2022 Guide to Spring Break in Los Angeles: Where to Go & Where to Party

February 11, 2022

The city of sunshine, surf, and Hollywood dreams has long intrigued visitors from around the country. While many of us are still shoveling our driveways full of snow, lucky Los Angelenos are basking in balmy 75 degree temperatures come mid April.

Whether you seek refuge from the stress of college finals or are yearning for some serious Vitamin D via sunbathing in Malibu, Southern California holds endless appeal for a spring break vacation. Follow along to discover everything you need to know about Spring Break in Los Angeles.

From pristine Pacific Ocean beaches to the charming vintage appeal of the Santa Monica boardwalk. To everyone's favorite Mickey-adorned theme park, there are plenty of ways to spend your spring break in Los Angeles.

Dance the night away at an exclusive after-dark nightclub, spot dolphins and whales at sea. Or indulge in a frozen rose at your favorite hotel pool bar. 

Where to Stay

Los Angeles is a tricky lady! With so many neighborhoods, beaches, and eateries, it can be hard to know where to begin. So let us take the guesswork out of the accommodation game with our wide variety of Los Angeles Hotels

Rest your head just minutes from Anaheim to get a jump on those Disney lines. Or kick back beachside in Santa Monica. Wherever you decide to spring break, make your reservations with confidence. You are always guaranteed our lowest rates online. 

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Santa Monica in Southern California

Iconic Santa Monica rescue cabin against famous amusement park in sunset light

Beaches & Outdoor Adventure

Surfrider Beach

Surfs up! Embrace your inner wave killer when you don that wetsuit and head to Surfrider Beach. Get ready to enjoy an afternoon of saltwater-infused fun. Even if you're not brave enough to paddle out, the picturesque Malibu scenery of this area is sure to impress.

Fun Fact: Surfrider Beach was formerly known as the Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Those with boards in tow will flip for the sensational swells and long right-hand break. Then, stake out a spot in the sand, pack a picnic lunch and bask in endless hours of sunning, swimming, and bird watching before you venture out to the historic wooden pier. 

Santa Monica Beach

Immortalized by countless movies and TV shows, Santa Monica Beach serves 3.5 miles of sandy paradise. So grab a towel, a skateboard, or a bike and take in every inch of this sun-kissed Southern Californian oasis.

Athletic types will have a blast serving up their best on the volleyball court, then getting their pump on at the outdoor gym. Next, be sure to wander over to the historic Santa Monica Pier. It features the Ferris wheel, Pacific Park Amusement Park, a vintage-style arcade, and even a high-flying trapeze school!

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Mount Hollywood Trail

Who says spring break thrills need to only come from partying? Experience the rush of endorphins and a rising step count when you tackle one of La La Land's best trails. The Mount Hollywood Trail is an intermediate level 5.3 mile loop. It boasts spellbinding city views, glimpses of the Hollywood sign, and palm tree-studded lookouts.

Pull on those hiking boots and prime yourself for the gradual incline. Meanwhile, soak in 360-degree views of the San Fernando Valley, the Greek Theatre, and the Century City towers. The trail is open year-round and is even dog-friendly. So feel free to bring Fido along.

View looking over the city of Los Angeles on a sunny day from the Mount Hollywood Trail in Los Angles, California, USACaptain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Ocean-bound adventure, marine mammals, and the thrill of a boat ride are what's in store when you set sail with Captain Dave. Delight in the majesty of the Pacific Ocean on your High-Speed Zodiac or Catamaran Whale Watching Safari.

Wildlife lovers will be in aquatic heaven as they speed away and revel in 2-2.5 hours of narrated ocean excursion and entertainment. But be sure to keep those peepers peeled! You'll want to document every moment of dolphin, whale, and sea lion sea life.

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Hear otherworldly sweet sounds of whale and dolphin vocalization through the on-deck hydrophones. But, don't forget to enjoy the generous helping of Mrs. Capt. Dave's legendary Triple Fudge Brownies.

Los Angeles Theme parks & Entertainment

Aquarium of the Pacific

Unearth a hidden world of mystery and beauty when you visit the renowned Aquarium of the Pacific. This edifice of exploration and immersive learning focuses on the Pacific Ocean. In addition, it's home to over 12,000 ocean creatures representing nearly 500 diverse species.

First, journey through the vivid, bold ecosystem of Coral Reefs. Then, coo over the cuddly cuteness of baby sea otter pups. Or jump into the lives of the ocean's most powerful predators at the Shark Lagoon.

With over 30 comprehensive exhibits to explore, budding biologists will be spellbound for hours. Learning all about amphibians, penguins, lorikeets, and more. 

Disneyland

Every spring break needs a moment of pure Mickey magic. So get your fill of the 'happiest place on Earth' when you hightail it to Disneyland for a day (or two) of enchantment. The original epicenter of thrilling rides, cuddly character meet and greets, and awe-inspiring nightly fireworks proves you're never too old or too young to enjoy Disneyland!

Set sail for a swashbuckling adventure with the Pirates of the Caribbean, then scream your head off on Space Mountain. Or join the intrepid crew of the Millenium Falcon on Smuggler's Run.

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From hanging out with the all-star superheroes of the Avengers to experiencing the automotive excitement of the Radiator Springs Racers. There are untold ways to sneak some Disney joy back into your life.

Universal California

Delicious drafts of Butterbeer, palling around with your favorite Pets in Manhattan, and plenty of Jurassic level entertainment. Universal California is rolling out the VIP treatment, and you better hop on board!

Dive behind the scenes of your favorite blockbuster movies and TV shows as you uncover the sensational sights scares, and stories of this infamous theme park. Tour a real functioning movie studio, speed your way into epic car chases and special effects with the Fast & Furious crew, or journey to the Forbidden Forest with Harry Potter.

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Little ones will love playing with their beloved Minions, while big kids will flip for the flight simulation technology utilized on the Transformers ride. 

World of Illusion

Is your Instagram feed lacking that wow factor? Amp up your social media presence and create boatloads of family-friendly memories at the World of Illusion in Los Angeles.

This wholly immersive and interactive space features four unique exhibits guaranteed to boggle your mind and tantalize your senses. Spend an afternoon exploring the Giant's House, the Museum of Illusions, the Upside Down House, and Smash It.

Snap selfie after selfie of eye-catching pics as you slide down an elephant's trunk, ham it up for your Vogue cover or even try cooking breakfast in an upside-down kitchen.

From playing with proportion and massive donuts at the Giant's House to getting out your anger as you destroy plates and destructible items at Smash It, there is always something new to uncover at the World of Illusion. 

Two people standing in a room with yellow walls and a table and chairs on the ceiling making everything too upside down at World of Illusion in Los Angeles, California, USAWhere to Party

Avalon Hollywood

Want to get down on a piece of LA party history? Embrace both the past and present when you sample Avalon's musical stylings and high octane entertainment. This storied venue was built in 1927 and is located at the world-famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

Throughout its long career as a showbusiness epicenter, it has served as a home to many superstars and was even the site of the Beatle's first West Coast performance in 1964. Thoughtfully resorted to its former glory in the early 2000s, today, the Avalon pumps out prestigious parties and has earned a reputation as a dance music capital mecca.

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Skrillex and DJ Snake spun here long before they became famous, and Thursday through Sunday, you can always catch a good time.

Check their schedule to see who is playing and sport your best party look, as the dress code is 'upscale casual.'

Wide shot of Avalon Hollywood full of people and a concert going with bright pink and purple lights shooting through the air in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Avalon Hollywood via Facebook

Exchange LA

Lasers, neon lights, and crowds of sweaty people are what's in store when you spend an electric weekend at Exchange LA. Part of the Insomniac Events DTLA family, this heart-pounding nightclub features four floors of nonstop partying.

Situated in the former Los Angeles Stock exchange building, the art deco monument pays tribute to its historical past. It features multiple rooms, seven full-service bars, state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and a colossal LED screen display.

Revel in mesmerizing beats, unique visual displays, and smoke machines as you treat your ears and eyes to the musical talents of Peekaboo, Zedd, Snakehips, and more. 

Academy LA

Listen up, party people, school is in session, and your first lesson is to hit the books at Academy! While you won't get any studying done at this electrifying and energetic club, you will have a smashing good time!

Known for festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Academy LA is single-handedly redinfing LA nightlife, and nights here are sure to go into the wee hours as you shake and shimmy to house, bass, trance, and electronic music.

Nights here feature jam-packed lineups of incredible musical acts like Steve Aoki and Showtek, as well as fabulous musical-themed tribute parties.

Spring breakers should also pencil in some time at Day Trip, the Academy's patio party where scantily clad concert-goers can sip branded coconuts and dance surrounded by palm trees, VIP cabanas, and a sizeable movable bar. 

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

Make the most of springtime in the City of Angels when you marinate in the near-perfect weather and panoramic city views afforded by Upstairs at the Ace Hotel. A swanky spot located on the rooftop of the ultra-trendy Ace Hotel Upstairs is the ideal place to sunbathe or hear some epic tunes.

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Towel off by the concrete pool inspired by artist Donald Judd, or check their events schedule to get groovy with some amazing R&B music, first-class comedy acts, or free movie screenings.

Fill up on carnitas tacos and ceviche before ordering an aptly named 'staycation' or 'getaway' cocktail. 

View of the upstairs pool and lounge area at Ace Hotel on a sunny day with the cityscape in the back ground in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles via Facebook

Broken Shaker Los Angeles 

String lights, tropical-themed handcrafted cocktails, and a swoon-worthy rooftop pool deck. What could be better than a day of day drinking at Broken Shaker?

This award-winning hotel bar was also a James Beard Award finalist and delivers lots of laid-back Socal energy. So slap on that SPF, or sprawl out on a pool float as you sip the most heavily elixirs made from homemade cordials and exotic ingredients.

The hotel's rooftop is done up in Boho chic decor, pure social media bait.

Tear yourself away from documenting your trip on Instagram stories to enjoy their tuna tostadas, epic guacamole, and intriguing 'magic hour' cocktail.

Adult man in a black outfit sitting on a giant inflatable tiger floaty in a small pool at night at the Broken Shaker in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles via Facebook

The Bamboo Club

While your Long Beach getaway might not be as exotic and intoxicating as a South Pacific vacation, the Bamboo Club is here to help you with the latter.

This beloved tiki bar has become a neighborhood staple since it opened in 2019 and delights in bringing a taste of the tropics to Long Beach, California.

From its kitschy bamboo and Polynesian-inspired interior to its spacious private patio, there is always a corner to cozy up in and enjoy their delectable menu of unique and classic tiki cocktail creations.

Knockback a Mai Tai, or walk on the wild side when you tackle the beastly 'River Dragon.' Their Hawaiian-influenced bar bites are top-notch, and our mouths can't help but water when we reminisce on the Thai tea brined chicken sandwich with sweet slaw and the sticky sweet five-spice rib plate. 

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An enthralling mix of Hollywood glamour, staggering natural beauty, and world-class nightlife will entice even the most seasoned traveler to spend Spring Break in the City of Angels.

Every April, families, students, and couples alike set forth for southern California to renew their spirits and tans. 

From braving the waves at Malibu beach to hiking the rugged terrain of the Hollywood Trail or getting silly with photo ops at the World of Illusion, there are genuinely activities and adventures for every type of spring breaker in Los Angeles. 

Whether you spend days hanging out with Homer Simpson and Harry Potter at Universal California or dance and drink to the wee hours of the dawn at Academy, there are countless ways to savor every second of your Los Angeles Spring Break

How Will You Spend Your Los Angeles Spring Break?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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