(Closed) Is Cancun safe to honeymoon in?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ClassyCountryBrideToBe:  we have personally driven through nearly half of mexico and the yucatan peninsula is the safest area we travelled.  it is far from the cartels and main drug issues.

if you are a smart, safe traveller, it is perfectly safe.  i know.  i am there all of the time (we have a house about 3 hrs from cancun).

as pp mentioned, just be smart.  crimes there are usually crimes of opportunity or someone looking for trouble.

are you staying in cancun (the hotel zone) or in the riviera maya area?  i personally enjoy staying around puerto morelos.  it’s very close to the airport, cancun, playa del carmen and most of the touristy adventure activities.  you will be able to take a taxi to any of these places. 

we have been to many resorts along that coast and have done a lot of things.  if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.

Post # 33
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Two things I would never do on my honeymoon: Mexico or a cruise.

Post # 34
224 posts
Helper bee

Mexico is awesome and I have spent quite some time there. I consider Cancun as safe as any other big city, with the caveat that tourists can look attractive to street thieves, more along the lines of petty crimes such as being pick pocketed. Follow the rules of vacationing like leave your valuables in the hotel safe, be aware of your surroundings, and you will be just fine. The drug violence you’re talking about is in a different part of Mexico. The only thing you are likely to see is the federal police roadblocks where they search cars and buses for guns and drugs. 

Will you be spending all of two weeks in Cancun? That’s a pretty long time, and you might want to stay in Playa del Carmen further south. Playa is smaller and feels kind of like a small version of Miami to me. You can make lots of day trips to Mayan ruins, sinkholes to snorkel through, and other pretty places. If you’d like some recommendations, let me know.

Post # 35
6592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ClassyCountryBrideToBe:  AS long as you’re safe.  I went with a group of people and three people in our group were robbed.  However, they were drunk and passed out when they got robbed (took all of their clothes, wallet, and shoes.)  Even knowing that, I never felt unsafe but I stayed in the hotel zone with the crowds of other tourists which was really easy to do.  Plus, I was extra safe at night and made sure not to drink too much or walk alone in the dark.

The beaches there are amazing!  Soft sugary sand that I have never seen anywhere else.  However, if I had the choice I would pick St. Maarten or St. Lucia over Cancun in a heartbeat because the resorts are nicer.

Post # 36
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t risk it.

Cancun isn’t safe. Just last week, a tourist club in Cancun was shot up by the cartels. Go somewhere else.

Post # 37
1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@crayfish:  Agreed. I haven’t been to as many countries as you, but have been to 5 of the 7 continents and there are far more dangerous places than Mexico. As long as you are smart and use common sense, you should be fine.


My fiance and I have been to Mexico (Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta) 3 times in the past 2 years and we have not had any problems. I haven’t been to Cancun recently, but it is a huge tourist destination and I wouldn’t worry about going there at all.

Post # 38
2656 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BeeandBeeBride27:  I heard about that also.. but I’m pretty sure it said it was a local bar in a poor area of town, far away from the touristy hotel zone. It can happen anywhere though!

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@ClassyCountryBrideToBe:  We will be going to Cancun for our Honeymoon in 30 days and I can’t wait!! I’ve been there once with 2 girlfriends & we had no problems and never felt unsafe.

Post # 39
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BeeandBeeBride27:  it was not a tourist club by any means. its located far away from the hotel zone in a working class neighbourhood (so says the newspaper, but in reality super poor neighbourhood). no tourists go there ever


Post # 40
800 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Cancun is as safe as any very touristy area in a third-world country. Which is to say, it’s pretty safe, but not 100%. There’s a good amount of property crime but very little violent crime directed at tourists. The cops are corrupt (I have personal experience with this).

Leave any jewelry you’d regret losing at home, don’t carry large amounts of cash, don’t get too drunk, and stay to the main areas, and you’ll be fine.

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