Post # 1
I told one of my co-workers today that we were considering going to Cancun for our honeymoon and she told me not to. She said it is unsafe and that cartels are taking over. I told her I was going to be staying at the resort but she said they are attacking everywhere. Is this true? I am kind of scared now…
Post # 3
We’ve booked our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and I’ve heard a lot of similar reactions. I’m interested to hear from people who have been there recently also!
Post # 4
resorts have high security. as long as you stay in the resort and in the touristy areas, you have nothing to worry about, just stay aware of your surroundings as you would in any unfamiliar area.
what happened in aruba last week happened in an area that tourists don’t frequent.
ETA: i mean acapulco, not aruba!
Post # 5
Honestly, I think you will both be fine. Just stay on your resort property. However, if it’s really worrying you, google the State Department and see if they have any travel warnings to Mexico.
Post # 6
We went to Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun) for our honeymoon in June of last year. I have traveled to Cancun close to 10 times in the last 15 years or so. For the first time ever, I was a little nervous about it. Everything felt normal to me when we arrived. We had a private ride booked from the airport to the resort through Cancun Transfers. Our entire trip was spent at the resort, with the exception of a snorkel trip one morning. I wouldn’t rule it out completely but definitely consider:
-Arranging private or semi-private airport transfers through your airline, hotel, or a site like Cancun Transfers. DO NOT rent a car.
-Avoiding the night-life/social scene of downtown Cancun…possibly even the markets too
-Finding a resort with sufficient security measures in place (there were two gates to get onto the property at the Excellence).
Our trip was over 6 months ago so things definitely could have changed.
Good luck in your search for the perfect honeymoon!
Post # 7
I figured it would be ok (we booked anyway lol). We aren’t planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, we’re mainly going to Mexico to relax and de-stress since we live in CA if we want to go sightsee it’s not far away for us on a regular basis. I think it’ll be fine!
Post # 8
The State Department has a travel advisory out saying it strongly urges Americans not to travel to Mexico. If something should happen to you there, it is very difficult for the situation to be resolved because Mexican authorities do not/cannot help. There was a thread about this a few months ago that gave a lot of information. My FI works in border security and I cannot stress to you how dangerous Mexico is, and it is bleeding into the tourist areas now. 15 were found beheaded in Acapulco over the weekend, which is a major tourist area in Mexico. It is better to just stay away.
Here is a link to the last thread posted about Mexico:
To those traveling to Mexico for DW or honeymoon
Post # 9
@Tswife4ever: Cancun is perfectly safe. The latest violence in Acapulco only involved people locally involved in the drug trade. Read the State Department’s travel advisories for Mexico if you need more info (not sensationalized word of mouth – real info is always your best weapon!). The border, and certain flareups in other towns are a problem, Cancun is not. Have an awesome honeymoon!
Post # 10
I have heard of some bad incidents in Cancun and other resort areas, but I am unsure of how isolated they are or what the exact conditions of the attacks were. My friend just spent 3 months in Mexico City doing research for her dissertation and ended up being fine, even though she was completely alone and obviously American. That said, she was very cautious about what she was doing and for the first month she wouldn’t leave her apartment after dark.
I have another friend who recently traveled around Mexico and Central and South America. He was fine in every country except for Panama, where he got arrested for something that he didn’t even do. =/
Anyway, I think you should be fine as long as you’re cautious but if you think you’re going to feel anxious for most of your honeymoon b/c of the travel warnings, I’m sure you could find a good parallel to Cancun.
Post # 11
Ah! I’m going to PV next week for my friend’s wedding. I’ll let you know how it goes! Although, to be honest, I’m not worried.
Post # 12
We are considering a Mexico resort and everyone is freaking out on us too. If we go we will stay on the resort 100% of the time and will choose a resort with excellent security.
We have no desire to leave the resort and go clubbing or shopping. Heck, I live in San Antonio, TX, , in a neighborhood that is primarily Hispanic and Spanish-speaking. everything you can buy in a Mexican tourist market I can buy within 2 miles of my house anyway.
We just want the resort / all inclusive / lazy-chill experience, really. I grew up on the Texas coast so the beach is not all that novel to me, but hanging out and doing nothing and being waited on hand and foot IS.
Post # 13
Just got back from puerto aventuras in Mexico over Christmas. Traveled to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum and has ZERO problems or any trouble. There are plenty of security people that make you feel safe and you are. Just don’t go out late at night, stay at your resort. The Secrets resorts are awesome.
Post # 14
I went to Cancun in April of last year. The touristy areas are usually a weathly area so the country has a lot of support in terms of police. If you go to places like Tijuana and the bordering cities, that is where you have to be careful. I felt completely safe while I was in Cancun. When I went to the flea market to go shopping, I did have to be a cautious. But it wasn’t bad at all.
Oh, and when I went off the resort for excursions, I was always with my tour guide and so they would always recommend where I should go.
Post # 15
We went to Riviera Maya, which is about half an hour away from Cancun. Prior to the wedding, I wanted to hit everyone that told me that Mexico wasn’t safe. I never felt unsafe the whole time we were there. We had private transfers to and from the airport… and basically just stayed on the resort the whole time (minus one afternoon shopping in Playa del Carmen).
Post # 16
I went to cancun last March/April and we went all over the place and felt completely safe. Since Cancun is a major tourist spot it has higher police protection becase tourist help fund the economy. You will be fine. And if you are worried you can always just stay at the resort.
FYI be sure to go to Isla Mujeres, a very cute little island that is a short ferry ride away from cancun and for a fun night out go to Coco Bongos…it was amazing! We plan to return to cancun as soon as we can. What resort are you staying at?