Post # 1
So we are plannning our honeymonn at the Riviera Maya and Fi’s mom has some concern over the safety. I am Mexican and I am not really scared of going especially since its a tourist spot and most of the violence has been towards politicians or drug related. I did see in the news though they said that Tourists should hold off on traveling to Mexico until August 20, we plan to leave August 8th.
Anyway anyone else worried about going to Mexico for the honeymoon?
Post # 3
I wouldnt be too worried. I think the horrible spots are more so the bordering cities of Mexico / United States. & remember sometimes the news exagerates.. just like they made it seem like southern california was falling off the earth with all of the afterschocks weve been having, its not that bad.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry too much. I would say just stay on your resort and stay with your husband as much as possible. Don’t go wandering off or exploring by yourself. Use common sense and you’ll be fine.
Post # 5
Rivera Maya will be fine it is very touristy and the govenrnment knows that they cannot lose the tourist income. I went to Cozumel last year in the middle of the summer (right after the swine flu freak out) and it was never better. I love Mexico and you willl have a wonderful time. I totally agree with JustlikeHeaven- It is the border cities that you have to worry about… and I doubt anyone would want their honeymoon in Tijuana.
Post # 6
I have been to the Riviera Maya several times, as I have a membership with Palace Resorts. The last time we were there was in Nov 09, and I think you will be just fine as long as you are careful, (as you should always be)! I have spent time in Cancun-as I stayed at their Beach Palace the December before and had no problem, but not that I wouldn’t stay in Cancun again, but maybe I would avoid that during these travel times, but the Mayan Riviera area is away from Cancun -so I think that you will feel more safe there -outside the city area. (Where we enjoy staying the best is 1 1/2 hrs. from the Cancun airport at the Xpu-Ha Palace Resort-so at least that one is quite a ways from the city. Hopefully that will ease your minds. 🙂 And I would think – although you have to have exercise some good traveling/vacationing sense anywhere, the resorts appear to be pretty safe – at least if we go off our location, we have to show our wristband upon our return. Hope this information helps!
Post # 7
I really don’t want to be johnn raincloud, but I figured I would pipe in. First, I should probably say, I have never been to Mexico (don’t know if that makes a difference or not). I heard on the news several weeks ago, that a student was killed on a resort in Cancun. Last I heard, they hadn’t figured out quite happened. They just knew that it didn’t appear to be an accident. Normally, I would agree that the resort towns tend to be safer, but it seems lately that the violence has been creeping closer to the resorts.
Post # 8
I’ve been all over Mexico and loved every visit! My advice is pretty simple, and really applies to whereever you travel (Mexico or elsewhere). Do your research on the area around your hotel, make copies of your passport (and have them in your suitcase or a lockbox in your room) and just be aware of your surroundings! Situational awareness is really your biggest asset when you travel abroad — if you’re in a place that doesn’t feel safe, you’re probably right!
We’re considering going to Mexico for honeymoon, too (perhaps the Yucatan area). Unfortunately, there are current restrictions for DoD members (my fiance is in the Air Force). Hope they life it soon! Otherwise, we’re going to have consider other options.
Post # 9
We are going to Secrets in Riviera Cancun at the end of July – beginning of August. It is already paid for and we did not get travel insurance. We are still going and not too worried about it. We plan on staying at the resort and if we do an excursion, it will be through the resort and not through a random cabbie or something. The violence does seem to be border towns and the resort would go bankrupt if something happened so I am sure they are on high alert, too. Honestly, even if we did have travel insurance, I would not cancel. Mexico always has problems – they just don’t always blast it on the news. I went to Thailand and was in Bangkok airport by myself when Bangkok was having tons of issues and slaughtering monks. I never saw any crime or ever felt unsafe. Be “with-it” at all times no matter where you are.
Post # 10
I’ve been to Mexico 10 times and has never once feared for my safety. You can scare yourself with horror stories from the news, or you can listen to an actual person who has gone multiple times.
The Riveria Maya is amazing, I hope you love it! Make sure you take a ferry to Cozumel for the day.
Post # 11
We’re not going to Mexico because it’s a little scary right now. Much better to go to the Caribbean though Mexico is definitely cheaper and easier from Los Angeles.
My FI’s university asked students not to go there for Spring Break, if that tells you anything.
Post # 12
We are still going, and have no plans to cancel. 🙂
As previous posters, and previous threads have mentioned, the violence in Mexico is mostly happening in the border cities and central Mexico. Violence happens everywhere, obviously in the US as well. It’s good to be informed and aware of your surroundings, and obviously don’t go looking for trouble!
Here is the latest travel warning from the US Dept of State:
For those who don’t wish to click over and read, here are some main points:
- While millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year violence in the country has increased. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.
- Recent violent attacks have prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua states (see details below) and advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution.
Also, I know we aren’t spring breakers, but the areas we are visiting may be the same! Here’s a good publication by the State department on vacationing in these areas:
ETA: My mom calls me at least once a month since we told her we’re going to Mexico to try to talk me out of it. Today’s call consisted of her telling me that my homeowner’s insurance could cover our trip cancellation if we decide to back out. (I don’t even know where she got that from?!)
So, this information is fresh on my mind, to say the least, haha. 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for the site Blueshoes2. We’re going to Cancun next week for our honeymoon. Now I know not to get drunk and go by myself into town at night. But really, it calmed my nerves. As long as we have common sense, we should be fine.
Post # 14
Yep we are going to Mexico and so not cancelling. There will always be violence and scumbags and terrorists. I am just choosing to not live my life in fear – they win then. Of course we are going to be smart travelers (as best we can), but don’t let scarry people ruin your vacation.
Post # 15
Another bee not canceling over here! We’re going to Puerto Vallarta!
Post # 16
We are booking our honeymoon to the Mayan this month!