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Cancun Is the Number One Destination For Young Americans In March

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The latest estimates have revealed that Cancun will welcome around 30,000 international tourists during the month of March this year. These tourist numbers will come smack dab in the middle of Cancun’s infamous spring break holiday season, making Cancun yet again a major destination for young U.S. Americans for spring fun in the sun. 

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When Is Spring Break Week In Cancun?

Because students at universities and colleges throughout the U.S. don’t all have the same week off, the spring break season typically runs between the end of February and the beginning of April. This means that popular beach destinations like Cancun will see an influx of spring breakers at any time during these 6-7 weeks in the late winter and early spring seasons. The busiest period for spring break in Cancun this year is expected to be run from March 4th until March 25th. 

drinks with blur beach and sunset in background.

Agencies Warn Travelers Of Mexican Laws

With the influx of younger travelers coming into the Mexican Caribbean over the coming weeks, local Quintana Roo authorities have issued some reminders for those international tourists. The main reminders are on the subject of bringing in any illegal items to Mexico.

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“Mexico does not allow you to transport drugs, firearms, sharp objects, explosives, flammable and combustible substances. Sharp objects must be documented,” is the message that’s reportedly being spread amongst travel agencies planning spring break trips for travelers this year. 

One U.S.-based travel agency that helps eager students plan their spring break experiences is Student City, which has named Cancun the #1 destination for U.S. spring break this year, on top of other destinations such as Punta Cana, Panama City Beach, South Padre Island, Cabo San Lucas, and Nassau Bahamas.

An outdoor pool area in an upscale Cancun resort

Cancun For Spring Break: A Party History

Cancun has been the spring break vacation go-to spot for restless young U.S. university and college students for decades. This all-American tradition of spring break actually dates back to 1935 in Fort Lauderdale.

Flash forward five decades later to when Cancun was rebuilt following a massive hurricane, also known as Hurricane Gilbert/Gilberto, in September of 1988. Following the disaster and the rebuilding complete, Cancun became one of the biggest destinations for young U.S. party-goers. This annual tradition helped Cancun recover lots of those tourist dollars lost from Hurricane Gilbert.

Spring break backlit image of a group of young people dancing at sunset on a tropical beach.

What Happens For Spring Break In Cancun

Just a short flight away from Florida, Cancun offers lots of sun, beach, and not to mention relatively affordability, making it the perfect pick if you want to go international for a spring break getaway.

From hitting up Cancun’s best nightclubs and bars to booking day trips to experience the best that a gorgeous destination like Cancun has to offer, there’s plenty to do for spring break in the Mexican Caribbean.

And the city is definitely prepared for spring break this year. Major events happening in Cancun next month include the Spring Break Boat Party and the Bongo Tour, which is a bar crawl of Cancun’s Coco Bongo venues. Some much-anticipated parties happening in March for spring breakers are the Mandala Beach Pool Party, City Club Night, as well as Coco Bongo Club Night. You can read more here in this post about the top 7 events happening in Cancun for spring break this year. 

Tourists Standing Around Coco Bongo During Spring Break in Cancun

Nearby Playa Del Carmen To Focus On Attracting The Family Travelers In 2023

The report also noted that the nearby Mexican Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen is reluctant to become another spring break go-to destination, noting that it just doesn’t have the same infrastructure as Cancun. Playa del Carmen will instead be catering to family travelers this year, as the Undersecretary of Tourism in Quintana Roo, Carlos Jiménez, stated in the report. 

While 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen does have a party scene with plenty of bars and nightclubs on pretty much every corner, it doesn’t measure up to nearby Cancun, which is still one of the top spring break destinations for young Americans.

aerial view of the beach in Mexican Caribbean.

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