View of the beach in Cancun, Mexico on Sept. 26, 2006. Cancun's new beach, built by pumping 96 million cubic feet (27 million cubic meters) of sand from the ocean floor, is the highlight of an extreme makeover the resort has gone through since it was savaged by Hurricane Wilma on Oct. 21, 2005.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
No surprise here: The Mexican beach resort of Cancun tops the list of spring break destinations for customers of STA Travel, which specializes in travel for students, college-age and young adult travelers.
Following Cancun on the STA list were Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic; Puerto Vallarta, also a Mexican beach resort area; Panama City Beach, Fla., and Jamaica.
STA spokeswoman Teresa Cordova says the list is based on numbers of bookings by STA customers, who are mostly in the 18-25 age range, for all-inclusive spring break trips.
Many U.S. colleges have a week off from classes mid-semester, typically in March, and it's an annual tradition for some students - especially those from campuses in cold parts of the country - to spend the week soaking up sunshine and partying in warmer climes.
In recent years, however, some students have used their week off for other pursuits, including volunteering, weeklong career-building externships, and adventure travel in places that offer hiking, extreme sports and other itineraries more challenging than lying on the beach.