College spring break season started Friday, and thousands more sun-seeking partiers are headed to Cancun, Mexico, than last year.
Some major tourist agencies are expecting as many as 43,000 spring break visitors, according to Cancun tourism director Maximo Garcia Rocha, and it's not just the bikini contests and swim-up bars drawing them in.
Cancun officials say many spring breakers are likely avoiding other common Mexican resort destinations, such as Acapulco, where violence against tourists has made the news as of late including six women who were raped while on vacation last month.
To keep Cancun safe for the influx of students, extra patrols of marines and special tourist police forces are stationed throughout the hotel, nightclub and bar-packed areas, where they will stay until college spring breaks start to die down mid-April. Authorities have also been handing out flyers at top hotels with phone numbers for the U.S. Consulate warning revelers to avoid using drugs and causing trouble.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.