MEXICO — Every spring break, students from Texas flock to Mexico's beaches. But lately, the crowds have been smaller.
"Now, I think things are getting a little bit better," said Steve Varela, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The situation has improved over previous spring breaks when violence in some parts of Mexico scared students and their parents.
"Oh, they would never let me go," said student Crystal Magdaleno.
The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to discourage all spring break travel to Mexico, even to popular tourist resorts that many consider safe.
For the past couple of years, DPS has issued its Mexico travel warning so late that most students had already made their spring break travel plans, saved up for the trip, and have permission from their parents.
"The reason we chose South Padre is its closer, less money," said student Robert Hendricks.
Finances are the deciding factor for many students.