Spring Break in Mexico FAQ

What you need to know about spring break in Mexico

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Many students looking for some fun in the sun during their spring break choose to travel to Mexico. They find great beaches and resorts, and lots of others who are also looking for a good time. The exchange rate is particularly favorable at the moment, making Mexico a very economical destination for spring breakers as well. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from prospective travelers about spring break in Mexico.

When is spring break?

Spring break takes place before the official start of spring, during the months of Februrary and March. The dates of spring break vary from year to year, and different schools take their spring break at different times. Find out exactly when is spring break this year?

Do I need a passport for spring break in Mexico?

You will most likely need a passport to travel to Mexico for Spring Break. If you're traveling by air, it is most definitely required, but if you're traveling by land or sea, you may be able to use a passport card or enhanced driver's license. Find out how to get a passport and more information about Mexico entry requirements.

Where should I go for Spring break?

Mexico has plenty of great spring break destinations and its proximity to the United States makes it an ideal spring break choice. Cancun, Acapulco, Los Cabos and Mazatlan are some of the most popular spring break hot spots, but there are many other excellent places to spend your holiday.

See the top destinations in Mexico. If instead of partying on the beach, if you would like to spend your spring break doing good, there are also lots of options for voluntourism in Mexico.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico for spring break?

Whether or not you'll be safe on your vacation in Mexico depends a lot on your own actions.

Although there has been increased violence, particularly along the border with the United States, and the US government recently updated a travel alert for Mexico, the violence that has occurred is mostly due to conflicts between Mexican authorities and drug cartels. Tourists have not been targeted, so as long as you practice common sense, and keep in mind these basic safety precautions, you should not be in any more danger in Mexico than you would be in any other destination.

What is the drinking age in Mexico?

The drinking age in Mexico is 18. Minors accompanied by their parent or legal guardian may consume alcoholic beverages with the consent of the accompanying adult, but a person under eighteen years of age may not legally purchase alcoholic drinks. The drinking age is not strictly enforced, however, and it is quite easy for minors to access alcohol, particularly teenagers who can pass for 18.

Are drugs legal in Mexico?

In 2009, the Mexican government decriminalized the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal consumption (5g of marijuana, 2g of opium, 500mg of cocaine, 50mg of heroin or 40mg of methamphetamines). However, the police may still detain a person in possession of these small amounts of drugs, and sentences for possession of larger quantities can lead to sentences of 10 to 25 years of imprisonment.

Find out more about Mexico's drug laws.

What can I do to stay safe and healthy during spring break?

There's a lot you can do to make sure you stay safe and healthy during your spring break. Just remember that overdoing it with alcohol or getting involved with drugs greatly increase your chances of getting into trouble. It's a good idea to practice moderation. You should also be careful of sun burns and rip tides and Check out these tips for a safe spring break in Mexico.

How can I avoid the crowds during spring break?

If, instead of partying hard with crowds of college students, you're looking for a different type of experience for your spring holiday, Mexico does offer many other options. You can look to its colonial cities and magical towns to experience rich Mexican culture and traditions, or you can get involved in a community or nature project on a volunteering vacation.

You can also look to some of Mexico's lesser known beach destinations where you can enjoy fun in the sun in a much less crowded atmosphere. Here are some more ideas to avoid spring break crowds.