(Closed) Safety in Mexico?? Honeymoon observations/advice

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The FH and I went to Cancun.  We had an amazing time.  We rode the bus around and accidently ventured into downtown Cancun (where tourist aren’t supposed to be as safe as the more populated places) and went into a Wal-mart to go shopping.  We were fine.  We had an amazing time and did lots of excursions. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Darling Husband and I went to Riviera Maya and felt safe the whole time. We did a lot of excursions off of the resort, and also went shopping in downtown Playa del Carmen. I think the most annoying thing of the whole experience was when people (from where we live) asked where we were going for our honeymoon, and we answered “Mexico”, we always got the, “ohhh… but that’s not safe” response. I just answered with, “We’re staying at a 5 star all-inclusive resort. I’m not too worried about getting mixed up with the drug cartel there.”

I don’t think I ever felt even an inkling of being unsafe while there.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

be aware of your surroundings and stay in the more touristy areas. and don’t buy any drugs from strangers.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This was my ONLY worry about booking our honeymoon in Mexico too! I’ve come to the conclusion that we will be FINE and I’m not going to stress over it anymore! I just need to get my passport so we can book our flights before the cost of flights go up due to the rising fuel costs!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We went to Mexico just recently. We stayed on the resorts and I felt completely safe the whole time. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been to Mexico quite a few times, most recently the end of November 2010.  We are getting married there in October 2011.  I didn’t feel even remotely unsafe.  The media has exaggerated a lot of the details surrounding the violence and crime in Mexico.  There are parts of Mexico that are unsafe, but this crime is predominately in the border towns and Mexico City.  The drug cartels are not focused on the tourist towns. Just like when you travel anywhere you are unfamiliar with, be a smart traveler.  Do not walk alone at night and be cautious of random strangers. Mexico is a great country, I wouldn’t hesitate to have your honeymoon there.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Having booked our Cancun honeymoon Sunday night and getting cursed out by my parents over it, I am in the same boat or at least I was until this morning.  I got  several private messages from other girls letting me know that they had either gone recently and were fine or are going as well and shouldnt worry.

Bottom line is that anytime you travel anywhere even inside the US you take a risk but you run a higher risk of being killed in a car accident in your hometown than you do going to a resort location in Mexico or anywhere else and getting kidnapped or killed.  Sounds horrible but its the truth.

I have made the decision just to go with our original plan.  I was excited about it before and I everytime I think about it, I get excited all over again.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Mexico is a really safe destination to get married or honeymoon in! The key to safety is being smart about what you do. You wouldn’t get in a car with strangers or wander into a suspect area in your hometown so don’t do it in Mexico. If you use common sense and are aware of your surroundings Mexico is a great option.

I have been back an forth to Mexico a few times in the past 6 months and I have never felt unsafe.

Happy Honeymooning in Mexico!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just went to Puerto Vallarta in January for a friends wedding and never once did I feel unsafe.  I agree with the PP’s, no matter where you travel, you need to be smart.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t listen to any of the talk about “don’t go to Mexico it’s unsafe”!  My parents have owned time shares in Cancun and Playa del Carmen for ten years and I have traveled to Mexico about fifteen times and there has NEVER been a time I felt unsafe.  The Cancun airport is clean and newly renovated.  City transportation differs, but my experiences in Cancun and Plya have been no different than riding a bus or subway in a city in the states.  The resorts I have stayed at have all been beautiful, acomodating, and offer security.  I think just as you travel ANYWERE abroad you need to be aware of your surroundings and not put yourself into unsafe situations (e.g. Cancun drunken party people at 3am walking around downtown creating a scene). 

We’re going to Cabo San Lucas for a wonderful 12 days and can’t wait for the georgeous weather, fantastic food, and the beautiful culture Mexico offers 🙂 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@missmichigan:

We just got back from a trip to Mexico and it was amazing.  We stayed at at resort between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen and I felt totally comfortable.  The people are very friendly and are hilarious.  The waiters and drivers had us cracking up the whole time.  We went shopping in Playa del Carmen and the cab driver told us a few streets to stay away from but if you kind of stay with the crowd you won’t have any problems.  I wouldn’t roam around by myself but I don’t do that in a city I visit at home either.  Just stay aware of your surroundings.  We can’t wait to plan another trip back down there!  Good luck and enjoy your honeymoon!

Post # 15
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Newbee

We’re going to Cozumel and have had people make comments about it being unsafe. I roll my eyes and remind them that where we’re going is 1,500 miles from the border towns where most of the danger is. That’s like a crime happening in FL and being afraid to step out my door in CT.

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