So Where Were The Spring Breakers?

Not so many this year
BY: JIM LOCHKER

We’re chopped liver. You know we’re chopped liver when we can’t even be numero uno in the hearts, minds, and wallets of the spring breakers. The Top 10 spring break destinations for 2015, according to Orbitz.com booking data indicates we’re not even on the chart.

crowd.jpgBut the kids who were here have chanced in just 12 months. Last year at night you saw the boys parading up and down the street in the baggy shorts, T shirts and flip flops, while the girls were all fancied up in dresses and heels.

But this year, there were no dresses, and the girls were strutting around town in itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikinis and bare feet. Bare feet! Call us old grannies, but what’s up with that? It’s not just vulgar, but downright unsanitary. Together it seems a bit on the stupid side. Yeah, we’re grannies, it’s official.

Here are the favorite hot spots for spring breakers this year:

 1. Las Vegas — One reason for Sin City’s popularity? A hotel room is only $115, on average.

2. Cancun — The perennial favorite is also Number 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s recent list of best budget spring break destinations.

3. Orlando — The Villas of Grand Cypress here recently made TripAdvisor’s list of top 10 hotels in the U.S., but its $387 per night average would bust most student budgets.

4. Punta Cana — This Dominican Republic resort area takes its name from the dry palm leaves used on many roofs. But how did it show up on college kids’ radar? And do palm fronds even make it onto radar?

5. New York City — Wait. College students realize it’s still winter, right?

6. New Orleans — Airfare to the Big Easy ($362, on average) has dropped 11% in the past year, more than to any other destination on the Orbitz list. And we all know how expensive it is to get here.

7. Chicago — The best overall value on the list, with the second lowest room average ($166) and the lowest average plane ticket ($271). But what about the weather?

8. Miami Beach — Average March high temperature: 76 degrees. And mom and dad perceive it as safe.

9. Playa Del Carmen — Number 10 on the U.S. News list, where it’s described as more down to earth (read: less crazy) than Cancun, although its only 30 miles south and uses the same airport.

10. Riviera Maya — Replaced San Juan on this year’s list. Again, uses the same airport as Cancun and it’s easy to zip into town for a quick binge.

And how much do these kids spend? $1,000 or less for 7 out of 10 college students this year.

12% of the survey respondents say they will squeeze in an average of 7 people in one room. More beer money, yeah!

8% say they have stayed awake as much as 48 hours. (How do you say uppers in Spanish? Dunno, but apparently these kids do).

And the biggie: 64% of travelers purposely avoid student destinations at spring break time.

So who needs them? Not us. We just don’t like being dumped. It’s the principle of the thing. ,