Spring Break has started early in the Mexican resort of Cancun, pictured, with images emerging today of students knocking back shots and dancing at the city's nightclubs. Marines were also out on patrol to keep an eye out for any trouble.
Mexican Navy Marines were pictured patrolling the popular nightclubs of the city today starting a season where on average 45,000 people will visit the resort.
The local tourist board is keen to maintain safety in the area, particularly amid fears in Mexico that tourism will decrease as a result of violence in the tourist town of Acapulco.
Six Spanish women holidaying there earlier this month were tied by their bikinis and raped and robbed by a gang of men.
There have been six arrests in connection to the incident.
Jesus Almagauer, chief executive of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Cancun was not a city struggling to keep the peace.
'Last year Cancun welcomed almost 4 million visitors, and while none of our tourists were victims of violent crimes, we understand that safety is always a concern when traveling to a foreign country,' he told the LA Times.
'In response to that concern, and in an effort to dispel any misconceptions about the destination, we always amplify our security protocol during peak travel times to ensure the safety of every person visiting us. [Cancun] has better safety records than most major U.S. cities.'