Las Vegas, Cancun predicted to be top spots for spring break

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Las Vegas turns up on several online travel company lists of top spring break destinations of 2015.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Haven’t decided where you’re going for spring break? Some online travel retailers think it’s likely you’ll end up in Las Vegas or Cancun, Mexico.

It’s not a perfect science, but the two cities ranked high on 2015 spring break destination lists compiled by TrivagoAmerican Express Travel and Orbitz.

The companies tabulated which destinations users were searching for and/or where they made reservations for the college break that usually takes place in March and April.

Trivago picked Las Vegas; New York City; Orlando, Fla.; New Orleans and Miami Beach, Fla., as the top five domestic destinations. San Francisco placed No. 7, and San Diego No. 9. (No mention of Los Angeles or Southern California in the top 10).


For international destinations, Trivago found London to be the most-searched city, followed by Cancun, Paris, Rome and Playa Bavaro (Punta Cana) in the Dominican Republic.

The company looked at data for what destinations Americans were searching for on its website from March through May, according to a statement.

American Express Travel selected five very different destinations in its domestic-destination rankings: Florida cities Orlando, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Miami took the top four spots, followed by New York City.

Cancun topped its international destinations, followed by St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Nassau in the Bahamas; Providenciales in Turks & Caicos; and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.


The company considered customers’ travel trends between March 10 and April 20 in coming up with the rankings.

Orbitz said Las Vegas, with an average hotel price of $115 a night, topped its spring break destinations list. Rounding out the top five were (in order) Cancun ($303 for rooms); Orlando ($170 for rooms); Punta Cana ($342 for rooms) and New York ($255 for rooms).

The company’s Insider Index survey found that 64% of travelers “purposefully avoid college student destinations,” and that 75% said they wanted to go somewhere less crowded, according to a statement.

Where might those less-popular places be?

Orbitz said that if you want to dodge the crowds, head to San Diego; Clearwater, Fla.; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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