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Spring break is EXACTLY as you imagine it!


[ When ]All year but the high season is Mid December – March

[ City ]Cancun

[ Good For ]Beach bums and party lovers

[ Weather ]Tropical climate. Hot all year round with rainy and dry seasons.

[ Crowd ]600,000 +

[ Cost ]$$$

[ Sex Work ]

Prostitution is legal in Mexico but pimping and soliciting on the street is not

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Cancun is one of the most well known holiday spots in South America, with sun, sand and nightlife all rolled into one. White sandy beaches stretch out along the coast for daytime fun, and clubs and bars get packed in the evenings full of partygoers. It's said that Cancun is a 365 day party! It's also one of the most popular places for college students heading on spring break, so if you're there during that celebration prepare for 24hour parties.

Getting There

Getting to Mexico is the hardest part, once you've gotten over the jet lag your good to go! Cheap flights from within Mexico are the best way of getting to Cancun, with Mexico City being the easiest point of departure. There are buses available, but they cost just as much as flights and take way more time, being stuck on a bus for 20 odd hours isn't many peoples idea of a great way to spend their holiday.

Where to Stay

Being a popular tourist hot spot there are plenty of options to suit any budget! Hostels are a great option for solo travellers or anyone on a limited budget. There are hotels and resorts aplenty right on the beach, or a little further inland depending on what you want. Resorts and hotels range from family friendly to adults only, so if your wanting an adults only escape its worth doing your research!

Sexy Score

With bikini's everywhere and cocktails flowing the mood in Cancun is laidback and fun. This vibe is sure to lead to some sexy shenanigans! Just remember it is a family vacation hotspot as well, so maybe leave that 'mankini' at home, or in the safety of your adults-only hotel pool.

Sex in other Cities Tipsheet
  • Pack your sunscreen! Cancun has a tropical climate so the sun will be shining and the temperatures high. Spending your days peeling skin off your back is never fun, so remember to pack some sunscreen, a nice big hat and something to wear on the beach.
  • Hit the beach. The glorious white sand of Cancun is a great way to spend a day or two. The ocean water is warm and crystal clear so cool down by having a dip! There are so many beach activities, including boating, swimming with dolphins and snorkelling, so there's bound to be something that takes your fancy!
  • Avoid Downtown Cancun. There are two main districts of Cancun, the 'Hotel Zone' and El Centro, which is also known as downtown Cancun. While the hotel zone is well set out and safe, Downtown is considerably more dangerous, with widespread poverty making theft common.
  • Don't drink the tap water! Just like in Bali it's not a great idea to drink the tap water, it'll probably leave you bent over the toilet for a few hours at best. Stick to the bottled stuff and you'll be fine.
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What could go wrong

If your staying in the 'Hotel Zone', your probably going to be safe, the areas is well set out and free of most crime. As always when travelling be aware of where your valuable are and you should be fine!
If you visit a strip club or brothel while you're in Cancun there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you know which currency you're negotiating in, there's quite a difference (12 times!) between the US Dollar and the Peso, so double check to avoid getting ripped off.
While prostitution is quite well regulated in areas close to the Hotel Zone, the further away you venture the more risk you take. Regardless of how much you pay, safe sex is always the best option, but the lower the price, the less likely the chance of regular testing so practising safe sex is a must to avoid sexually transmitted infections.

Where to get help

There are two main places you can go in Cancun for sexual health advice:

IREGA Cancun
Hospital Galenia, Av.Tulum MZ1 SM12, Col Santa Maria Sike Esq Av Nizuc, Cancun,
(02) 8599 2269 ext: 75775

Clínica Cirugía Estética Cancún
Edificio Pabellon Caribe, Av. Nichupté No. 22 Segundo Piso PH 203 S.M. 19, Cancú
(02) 8599 2269 ext: 20092


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Sex on holiday happens.

Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of our inhibitions
and may take more risks than we would at home. 

This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting.
Accepting this before we go is the first step to planning.

To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account
and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:

  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:07 posted by anonymous

    on my bucketlist for sure!

  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:06 posted by anonymous

    I did a exchange in America a few years back, and going to spring break in cancun was definitley the highlight. Our hotel was pretty crappy and i think we would have been better off staying at a hostel, but all the partying meant we didn't spend much time in our room anyway! We did a day trip our to valladolid too, which was definitely worth it