Let’s be honest: If you’ve endured one wild beach party, you needn’t do it again.
Cancun, Mexico has perfect blue water well worth visiting, but at this time of year, the pre-planned resort region is often overrun with hard-partying types who couldn’t care less about culture. You’ll find authentic shops and restaurants if you venture downtown, but some locals complain the bulk of Cancun “doesn’t even feel like Mexico anymore,” thanks to the spring break onslaught.
Mexico City, on the other hand, is the heaping plate of historic Mexico you’re likely craving without even knowing it. With colonial history, rich food, stunning museums and quaint neighborhoods surrounding a buzzy city center, this modern metropolis provides a well-rounded spring break.
Start your trip off with a visit to the Zocalo, one of the world’s biggest city squares. Formally known as Plaza de la Constitucion, this massive gathering place hosts the ornate Metropolitan Cathedral and some stellar sunsets.
Museums abound in Mexico City, from the giant National Museum of Anthropology to a small showroom with a single Diego Rivera mural. The Frida Kahlo Museum occupies the house where the artist lived and died.
The best time to visit Mexico City is right about now, between March and May. The weather is great ― temperatures are usually in the 70s ― though you may deal with a few crowds.