Spring break invariably sees huge numbers of young North Americans looking for a good value sun, sea and err, nightlife vacation. So where are the best spring break destinations in Latin America? Where’s the best nightlife? Almost all the best destinations are found in Mexico, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.
Cancun is a great party destination year round, but it really comes into it’s own during spring break. It’s not cheap, however you do get some fantastic beaches, and great nightlife. The Oasis Cancun Hotel is where the heart of the action is, with big concerts and plenty of celebrities performing. MTV also have their spring break headquarters in Cancun - so you’ve a reasonable chance of getting on TV too. So Cancun, on the Maya Riviera coast, is the top spring break vacation destination, and it’s also the most popular choice.
Over the other side of Mexico, on the Pacific (rather than Caribbean) coast, is Acapulco. This legendary resort town is probably the second most popular spring break choice. The nightlife is just as buzzing, though the range of clubs in Acapulco is slightly more limited comapared to Cancun. Acapulco’s beaches are great, but not quite up to the standards of the near perfect beaches in Cancun. The best hotel to head for is the Playa Suites - the focal point of the spring break action.
3. Cabo San Lucas
Relatively new as a spring break destination, Cabo San Lucas / Los Cabos is none-the-less growing in popularity as a destination for party fiends. Cabo San Lucas is found in Baja California, which is just South of the border with California itself. It’s one of the more upmarket, luxurious spring break vacation destinations. The rest of the year, Cabo is increasingly popular with celebrities.
4. Puerto Vallarta
Also on the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a slightly less intense spring break travel experience compared to Acapulco or Cancun. There’s also plenty to do in addition to getting wasted and recovering on the fine beaches - whale watching is a possibility, as is scuba diving or hiking nearby. Puerto Vallarta is a well balanced option in Mexico.
5. Playa del Carmen
Just South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen used to be a pretty chilled kinda place, but these days it’s becoming similar to it’s northern neighbour. Playa del Carmen’s nightlife revolves around bar hopping, but there’s also some great beach clubs here too. It’s also close enough to get a taxi to Cancun for nightlife that’s a little more frenetic.
There you go - that’s my top five spring break destinations in Latin America, and they’re all in Mexico. Mexico just is that type of vacation destination that’s perfectly geared up to a nightlife and beaches combo. If you want to head elsewhere in the Caribbean, you could consider either Negril or Montego Bay in Jamaica, or even Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Slightly more random places that have good tourism orientated nightlife plus fine beaches in Latin America would be San Pedro in Belize, Roatan in Honduras, Bocas del Toro in Panama, Margarita Island in Venezuela, San Andres Island in Colombia or Buzios in Brazil - any of which might be worth considering.