When I was in high school, the thing to do was go away for spring break. Big groups of kids would go with 2 or 3 sets of parents to resort towns in Mexico or the Caribbean for a week of partying, drinking and craziness. Of course, my parents wouldn’t let me do this, we usually went to Florida, or my senior year I went to the Bahamas with one friend for a pretty tame week, but almost everyone I know went on trips like this.
When I was in Mexico this year, I was expecting to see groups of high school and college kids around Playa like I have years past (including when I was one of them in college), but there were hardly any. We were there during a prime spring break week – the first week of March, and there were maybe a handful of raucous spring breakers. We weren’t looking for that scene at all, but it was noticeable at the beach and while walking around the town that these groups weren’t there.
If you’ve never been to a Mexican bar or club geared to 18-22 year olds, it’s hard to describe the level of insanity that exists. We’re talking a parent’s worst nightmare: MTV spring break craziness, like jello shots, dancing on bars and so on.
And this year… none of this. There are two big places to go in Playa del Carmen for this type of scene: Senor Frogs and Coco Bongo. We didn’t venture to either, but even the usually busy beach bar Blue Parrot and others along Playa’s 12th Avenue were deserted.
Perhaps parents are heeding school warnings to not let their kids go to Mexico? Or maybe crazy spring breaks are a thing of the past (which is probably a good thing).