Post # 32
@MrsPanda99: There are some places that aren’t safe anymore. i heard Acapulco is now on that list 🙁 🙁 I love that place and have been 3 times. Travel agents will tell you that the resorts are safe just not surrounding area’s, but don’t believe them. Do your own research, google the area u want to go to make sure. The cartel is very violent in a lot of places now:(
Post # 33
It’s been about 2 years now since we’ve even there, but I LOVE Mexico. The Mayan Riviera to be exact. The 5 star resorts are pretty awesome, and I like staying in a mega-resort where you have more pools/beach/restaurants etc. I want to go back now.
Post # 34
@Pinkmoon: Do you remember the ones you went to? I would love a beach walkout suite.
@TexasTheta90: It’s true…I know it isn’t worth the risk but at the same time I know the media always makes things worse. A lot of resorts aren’t in “safe” countries but the resort area is safe. They need our tourist dollars. It will be a hard decision.
Post # 35
@MrsPanda99: I go to Mexico twice a year and I’ve never, EVER had an issue. I’ve spent most of my time in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres. Awesome! Totally recommend it.
Post # 36
All of these posts about going to Mexico have made me really want to go!!! I did some preliminary research and the packages seem pretty affordable. I’ve never been to an all-inclusive before. Plus I miss being in a Spanish-speaking place… *sigh*
Am I naive to believe that I’ll be okay/safer in Mexico (or any other Latin country, really) because I speak Spanish fluently?
Post # 37
my cousin got married there it was freaking brilliant amazing its in the mayan riviera my god it was heaven … its not walk onto the beach its like a half min to the beach though the food is wonderful and its just heaven
go go go
Post # 38
We were in Mexico just this past August. Like you, I was cautious, and did a lot of homework before booking. Generally, the information I found, was what has been shared with you–tourist areas are safe. Especially Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and the Mayan Riviera areas.
We stayed at Puerto Vallarta, and we loved the city. We felt safe to venture outside of the resort, and even walked to nearby cafes, banks, and a walmart.
The resort also had taxi drivers that were stationed outside. (I think they had a special agreement with the resort?) Hotel staff even offered to called the drivers over, told them where we wanted to go, and negotiated the prices for us. We felt very safe, and would go back again.
Post # 39
@MrsPanda99: We didn’t have a beach walkout where I stayed, but I did love the resort. We stayed at Gran Bahia Principe Coba/Tulum/Akumal. I do know someone who stayed at a swim out suite and I’m pretty sure it was the Sunset Princess or something like that. Not beach though.
Post # 40
We’re heading to Mexico in 82 days to be exact, I cannot wait! I’ve been to Mexico numerous times (last time in 2011) and we ALWAYS have a great time. Definitely check out Rivieria Maya & Playa Del Carmen (my favorite areas) and use Trip Advisor to read reviews! We typically stay at DREAMS/SECRETS resorts (all inclusive brand). The resorts are amazing and service is fantastic! 🙂
Post # 41
Yep, we were married there in April! I highly recommend the Riviera Maya.
Post # 42
@MrsPanda99: Why don’t you look into dominican republic? I’ve really affordable, when I looked into it moreso than Mexico, and it’s safer.
Post # 43
I grew up and spend a lot of time there still so take it with a grain of salt if you want, but the fact is, while there is violence (I wont pretend there isn’t) it is not random (I’m actually more scared of random shootouts that keep happening here in the US to completely innocent people). I’ve been to many places in the US that felt very unsafe (recently, New Orleans and parts of Chicago) and it was a matter of being smart about the parts of town I visited, how and when. I don’t like to try to convince people that don’t want to visit to do so, since they just won’t enjoy it, but I do like to point out the actual facts and cut through the media fear-mongering:
Post # 44
@MrsPanda99: whenever i took ai vacation packages and i flew out of toronto, i would often use sites like these.
also check out the tour companies like sunquest, westjet, air transat, nolitours. they often have sell offs.
when do you plan on going?
Post # 45
Love Mexico! I studied abroad there in college and would go back in a heartbeat. Unless you’re in Mexico City/border areas, you should be totally fine. I have wandered solo around all sorts of wacky places in the world, and Mexico is on the safer side of places I’ve been.
Fiance and I were thinking about going to the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon! Go go go!
Post # 46
I went to Riviera Maya 1.5 years ago, and did not feel unsafe at any point of the trip. I booked an awesome all inclusive deal through Expedia. I stayed at Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive, which is a nice resort. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for all inclusive.
If you want to go somewhere warm, and be able to explore off of a resort, I highly recommend Costa Rica. It’s very safe, and there’s lots to do.