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Spring Break

The notion of students misbehaving a little during their time away from their books is, of course, not unique to the United States of America. However, the ritualistic fervour with which American students celebrate their Spring Break - a once-yearly, socially-sanctioned Bacchanal of binge drinking and wild partying - is something that foreign visitors to Florida, and especially those travelling with children, might need to prepare themselves for. Ever since the 'Fort Liquordale' days of the 1980s, Florida has been a notoriously popular destination for Spring Break revellers; and these days, the presence of MTV film crews and internationally-renowned DJs and musicians on many of the Sunshine State's beaches, only adds to the generally debauched atmosphere. Although Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, St Petersburg and Miami's South Beach still draw thousands of students, Panama City Beach has become the new epicentre, with about 400,000 carousers expected every year. You'll either love being in Florida during Spring Break or hate it; but either way, visitors should prepare themselves for an uncommonly festive holiday period.

Venue: Various beach areas and resort towns around Florida

Date: Between February and April annually