Cancun is one of America's favorite tourist destination spots and when Spring Break ushers in an unprecedented spirit of festivity at the paradisiacal Caribbean resort town. With enthusiastic college students like you coming from all over the place to such fantastic vacation location such as this, the place really does go wild. White sandy beaches, rich blue water and hot steamy nights fill peoples' memories for years afterwards, and countless college students consistently claim Cancun to be their favorite party spot in the world.
Yet before just diving into the madness and fun, it is important to be aware of the risks to health and safety that could get in the way of having a good time. To be sure, sexually transmitted diseases and alcohol poisoning are not the first things you want to be thinking about when the word Cancun pops into your mind, but neither should they be your last concerns. That's because the propensity for ending up on the wrong side of the fence is somewhat increased when taking part in a wild vacation like this.
So before going down to this beautiful Mexican resort town, be sure to be prepared in advance for anything and everything that might happen. Fortunately, the steps you need to take are fairly simple.
One of the first items on the list is this: bring protection. Without a doubt, you will be surrounded by attractive college students - an unbelievable number, in fact - and only a fool would deny that there is one thing on the top of everyone's mind: sex. So, the chances of any college girl or college boy getting lucky are pretty good when you visit Cancun. That's why it is best not to be stuck without a condom. Especially when you're drunk. So bring condoms, as well as any other doctor recommended birth control supplies that might be necessary. Indeed, you never know what may happen.
Yet supplies alone may not be sufficient in giving you ample protection. Because you are most likely going to be doing a lot of drinking, your inhibitions will be down when it comes time to make love. Often, people who are drunk don't use the best judgment in terms of sexual safety; they'll often disregard condoms, for example, even if they're available. That's why it's important to stay close to your pack of friends when going out, people who can make sure that you don't get carried away into the night when you don't really know what's going on. This is good advice for both females as well as males; bring friends who know you well enough to know your limits. Also, in terms of general safety, it is important not to go out alone at night. Obviously, it is especially important for girls to adhere to this precaution - while Cancun is generally considered a very safe place you never want to be caught out in the dark in a sketchy situation while alone.
In terms of drinking, don't overdo it. Going out with friends for seven days of non-stop Spring Break fun requires a wise approach to the week. It's important to pace yourself throughout the vacation. A common mistake among many inexperienced drinkers is the first night binge. That's because many of the package deals offer great discounts, such as an open bar at the hottest night clubs that's include in the prepaid rate. But be careful, because without having to pay for drinks, you may just never want to stop. Yet what worse way is there to ruin a vacation than by securing a hangover for the first two or three days!
Moving on to other important aspects of Cancun to be careful about, we come to drinking water. While many of the faucets and water outlets here actually produce water that you can drink without getting sick, it is important to be sure that you are drinking from the right source. Always ask to see if the water is potable - most of the service staff in Cancun can speak English - or read the signs. You may want to buy up some bottled water once you get into town, just in case.