Mar 10, 2021

Mexico and Florida Dominate Spring Break Vacations

Allianz Partners Reveals Top 2021 Spring Break Destinations as Florida Leads Top Domestic Destinations with Five out of Ten Locations, Mexico Holds onto Top Three International Destinations

Richmond, VA, March 10, 2021 —Travelers are flocking south and steering their wagons west this Spring, according to Allianz Partners’ Top 10 Spring Break Destinations review. Americans are looking to escape the winter in sunny Florida, the American West as well as the Aloha State while warm-weather destinations like Mexico and the Dominican Republic, which have worked diligently to stay open for tourists, are also welcoming travelers looking for international Spring Break getaways.

The travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 1.8 million flight itineraries* for trips between five and eight days in length and found that for the fifth year in a row, Orlando is the most popular domestic destination among Americans, with other favorite Floridian cities filling up the Top 10 chart: Miami (#3), Fort Lauderdale (#4), Fort Myers (#6) and Tampa (#7).

Domestic travel is indeed on the rise – an Allianz Partners’ survey** of its U.S. travel insurance customers revealed that 77% of customers who are taking Spring Break trips will be traveling within the continental US, and 43% of customers who always travel or travel most of the time for Spring Break are planning a trip for the 2021 season.

Smaller destinations are also proving more popular: New York City (#5 last year, #4 in 2019) and Los Angeles (#4 in 2020, #3 in 2019) fell off the Top 10, making way for newcomers Honolulu (#9) and Denver (#10). Allianz’s customer survey noted that road trips are popular for Spring Break travel this year: 40% of travelers plan to drive to their destination. With demand moving away from larger cities, this year’s findings imply travel hungry spring breakers are seeking smaller destinations offering plenty of outdoor attractions like beaches and mountains to activities like camping, hiking, biking and aquatic sports.

International travel demand still faces barriers, with many popular destinations like Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (#9 last year, #10 in 2019) and London (#8 last year) placing restrictions on international visitors, leaving many refreshing their browsers on the latest “Where can Americans travel right now?” articles. Mexico will see an influx of American visitors as the Spring Break favorite dominates with Cancun (#1), San Jose Del Cabo (#2), and Puerto Vallarta (#3) leading the Top 10 International list, in a top three repeat from last year. In November, more than half a million Americans visited Mexico, according to The New York Times. The flood of Americans can be attributed in part to relatively relaxed entry requirements. Similarly, the Dominican Republic has eased its visitor entry process, allowing Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to move from spot #10 last year to #6 this year on Allianz’s Top 10 International list. Costa Rica, a destination popular with thrill seekers and outdoor adventurers, started welcoming American tourists as of September 1 last year, though only from select states, and is new on this year’s list with both San Jose (#9), and Liberia (#10) rounding out the list.

“Americans are beginning to travel again with almost half of our travel-forward customers planning a trip for the 2021 Spring Break season,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners, USA. “Our survey also shows many travelers are planning domestic getaways and looking for a dose of Spring Break sunshine in Florida, Hawaii and out West, while international destinations like Mexico and the Dominican Republic will also welcome winter-weary travelers.”

Allianz Partners offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. 

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Top Domestic Destinations

2021 Rank

City

State

2020 Rank

City

State

2019 Rank

City

State

1

Orlando

FL

1

Orlando

FL

1

Orlando

FL

2

Phoenix

AZ

2

Phoenix

AZ

2

Phoenix

AZ

3

Miami

FL

3

Las Vegas

NV

3

Las Vegas

NV

4

Fort Lauderdale

FL

4

Los Angeles

CA

4

New York

NY

5

Las Vegas

NV

5

New York

NY

5

Los Angeles

CA

6

Fort Myers

FL

6

Fort Lauderdale

FL

6

Fort Lauderdale

FL

7

Tampa

FL

7

Fort Myers

FL

7

Fort Myers

FL

8

Salt Lake City

UT

8

Miami

FL

8

Miami

FL

9

Honolulu

HI

9

Salt Lake City

UT

9

Salt Lake City

UT

10

Denver

CO

10

Tampa

FL

10

Tampa

FL

*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2021 Spring Break plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from US airports during Spring Break season (2/19/2021 to 4/18/2021) for trips between 5-8 days in length. The findings are listed below:

 

Top International Destinations

2021 Rank

City

Country

2020 Rank

City

Country

2019 Rank

City

Country

1

Cancun

Mexico

1

Cancun

Mexico

1

Cancun

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

2

San Jose Del Cabo

Mexico

3

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

3

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

3

Nassau

Bahamas

4

Aruba

Aruba

4

Nassau

Bahamas

4

Puerto Vallarta

Mexico

5

Montego Bay

Jamaica

5

Montego Bay

Jamaica

5

San Juan,

Puerto Rico

6

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

6

Aruba

Aruba

6

Oranjestad

Aruba

7

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

7

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

7

Higuey

Dominican Republic

8

Nassau

Bahamas

8

London

United Kingdom

8

Montego Bay

Jamaica

9

San Jose

Costa Rica

9

Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands

9

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos

10

Liberia

Costa Rica

10

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

10

Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands

 

**Methodology: Results from an Allianz Travel survey of a random sample of 3,583 OTA, B2C, Airline and Retail customers. The survey ran from 2/10/21 – 3/1/21 and asked several questions about when and how respondents will travel next, specifically about travel for Spring break, which was defined as travel occurring between late February – early April. For consistency purposes, customers were provided with the following definition of travel: a trip to a destination that is more than 100 miles from your home and lasts for at least 2 nights. 

 

About Allianz Partners
Allianz Partners (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance*** and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, the company offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel insurance, the company offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.

 

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