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Cancun
Average hotel cost: $500 per student for seven nights. Add in border insurance.
Hottest party spot: Senor Frog, La Boom, Coco Bongo. Don't miss the Foam Party or the Booze Cruise.
Most popular hotel: Oasis.
Drink of choice: Jose Cuervo and Sex on the Beach.
What to do besides partying: Parasail, jet ski, surf, visit the Mayan ruins, Jungle Cruise, buy cheap jewelry from street vendors.

Daytona Beach
Average hotel cost: $100 per student for seven nights/package deal.
Hottest party spot: Holiday Inn Sunspree, GB Reefs, Razzles.
Most popular hotel: The Plaza Resort & Spa.
Drink of choice: Whatever is cheapest.
What to do besides partying: Sunbathe, naked water polo, and mini golf. Universal Studios and Disney World are close by.

Panama City Beach
Average hotel cost: $130 per student for seven nights/package deal.
Hottest party spot: La Vela and Spinnaker win, hands down.
Most popular hotel: Edge Water.
Drink of choice: Beer is always good, cheap, and easy to get. Kamikaze shots and Sex on the Beach.
What to do besides partying: Bungee jump, beach volleyball, water sports. Try cage dancing while you're there.

Key West
Average hotel cost: $140 per student for seven nights/package deal.
Hottest party spot: Sloppy Joe's, Margaritaville, Hog's Breath Saloon.
Most popular hotel: Breakers.
Drink of choice: Rum Runners and anything frozen, i.e., Margaritas.
What to do besides partying: Snorkel, fish, rent
mopeds, visit Hemingway's house, bike tours of the island.

Jamaica
Average hotel cost: $500 per student for seven nights.
Hottest party spot: Hurricane, Margaritaville.
Most popular hotel: Doctor's Cave.
Drink of choice: Rum punch.
What to do besides partying: Scuba diving, rafting, climbing the falls at Ocho Rios, cliff diving, visiting downtown Montego Bay and Negril's seven miles of beaches.

South Padre Island
Average hotel cost: $600 per student for seven nights.
Hottest party spot: Charlie's, Louie's.
Most popular hotel: Bahia Mar, Sheraton, Raddison.
Drink of choice: Molson Ice. Light beer is a winner, too.
What to do besides partying: Tanning, swimming, visiting Mexico, recovering from your hangover.

Palm Springs
Average hotel cost: $79 - $109 per student for seven nights/package deal.
Hottest party spot: The Blue Tattoo, Village Pub, and Zeldaz.
Most popular hotel: Two Bunch Palms, Ballantines Hotel, Comfort Suites, Ramada Inn, and the Chase Hotel.
Drink of choice: Water - it's hot!
What to do besides partying: Rock climbing, hiking, golfing, and visiting the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

San Diego
Average hotel cost: If you don't mind roughing it, International Youth Hostels in downtown San Diego and Ocean Beach are $98 - $140 per student for seven nights.
Hottest party spot: Moondoggie's, PB Bar & Grill, Tsunami Beach Club, Club Montage, Martini Ranch.
Most popular hotel: For class, it's the Hotel del Coronado, or for economy, try The Beach Cottages in Ocean Beach, and the Holiday Inn Express in La Jolla.
Drink of choice: Microbrew.
What to do besides partying: Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (San Diego's hub of art and culture).

Las Vegas
Average hotel cost: $79 - $109 per student for seven nights/package deal.
Hottest party spot: The Beach, Ra, Studio 54, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Voodoo Lounge.
Most popular hotel: The Tropicana, Hard Rock Hotel, Excalibur, Treasure Island, and New York, New York. All are reputable hotels with good access to the Strip.
Drink of choice: Martini - hey, it's Vegas, baby!
What to do besides partying: The motto in this town is, “Up all night, sleep all day.” If you're not a gambler, soak up quality shopping at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, or look into a day-long snowboarding or skiing trip.

Reporting by Kristi Morrissey, Chris Shaver, Courtney Gillen,
Nate Lyons, Scott Frank, and Joseph Peltzman.

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