Local police and crime reporters have their hands full this month on South Padre Island, a popular spring break destination in Texas that hosts thousands of college students each year and boasts the biggest beach party in the nation.
Local affiliate FOX2 reports that authorities have recorded more than 100 arrests in the first four days of the spring break season, and ABC News affiliate KRGV reports that spare state and municipal officers from across Texas were called in to control the parties. Fire Chief Burney Baskett told the Brownsville Herald last week that he expected between 400 and 500 calls. He said most concern dehydration and too much booze.
Each of the 109 spring break-related arrests were reported before March 12, and it’s not even the busy part of the season yet. More than 60,000 spring breakers were expected to arrive on the island over last weekend, and they wasted no time getting wasted. By 9:00 p.m. Saturday, police had responded to a major party area on Coca-Cola Beach and arrested five people before shutting the whole party down.
The Daily Mail reports that the party featured a zombie parade of sunburned, drugged-out, incoherent blatherers who made their way behind a stage area and packed two 16-unit mobile hospitals, which had treated 60 patients by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Like visitors to Las Vegas, students who visit South Padre Island typically hope stories of their antics don’t return home with them. T-shirts for sale there read, “Don’t tell Madre what happens at Padre,” according to The Daily Mail. And like Las Vegas, the town has a dubious position near the top of Coed Magazine’s 2013 list of the trashiest spring break destinations.
The online magazine notes that while the small island has only four liquor stores, two tattoo parlors and no Hooters Restaurants or strip joints, students get trashy relying only on barrels of booze and lax public drinking laws.
“If you don’t feel like taking part in the ready-made ragers, starting your own is as easy as throwing a keg in the sand. SPI is one of the few locations where alcohol is legal on the beach," says Coed.
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7. Miami, Fla.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/7th-trashiest-spring-break-destinations-2013-miami-fl/#photo=1">Coed Mag says</a>: Any place that serves as a winter destination for the Jersey Shore crew is a place that needs to be included on a trashy Spring Break list. South Beach is probably one of two places where you can wear a shiny button-down shirt, rent a Lambo, and wear white pants all while trying to keep a straight-face. Clubs like Space, Nikki Beach, Mansion, and Cameo are going to hit your wallet hard for the cover charge then over-charge you for drinks. If you’re not rolling with a girl already, be prepared to drop at least $200 a night.
6. Lake Havasu, Ariz.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/6th-trashiest-spring-break-destination-2013-lake-havasu-az/#photo=1">Coed Mag</a> says: Any time you see videos of drunk American women dancing or stripping on a boat, it’s a safe bet to assume you’re watching footage of Lake Havasu. As one of the premiere (we use that word lightly) destinations for West Coast Spring Breakers, you’re always guaranteed to see some ridiculous stuff here. Nipple tassles and tattoos are par for the course once things start getting rowdy. The only price of admission you have to pay is securing a working boat.
5. Orlando, Fla.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/5th-trashiest-spring-break-destination-2013-orlando-fl/#photo=1">Coed Mag</a> says: Don’t be fooled by Orlando’s major family attractions (Universal Studios and Disney World), this is one of the biggest destinations for Spring Breakers in the country. In Disney World alone, there are three hot spots where you can get your party on. The Epcot Center features an “around the world in beer,” Downtown Disney is filled with nothing but bars, and Paradise Island is a hidden treasure of Irish-styled pubs. If you’re not into blacking out in front of children under the age of 13 (18-year-olds are another story), you’ll probably want to skip the amusement parks and head to Church Street Downtown for some incredible drink specials. Just keep in mind that somehow this city won the honorable distinction of landing as #1 on the “Most Dangerous Spring Break Destinations” list.
4. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/4th-trashiest-spring-break-destinations-2013-myrtle-beach-sc/#photo=1">Coed Mag says</a>: The Myrtle Beach locals weren’t too pleased about being included on last year’s Trashy Spring Break list, but it’s our job to call ‘em as we see ‘em. The fact that Kenny “Motherfucking” Powers had a recent stint there on "Eastbound and Down" isn’t helping Myrtle’s reputation very much.
3. Daytona Beach, Fla.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/2nd-trashiest-spring-break-destination-2013-south-padre-island-tx/#photo=1">Coed Mag says</a>: With the exception of its famed Daytona International Speedway, this city is known solely for hosting Spring Break revelers. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach has become the “undisputed party capital of underage drinkers.” In 2010 alone, there were 1000-plus arrests for underage drinking. With over 16 miles of beach for you and your shirtless friends to drive around, you’ve got plenty of space to show everyone how awesome “Levels” sounds on your system.
2. South Padre Island, Texas
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/2nd-trashiest-spring-break-destination-2013-south-padre-island-tx/#photo=1">Coed Mag says</a>: Including Spring Break, everything is bigger in Texas. Not only does Coca-Cola sponsor slosh fests from 11-5 p.m. in what Rolling Stone magazine calls “the largest beach party in the world,” this year Ultra Music Experience is flying in some very respectable DJs. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that with respectable DJs come disrespectful fans.
1. Las Vegas, Nev.
<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2012/02/28/the-trashiest-spring-break-destination-2013-las-vegas-nv/#photo=1">Coed Mag says</a>: Considering that Las Vegas is the mecca of decadence and debauchery, it should come as no surprise that the City of Sin has retained its title as The Trashiest Spring Break Destination in America. While there aren’t any beaches to go to, those wanting to show off their guns can find plenty of pool parties to attend. Surpringly, despite all the money that gets spent here, hotels can be realively cheap. The casinos figure if they can get you in the door, they’ll take your cash the old fashioned way: gambling. But Spring Breakers are often on a budget, so be smart: Get a good deal on a nice room in heart of the Strip and then head to other parts of town to gamble.