Some cities just do Spring Break better than others. Sophomore year is over, so skip the beach bacchanals that you’ll find south of the border, and try someplace with all the fun but twice the class (and closer to home). While you’re at it, kick back in a room with one of the world’s most gay-friendly hotel companies.
Marriott is ready for you to come “Be You, With Us.” We’ve done the hard part and chosen four of the brand’s most LGBT-welcoming properties to make your Spring Break easier than ever. Miami, San Diego, Orlando, and Marco Island, Florida have all the sun, the shopping, and, oh yes, the boys.
If you’re more Golden Girls than you are Pitbull, take the party off of South Beach and closer to Coral Gables. You’ll be near the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Bal Harbour Shops, Seaquarium, and the Miami Botanical Gardens, to name a few. It’s not far from the thumping music you’ll find on Collins Avenue, but far enough to be a nice respite when you need to unwind. You wouldn’t go to Miami and give up the killer views of the water, now would you? This Courtyard is twenty stories high and comes with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. It’s good to be on top.
If you’re going to stay anywhere in downtown San Diego, make it the Gaslamp Quarter. Sleek and urban, with a hint of Victorian elegance, this Residence Inn is perfect for the whole family. Large residential suites and a rooftop pool may make it tough to leave…unless you want to step outside to one of over 100 restaurants in San Diego’s acclaimed foodie scene.
Got kids? No place does family vacations quite like Orlando. First stop, of course, is SeaWorld® Orlando. You’ll be nearby all the parks (A little farther from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but that’s nothing a little floo powder won’t fix, right?) Did we mention that the hotel has its own water park complete with a water slide, water jets, and a rain tree?
Head west from Miami and across the tip of Florida and you’ll end up in top-rated, pristine Marco Island. No, you didn’t just step off the plane in Bali; those are the beachfront resort’s signature Chickee Huts. Eight gourmet restaurants and two 18-hole championship golf courses mean you really don’t have much of a reason to leave. Relax in the spa or bring out your inner adventure traveler with parasailing, water sports, shelling cruises, and more. Spring Break? We may just come back for summer, fall, winter, mid-winter…