As in years past, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued its annual list of tips for students headed to spring break. Again, the DPS urged students to avoid travel to Mexico.

"The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and the department commends their continued commitment to that effort. DPS also has a responsibility to inform the public about safety and travel risks and threats, and based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, the department urges individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time," the department said in a statement.

The latest travel advisory regarding Mexico issued by the U.S. State Department on Dec. 24, 2014, contained no advisories or warnings for the tourist destinations of La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, San Miguel de Allende, Leon, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, Puebla, Queretaro, Villahermosa, Merida, Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya, Tulum or Chichen Itza.

Tourists headed to Acapulco are cautioned to remain within the city's central tourist zone.

Cancun remains the top spring break destination, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.

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