Instead of Miami Beach, go to Cocoa Beach

Fly: AirTran out of DCA to Orlando, $160; roundtrip shuttle service between Orlando, Fla. and Cocoa Beach, Fla., $45

Stay: Vacation rental at Cocoa Beach Towers Resort, $142 per person, traveling with six people

Eat and Drink: Coconuts On The Beach, 2 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 32931

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Ditch the crowds in Miami and opt for a more relaxing vacation in Cocoa Beach, Fla. There are many rentable two-bedroom units available for around $850 a week – for a group of six, that’s just $142 a person! And you can cut down on food costs by taking advantage of the full kitchen. Grab lunch, or just fruity drinks, at Coconuts On the Beach, a bar overlooking the surf. Cocoa Beach is just as busy and fun for classic Spring Break trip-seekers, but is half the price of most Miami vacations. Hop on an AirTran flight out of Reagan International Airport and head to the Sunshine State for just $160 roundtrip.

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