For days on end they assemble at the notorious Coca-Cola beach for sun, sand, sea and no parents in sight at what the Travel Channel has called 'the biggest beach party on the planet'. MailOnline has discovered that the carnage is so bad that it needs a bed mobile hospital to deal with the wreckage.
A partygoer boy drinks beer off the chest of a girl as others look on at the debauchery. Approximately 60, college students go to South Padre Island every year Can't stand up: A severely intoxicated girl is helped by police and a male friend after too much partying during spring break.
One medic said the scene inside the medical tent is worse than what he saw in Iraq Police officers haul off a severely intoxicated girl and rush her away for treatment at the medical tent, where 32 beds are set up for patients. Others go to the vambulance an air conditioned van for the walking wounded In one day alone, there there were more than 60 casualties including at least 15 people who had taken drugs. Among them was a girl of 19 who 'freaked out' while on ecstasy.
Dozens more, many of whom were underage, had drunk too much and either passed out or collapsed in the arms of medics. One one woman does a keg stand, drinking directly from the keg while being held upside down, as another reveler, wearing a red sombrero is taken to the medical tent. The mood could be summed up by the T-shirts on sale in the stores, all of which were in garish neon capitals. But what was perhaps most shocking was the attitude of the authorities - who seem compromised by the huge amount of money that the partying brings to their economy.
Coca-Cola beach sits in front of the Isla Grand Hotel on what should be a picturesque part of the Texas coast on the border with Mexico. Instead it is littered with rubbish including thousands of discarded beer cans which are collected at the end of each day by Mexican immigrants they get 65 cents a pound for the recycling, one told me with a smile.
Clubs stay open till 2 a. Partygoers stock up on beer and liquor at stores like Ben's Liquor where you can get 1. Groups of college students had dug trenches in the sand to make a table on which they were playing beer pong. Different colleges had planted their flags in the sand and there were cheerful reunions as football teams who had played each other that season toasted their each other over a Bud Lite.
Corporate sponsorship was everywhere. Aside from the Coca-Cola signs on the stage, Vitaminwater sunglasses were being handed out and there was a Vitaminwater stage where you could have your picture taken. The National Guard had sponsored a basketball court where games of 3 on 3 were underway. Razor company Bic had set up a stage where you could get a free shave. The crowd cheered during the sexiest man and sexiest woman contest.
Hip hop blared out of the speakers. It seemed like good fun, but the darker side of things was never far away. A female reveler is groped on her left breast as she puts her hands in the air at a pool party near Coca Cola Beach on South Padre Island, Texas, during Spring Break where 60, college students descended Groups of men often gather round a woman and chant for her to take her top off, as this woman has just done A crowd of beach goers gathers around as a woman lifts up her top, prompting a shower of beads and beer during a Spring Break party.
When Daniel remonstrated with them he was rebuked and told: Beach goers spray beer into the air as they party on Coca Cola Beach, where groups of students play beer bong after digging ditches in the sand to set-up tables He said: She was rolling on ecstasy. I left and was back at my hotel and texted to ask if she wanted to stop off at my hotel as it was on the way back to hers.
She said she wanted to stay but I told her no as she didn't have a wristband for the hotel. Students set up flags in the sand to 'honor' the colleges they come from A pair of revelers meet up in the street at closing time after partying at Louie's Backyard A female party goer flips off the crowd as she gets booed and jeered for refusing to show her breasts as many other women do By 4pm, the mood on the beach had changed.
Arms flailed everywhere, bodies writhed and dozens of teenagers danced in mobs to the pounding techno music. In front of me a teenage girl suddenly grabbed her female friend and started grinding against her. Her 'reward' was a slap on the buttocks from a male companion.