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Spring break getaways on a budget

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Hotel Paisano is a great place for students on a budget to get away to in Marfa, Texas for spring break.

With one week left until spring break, time and distance are always a priority for a quick getaway to visit a new panorama. Here are some options for the perfect getaway on a budget.

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Although it might seem obvious, Ciudad Juárez is the nearest option for those who want a change of scenery within a budget. Due to the dollar to peso exchange rate, students can do many things in El Paso’s neighbor city without spending exuberant amounts of money. Whether it is going to new Italian restaurant Muzza; Sabor Amor, a nightclub that offers salsa dance classes on Thursdays; or the city’s downtown area to enjoy live music and performances and street food, Ciudad Juárez has many activities to offer at low prices.

Marfa, Texas

Spring break is the perfect time to make the three-hour trip to Marfa that many have been constantly postponing. Even though visitors can enjoy most of the city in a day, staying a couple of days is recommended to truly enjoy the many seemingly out-of-place attractions. Whether it is stopping at the Prada Marfa sculpture found on the way to the city, visiting the Chinati Foundation Museum to admire modern art, or going to witness Marfa’s mystery lights, the small city offers many opportunities for leisurely entertainment.

White Sands National Monument

Less than two hours away, the White Sands National Monument is the place to go for nature lovers. Found in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the crisp, white dunes are an incredible sight to behold. For those who are at a loss of what to do nearby for an entire morning or afternoon with friends and family, people can embark on a short drive to enjoy sledding on the sand, have a picnic, admire the contrast between the cool, white sand and the colorful sunset,or simply enjoy how the sand feels on bare feet.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

In order to enjoy a city filled with art collections, renowned restaurants and relaxing activities, people should consider taking the five-hour trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital. Some of the city’s iconic exhibitions include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which includes paintings, sketches and sculptures, and the Loretto Chapel, which features an unusual staircase that has attracted national attention. The city also includes an interactive exhibition called Meow Wolf. People are encouraged to explore the exhibition at their own pace as there are various hidden rooms, nooks and crannies. 

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

When people think of spring break, many generally think of road trips and beaches. Around nine hours away from El Paso is Puerto Peñasco, a resort city found on the Gulf of California. This location provides the perfect excuse to organizing a trip with a couple of friends to drink tequila, enjoy fresh seafood, drive a jet ski and dive into the ocean. Puerto Peñasco is the perfect place to find some peace and relax before returning to the second half of the semester.

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Valeria Olivares
Valeria Olivares is currently a senior studying multimedia journalism and is the editor-in-chief of The Prospector. Throughout the summer of 2019, Olivares helped Rain Media interview, translate and film a documentary on immigrants at the border for FRONTLINE and interned at the San Antonio Express-News where she covered crime and wrote more than 90 articles. As a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she participated in the Latino Reporter, NAHJ’s student project. Olivares is interested in immigration, politics, privacy and internet culture.
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