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The migration south

Steamboat residents flock to warm places for spring break

— Long, cold winters elicit warm and tropical spring breaks.

“It has pretty much been warm places for the majority of people that we are booking,” said Jamie Brown, corporate and travel services manager for The Travel Center at Steamboat. “Especially with the weather we have been getting. We are teased with 60-degree sunny days once in a while, and people are getting excited to enjoy warm weather and do the fun outdoor activities again.”

Many people use the first weekend after the Steamboat Ski Area closes to escape to Moab or Fruita.

“It’s the camping trip where people just pack up their car and go,” Brown said.

Steamboat residents often escape to Mexico, and there are many good promotions running this time of year.

“The hoards still go to Mexico,” said Julie Rabbitt, owner of Steamboat Reservations and Travel, Inc. “It’s a good value and easy to get to.”

It is not uncommon to run into other Steamboat residents south of the border.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that,” Brown said. “It’s kind of funny because I think people leave to get away, and then they see all these people they know.”

Rabbitt has noticed an increase in people traveling to Europe this spring break.

“There are several going to Italy and some going to London and (some) doing the Irish thing,” Rabbitt said. “Unless you are going to one area, a week is not enough time to do all of Europe.”

Brown has been booking many spring break vacations to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Belize.

“We’ve been sending some families to places like Florida, Key West or on a Disney cruise,” she said. “And I’ve actually had some groups of singles booking places for long weekend trips to Las Vegas.”

Brown is planning her own trip to Belize for her honeymoon in August, where she will stay in a seaside cabana.

“My fiance is really excited about going deep-sea fishing and I’m just going to pretty much relax, have some cocktails and go to the spa,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to just laying on the beach and doing nothing.”

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