(Closed) To those traveling to Mexico for DW or honeymoon

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My Fiance used to work for Texas Border Security Operations in Austin and has pictures saved on our hard drive of some of the violence down in Mexico- I’m talking severed heads with the heads lined up with the bodies on the ground, piles of bodies in shower stalls. His current line of work has him involved in Homeland Security and I CANNOT stress enough how unsafe it is in Mexico. The violence is seeping into tourist areas as well now and there’s no way to guarantee safety down there. It’s practically a rogue state at this point; government and police officials are essentially helpless against the cartels. I always want to say this in threads where brides are contemplating traveling to Mexico for honeymoons, and I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but it is NOT SAFE and I wouldn’t recommend anyone going there at all.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to Playa del carmen for my honeymoon and felt totally safe.

My advice is be smart! Just as you should be whenever you are traveling to a foreign city.

Playa del carmen does not have any travel advisories against traveling there – do your research before hand. It really is a tourist town and the locals gave us the BEST service we had ever experienced.

At one time a friend left her camera at the table and a local came running after her to give her her camera.

Be smart and you will be fine. The media makes money from fear mongering – take everything you hear into consideration but don’t let it affect your decisions until you do your research!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@CaraMia10:

AHH!! Yes! I never say anything when the thread is for brides who have ALREADY purchased tickets or whatever to anywhere in Mexico because what’s done is done and I really don’t want to scare anyone, but for those CONSIDERING Mexico, I just want to caution against going there. I know that there are people who go to resorts and have a great time and feel safe, but it is an extremely dangerous country to travel to because there IS NO LAW AND ORDER. It just makes me scared for people who want to go and really don’t have any concept of how dangerous it is. I just think that there’s safer places that offer resorts and beaches just like Mexico that would be much better choices.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there is a big difference between inner city mexico and a resort in mexico.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@stephanie63087:

It’s Mexico. If you get pickpocketed there, the police cannot help you. Your passport gets stolen? Good luck getting help from them. Traveling TO the resort THROUGH Mexico? Dangerous. If someone wants to go I’m obviously not going to demand they refund their tickets or anything, but this is what my Fiance does for a living. I see and hear all the time what happens in Mexico, and even in the U.S. from spillover from Mexico. You may or may not be fine in a resort but I just needed to add my two cents that I don’t think the risk is worth it at all. Resorts are not these little safe havens where nothing can happen. Phoenix isn’t even in Mexico and yet it’s the kidnapping capital now because of spillover violence FROM Mexico. El Paso, Texas is not Mexico but it’s right across the border from the murder capital of the world which is Juarez, Mexico. These are dangerous places in the U.S. because of Mexico.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Have any of you (besides Mrs. Martin) been to Mexico?  Yes there is a lot of violence in Mexico, primarily in the border towns, but the resort areas are very safe.  Mexico needs its tourism and works hard to protect it.  I wouldn’t go wander in random areas, but I would definitely go to tourist areas.  DH and I go to Cabo about once a year.  We’ve also been to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and have done Mexican cruises.  That said…we aren’t going to Tijuana right now.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We just had our wedding in Cabo and did leave the resort for the rehearsal dinner. We all felt extremely safe, even in town. Obviously, we didn’t leave the resort with our passports or carry around a ton of cash (as someone said, pickpocketing is common and you’re kind of SOL, just like in a lot of places in Europe). 

I don’t think that I would go to places on in the south, leave the resort and drive around in the country – however, we felt safe in Cabo. Many of the ex-pats that we worked with who live there (florist, photographers) said they really only worry about being pickpocketed.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

There’s crime everywhere. I really don’t feel like there is that big of a danger at a Secrets Resort. If there were that big of a danger, there would be more travel advisories.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kate169:

From the State Department’s website:

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria.

Mexico was added to the list in September of 2010.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@ohheavenlyday: @OhBeeHive84: i think the media make its out to be worse than it is. i have been to mexico (on vacation and to visit family multiple times), and its not as bad as you describe, if you stay in the tourist parts of the city and in the resort, you should be fine. its really all about being aware of your surroundings.  you will HEAR lots of things get hyped up, most of it is not  so serious… people get shot everyday in the city i live in, does that make it unsafe? NO. it just means tou should be aware and not go to bad parts of the city.

@CaraMia10: Gary indiana used to be the crime capital in the us… the media hypes it up, i live a few hours from there and have family there, its perfectly safe as long as you know where not to go. im just saying that unless you have been there and had a bad experience (gotten pickpocketed, shot, etc,) its just like anywhere else in the world.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@stephanie63087:

Media does tend to hype things up, but not Mexican violence. If anything, they tone it DOWN so as not to scare American audiences. I’m not writing what I’ve said on this thread based on watching the news; I have seen PICTURES of violence in Mexico that my Fiance has on his work computer and has shown me based on security operations he’s done and stories he’s told me from personal work experience. We’re friends with some of the highest ranking Texas Rangers and THEY will not go to Mexico. There’s a travel advisory out by the state department. It’s not just our opinion from watching television.

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