Post # 17
Is Cancun 100% safe? No, of course it isn’t. But neither are other popular honeymoon spots, even within the US. Check out crime statistics in Las Vegas, New York, Miami and New Orleans. Would you feel safe traveling to these US destinations? There are certain parts of Mexico that I wouldn’t travel to, but there are plenty of areas that I would go to. It’s a big country, and some parts are safe and others arent. It would be like avoiding the US because you heard south Detroit was bad. I’m planning to go to Mexico for my honeymoon and I am no more concerned for my safety than I would be if I were traveling within the US.
Post # 18
@fishbone: gave great advice. a lotof security, far more so than other tourist destinations. petty theft is an issue, but with normal precautions you should be fine
eg walking into a dark alley waving a rolex and wad of cash = bad idea
Acapulco has always had a reputation for being a bit sketchy, even before that horrendous attack on tourists
the cartel violence is up north (where i live) so i wouldnt suggest you come here, but i think cancun is fine. im pretty up to date on mexican news and cancun just isnt a problem area. If you look at the tourist fatality rate, its almost exclusively drunk drowning in the sea,and falling off balconies. NOT drug related violence
i wouldnt be getting married/honeymooning there if i thought it was a problem (though i suppose most places are better than where i live haha)
Post # 19
yes it’s safe, if your a smart traveller
Post # 20
Does anyone know if Puerto Vallarta is now considered unsafe? We went last year and it was completely fine- but we are considering going again in June and I’m beginning to wonder based on what everyone is saying regarding the “west”
Post # 21
We honeymooned in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico a few months ago and always felt very safe. Exercise normal caution and you’ll be fine, I agree with PPs that the media is going a bit overboard with the scare tactics when it comes to Mexican travel.
Here is the official US travel warning for Mexico by city/state;
Post # 22
We’re planning to go there for our honeymoon, so I guess we’ll take the risk. The only thing i’ve been thinking about is maybe choosing an all inclusive place instead of the one I’d most prefer, so we don’t have to have much $ on us at any time.
Post # 23
@sunshinebee: From everything I have read Puerto Vallarta is still safe. FI and I are planning on going there in Oct for our honeymoon.
Post # 24
I think it’s totally safe- the border towns are the dangerous areas. Crime happens everywhere, but people think Mexico is the worst- not sure why. We travel a lot, have been all over the world and never had any problems.
Post # 25
I was in Cancun / Playa Del Carmen just a few months ago and I loved it. I never felt unsafe. Obviously, you have to use common sense but we really enjoyed out trip. Being from Texas and having a fiance that works near the border, I can attest to the fact that border towns are scary dangerous (they deserve the reputation that they get). The resort towns are NOTHING like that. Their livelihood depends on tourism, so they make safety a priority.
Post # 26
It’s fine, but I would pick a resort outside of the city instead… MUCH nicer.
Leave all diamond rings at home though! Common sense when travelling in general. (and by home I mean at the bank!)
Post # 27
@little_d: +1. I feel like a lot of the people who do not think it’s safe haven’t travelled much and just pick out the negative news they see on tv. Just came back from Cancun and you are good to go! As long as you use your smarts and common sense-just like anywhere, you will have a fabulous time.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER unless it’s from a filter or bottle 🙂
Post # 28
Generally people who think it’s unsafe are those who have not travelled very much. I’ve been to some pretty shady places over the years and Cancun certainly isn’t one of them. Personally, I’m not a fan on Cancun because it’s so commercialized. When I can drive from the airport past 5 Starbucks, a Outback Steakhouse, Sams Club, etc – it’s a little too commercialized for me. That being said, it’s a huge draw for tourists because of it’s abundance of All-Inclusive resorts which are convenient and very cost effective for a vacation.
I spend a lot of time each winter in Isla Mujeres, which is a little island off of Cancun. It’s a much more laid back vibe, more of a “local” feel. I travel alone every year, as my Darling Husband is usually already there (for work, he’s usually there about 3 months) and have never felt unsafe – and that includes flying into Cancun and travel from the airport to the ferry, across the water, and to where we’re staying. In fact, when I was there in January Darling Husband and I grabbed a rental car in Cancun and drove down past Chetumal – which is WAY down there (almost to Belize) to stay at a resort for a few days. We were the only English speaking people we saw for days…clearly not an american tourist area, and we still never felt unsafe.
Post # 29
dont travel out during the night, just plan so you’re never stuck out on the roads at night. Other than that you will be ok, just use precuation most of it is common sense.
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Post # 31
@ClassyCountryBrideToBe: We were in CanCun in September with no issue. We are actually considering Mexico again for our Honeymoon because we really had a great time!!
14 days seems a little long for that one city, so you may want to consider another area nearby for a few days. Unless you like to say in your hotel area or go out every single night, the things to see there just span a few days…a week at most.
Some hotels offer groups into town, where they take you, guide you to clubs and then take you back. Like you leave at 5 and come back to the hotel at midnight. If you are interested in doing the CanCun club/night life scene, I would do this. They also have day trips like this for shopping.