Mexico Spring Break

Mexico Spring Break

Spring Break, that time of year when all hell breaks loose and everyone’s just happy to be a part of it. It’s that delectable week when students around the world are given a recess from schools and universities. Sometimes called Reading or Study Week, it takes place anywhere between the end of February and the middle of April, with the most typical time being early March. Students swarm to beach resorts for fun in the sun, meeting new people (maybe a new romance), water sports, beach contests, and tons of partying.

Spring Break originally started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1936 when a Colgate University swim team began going there to practice during spring break. The tradition carried on until the 1960’s, inspiring the Spring Break movie “Where the Boys Are”, which hoisted the image far and wide of college-age men and women traveling to Florida for the beaches, drinking, and romance. But in the 1980’s, Fort Lauderdale began passing laws to restrict partying, and the US government increased the legal drinking age to 21. Enter Mexico, with a drinking age of 18. By the 1990’s Spring Break numbers in the United States began to dwindle, and Mexico was more than happy to pick up the slack.

So, if you don’t know where to go on Spring Break, go to Mexico! There’s no finer way to spend your much needed break from the cold winter doldrums and those miserable mid-terms than by escaping to the white, sugar-sand beaches, fresh tropical breezes, clear blue skies, and beautiful turquoise sea at Mexico’s popular Spring Break resorts.

And the parties, have we mentioned the parties yet? Party on the beach after beach volleyball, party at the pool after bikini golf, then hit the Malecón and party some more.

In the evening don your “clubbing” clothes and parade out to popular nightclubs, such as Coco Bongo, Senor Frogs, and the Beachcomber (depending upon your Spring Break destination).

Make new friends and dance your heart out at the discothèques.

Or, put on that comfortable tropical shirt, the one with the red hibiscus all over it, or your teeny tiny tank top, and hit the pubs for a night of playing pool and drinking ice cold beer.

If you prefer a quieter evening - it’s hard to image, I know - there are lounges where you can relax on a sofa and have a (romantic?) conversation while sipping designer martinis.

At many destinations, the bars are open until dawn, which means partying doesn’t stop until you do.

Be among the hundreds of thousands of college-age students from the United States and Canada to make early reservation at Mexico’s hottest Spring Break destinations, which include: Cancun, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Rosario Beach, and San Felipe.

Cancun, Mexico’s longest running Spring Break destination, in some respects, has led the way for other destinations to ensure a fun, safe, and affordable experience for students.

Like Cancun, all of Mexico’s Spring Break destinations feature “all-inclusive” resort or hotel package deals, which means that your three meals and your drinks (think about it…) are included in the price. So, as a student with a fixed-budget, you will know upfront what you can expect to pay for food and lodging.

Your travel agent can suggest other cost-cutting options, like the “Dine Around Meal Plan”, which goes like this: for around $70 you get 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners at places like Senor Frogs, the Rain Forest Café, or Carlos ‘n Charlies. Available programs will depend upon your Spring Break destination.

Wherever you decide to go for Spring Break, be sure to make your reservations early. Mexico’s Spring Break resorts fill up fast, and you don’t want to miss the party!

Spanish version of this page: Spring break