Post # 1
Not to sound like a total fraidy cat, but how safe is it really to travel to Mexico right now? I’m advocating for an awesome (sounding) honeymoon spot in Cancun, and FI has expressed concerns. All other info I’ve found is based out of tourism boards, which are biased, obviously. I keep hearing that people who brave the gang war stereotype can get some great travel deals, and I found one! Should I be listening to FI..? I don’t watch the news. Help.
And if you have any thoughts on Secrets Resort at Maroma beach, those are welcome too 🙂
Post # 3
Tourist parts of Mexico aren’t too bad…
BUT it isn’t the USA or Canada… you’ll truly need to keep your wits & street smarts about you
Mexico is more of a 2nd World Country… and it has Economic, Political and Social issues that you won’t find at home
So if you go make sure you have Travel Insurance as well as Travel Health Insurance, and your shots are all up to date (including tetnus etc)
I will suggest that you take a look at the Travel Advisories that your own Goverment is issuing for their Citizens you can find them here (I’ve assumed you to be a US Citizen or a Canadian)
Canada – Dept of Foreign Affairs – Travel Advisory MEXICO = http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico
USA – State Department – Travel Advisory MEXICO = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6033.html
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
I think pretty much everywhere can be dangerous if you go to the wrong areas. I’ve never been scared of the resorts in Mexico, or the touristy areas. I love the Mayan Riviera!
Post # 5
there will be bees who disagree with me but i say cancun is safe. I live in mexico (nuevo leon, near the border where they tell people not to go to) and i wouldnt advise you to come to my area, but there isnt a problem.
the vast majority of tourist injuries and fatalities are due to swimming (either drunken swimming, or people ignoring red flags and going far out), falling off balconies or general drunken mishaps.
bearing in mind the majority of time is spent on resort where you are completely safe. the odd tourist trip snorkelling or to ruins is just not a risk. at night, big places like coco bongo or playa del carmens 5th avenue also safe
occasionally tourist deaths get reported in bars. these are frequently misreported in foreign news as tourist bars in articles that then rehash drug violence across the country., whereas the reality is (at least the last few ive seen) are theyve happened in the ghetto areas that even the (clean living locals) wouldnt go near. these are not places you would find yourself in accidentally under normal circumstances. I would be surprised if the people involved werent looking for some kind of drug
if you want to stay safe, heres my advice
– dont wander into dark alleys off resort late at night waving cash (i would also advise this in my hometown, london). common sense
– do not take drugs or mix with people who do
– dont swim drunk or at night
secrets is supposed to be a really lovely chain of hotels, ive heard nothing but good things. its a high end all inclusive
Post # 6
We’re plenty well-travelled and street smart! I’m just of the mindset that unless there’s a warning for our specific area, why write off the whole country? But then again, FI rightfully questions my sense of self preservation. 😉
Thanks for the links!
Post # 7
It depends on what part of mexico.
Tijuana, or Mexico City? PASS.
Cancun? Pretty good. If you’re not afraid of big US cities, don’t fear Cancun. Go ahead!
A resort at a smaller fishing town around the Cancun area? Even better! Nothing to worry about at all.
Post # 8
Just got back from Cancun. Aside from the pushy and sometimes lying sales people (beware the time share! If it sounds too good it probably is) we felt very safe. We were in an all-inclusive resort about an hour and a half south of Cancun (Bahia Principe) and had no problem. When we went into Playa Del Carmen we (accidentally) ended up in the very touristy 5th avenue. Wide, clean streets, lots of friendly people, etc. As long as you’re smart about it and are aware of your surroundings (and take everything sales people say with a grain of salt) you’ll be fine. Have fun!
Post # 9
@CarolF: from @This Time Round: link:
Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo – see attached map to identify their exact locations: No advisory is in effect
Post # 10
@CarolF: When I was last in Mexico my DH and I went to Mexico City and Playa del Carmen. We got engaged in Mexico City in fact! The La Condeza neighborhood is great. Cool shops, bars, art and culture. It was an amazing city. There are several pretty tree-lined neighborhoods. We stayed at an airbnb.com apartment and explored for several days. We went to the anthropological museum, strolled in their major park (kind of like Golden Gate or Central Park), met great people. It was nice to only see a handful of tourists the entire time we were there. We’re city people though, already used to watching out for pickpocketers, muggings and such. My DH probably had more fun there than the beach town of Playa del Carmen. It didn’t help that he got a stomach bug they day we flew to Playa del Carmen. That kind of ruined our first day on the beach as he threw up on the plane and felt like poo the next day! Poor guy.
Playa del Carmen (not too far down the coast from Cancun) is a more laid back beach town. A little less touristy than Cancun. We rented a car and drove from Cancun and stayed in a condo and swam in underground cenotes, swam with sea turtles on the beach, etc. The only time I didn’t feel safe was when I went out driving by myself that first day to go to the store to bring back groceries and medicine for my very sick husband. I got lost somehow and ended up in a pretty poor part of town. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. Nothing happened, getting lost just unnerved me.
If you plan to stick to the confines of a resort, I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be safe. Just don’t get stupid drunk and wander off with strangers. You’ll be fine!
Post # 11
@CarolF: I’m from Mexico too (living in Mexico City, a beautiful, cosmopolitan, huge city as safe as any other huge city). And I can tell you that Cancun (especially if you are going to a resort) as well as may other major touristic points (not all of them) will be totally fine. Sadly, I can’t say the same about all my country. Good lord, they are not good at all in some parts. But from what I’ve read here in the bee, they are not as bad as I think they make them sound in the US news.
Here is a nice link as well http://www.howsafeismexico.com/
Post # 12
We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya- it was the bomb! We rarely left. One time we did go to a rural area, but other than not understanding Spanish, it really wasn’t that bad. I felt very safe there and would love to go back again.
But for the record, I’m from the midwest, and the closest big city to me is Detroit. So I may just have a tough opinion. 😉
Post # 13
I wouldn’t be afraid to go to Cancun. I was there, and in Talum and in the Sian Ka’an last year. Talked to some of the Americans who work down there and generally the area is quite safe, particularly in the tourist areas/resorts.
I was a little afraid to go to Mexico at the time, because a few years before a coworker of mine had been murdered in Puerto Vallarta while on vacation. But afterward I was happy I went and never felt the least bit unsafe.
Post # 14
I’m sure the odds of something happening to you are slim. However, when we were choosing our honeymoon location, we immediaetly ruled out all of Mexico. There are SO MANY other places to go, why risk it at all?
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@CarolF: Cancun is fine. It’s very touristy and the local police do a lot to protect tourists because tourists bring in money and without tourists Cancun would cease to exist because it was built specifically to be a resort town for international tourists. That said, don’t be stupid when traveling. Be mindful of your surroundings and careful where you go at night and only take proper buses and cabs (no gypsy cabs, ask the resort if you’re unsure.)
Also, if you get drunk, try to do it at the hotel so that you can safely return to your room. The only issue I had on vacaiton was that a few of the young men in my travel group got overly intoxicated at the nightclubs and woke up on the beach butt naked after being robbed while in their drunken state. Nobody was harmed but they lost their clothes, shoes, wallets, and dignity.
The gang war issues are happening closer to the border with the U.S. I would be more worried about visiting Tijuana and Acapulco. Cancun is another planet so long as you stay in the hotel district or use a reputable tour company to see places like Tulum (must see).
Post # 16
@CarolF: I personally wouldn’t travel to a country on my own country’s watch list. I was considering it and even posted a thread about it but it just isn’t worth it to me to save a few bucks. People say the tourist areas are safe but that is where the last people I heard about got shot. I wouldn’t do it, especially for a honeymoon.