By Alyssa Diaz
Since 2019, everyone’s vacation plans have gotten disrupted by the pandemic. No one can go anywhere without first considering health and safety, as the Coronavirus is still affecting the world. Still, with Spring Break just around the corner, Barry students have earned a break from classes—and what better way to celebrate than to gather your bags and prepare for the perfect COVID-safe vacation.
To help, The Buccaneer has compiled a list of the top five places for students to unwind once school is out on March 7-13.
For a Weekend Getaway:
Even if you only vacation for a few days, you should make the most of it. The Hard Rock, featuring its newest add-on, the "Guitar Hotel," is a resort in Hollywood, Florida that is shaped like a guitar. Students can hang out poolside or visit the spas and bars on the premises.
The Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach is another well-known resort for students to visit. They can enjoy the luxury rooms, award-winning dining, and party-packed nightclubs.
For a Week-Long Getaway:
Who doesn’t enjoy a good road trip? Students can travel 2-5 hours north of Miami to places like Orlando and Tampa, where they can spend an entire week visiting Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, and SeaWorld.
For students who aren’t fans of amusement parks, Florida cities like Naples, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach are the perfect places to stay near a beach and relax.
For the Adventurers:
Everglades National Park is great for anyone who enjoys being outside. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and camping are all activities available at the park.
In Coral Gables, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden also offers a bird walking tour, and exhibits of exotic plants, tropical fruit, and blooming trees. Even more, a visit to Biscayne National Park can be full of snorkeling and diving in a shallow reef.
For Art Lovers:
Miami is known for the array of art that can be found across the downtown area. From murals to sculptures, students who want to experience the artistic side of Miami can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Perez Art Museum, and the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood.
Most indoor museums require face coverings and social distancing, and they only allow small groups of people inside at a time.
For Music and Entertainment Enthusiasts:
Music is a huge part of experiencing Miami at its best. From Miami to Little Havana, there are many live music nightclubs across the city, including Le Rouge, TuCandela, and Studio 60.
Bayside Marketplace is another location where students can spend a Saturday night at Mojito Bar. You can also enjoy live music, delicious food, and exciting weekend events at The Wharf Miami.
Sports lovers can also catch a Miami Heat game at FTX Arena, jazz music events at Hard Rock Stadium, or a Florida Panthers game at the FLA Live Arena.
Miami is a city full of entertainment, and there's always something to do or see no matter where you go. There is no better time to explore the city than during spring break, so put the schoolwork aside and start packing your bags!