Post # 1
My fiancé and I chose Cancun as our honeymoon destination but just recently remembered about the violence, etc, associated with Mexico and the cartels. We have planned two out of our fourteen days to explore the city, shop, visit the market, etc, but now I am worried that it might be dangerous. Any advice?
Post # 3
NO! Pick someplace else! I got robbed there. It was a nightmare.
Post # 4
Cancun is perfectly safe. The city’s main source of income is tourism, and they have brought on a LOT of extra security and police to keep the tourists safe. Like other tourist towns, there’s a fair amount of petty theft (purse snatching, etc) but you won’t be in danger from the drug cartels and if you take normal precautions (don’t wander around flashing your cash or obviously drunk etc) you should be fine. Plus, the cartel violence is hundreds of miles away.
Post # 5
Good advice here from fishbone:
For Mexico, Cancun is “relatively” safe… just use your street smarts etc.
We have friends who vacation every year in nearby Playa del Carmen, and they love it.
The Drug Cartel stuff is happening primarily on the Western side of Mexico, and closer to the US Border.
Here is a link to a story from CBC last year, but the info is still relative, and it outlines where the worst areas are in the country = http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/06/f-mexico-q-a-walter-mckay.html
Hope this helps,
PS… Before one books / travels it is also worthwhile to look into what your own Government has to say about any country you are planning to visit… there are websites set up for Citizens to see what the risks are when travelling abroad
In Canada – Dept of Foreign Affairs – Travel Advisories (Mexico) = http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico
In the USA – State Department – Travel Advisories (Mexico) = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5815.html
These Websites also give info on where as a Foreign Visitor one’s Embassy / Consulates are located or how to reach them in case of an Emergency while travelling abroad.
Post # 6
@Rubbs: People get robbed all over the US, too….
Crime, especially violent crime, in Mexico tends to steer clear of tourism. It makes the country WAY too much money for them to mess with it by targeting tourists.
I’ve been much, much more “dangerous” places (28 countries and counting) and have never been robbed or attacked.
Post # 7
@crayfish: Yes I know that. I was answering the OP’s question and giving her MY opinion.
Post # 8
I have been and I found it very safe. Also, I recently went with SO, and EVERYONE asked us if we were on our honeymoon (nope) but I bet that means you could get some good deals for being honeymooners!
Post # 9
I’m sure you would be fine, but I personally wouldn’t pick Mexico. But, it’s also hard to say what your real risk is, and how much is sensationalized. I find I don’t trust the media….at all.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t go to Mexico, even cancun. I wouldn’t take the risk, it would be awful if something happened, and if the media is correct [not saying it is, but it could be] it’s getting pretty bad there.
Post # 11
Acapulco is just as much a tourist town as Cancun, and a group of Spanish tourists were raped in their rental home there. I don’t consider Mexico safe at all.
Post # 12
I’ve been to Cancun plenty of times and I always felt safe. Like other posters already said, you use your street smarts like you would anywhere right here in the US or Canada or wherever.
Post # 13
Anywhere touristy that is in a poverty stricken area (Punta Cana, DR; Negril, JA; etc.) are never 100% completely safe. I have traveled many places were you knew if you didn’t keep your satchel in front of you, kids would literally run up and stick their arms right in. That can happen anywhere. They look at Americans as “If they can afford a vacation, they must be rich”
Cancun of all places is the most “American-ized” place I have ever traveled Carribean wise. If I had to choose out of all the places I have traveled, Cancun was where I felt the safest. They make their living off of American travel dollars so why would they jepordize that? If you stay close to the resorts, you are fine. If you are traveling out into towns to do shopping just listen to your guide as to where to go and where not to go. And as always, stay in populated areas that other Americans may be in. There are PLENTY of these areas in Cancun,
As for violence in Mexico, it is almost 95% located at the US/Mexico border. THAT is what you see on the news. And of course, there are always going to be Natalie Holloway cases, but hey, they happen here in the US as well as other foreign countries we travel to but somehow they never make the news like some do. To wrap this up, it’s completely a matter of knowing your street smarts and keeping an eye open.
Post # 14
Some feel safe but I would never go.
Post # 15
@ClassyCountryBrideToBe: You should be fine I recently had my fist trip to mexico, jalisco to be exact and everyone warned scared the poop out of me and I had one of the best times of my life. We were in a VERY small town with family but it was so safe the kids would be in the main town square alone all night hangingout playing. As other bees are suggesting dont be flashy try to blend (I did) if you follow street smarts youll be fine and you are going to a tourist area.
Post # 16
That whole region of Mexico (The Yucatan peninsula and surrounding area) has approximately the same rate of violent crimes as Wisconsin. Do you feel safe in Wisconsin?
Violence and crime and general shadiness is mostly concentrated in the north and west. (Acapulco is in the west, by the way.)
Cancun is super safe. Nowere is perfect and it’s always good to be on guard even in your own hometown, things can happen anywhere, but Cancun is no more likely to be dangerous than anywhere you know. If you live in a large urban center, it might even be safer than where you live!
Please don’t let media scare tactics make you too afraid to explore the amazing world we live in. Travel is one of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself, and I highly agree with your idea of exploring the city/getting out of just tourist areas. Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing another place and another culture is SO rewarding, sometimes I wish I could make it mandatory for everyone haha.
I can 99.9% guarantee you will never be lying on your death bed and going “man, it’s a good thing I never went to Cancun.”
A tiny bit of common sense and awareness goes a long way to keeping you safe, even in MUCH sketchier places than Cancun.
There are awesome adventures waiting for you! 😀