Post # 17
i thought i would share what our travel agent said about this-of course i’m not sure she would say dont go, but if we didn’t go to mexico we’d go somewhere else so I’m sure she would be honest:
I know there have been some reports that sounded bad regarding Mexico, but the violence is mainly in the border area. As a matter of fact, (a girl we know) just returned from Puerto Vallarta and she said they felt very safe the whole time. The resort areas are very safe and the tourist areas have remained safe. It is never recommended that you wonder off into the residential area even if there is no violence reported. The resort areas that are nearest the border are still 600 miles away. I have contacted the representative for The Royal and they assured me that they have had no violence reported in their area. I included the address for the State Department so that you can read the travel alert they have posted. Be aware that this is a travel alert and not a travel warning.
The address is: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html
Post # 18
LIke many others have said, I’m sure you’ll be safe in a resort area, but I can sense the worry in your tone and wanted to chime in. My fiance and I are not going to Mexcio (we’re going to St. Lucia) but I had a planned and fully paid for trip to Cancun scheduled with some girlfriends for the end of April. Everyone (all our parents, bfs husbands and especially my fiance) were on our backs about how dangerous it is there right now and how we shouldn’t go. We hemmed and hawed for a long time, but after my fiance watched some news thing about Cancun last week he finally convinced me to change our trip. I was worried too but was trying to ignore my unease. We just changed our trip and honestly, even though I’m bummed, I feel a lot better. I know there’s danger anywhere you go, and I know resort areas are generally very safe, and many tourists are still goint to Mexico and reporting that it’s been awesome, but I had a bad feeling like you do, and I’m glad we changed it. If you can find a different place and not lose any money, I probably would change it if I were you. Even if nothing happens, you want to be able to really relax and enjoy your honeymoon, not constantly worry about being safe. You can find just as nice of a place in any of the Carribean, so if you’re as concerned as it sounds like you are, I’d say it’s not worth it just to stick with Mexico. Change your spot and breathe a sigh of relief, like we did!
Post # 19
This is an interesting topic as I am scheduled to go to an all-inclusive resort outside of Cancun for one of my best friend’s wedding in May. In my group of friends that is going, everyone’s parents have been worried about this, but so far, no one has chosen to cancel plans. I’m a little nervous too, but so far we are still going. I think I’ll just keep monitoring the situation for now!
Post # 20
I have really been looking into planning a honeymoon in Mexico as well. I am alarmed by the reports of violence, but please keep in mind everyon that this violence is all drug related! The Mexican government is finally cracking down on drug cartels, so there is major upheavel within these drug organizations. People who are being killed are those involved in the trade or military/police officers. Things really are bad along the US/Mexico border! My family lives in South Texas, and things in Mexico are bad. Do not go to the border areas.
An American tourist is not their target, though! Especially in areas like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. But, of course, a woman should always go with her gut feeling! If you really feel something is not right, do not go!
I’m just upset b/c my wedding is in December, and the Bahamas area will be too cool for us to go there, right? Anyone go to the Bahamas/St. Lucia during the winter? Can you really enjoy the beaches at this time?
Post # 21
Boy, this is a tough one isn’t it? Things seem to be geting worse down there, not better. Allot of people like the idea of going into town to shop and explore to, and not just being confined to a resort.
I look at it this way, even if there is a small percentage of something bad happening – if it happens to you, it becomes 100%. And even if nothing happens, who wants the anxiety for you (and your loved ones) hanging over your head at a time when you should feel the most relaxed. Have you considered other places close to home like Jamaica, Costa Rica, or the Carribean? They may have many of the same things you are looking for without all the worry. Good luck! I hope you have fun.
Post # 22
Oh, PS to Gracez – I am not sure about Saint Lucia, but December is the start of what Costa Rica considers to be their "summer". December is one of their nicest months!
Post # 23
OK I am so out of the loop! I didn’t know about any of this and we are going in June for our honeymoon along with my 4 year old son. I am really going to have to look into where this is going on and if it is on the other side of the country than I probably won’t be so worried about it but, if it is anywhere near Cancun I cannot chance our lives like that. Thanks for the update that seems to have been going on for awhile.
Post # 24
It might be okay since you’ll be at an all-inclusive? I went on a cruise to Mexico Riviera for my honeymoon, despite the talk of sinking ships and pirates, and had a blast. I wonder if it’s like choosing a place to live – safe being relative to the person. If you feel comfortable, then you won’t feel anxious during your trip. Glad to hear that you’re informed of the situation and trying to make a good decision. 🙂