relaxing spring break to get their mind off the craziness that is spring semester. And if you go to a school like Florida State University, I am sure that what you want sunny beach or pool days. While there are plenty of beach locations to pick from in the state of Florida, most students tend to think of Miami, when it comes to beaches. Before you book your hotel to spend the week in Miami I am going to let you in on a couple of secrets as to why you don't want to visit Miami for spring break if you are looking to relax.

1. The traffic/time.

Miami on a regular week has some of the most intense traffic. One has to plan to leave their house at least thirty minutes in advanced to at least try to make it to their destination on time. And when you are on vacation the last thing you want to be is stressed, and it's a guarantee that Miami traffic will stress you out. Because everything in Miami is so far away from each other and traffic is so bad, expect to spend a good amount of time locked in your car. The best way to make time pass by faster and make the wait less agonizing is just to blast some tunes and pretend you are at your own concert.

2. Restaurants are ridiculously crowded.   

Because there are so many tourists during spring break restaurants get crazy slammed especially around Miami beach, and when someone's in Miami they want to try some of the best restaurants there like Komodo, Area 31, Rosa Mexicana, Marion, the list goes on and on. Since there are so many people in these restaurants expect to wait an hour to an hour and a half just to be seated, and the service may not be up to par like in any other week of the year. My recommendation is to stop at local bakeries or mom and pop shops, it'll save you time and money.

3. Overpriced.   

Just like everything else in life, when something is in high demand, prices seem to drastically increase. Although hotels know that most college students can't just swipe a card and worry about it later, they still increase their prices knowing that individuals are going to end up paying whatever price they give. Apart from hotels increasing their prices, everything else in Miami is EXTREMELY overpriced. While a vodka soda may be $3-$5 in a college town, in Miami they can easily cost $19…

4. Spring Breakers.

One thing that can really upset someone that is trying to relax are all the drunk spring breakers around them. Spending a whole day in the sun while drinking will make individuals do crazy things. As the years pass by, the crowds in Miami beach continue to increase with spring breakers from all over the country. Typical college students believe they are above the law and are free to do whatever they please, which increases when they are under the influence. The large crowds can result in something dangerous happening. In past years, there has been confusion on the loud noises from residents and visitors thinking they have heard gunshots. Incidents like this can lead to police officers being forceful and it may result in some individuals getting arrested.

5. The beaches become disgusting.

Miami beach becomes the last place you want to be in during spring break because of all the dirt and garbage on it. Because everyone is intoxicated they forget to pick up after themselves leaving the beach a mess. It is fine to have your fun at the beach, but just remember to clean up after yourself, to not only make sure the beach is clean but also so no one and no animals get hurt.

For a relaxing spring break in Florida I highly recommend going to places like Destin, Hallandale beach, even the keys. Renting out a house with your closest friends can be more fun and cheaper for everyone, especially if you are on a college budget. Miami is a beautiful city, but spring break may not be the best time to explore this city. Plan a trip around October through December and really embrace what the city has to offer.

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Why Spring Break Is Important

Students have been working hard and deserve a break, but there are also other reasons as to why they need the time off.
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Everyone needs spring break. No matter your age, the time away from thinking hard is much needed. You need the opportunity to recharge your brain and your body. Your brain needs a chance to recover from all of the knowledge it has gained and your body needs to recuperate from the sleepless nights and the toll that stress has had on it. The regular things in life can become old really quickly and to have a fresh view of your daily life, you need to be able to step back from it. There are also students who are extremely far from home and need the opportunity to see their families. However, Spring Break is not just for the students, but for the faculty as well. They need the time off and away from the students as much as the students need time away from the faculty members.

Spring break is also beneficial to your mental health. Staring at the same people and the same rooms for too long will make anyone lose their minds. Being able to step away from your stressful life at school can help you maintain your sanity as well. Stress is actually good for you but too much is detrimental. Having that week off to just relax and get your life together is what makes it possible for students to return afterward and be successful. As well, faculty members are ready and in need for a break. They have to deal with making tests and preparing lectures while catering to student needs on a seemingly 24/7 basis. They need time to recover their energy from sleepless nights and they deserve to have time where they aren’t grading or preparing for class.

By the time the break comes around, students are mentally prepared for time off of learning. Only so much knowledge can be crammed into a brain at once. Spring Break comes at a time where students can head to the beach and spend time with their families. If students are in college, they do not have the opportunity to get to see their families as much as they used to. The break allows them to catch up and spend a lengthy amount of time with their folks and kin. International students even get an opportunity to return home and see their families. Being so far away from home and not being able to use the shorter breaks to go back makes Spring Break an important time for them.

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10 Things To Bring A Smile To Your Face As You Push Through The Post Spring Break Struggle

The post spring break blues are a legitimate thing.

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The time has come to settle back in to finish out the semester. There are three or so months left requiring your time, dedication, and hard work and right now it seems rather daunting. As you find your way back into the school groove, here are ten things that'll bring a smile back into your life as you push through.

1. Funny dog videos. 

2. Warmer weather is coming. 

4. The stress is only temporary!

5. There will be time to binge watch your favorite show soon enough. 

6. All of this is going to pay off and you'll have a degree to show for it! 

7. It's girl scout cookie season!

8. BuzzFeed is always posting new quizzes to take advantage of. 

9. Payless is going out of business so you can go buy yourself some cheap shoes. 

10. Winter clothing and other items have begun the markdown period so you can give in a little to the shopping itch. 

Summer will be here before you know it, so give these next couple months all you've got. It pays off!

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