As spring break continues this month in full force, local residents above the age of, let’s say, 25, know it’s best to stay away from the Channel. The CVB anticipates the arrival of as many as 25,000 students from more than 40 schools throughout the U.S. Besides the shot in the arm that spring break brings to local rental services, restaurants and hotels, remember that today’s spring breakers very often turn into tomorrow’s residents.
This year a new spring break organizer is on the job. JusCollege, a Las Vegas-based company which offers travel packages, events and activities for college students, is welcoming spring breakers with open arms, as well as pool parties, sports tournaments, games, yoga and live music.
“JusCollege is a multimillion-dollar company, and year after year they’ve proven themselves. They were well received by the CVB, and we wanted to get away from the ruckus-type atmosphere,” CVB president Chip Shilosky told Today’s News-Herald.
“We want to give students an experience they can enjoy, to go home and remember, and one day come back after spring break is over,” Shilosky said.
JusCollege, which calls Lake Havasu the most popular drive-to spring break destination on the West Coast, this year also introduced the HeatWave Havasu Music Festival with world class DJs at its HQ property, the Nautical Beachfront Resort.
After hours, there’s a resident-pleasing Silent Disco for late night parties after midnight. Instead of loud speakers, dancers wear their own personal headsets.
But whatever your opinion of spring break, the city is being promoted to tens of thousands of millennials who once they marry and have families, may very well become neighbors, or buyers of your own home when you’re ready to sell.
Take Sativa Castellucci for instance, a 44-year-old married mother of two from Granada Hills, Calif., who was first introduced to the city during spring break in the mid 1990s.
As a child Sativa came to Lake Havasu with her mother and tent camped at Crazy Horse Campgrounds, learning to waterski at the age of five. As she got older, she would return for spring break with a best friend. Their favorite haunts were the bars Kokomo and Hussong’s, the Casa de Miguel Mexican restaurant, Copper Canyon for some cliff jumping, and other spring break pastimes.
“I didn’t have a boat, so I had to find guys with boats,” she laughs.
“It was pretty clean fun. It was all about meeting people. We were amazed that other students visited from all over the U.S. This was a big deal before the days of social media,” Sativa told us.
Married now for 16 years, she became a permanent resident when her husband received a job offer in the city. Sativa currently works from home running a clothing business called June Bird Designs.
“I’ve been coming to Lake Havasu my entire life. I started as a tourist and became a resident and have watched the city grow.”
“What really attracted me was the friendliness of everybody, and how the town has a strong community and everyone has a relaxed atmosphere, certainly in relation to the fast-paced California lifestyle. Besides, the weather here is great,” Sativa said.
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