The data is in and once again Mexico is dominating the list of popular destinations for spring break among students and international travelers of all ages who are desperate to escape the winter blues. Pretty soon,visitors from around the world will be flooding onto Mexico’s beaches and if this year’s preliminary numbers are any indication,2015 is shaping up to be another record year for tourism in Mexico – especially in Cabo and Cancun.
On a recent list of the best destinations for spring break in 2015 that was compiled by Student Travel Experts for About.com,Mexico snagged two of the top 10 spots,with Cancun coming in at number 2 and Cabo earning the number 6 spot. Also,the Arizona Republic and CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston report that Mexico is expecting record crowds for spring break,with “thousands expected to flock to Mexico” this year. In addition,the U.S. State Department offers a state-by-state breakdown of any travel advisories in Mexico,none of which are in its many popular tourist destinations.
“Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study,tourism and business,including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day,” writes the U.S. State Dept. “The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations,and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality.”
Cancun is located on Mexico’s eastern Caribbean coast and is consistently ranked among the world’s top spring break destinations because it offers the ideal environment to contrast the dreary,cold,wet weather so much of the world has been dealing with for the last several months (or more). In addition,Cancun is close to ancient Mayan ruins that will take your breath away,and is easy reach with daily flights from most U.S. cities. Visitors can take a ferry to nearby Isla Mujeres or the island of Cozumel; they can snorkel along the world’s second-largest barrier reef or book an exciting jungle adventure; the nightlife is unbeatable and the energy is electric – what more could anyone want for spring break?
“Cancun is number one definitely,” shared Kaitlin Van Horn of SpringBreakDirect.com in an interview with KHOU. “Thousands of students are expected to flock to Cancun.”
Situated on Mexico’s western Pacific Coast,Cabo San Lucas is another popular destination in Mexico for spring break travelers and celebs,offering world-class sunbathing and a wildly glamorous nightlife scene. Although not necessarily a budget destination,Cabo offers a wide variety of hotels and rental property to suit almost any budget. All-inclusive deals offer easy financial options and street food here is just as affordable – not to mention delicious – as it is anywhere else in Mexico!
Other spring break hotspots in Mexico include Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast,as well as Playa del Carmen,Cozumel and Tulum in the Riviera Maya on its Caribbean coast,which is located just south of Cancun and is the country’s top tourist destination. One big advantage for students is the peso-dollar exchange rate this spring,which hovers at 15 pesos for every U.S. dollar. This is an added incentive compared to last year’s rate of 13 pesos per dollar.
“Tourists spent more than $16 billion dollars in Mexico in 2014,a record,according to Mexico’s secretary of tourism,” writes KHOU. “And the number of visitors grew by more than 16.6 percent over 2013 and is up 27.6 percent from 2012.”
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