Cruise Ships, Port of San Diego
Cruise Ships at the Port of San Diego. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

San  Diego is proving to be a cross-generational draw for spring break, making the top ten lists for both families and college students.

The motoring and travel organization AAA ranked San Diego third as a spring vacation destination after Orlando and Anaheim, the locations of Disneyworld and Disneyland, based on data from hotel bookings.

San Diego was less popular among college students, according to Priceline, which ranked America’s Finest City 9th, behind New Orleans but ahead of San Francisco. Orange County came in 5th, perhaps because some college students secretly prefer visiting Disneyland to a week of partying.

The online booking site said its surveys showed that two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 regretted not taking a last-minute spring-break trip in 2014.

Both Priceline and the AAA agreed that a brutal winter in the Northeast is making sunny destinations more popular this year.

“It’s clear that travelers are seeking warm weather destinations this spring as they look to escape the cold after a particularly harsh winter,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president. “In addition to great domestic destination getaways, cruises, tours and vacation packages to international destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean are also popular vacations this spring.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.