Cancun is the biggest party town in Mexico even on a wet Monday in August (middle of low season), so it’s hardly surprising that when Spring Break arrives Cancun takes on the mantle of the undisputed partying champion of Mexico and of being in the heavyweight category worldwide. Cancun doesn’t pull any punches and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is – the top vacation destination in Mexico which pulls in more visitors than anywhere else by offering top facilities, services, activities, and nightlife next to the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for some serious partying on the beaches of the Riviera Maya in March/April next year Cancun is probably the top option in Mexico.
Boasting every kind of lodging imaginable, from luxury resort hotels to hostels for backpackers, every kind of restaurant, a humming non-stop nightlife, and easy access through direct and reasonably cheap flights from the US, Canada, and Europe, Cancun has grown into a firm favorite with all kinds of travelers, with half of them being return visits. The key to a great Spring Break in Cancun is planning ahead. If you want the best prices on flights, hotels, and package deals earlier is always better. In slower months that might not matter so much, but Cancun fills up at Spring Break and last-minute booking is not going to do you any favors.
Put it this way – what’s the better idea; booking a hotel in New Orleans during Mardi Gras six months ahead or six days ahead? To get the best deals, book an all-inclusive package deal online; it might seem a big number when it comes up, but you know what you are going to pay and it includes everything except your personal expenses (cover and booze, I imagine).
If you do it all separately it will end up costing $200 or $300 more. It’s easy to get cash at ATMs in Mexico, but try not to spend it all on bar tabs, there are some great tours and activities in Cancun and on the Riviera Maya and since you’ve come this far it’s worth checking out at least some of them. They include snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, Mayan ruins, jungle tours with zip lining and rappel, eco-theme parks, dolphin swims, all manner of cruises including pirate, booze, nature, and culinary, glass-bottom submarines, ATVs, horseback riding, wave runners, underwater cave diving, golf, bar crawls and club-hopping.
Now, the last two you’re probably going to do with or without an organized tour, so try to do at least one of the others, you won’t regret it by the end of the day (though at the beginning of the day you might). If you want to take it easy and not travel with an aching head, the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park in Cancun might be a good idea. For top clubs and top DJs, check out Sweet, Dady’O, The City, and Basic Discoteque; with a package deal you should be able to avoid the lines and the covers.