POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 10:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
The U-S Government is warning tourists that Mexico's bloody drug war is a growing threat to anyone who visits there.
The State Department's advisory highlights area's along the border -- and that's just where some spring breakers sometimes head.
It's that time again, but this year, college students are thinking twice about where they party.
This past week, violence in Mexico is on the rise, with shoot-outs, involving grenades and bazookas, killing and injuring many people.
"I used to go to mexico every year but we've been hearing stories and incidents of things going on in mexico."
Michigan State, Marketing major, Brad Barbera is spending his spring break on South Padre Island with his parents.
He says, Mexico is not in his party plans.
"One of the best things about South Padre Island, you're still in america, you still have your rights."
Brad's mom, Barb says, her intuition tells her no to Mexico.
"I definitely advise them not to go, it's a little scary with the drug cartel and that some violence," she says.
"It's acutally phenomenal, i can't say a bad word about it, it's very similar to mexico, as well," Brad says.
No matter where you are, spring breaker, Brad says, the best mixture for a good time always involves safety.
"The best thing about South Padre Island is you're always guranteed your'e safe here, you're secure here, you don't have to worry about anything."
Travel agents say, Although many college kids are not wanting to spend their time off in border towns, hot spots like Cancun, are still popular.