Cancun Spring Break

All those classes and exams can seem like one endless drag, and then there's that tiresome planning of Spring Break to consider. With it's powder soft beaches, palm shaded courtyards and vivid blue coastline, Cancun has become the place for Spring Break capital for the world in recent years.

Situated upon the sun-soaked Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun lies within the most Eastern of Mexico's 31 Federal States - Quintana Roo, and enjoys Mexico's most temperate climate. With less than 120 days of rainfall each year, the coastal city maintains mercury highs of around 85 Fahrenheit from February to July. Sweeping coastal breezes and avenues of beach palms along the Bahia de Mujeres, ensure that sticky heat rarely interrupts the energetic beach sports and tan-topping that goes on here. In 2009, restoration efforts were undertaken to the 11km of coastline from Punta Cancun to Punta Nizuc, owing to freak storms. A total of 5.2 million cubic meters of sand were deposited along the area. All this translates to an unspoiled stretch of beach, complimented by palm roofed huts and sun-lounger service!

Cancun's sophisticated hotel zone is shaped like a number seven around the Nichupte Lagoon. The strip is an eclectic mix of funky 3-5 star hotels with palm-lined courtyards and beach bars, however the lay-out is so navigable, not even cocktail junkies will get lost on the 5pm stagger from town. Accommodation in Cancun is as diverse as the nightlife, so whether your budget equates to just a few thousand Pesos, or you're pushing the boat out, there's a motel or 5 star suite with your name on it. The Nichupte Lagoon isn't ideal for swimming (although the prospect of a crocodile encounter will doubtless put you off anyway), however is large enough for a variety of water-sports, ranging from jet-skiing to para-surfing. We hasten to add those crocodiles are of a non-human devouring variety!

The “7 Zone” features a diverse range of amenities – many of which belong to the inclusive hotel resorts, apart from a few restaurants, bars and the adjacent “Forum By The Sea”. You'll quickly discover this is no ordinary complex from the sea of beautiful people handing out club vouchers in the forecourt area. Sun-kissed and perma-tanned, they look like they're the life and soul, but that's only the tip of the iceberg in Cancun – for models and Playmates soak up the party atmosphere. The “Forum” is the most popular Spring Break complex for students, brimming over with Hilfiger and Diesel outlets, offset by popular hangouts such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Coco Bongo entertainment center. The Plaza La Isla at the Southern end of the hotel zone comes at a close second best, with over 200 stores to while away the daylight hours.

With sea temperatures of 65-75 Fahrenheit, the temptation to don a bikini or surf shorts and get out onto the waves is a strong one as soon as you touch down in Cancun. The rippling heat is almost visible off the water on the brightest of days, so you'll be wanting the right beach, for the right kind of adventures. Thankfully, most are within 5-10 minutes walk of the “7 Zone”, although Playa Langosta and Playa Las Perlas at the North end might suffice, such is the excellence for swimming. Playa Langosta is known for it's strong undercurrents, making it prime location for surfing and para-sailing, while Las Perlas is considerably calmer and more ideal for general frolicking and bathing. Neighboring Playa Caracol is where the beautiful people loll contently on loungers, waiters catering to every cocktail whim.

No review of Cancun would be complete without mentioning the nightlife – after all Spring Break is all about the hell-raising! Or tail-chasing? Or man ogling? Uber-clubs are abound in Cancun, ranging from your average 200-capacity dubstep and funky house zone, to the behemoths at Kilometer 9 – Coco Bongo and The City. The former is connected via The Forum complex, offering a mix of hip-hop and techno amid sophisticated shooter bars; an aerial gymnastics show and a several thousand capacity floor of party-crazed Spring Breakers. The City is newer; a dance arena for up to 5000 that headlines the star acts of Cancun such as 50 Cent and Fall Out Boy – the queue or blag club, for high-class party-goers. If you're a blagger with swagger, or simply seeking a bombastic night of dance and debauchery – Cancun has it all, and it's usually under one roof!

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