Taking a Break, a Spring Break


Hayden Elder, Online Newspaper Editor

When the ground is blanketed in snow and the sun is habitually cloaked by the thick, grey clouds of winter, students tend to lose hope that Spring will ever make an appearance. Luckily, 2016 decided to warm up quickly: 60 and 70 degrees in February? Talk about global warminga�� In addition to the weather, school work tears at emotions too and pushes students to the brink of giving up. The only saving grace in of second semester is Spring Break, a nine-day escape from responsibility and school work that gives kids time to rest and recuperate in the midst of the most stressful times in high school.

Of course, when planning for Spring Break, other problems can arise. Where will you go, and what will you do? Luckily, we here at the Spearhead have got you covered. We’ve gone through and selected our favorite Spring Break destinations, and even put together some tips to surviving such a stressful and difficult week in your school year. Here are our favorites:



  • New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is the epitome of the South. Nestled along Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, it is a bustling city filled with fun and history. New Orleans was established by the French in 1718 and natives still speak the language in some areas. There’s food, music, nightlife, and fun. It’s famous for Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, but there is also plenty to do away from bars. Be sure to hit a few famous places like Jackson Square, Caf du Monde, and the French Market in the French Quarter. For dinner I personally recommend the Gumbo Shop or the world-famous Acme Oyster House. Both are fantastic choices, true representations of pure New Orleans cuisine. Be careful whenever out after dark. The French Quarter isn’t very dangerous, but like any major city New Orleans does have some rough areas. Stick to the French Quarter and Garden District and you’ll have a great time!



  • Miami, Florida

Like New Orleans, Miami is a city full of vibrant people and places. It’s quite more spread out than New Orleans, but it also has a completely different set of offerings. South Beach is the main attraction here; it’s a massive strip of white sand and the sea is warm this time of year. Then there is the Boardwalk, a huge set of shops, restaurants, and hotels right on South Beach. Interested in Cuban food? I suggest Puerto Sagua, a family owned Cuban joint right off of Collins avenue, and just minutes from the beach. It has been in business since 1962 and, arguably, has the best Cuban food in Miami. There is a ton to do in this city, and a quick search will dredge up the most fun to be had in all of South Florida.



  • Tampa, Florida

I have been to Tampa numerous times, on vacation as well as visiting family. In the times I’ve visited, I’ve picked up a few things that I really like to do there. I recommend staying in either Clearwater or St. Petersburg, they are two surrounding cities that are a little less crowded. The best beach is Clearwater Beach, and yes, the water is so perfectly clear that you can see your feet even when they’re five or six feet below you. The white sand beach is also fantastic, as it reflects the sunlight and maintains a cool top layer. For dinner, try my family’s favorite spot: Colombia. It’s authentic Spanish (not Mexican) food, and the paella is the the best in Florida. One location is positioned right across Clearwater Bay, and it offers breathtaking views while you dine. Among other attractions is the Florida Aquarium, a must-see presentation of Florida’s diverse aquatic life.