03/08/2013 07:53 am ET Updated May 08, 2013

The Most Crowded Spring Break Destinations (PHOTOS)

Cancún's Avenida Tulum is always a crowded place, but the month of March takes crowded to a whole new level. The melee known as spring break brings a crush of college students, who celebrate the annual ritual by crawling from bar to beach and back again...all day long.

"March Madness" has a different meaning when talking about spring break. And scenes like Avenida Tulum can either be heaven or hell, prompting us to run far and fast or just join in. Either way, travelers want to know what they're getting into--before they go.

So here's our list of destinations that pack in the spring breakers. Whether you join or flee is up to you. --Travel + Leisure Staff

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