Changing honeymoon location due to recent Mexican violence?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mexico is on our list of destination spots for our honeymoon.. we tie the know in May though… Mayan Riviera to be exact.. I’m keeping my plans but I haven’t really heard of much social unrest to be honest

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We go to Mexico regularly and have no concerns about our safety. Just like in the USA and many other countries, if you stay out of high risk areas, you are at little or no risk.

We are going to Mexico again in January.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course

We are planning on honeymooning in Mexico next summer. I haven’t really thought about changing our plans unless something quite drastic happens. I’ve heard that in most tourist areas, and especially on resort, there is no problems. Obviously there are exceptions, but random acts of violence can happen anywhere. 

I know what you mean about not wanting to support the corrup government, but at the same time, the Mexican citizens need to make money, and going to a resort and helping their economy and also tipping (for those that deserve it of course) helps not just the government but the people too. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

xstitchbride425:  where in Mexico are you planning to go? It is a large country and while some areas are essentially engaged in a civil war, there are other parts that are no more dangerous than any other tourist destinations. We regularly travel to Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta, Play del Carmen/Mayan Riviera, and Los Cabos. I feel perfectly safe in all of those destinations and maintain the same basic level of vigilance/awareness of surrounding that I have at home (US.) in at least one of those places (San Jose del Cabo) I feel safer than I do in most parts of the US. I also should add that we never stay at all inclusives, so we go out for dinner and walk around in towns, etc. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m sure there are parts of Mexico that are worse than others, and parts that are just fine but if you don’t want to have to think about it at all you might consider choosing a different destination. Just for your peace of mind. I know most wouldn’t worry but it sounds like you’re concerned.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

xstitchbride425:  you should be absolutely fine in the Riviera Maya. We traveled there not too long ago, with both sets of parents, and everyone felt comfortable and had a wonderful time. 

The US State Department travel advisories website is a great resource that I always use when planing international trips. They say this about where you are going:

“Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo – No advisory is in effect.”

Out of curiousity- what destinations would you choose instead if you canceled your trip to Mexico?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i thought you were going to say other Carribean destinations. But, I have to say-if you have an opportunity to go to Japan- do it!!! We just went there in September and it was amazing. I would opt for Japan, not because Mexico is dangerous, but because it is just a more interesting destination- coming from the US- than a typical beach vacation. There is soooo much to see there. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We went to Riveria Maya, went off the resort etc, in June and it felt safer than home! We’re headed to Cabo in January and haven’t thought twice about it. I wouldn’t worry too much

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

xstitchbride425:  

I would say do Japan simply because it is so different from the cookie cutter beach honeymoon and the culture there is amazing! Japan is one of my top choices the other being Napa Valley for wine country. I do understand your concern the unrest in Mexico is unsettling and unpredictable, I am more concerned about random cartel violence towards tourists. However like many bees said as long as you are safe and not anywhere you shouldn’t be than it should be fine. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I live in Mexico. It is a huge country and most areas are safe, in fact statistically safer than many places in the USA. Stay away from the border towns for the most part..

 

Just a couple of days ago I walked through a group protesting the president and recent events and they were passionate yet respectful. 

 

I would not fear the Yucatan region at all except for the Horrible Heat!!!  I prefer the cooler weather in the Central Highlands myself! 

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