Post # 1
So Fiance and I were watching the news last night and they were talking about how drug violence has escalated in border cities and college students are advised not to travel to those border cities for spring break….
WE JUST BOOKED MEXICO. Puerto Vallarta, which is not listed on any travel advisory, it is a well known tourist town, reputable resort, and far far away from the US border where most of the trouble is taking place. But we looked at eachother said, “How much do you wanna bet your mom saw that?”
So who is avoiding Mexico?
Post # 3
I was just in Puerto Vallarta this past October. Where are you staying? The resorts themselves seem super safe. Ours (Dreams Puerto Vallarta) was gated with guards and a private beach. I would feel comfortable going back there, although I might not venture out into town like we did.
Post # 4
Whoops. We’re going to Cancun next Saturday for vacation. Not for “spring break” necessarily….
A coworker of mine went a few weeks ago and said there were lots of guards and they DID see a drug bust/bomb threat thing go down while they were heading to the airport.
We don’t plan on leaving the hotel, personally.
Can you link me the article?
Post # 5
We went back in September, but all the way down to Zihuatanejo and it was safer. If we were getting married this summer or fall, we wouldnt pick Mexico because of the news. Its getting bad, and its starting to mvoe inland away from the border towns and to more resort-y areas.
I dont want to discourage you, its just my take. But myself, I wouldnt go.
Post # 6
This is seriously the exact reason why the Fiance refused to go to Mexico for our honeymoon. I tried telling him that resorts are safe, but he refused to even consider it. And because he had lived in Hawaii before we ended up booking for Jamaica instead. Which is funny because it is not like it is without its crime problems.
Post # 7
We’re still going to Mexico. Well, we’ve already booked, so there’s not a lot of choice there. We’re staying at a resort in Xpu-Ha, so we’re not at all concerned. I wouldn’t worry about Puerto Vallarta, either, especially if you’re staying at a resort and pretty much just stay at the resort.
Also, the travel advisory is for northern Mexico.
Post # 8
We went to Puerto Vallarta over New Years and it seems safe. It’s pretty far down the coast so I think you’re alright, I didn’t hear of any drug violence there.
Post # 9
NO! I am not avoiding Mexico at all. Fiance and I are savy travelers, and realize both that Mexico is a big country and we are not good targets. We are getting great deals on our trip, though. I look at it like, would you not visit Orlando because of drug killings in DC?
Post # 10
Oh! Didn’t hear about this. I’m going to cancun next month. (Secrets Silversands)
I’ll try to stay on resort and try to be extra careful when I leave the resort.
Post # 11
I plan to keep an eye on travel advisories, but I think the key thing is border towns. Call your resort to see what safety precautions they have in place. If you want to be extra safe, check the travel.state.gov site for updates about your specific area.
Post # 12
My parents went there about a month ago and had no problems whatsoever! It’s scary, though!
Post # 13
To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t step foot in Juarez right now. Further South it should be safe and I imagine the resorts have a vested interest in making sure you stay that way. It’s important to remember to be aware of your surroundings, but that holds true no matter where you are.
Post # 14
We’re not going to Mexico because the news is bad. Fiance grew up on the Mexico border and these are the worst stories his family’s ever heard. We even went to Juarez ten years ago while in college, but not any time soon. We’re going to the DR instead.
Post # 15
I am thinking about booking our honeymoon in Mexico (but at a resort in the Rivera not at the border) and my dad is paranoid and tell us not too. Oh the media hype! Soooo funny!
Post # 16
last year around this time, with swine flu and similar news a couple I knew rebooked their entire honeymoon – and I was shocked. Frankly, having been three times to Mexico in three years I don’t see one, border town related issue as something that would make me change my mind if I were set on Mexico.
I’m more worried for my best frien who is about to move to El Paso, Texas.