Spring Break 2014: Ideas To Please 11 Different Traveler Types

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Whether you prefer to indulge in all-inclusive luxury or escape the beaten path altogether, International Business Times has got a spring break idea for you:

The Solitude-Seeker: Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Anegada With a population of just 200, Anegada is quiet indeed.

The long-forgotten British Virgin Island of Anegada is a 75-minute ferry ride from the capital, Tortola, but feels a world away. This 15-square-mile outpost is the only inhabited Virgin Island formed by coral and limestone, yet to call it inhabited is a bit of a stretch. Just 200 people live on Anegada and almost all reside in the main town, adequately named The Settlement. Outside of The Settlement, Anegada's famed white sand beaches stretch indefinitely. Beyond the shore, the Horseshoe Reef extends for some 18 miles, making it the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean and the fourth largest in the world.

The Foodie: Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Chefs capitalizing on lower rents and a boom in brand Brooklyn have hopped across the East River en masse in recent years to carve out spaces in old Williamsburg warehouses, Cobble Hill townhouses and Fort Greene brownstones. And while you don’t need to tell a New Yorker about the hunger games in Hipsterville, visitors, it seems, still haven’t picked up on the trend. Here are a few things to look out for: revamped Southern comfort food (think diner-chic), Asian-Latin fusions (think Korean tacos) and boozy brunches (think unlimited bloody Marys and a mid-afternoon hangover). For a taste of the Brooklyn of yesteryear, try Junior’s (cheesecake), Grimaldi’s (pizza) or Peter Luger (steak). For some “New Brooklyn Cuisine,” try Dumont (comfort food), Al di La (Italian) or Fette Sau (barbecue).

The Outdoorsman: Vatnajökull and Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Iceland People travel in a boat as they pass blocks of ice from an Icelandic glacier.

Close your eyes and imagine Iceland. What did you see? Grassy knolls? Snowcapped peaks? Slow-moving glaciers? Steaming volcanoes? All of this and more can be found about four hours east of Reykjavik in Vatnajökull and Skaftafell National Park. Combined, the neighboring reserves cover 40 percent of the island nation and form Europe’s largest park. This serene amphitheater of glistening blue ice and mossy mounds boasts a network of popular trails that take visitors through misty fields past thundering waterfalls and twisted birch woods. Though some will never understand the appeal of a glacier-filled terrain, Icelanders clearly do. Why else would more than 150 living Icelandic men bear the name Jökull (Icelandic for glacier)?

The Trail-Blazing Backpacker: Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic

Samana peninsula dr Playa Rincon is one of the most stunning beaches of the Samaná Peninsula.

When foreign tourists head to the Dominican Republic, they go to one of three places: Punta Cana, Puerto Plata or Santo Domingo -- and that's why you should head to the Samaná Peninsula. Punta Cana and Puerto Plata are great -- but they're expensive and you'll spend most of your time in the company of peeling, pink-skinned tourists. If you're searching for a beach that doesn't look like it was attacked by the creators of Disney World, head to Samaná. Equidistant from Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo, this North Coast peninsula boasts untouched beaches, soothing azure waters and coconut-covered mountains that march down to the sea. Connected to Santo Domingo by a fast new highway and the rest of the world by a recently opened international airport, Samaná has never been easier to reach.

The Hipster: Eugene, Ore.

eugene oregon Eugene is a hotbed of indie culture.

Portland seems to get all the cool cred these days (thanks in no small part to the IFC hit “Portlandia”), but youthful Eugene is no less a hotbed of indie culture. Track Town, as it is known, was a center of hippie counterculture in the 1960s, and though its residents retain those liberal attitudes today, the city has matured into a sophisticated urban metropolis of lush, green parks and fine restaurants. Eugene's slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors,” and outside city limits, you'll find a playground of activities from cycling through wine country to kayaking white water or exploring ocean estuaries.

The Sun-Seeking Fashionista: Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico There is no shortage of sun and sand in Tulum, Mexico.

This low-rise, high-profile ocean strip along the Riviera Maya is where the world's top fashion designers flock each spring. They're joined by A-list actors and models who revel in the serenity of this luxurious "eco-chic" Mexican oasis. But it's not all suntans and saluting the sun. Laid-back and pedestrian-friendly Tulum -- which Italian Vogue called “the new Goa” -- has plenty of attractions both on and off the beach. You can start your day at a Maya ruin, go shopping at an unassuming boutique, and end with a sunset walk down the coast.

The Moneyed Adventurer: The Dolomites, Italy

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The Dolomites have it all: Alpine serenity, breathtaking vistas, ancient villages and a vibrant mix of award-winning restaurants and homey eateries. The best way to experience it all is to hop around to the many rifugios dotted throughout the region. Some of these mountaintop huts offer rustic meals of bread, cheese and pork sausage, while others feature top chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants who will create stunning dishes typical of the region, like spec (smoked ham), cajinci (a ravioli of ricotta and spinach) and polenta (“the bread of the Dolomites”). Dairy is a Dolomite tradition, so you should start (or end) any meal with a cheese plate. Try a game meat like venison medallions with polenta for your main, and finish it all off with the region’s signature apple strudel and a glass of grappa.

The Socialite: Saint Barthélemy (St. Barts)

st barts St. Barts is known as the St. Tropez of the Caribbean.

St. Barts may be eight square miles of arid, volcanic rock, but this small Caribbean hideaway is home to more than 60 restaurants and is, by far, the Caribbean's "foodiest" destination. This island is unique in that it's peopled primarily by descendants of the original French settlers and transplanted Europeans, so, unlike other French Caribbean Islands such as Martinique or Guadeloupe (where those of African descent make up the majority of the population), most of St. Barts' denizens hail from regions of northern France like Normandy and Brittany. Through the vagaries of history, the island became a duty-free port known for cheap wine, luxurious meals and a haughty crowd. In the spring and winter months, throngs of Americans flock to this star-studded island to escape the seasonal chills. Known as the St. Tropez of the Caribbean, it’s a place to see and be seen.

The Culture Vulture: Washington, D.C.

cherry blossoms washington Cherry blossom season is the most popular time to visit Washington, D.C.

Spring is, without a doubt, the most colorful time to explore the nation's capital as cherry blossoms pop open to reveal their all-too ephemeral flowers. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is cause for much celebration in this notoriously staid town, with a packed calendar of events paying homage to Japanese arts and culture in honor of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the City of Tokyo more than a century ago. The main draws are the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade, Washington's biggest annual spectator event, and the Blossom Kite Festival. If it's still a bit cold out in D.C., however, just dip into one of the more than two-dozen free museums in and around the National Mall to exercise your brain.

The All-Inclusive Indulger: Montego Bay, Jamaica

montego bay jamaica All-inclusive is the name of the game in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

If all-inclusive is not your thing, you're out of luck. If it is, then this strip of miniature cities -- where a single bracelet acts like a golden ticket -- is a glutton's wonderland. The resorts of Montego Bay have a way of making anyone feel like a king -- perhaps because everyone eats, drinks and sleeps like royalty. These beachside castles boast immaculate gardens, turquoise pools, thatched cabanas and mouthwatering cuisine -- not to mention a packed schedule of activities to rival any cruise. Jamaica may be a developing country, but you'd never know it at these world-class resorts where, with everything at your fingertip, you never need to leave the confines of the hotel. Jamaica comes to you.

The Mature Couple: Maui, Hawaii

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Spring break gets a bad rap as something only college students and parents suddenly stuck with kids out of school can enjoy, but adults need time off to thaw their bones in spring, too. Perennially idyllic Maui -- the crowning jewel of Hawaii -- is the remedy. Travel guides and glossy magazines wax poetic over this alluring dollop of volcanoes and sand marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and, remarkably, most visitors find that the promised paradise lives up to the hype. Maui is a place where the spa menu is as long as the restaurant’s, where you can do absolutely nothing on a palm-lined beach or plan an activity holiday of sailing, hiking or whale watching. And if that’s not enough, simply hop a ferry to Molokai or Lanai and repeat.

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