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March 20th, 2009
08:11 AM ET

Spring break in land of drug war

Program Note: Tune in to our special coverage next week as we report live from Mexico on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/12/border.hearing/art.juarez.afp.gi.jpg caption="Mexican federal police patrol last week on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas."]

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

A lot of Americans are wondering: Is it safe to travel to Mexico? It depends where you go, and what your intentions are once you get there.

Folks in this charming coastal resort recall what happened a few years ago when an unsavory element hit town. Destruction of private property. Drunken acts of lawlessness. One gang of hooligans, according to a taxi driver, actually went so far as to toss a mattress out the window of a 12-story hotel and onto the beach below.

The culprits weren't narcotics traffickers. They were what Mexicans refer to as "Los Spring Breakers."

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