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Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Of 2017: Lonely Planet

03/09/2017 09:40 EST | Updated 03/09/2017 09:40 EST

The experts at Lonely Planet have compiled a list of spring break ideas this year, that go beyond Disney parks and college student hotspots to include night kayaking in Puerto Rico and surfing in Nicaragua.

For last-minute bookers and Easter weekend travelers, there's still time to reserve a first-quarter getaway, this time that offers more than a spring break cliché.

Take inspiration from Lonely Planet's list of top 10 spring break destinations 2017.

Here's a selection:

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Hawaii, The Big Island

March marks the end of high season in Hawaii, presenting the best opportunity to visit for travelers on a budget. Those who aren't afraid of crowds, however, might want to head out in April for the Merrie Monarch Festival, a three-day hula competition.

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Whistler, British Columbia

Likewise, when the weather warms the snow begins to melt, the crowds also begin to thin in April, ushering in deals and discounts during the off season. Longer days also mean more daylight to hit the slopes.

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Culebra and Vieques, Puerto Rico

"These two sister islands are the things that tropical dreams are made of: white sand, sparkling blue sea and slow living," editors note. A must-do while there? Book a nighttime kayak trip, for an unforgettable "Avatar"-like experience with bioluminescent marine life creating a glow-in-the-dark ride.

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Southern Baja California, Mexico

Far from the madding crowds of Los Cabos is Baja California Sur, where nature-loving visitors can swim with sea lions, kayak, whale watch and help with turtle conservation.

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Tampa Bay, Florida

If you want to avoid the drunken college crowd, head over to Fort De Soto Park, a stretch of beach that spans 11 km and features nature trails and wildlife spotting.

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Asheville, North Carolina

Food lovers will want to bookmark this option, as Asheville, North Carolina offers a thriving foodie and craft beer scene delivered with southern hospitality. After gorging on good comfort foods, walk it off at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is located within easy striking distance.

Other destinations on the list include Los Angeles, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Rio de Janeiro and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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