Cancun spring break amid the coronavirus pandemic

Sean and Dallas Farnham of Brandon, Mississipi, enjoy the beach in downtown Cancun on their family trip to Mexico in March.

The beach in front of the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun was filled with sunbathers during spring break.

A group of friends from the Midwest flew to Cancun to celebrate Harmony Godsey’s 40th birthday.

A bartender at Señor Frog's, a popular tourist spot in downtown Cancun, serves Dos Equis in 28-ounce souvenir cups.

Señor Frog's says business is up in its new downtown Cancun location as tourism rebounds.

Beachfront day beds sit empty in front of a resort in Cancun.

The social distancing stickers at Aquaworld, a water playground in Cancun, Mexico, have an appropriately aquatic theme.

Aquaworld is a water playground in Cancun.

Rhianna and Autumn Davis, sisters from Philadelphia, relax after running through the inflatable obstacle course at Aquaworld in Cancun, Mexico. 

A tourist takes a selfie before plunging down the inflatable slide at Aquaworld in Cancun.

Want to buy cigars, hats, jewelry, blankets or other Mexico souvenirs? Look for peddlers strolling the beach.

A mother-daughter team sells drinks near the beach in downtown Cancun.

Cedric Henderson, wife Ada Washington and their 13-month-old son, Kendrick, took a vacation to Cancun in March. It was the family's first vacation in more than a year.

Cancun's beaches are a big draw, especially during sunset.

Gabe Johnson and Bailey Burgess, COVID ICU nurses from Oklahoma City, enjoy a sunset cruise during their vacation to Cancun, Mexico in March. It was their first break in more than a year.

Cesar Fallardi, director of operations at The Grand at Moon Palace all-inclusive resort in Cancun, shows off the resort's water park. Bookings in late February surpassed pre-pandemic levels as travel resumes.

Guests at The Grand at Moon Palace are treated to compilmentary drinks in souvenir coconuts. The resort has been serving as many as 400 a day, back to pre-pandemic levels.

A tourist dips her feet in the water in Cancun, Mexico. 

Cancun is known for its otherwordly ocean hues. 

Boats docked in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Masks are not required or prevalent on Cancun's beaches, but some visitors wear them while exercising on the beach. 

Ashlynn Steed, a 22-year-old college student from Mississippi, was buried in the sand by her boyfriend and his family during a spring break visit to Cancun, Mexico.

Vacationers cool off in one of the pools at the Fiesta Americana Condesa resort in Cancun, Mexico.

A seaside massage hut at the Fiesta Americana Condesa resort.

A group of guests at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun in Mexico put T-shirts on their chairs to reserve a spot at the pool. Tourism is improving in Cancun, so hotels are filling more rooms.

An employee at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, sanitizes a guest room.

Guests visiting the buffet at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, an all-inclusive resort, are served by employees instead of serving themselves, one of many pandemic safety measures.

Travelers boarding a sunset cruise to Isla Mujeres in Mexico go through a thermal temperature screening before boarding.

The sun goes down during a sunset cruise in Cancun, Mexico.

Travelers looking for souvenirs from Mexico can still buy them on the beach.

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