Post # 17
My Fiance proposed a year ago while we were vacationing in Cancun & I went back to Mexico (Mazatlan this time) for my bachelorette party last month. I love Mexico, but we decided to spend our honeymoon on two Colombian islands. My parents would much rather have me “safe” in Mexico than in Colombia, but I can’t wait to visit South America.
Post # 18
I don’t want to be a downer either, I personally don’t feel safe in Mexico. I got talked into a Mexican Riviera cruise last month. I figured we won’t be near any border towns which are supposed to be the most dangerous and Fiance really wanted to go so I gave in. We spent one day in Acapulco and afterwards learned that 13 people had been killed the week prior in Acapulco.
I suppose incidents like this happen all over, and many many tourists travel to Mexico each year safely. The most important thing is just to be aware of it and take safety precautions just as you would on any other vacation.
Post # 19
I don’t believe that Mexico is anymore safe than going to the Caribbean as someone else pointed out. Anywhere can be unsafe as crimes can occur wherever we go. My friend’s sister was murdered during my friend’s wedding celebration in the Caribbean so it leads me to believe that no where is “safe”… even in places where it feels like you’re in paradise. That won’t stop me from doing what I want, no sense in living in fear from the past.
I traveled to Guatemala 2 years ago and that country is considerably more dangerous than Mexico. All bus and tour bus drivers carry shot guns and every bank has armed guards outside. I have to tell you I didn’t feel like my life was in danger, I just used common sense throughout the trip and tried not to put myself in potentially harmful situations.
You and Fiance are going to have a wonderful honeymoon in Mexico. 🙂 Just bring lots of sunblock and relax.
Post # 20
I don’t think that one person being killed at a resort is any indication of a trend of increasing violence near/in Mexican resorts. I don’t know anything about the case but it could have just been one random jerk doing something others don’t, or even have been someone the resort-goer knew, or maybe the resort-goer was trying to buy drugs and the deal went awry, or SOMETHING–what I mean is that it shouldn’t scare the average tourist staying at a Mexican resort.
I am the queen of paranoia and I wouldn’t be afraid to go to a tourist-friendly area in Mexico right now. The news blows absolutely everything out of proportions and I feel like Mexico has been excessively demonized for decades. Exercising caution anywhere is always a good idea, and if you spent your life avoiding places because some murders occurred there recently or it was fifty miles from a much more dangerous place…you’d miss out on a lot of great places.
Post # 21
I feel like getting drunk and wandering around alone at night is stupid in ANY city, not just while on vacation.
Post # 22
I have to chime in here. The Mayan Riviera is very safe. There is a higher chance of danger in NYC, Paris, wherever.
I’ve been to Mexico many times and have rented cars to do excursions without tour groups within the tourist zone (I’d actually highly recommend this). You don’t have to stay on your resort. This area of Mexico is very tourist friendly. Please don’t let this deter you from doing some exploring!
Post # 23
I appreciate all the comments here. We haven’t booked our honeymoon yet (taking a delayed honeymoon due to work/school), but we are leaning towards Secrets in Cancun, mostly because it’s an all-inclusive adults only resort, but also because it’s must less expensive than flying farther or staying at one of the other resort locations like St. Lucia or Aruba.
Does anyone know where to find statistics on violence in various countries?
Post # 24
There are certainly parts of Mexico that are dangerous, just as there are in any destination. But the parts of Mexico where the violence is taking place is hundreds of miles away from the Riviera Maya region. We travel to Mexico a couple of times a year and have never had any issues. And we have someone on their honeymoon in Mexico almost every night of the year without incident.
Post # 25
BUMP.. any updates for 2011?
Post # 26
We’re going to Mexico in December for our honeymoon…
Staying at the Azul Sensatori “Gourmet” All-Inclusive in Puerto Moralos (the northern part of Riviera Maya) and we can’t wait. We’re arranging private transport through the resort and plan to not a finger once we get there…
The Fiance and I have no apprehensions!
Post # 27
I wouldnt go to MEXICO in the near future, honeymoon or not.
Post # 28
I was just in central Mexico last week 🙂 We were not in a touristy area but I felt safe, (we didn’t travel the highways or go out late at night)
The overall feeling from the locals was that area was very safe, but not far from there were some cities that it would be unwise to visit.
Post # 29
@[email protected]: Im going to Cancun at the end of May for my honeymoon. We are staying at Cancun Palace. I’m not worried but should I be?
Post # 30
@blondebride2- you shouldn’t be worried! We have a timeshare through Palace Resorts and I’ve been down there 7 times to Moon Palace. I’ve NEVER felt unsafe, especially at their resorts. They don’t allow anyone to step foot inside who isn’t staying there and all their tours have all felt very safe and comfortable to me. As a matter of fact, we’re going to be staying at Le Blanc in Cancun for 11 days for our honeymoon in June! It’s part of Palace Resorts. I’m sure you’ll love Cancun Palace! Have fun!!
Post # 31
99.9 percent of Mexicans LOVE tourists! It is their livelihood and their economy depends on it. Unfortunately, there have been some serious things that have been happening esp. to Canadians down in Mexico but you have to remember like in any big city keep your wits about you and don’t go off alone at night or buy drugs.