Spring breakers taking extra precautions in Cancun

Associated Press, 3/7/2009

Cancun police

Cancun police

Recent events suggest that Cancun is starting to see the drug violence that has long plagued places like Ciudad Juarez. Mexican officials say it ain’t so, asserting that the 18-mile island with its hundreds of hotels, restaurants and bars is immune from the narco-violence popping up in the adjoining downtown and the larger metropolitan area on the mainland known as Benito Juarez.

But as the bulk of “los espring breakers,” as the Mexican media call them, start to arrive this weekend, analysts say that there is a latent fear that Cancun could go the direction of once-popular party spots for Americans like Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and even Acapulco, which has had drug hits along its hotel strip.

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