Spring Breakers were seen enjoying wet t-shirt contests, twerking and public smooching sessions as the annual party surged back bigger than ever following a two year covid lull – even as the mayor of Miami Beach beefed up beachside police numbers and said the city is ‘under siege’ from raucous revelers.
Hotels were booked solid in both Miami Beach and South Padre Island, Texas swelling the population of both vacation towns with young men and women looking to cut loose for a few days of partying on the beach.
An estimated 570,000 students will flock to Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Port Aranas, a town on the barrier island just north of South Padre, is also expected to go from a population of 3,000 to 350,000, according to the local chamber of commerce.
‘It has felt at times like the city is under siege simply from the volume of people who are coming,’ Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told local station WPLG this week.
The crowds were fired up for their first opportunity to throw down post-pandemic lockdowns – telling reporters repeatedly that they were just happy to finally let loose after two years of sitting at home in their dorm rooms and apartments.
‘It looks like the state is opening back up… Looks like people are wanting to get out. The kids, they’ve been locked up in their dorm rooms. We’re hoping spring break gets back to a normal system,’ bar owner Clayton Brashear told KIII 3News.
One woman was seen taking part in a wet T-shirt contest there on Thursday as hundreds of onlookers cheered.
Revelers swarmed to Miami Beach where police have increased their presence this week in order to tame the unruly crowds – which rioted and caused millions in damage last year. ‘It has felt at times like the city is under siege simply from the volume of people who are coming,’ Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said Thursday
Ladies in bikinis played a friendly game of toss and tackle football while the gentlemen stood around and refereed in Miami Beach
After a tough two years in pandemic lockdown, students are ready to put way the books for a couple of weeks and have some fun
Police are seen arresting a man on Miami Beach after pulling him over as a huge crowd of young people gathered around
Spring breakers partying on Saint Patrick’s Day during Spring Break in Miami Beach
Revelers twerk on Miami Beach, while other young people can be seen dancing and having a good time on Saint Patrick’s Day
Scantily clad women take to the beach on Thursday, during Spring Break in Miami Beach
Beach bums spotted soaking up some sun on Miami Beach on Thursday, between 12th street and 6th and Ocean Drive
Police could be seen arresting a man after pulling him over and detaining him, allegedly for drug possession
Spring Breakers went from the beach to the nightclub after sundown in Miami Beach
‘We’re always on high alert,’ Gelber said, adding that 2021 was a particularly tough year for his city, with several riots and particularly unruly crowds.
‘Last year was especially terrible. Our community is probably even more popular this year than it was last year. Our hope is that people learned a little bit of the experience from last year. We intend to arrest people who violate our rules.’
This week, however, guys in their shorts enjoyed watching ladies playing full-contact beach football toss and tackle, a sport where two people lay head to head as the crowd, sipping from red Solo cups encircles them, someone throws a football in the middle and the two vie for the ball. Whoever gets it has to run past the ‘tackle.’
Meanwhile, police could be seen arresting a man after pulling him over and detaining him, allegedly for drug possession.
South Padre spring break wouldn’t be complete without a wet T-shirt contest. Here a contestant submits to the hose with the crowds approval. The South Texas island is one of the top Spring Break destinations in Texas
She won’t be sending this photo home to mom and dad. Spring Break has always been a time when college student cut loose and shed their inhibitions, seen here at South Padre Spring Break tradition at Clayton’s Beach Bar in Texas on Thursday
Love was in the air, everywhere you looked around in Miami Beach for spring break. Florida was expecting more than half a million visitors in March
This loved-up couple had no issue with putting on a very loved-up display on Miami Beach
At Clayton’s Beach Bar in Texas, they were ready for the first full year when students could finally party like it was 2019.
Revelers could be seen this week dancing to the tunes of Don Toliver and Steve Aoki.
Of course, nothing says Spring Break like a wet T-shirt contest and the kids in South Padre made sure to carry on the tradition.
Ladies seemed all too willing to stand on stage for a spray down.
Lots of hooking up was going on, of course. Couples made out on the beach, in the bars and where ever there were sparks between the sexes.
These ladies in bikinis are getting psyched up by an impromptu coach before going head to head in toss and tackle football
Miami Beach provides sun, sand and plenty of room to twerk, as these ladies do for Spring Break
Selfies abound on Miami Beach. Everyone wants to post to their social media that they made the scene for the 2022 Spring Break
Alcohol is forbidden on the beach, but these ladies didn’t get the memo
Social distancing? What social distancing? Pandemic protocols went out the window during Spring Break on South Padre Island in Texas
Students sing along to the live music at Clayton’s Beach Bar on South Padre Island, a crucial destination for college kids