The singer says he had to lay low during his musical vacation – though his supporting acts were happy to party

By Danielle Anderson
Updated February 04, 2015 01:45 PM
Credit: CID/Crash My Playa

When Luke Bryan and his fans descended on Mexico for his “Crash My Playa” concert and musical vacation on Jan. 23, Bryan, sadly, had to keep his playa-crashing to a minimum.

“The day I arrived I ended up coming down with a little bug of some sorts, so unfortunately I laid low for the most part,” Bryan tells PEOPLE. “I did manage to have a little boat time on the last day, which was a blast.”

He also got to live vicariously through supporting acts like Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell. “I did hear a few stories of some of the other artists hanging and surprising some fans throughout the weekend,” Bryan says.

Still, the singer, 38, who’s known for rocking spring break audiences with his yearly concerts in Panama City, Florida, says the fans in Mexico certainly played a part in lifting his spirits: “The crowds were more than just college kids, but they were just as rowdy and fun!”

One thing Bryan didn’t take away from Mexico, though? A Spanish lesson. “I’m from south Georgia so even if I was trying to speak Spanish, I’m not sure it would sound like I was,” he says. “I’ll stick to what I know.”

And despite his shaky start to the weekend, Bryan says he still had a great time and even got to feel like he was on vacation – if only for a bit.

“When the sun is shining on your face and your view is the ocean,” he asks, “how could it not?”