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Spring Break

02/05/2013 at 12:12pm

Spring BreakWhere the Boys
(and Girls and Families) Are

The trickle begins next week as college students around the country begin seeking warmer climes to shake off the winter doldrums in that most American of traditions – Spring Break!

While the Spring Break crowds won’t peak until March, February also brings a fair number of students to the beach to enjoy our warm sand, sparkling Gulf waters and bright sunshine.

It’s not just college students; it’s families who are drawn to our island paradise.

Bud Nocera, President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce notes that many families who rent seasonally enjoy Spring Break with their children.

"A lot of people come to the Beach with their families. The college kids go off and do their thing and the adults go off and do their thing each day and they share a home or condo.”

After a few years of so-so tourism on the Beach due to the BP oil spill or cold weather, there are signs that this season will be a healthy one for Beach businesses.

"There’s no reason we shouldn’t have a strong Spring Break season,” notes Nocera. "We’re hearing that rental occupancy is quite strong on the Beach from President’s Weekend through the end of March.”

Easter falls on March 31 this year. We can expect the flow of Spring Breakers to slow after that weekend. Check the Spring Break list to see when schools are on break.Chances are you’ll see a few t-shirts representing these schools along the Boulevard in the next month or two.

Missy Layfield

Spring Break 2013


Feb 15-24 University of Chicago Augustana College, IL


Feb 27-Mar 4 University of Dayton


Mar 1-10 University of Florida University of Michigan

Ball State University

Florida Gulf Coast University

John Carroll University

Michigan State University

Penn State University

Queens University

Stetson University

Boston College

Vanderbilt University

Wartburg College



Mar 9-17 Florida State University

Indiana University

Miami of Ohio

Ohio State University

Purdue University

University of Georgia

Notre Dame

University of Kentucky

University of North Carolina

University of South Carolina

Saint Louis University


Mar 16-24 Iowa State University of Iowa

University of Minnesota

Valdosta State University


Mar 23-Apr 3 Lee County Schools

Northwestern University

University of Wisconsin





Easter is March 31, 2013