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Getting Ready for Spring Break: 3 Ways to Stay Ahead of the Game

By | 27 February, 2017

As Easter approaches, the streets and beaches of Cancun are slowly starting to brace themselves for the onslaught of student revelers. From across the US and beyond, youngsters looking to ditch their textbooks for a week flock to Mexico’s coastal resort for a heady cocktail of fun and frolics.

Naturally, first-time spring breakers face the daunting prospect of organizing where to stay, what to do and, importantly, how to survive the madness of it all. Fortunately, if you’re smart about it and do a few things to turn the tables in your favor, you’ll not only get the most out of Spring Break, but avoid some potentially costly mistakes.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at three ways anyone visiting Cancun for Spring Break can get ahead of the game:

Pick the Right Place


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Cancun’s top hotels can be notoriously expensive during Spring Break, so it pays to plan ahead when you’re booking your accommodation. Although some revelers think it’s a good idea to arrive without a place to stay in the hopes of getting a late deal, the chances of that happening are slim. For those wanting the most bang for their buck, companies like Student City offer all-inclusive package deals.

To fly from LAX and stay in the Imperial Las Perlas on an all-inclusive basis, you’ll be looking at a price tag of just over $1,000. If you want to add Student City’s event add-ons, you’ll be adding around $280 on top of that price. Although that might sound expensive for five nights, it’s markedly cheaper than it would be too book everything individually and stay on a room-only basis.

Think Outside the Box


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If you want to keep the adrenaline pumping without your eardrums popping, a trip to the casino is a must. Cancun is home to some of the best casinos in Mexico and all you have to do is ante up to win. According to the stats, the gambling industry generates more than $743 million in Mexico, but if you’re going to join the action, you’d better be prepared.

One of the best ways to ready yourself for a session in the casino is to play online. Without having to leave your hotel room, you can play all manner of casino games via your phone. What’s even better, you won’t need your debit card to make a deposit. At mFortune, making a slots deposit by phone bill means you can hone your skills before you set foot in the casino. Taking a few spins on Mucho Money or Spin Kingdom should give you the confidence to take on the house and win some extra spending money for your trip.

Make Your Money Work for You


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The local exchange rate in Cancun is notoriously temperamental; however, that can be a good thing. Because the rate often changes by the day, you can typically get more for your dollar if you change money in your local resort. But, and this is important, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Firstly, shop around online before you fly to get the best possible rate from the US. At this point exchange around 30% to 40% of you cash to pesos. This money should be your failsafe. In the event you can’t find a strong rate or you have to settle for less once you’re in Cancun, you’ll at least know you’ve got some money at a fair price.

Secondly, don’t carry cash only. Credit cards are a good idea if you’re putting safety deposits down or booking trips, but opening a second account with a debit card is what most travelers on the Lonely Planet forum suggest. The theory goes that you open a new account, transfer a small amount of money to it from your main account and take the card linked to the former. Then, once you’re in Cancun, you can transfer money to the new account online as needed.

Spring Break is certainly a great time of year to visit Cancun, but if you’re not prepared for the trip then it can easily turn into a disaster. Luckily, with a bit of planning, some thinking outside the box and a bit of financial know-how, you should find that everything falls into place nicely and a few days in the sun provides the perfect way to spend time away from your textbooks.


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