Top Five Spring Break Destinations in Mexico

Mexico is one of the world's premier vacation spots, and top places to spend spring break. It is home to world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, delectable cuisine, and a warm spring climate offering many opportunities for outdoor fun. Each region has its own flavor, meaning the food, art, weather, sites, and activities, can all be different depending on where you are.

If you want to enjoy warm temps and sandy beaches, while embracing the unique and hospitable culture of Mexico, make sure you hit one of these spring break hot spots!


Located just 68 miles south of the border, Ensenada is an ideal vacation spot for anyone in the Southwest looking for a convenient Spring Break destination.

La Bufadora Geyser Ensenada

Not only are there multiple beaches and party spots, but there's also great food, shopping, museums, history, outdoor adventures, wine tasting, seals, and more. You probably cannot see and do it all in one week.

Highlights include the malecón or "El Malecón Ventana Al Mar," where you can visit the famous Mercado Negro fish market & restaurant, eat all sorts of out-of-this-world street food, go on a boat trip in the bay and see the hilarious sea lions, walk to El Parque de la Bandera and listen to live music. And just a few blocks away is the Paseo Calle Primera (or First Street) where you can find great restaurants, clubs, specialty shops, and more. There are also two museums within walking distance of the malecón: the History Museum and the State Center of Arts (CEARTE).

Other things to see include La Bufadora (the world's second tallest natural marine geyser) and Valle de Guadalupe (Mexico's wine capital). Both are about 30 minutes from the malecón.

And don't forget the biggest Spring Break attraction—the Ensenada Beer Fest, a huge craft beer festival that features more than 100 breweries, 30 restaurants, and five music stages (this year) and takes places over two days. If you like beer, music, and fun you won't want to miss this main event!

Ensenada has Spring Break for everyone all in one place!

Mulegé, Baja

Located further down the Baja, Mulegé, officially Heroica Mulegé, sits on the banks of the Mulegé River, just before it dumps into the Sea of Cortez. This small oasis in the desert is one of the few places where you will find a freshwater source in the middle of the arid Baja desert. And it offers many incredible outdoor adventures.

Outside Mulegé Brewing Company

Head south to Bahía Concepción, where you can enjoy incredible, soft, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters along one of the loveliest parts of the Sea of Cortez. In Playa Santispak you can rent kayaks or paddleboards from Sal's rentals, or take a boat tour.

If you prefer to stay in Mulegé, kayak on the placid Mulegé River, or just hang at your hotel or rental and listen to the birds and enjoy the quiet. It feels like you are in the jungle and you may even spot one of the local Osprey.

Visit the historical museum that used to be a jail with an interesting history—the inmates could leave during the day! And speaking of history, the reason the official name of the town is Heroica Mulegé is because it defeated Americans who were looking to occupy this area.

If you wish to learn more about the history of the area, take a tour of highly decorated indigenous petroglyph sites. And if you like a good beer and food, the Mulegé Brewing Company is the place to go.

It's easy to see that Heroica Mulegé has something for the entire family!

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora

Just 60 miles south of the U.S. border in Lukeville, Arizona, is Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point. Here you will find an affordable way to enjoy the "Cancun vibe" without the Cancun price tag.

The old port or malecón offers a rich blend of sights, tastes, and experiences and is the hub for shopping, dining, and clubbing, as well as one of the best places to watch a sunset in the area.

Sandy Beach Rocky Point Mexico

There's no shortage of beaches in Rocky Point. Sandy beach is known for its wide, long stretches of sand and shallow waters. It is THE beach for Spring Break parties and water activities. Other beaches include Playa Hermosa, Las Conchas, La Cholla, and the more secluded Playa Encanto.

The nightlife in Rocky Point is enticing, with numerous bars and clubs offering live music and a lively atmosphere. And don't forget to take a Sunset Booze Cruise, where you can enjoy music and drinks, while drifting along on the lovely Sea of Cortez.

Other things to do in Rocky Point include visiting and eating at the Oyster farms, horseback riding on the beach, ATV riding on Competition Hill near Cholla Bay, hiking El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve & UNESCO world heritage site, Tequila tasting at the Tequila Factory, whale watching tours, fishing, Bird Island tours, and so much more!

Spring Break in Rocky Point, Mexico, promises a blend of beautiful beaches, exciting activities, and vibrant nightlife, making it an ideal destination for both families and college students.

San Felipe, Baja

San Felipe is a busy beach community 78 miles south of the Calexico/Mexicali border. The warm, desert climate plus miles of pristine coastline along the Sea of Cortez, make it the perfect place to enjoy the beach. And, if you wish to ride ATVs in endless mountains of sand, San Felipe is the place to go.

Looking at San Felipe malecón

San Felipe's malecón, located right on the beach, hosts many bars and restaurants that will be teeming with Spring Breakers and parties during the entire month of March and beyond.

Besides ATV riding and beach lounging, other activities include boat trips to Consag Island, sport fishing, visits to the Puertecitos hot springs or Valle de los Gigantes or Valley of the Giants Cardón Cacti park, and golfing.

There are many lodging options in San Felipe, from rustic to luxurious. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time on busy holidays, three-day and race-day weekends, and Spring Break, as places fill up quickly. And if you can't find a place, the weather this time of year is perfect for camping, whether free, on the beach, or paid.

There are many ways to see and enjoy San Felipe, making it a great spot to enjoy Spring Break.

Sayulita, Nayarit

Sayulita, Mexico, is a bustling coastal village located on the Pacific coast of Nayarit, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. The town centers around Sayulita Beach, a popular destination for both beginner and experienced surfers, as well as avid beachgoers.

Sayulita Beach Mexico

The town is filled with colorful streets, bohemian shops, art galleries, and an array of dining options, from street food to gourmet restaurants.

The Mercado Artesanal or "Hippie Market" on the river in the middle of town, offers handmade clothing, jewelry, and other handcrafted goods. It is the place to go if you're looking for souvenirs and gifts.

Outside of surfing, the main attraction, visitors can enjoy rock climbing, humpback whale watching, paddleboarding, exploring nearby jungles, and other quieter beaches. Carricitos Beach requires some jungle hiking but is notorious for its incredible sunsets. Playa Los Muertos, named for its proximity to the cemetery (a work of art in itself), is a peaceful and picturesque beach close to town.

Sayulita's nightlife is vibrant and diverse, boasting an assortment of bars, clubs, and beachfront spots that come alive after dark with music, dancing, and socializing. From laid-back bars where you can enjoy a beer with a view of the ocean, to lively clubs with DJs spinning late into the night, there's something for everyone.

You'll find a variety of accommodations in Sayulita, from boutique hotels and vacation rentals to camping, there's something for everyone.

Sayulita is a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and culture, the perfect combination for an unforgettable Spring Break.

Spending Spring Break in Mexico offers a diverse range of experiences from beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage to delicious cuisine. The country's varied landscapes include stunning shores, sand mountains, giant cacti forests, placid rivers, and lively party scenes, as well as culturally rich areas, where you can explore historic and indigenous sites. With its warm climate, affordable travel options, and welcoming atmosphere, Mexico provides an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable Spring Break adventure.