Spring Break in Cancun
Spring Break in Cancun is a college student’s dream. Every year, hundreds of students flock to the Caribbean shores for a taste of what Cancun has to offer. The party never stops when you’re in Cancun—from bikini contests and live shows to music festivals and poolside relaxation—this is the place to be. During this time of year nightclubs put on more events to please the large crowds, and resorts cater specifically to Spring Breakers, so you can keep the party going from morning to night without any interruptions.
We’ve researched the best places to stay, party, and explore so you can get the most out of your Spring Break trip in Cancun.
Best places to stay
Grand Oasis Cancun
College -age and Twentysomethings
Perfect if you want: Neverending Entertainment and a fast-pass to all kinds of action.
Pool (s): 1/4 mile long, free form
Highlights: 9-Hole Golf Course, beach parties, etnertainers, famous cabaret show
The Grand Oasis Cancun boasts one of the most sprawling and notorious Spring Break must visits in Hotel Zone. With live shows, concerts, festivals, themed parties, and burlesque cabaret show, there's no all-inclusive hotel more tailored to Spring Break experience. With a quarter-mile long pool, 18 different restaurants, 14 bars (3 are swim-up), 50 entertainers, and a golf course with free green fares, you'll never want to leave.
Oasis Cancun Lite
College-age and Twentysomethings
Perfect if you want: Non-stop entertainment, budget spring break experience
Pool (s): 1/4 mile long, free form
Highlights: 2 Beach Clubs, use of Grand Oasis amenities and bars
Cancun Oasis Lite is the budget-friendly (but still all-inclusive!) version of the Grand Oasis. Shared amenities make it easy to rub shoulders with other Spring Breakers but save on cash. At the Oasis Lite, you'll enjoy access to 7 restaurants, 7 bars, and 2 beach clubs (as well as the quarter mile pool!). Enjoy non-stop entertainment, beach parties, and more-- Oasis Lite Style!
Attracts: Day-trippers and
Perfect if you want: A non all-inclusive (budget) metro-chic ambiance close to the clubs for the best of both worlds
Pool (s): Rooftop pool with views
Highlights: Pets allowed, free bike rentals, free Wi-Fi
Aloft is classy, urban, and chic. Smaller than other macro-hotels at just 177 rooms, it's perfect for leisure travelers who want to be a step away from the clubs but not in the center of the action. Since the room price is not all-inclusive, Aloft makes an excellent homebase for day-trippers and travelers who would rather explore eating options beyond their property. Leave for the day, then come back and watch the sun go down from the rooftop pool before heading out to dinner and clubs.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Adults and Families with teenagers and older kids
Perfect if you want: An edgy all-inclusive rock-and-roll retreat, with a special spin on spring break.
Pool (s): Infinity Pool, swim-up bars, and adults-only hydro-spa
Highlights: A music lab, teen and kids clubs, in-room liquor dispensers, double spas in every room.
If the Hard Rock brand is already your jam, you're about to love it even more. With a music lab, teen club, all-inclusive guitar rentals, karaoke nights, and golf course, the Hard Rock Cancun really “goes to 11.” Did we mention the infinity pool and pristine beach?
College and Twentysomethings
Perfect if you want: Easy access to nightclubs and shopping, an incredible beachfront, and all-inclusive optional meal-plan
Pool (s): One large pool, kiddie pool, and infinity spa
Highlights: Spacious rooms, daily and nightly entertainment, perfect location, budget pricing.
For value and location, the Krystal is hard to beat. The hotel's beach is one of the best and most scenic in the Hotel Zone, and guests staying at the property tend to be outgoing and social. With all-inclusive as an optional feature, it's hard to go wrong choosing the Krystal.
Panama Jack Cancun (formerly the Gran Caribe Real)
Singles, groups, and families
Perfect if you want: A kicked-back and all-inclusive adventure for kids and adults alike, close to shopping and clubs. A step up from other hotels, Panama Jack's provides all kinds of interactive classes and activities throughout the day and evening.
Pool (s): Two pools with waterslides
Highlights: Water slides and Kids' Entertainment, cultural entertainment, beautiful spa and fitness areas
Newly rebranded, Panama Jack (formerly known as the Gran Caribe Real) is located close to clubs and the shopping scene in Cancun. Most rooms come with their own living and outdoor areas, making it the perfect choice if you need space to kick back and chill alone or with kiddos. With a refined beach house vibe and bright, welcoming rooms, look no further than Panama Jack for a breath of fresh spring break air.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Couples, small groups, families
Perfect if you want: Relaxing atmosphere and luxurious amenities
Pool (s): 1/4 mile long, free form
Highlights: 40,000 sq foot Spa, Arcade room, Gourmet Restaurants
For a five-star getaway with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation (but proximity to clubs and nightlife), choose the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun. This property is one of the finest in the Hotel Zone and is known for its 40,000 foot hydrotherapy spa, sprawling pool, and phenomenal restaurants.
Where to party
Coco Bongo has it all and then some. Known for its incredible and extravagant shows that include acrobatic performances, circus acts, trance music, and a wild explosion of confetti streamers--you’ll be in for a wild night. The cover is a bit high, but with an unlimited open bar, it’s well worth every peso.
Dady’O is a wild trip. With bikini and beachbody contests, themed parties, and popular DJ and celebrity hosts, it’s no wonder this place is one of the most popular clubs in town. Dance to popular hits under fun laser effects, and enjoy the unlimited open bar until the sun comes up.
Move to the rhythm of Cancun on the Dancer Cruise. Climb aboard the three-story catamaran and dance the night away as it sails across the coast. This seven hour cruise includes two stops that are perfect for snorkeling opportunities in the coral reefs of Isla Mujeres. When you’re ready to relax, simply lay back in your lounge chair and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean.
Lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to explore the ruins. Cancun has a rich history with ancient ruin cities strewn right outside the busy city center. If you want to stay close to the Hotel Zone, visit El Rye located right in Cancun. Or head about an hour outside of the city to see the ruins in Tulum, one of the most scenic destinations in the Yucatan.
How to Prepare for Your Spring Break in Cancun
Make sure your passport is current and not close to expiring.
Brush up on the laws to ensure you’re not accidently breaking any of them.
Get your Pesos ready. Although some places in Mexico still accept USD, it’s better to be prepared with local currency.
Hit the gym before your trip. A lot of people will be flashing their bodies along the beach, so get ready to join in the fun!
Have transportation ready before you arrive at the airport to avoid high taxi prices.
Want to get your Spring Break trip to Cancun off on the right start? Check out Cancun.com’s hotels and find the one that will make your trip complete.