• Christy Shelton

Traveling to Mexico

HOW SAFE IS MEXICO? MEXICO TRAVEL WARNING

9.3 Million visitors travel to Mexico annually bringing in approximately 5 Billion dollars in annual revenue.  The Mexican government number one priority is keeping its visitors safe and happy to ensure those tourism dollars rolling in and to keep tourist areas free of crime.

The majority of visitors to Mexico DO NOT experience any crime because the highly populated touristy areas are heavily guarded by local police to ensure those areas remain safe. 

Are you still skeptical about Mexico and worried about how safe Mexico really is?


FACT VS. FICTION (IS MEXICO SAFE)

President Trump and the American media wants you, and everyone else to believe that Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and other countries where the majority of the population are black and brown people are the most dangerous places to visit and it’s simply not true.

There is no doubt that there has been horrible violence in Mexico due to drug wars between warring factions but that violence has, for the most part, are in isolated areas.  It is no different than you being in your own home town and crime is restricted to certain areas.  If you don’t go looking for trouble you won’t find trouble. 

Robberies and pickpocketing are pretty common in Mexico as it is in Rome and here in the U.S. but these random crimes can be avoided as long as you take precautions like not keeping your money in your pocket, backpack accessible to criminals, or leaving your purse or camera equipment unattended.

The State Department issued a travel advisory in August 2018 warning American citizens headed to Mexico to use caution in several states the same week eight bodies were discovered in Cancun outside of the city’s beach hotel zone, though the warning did not refer to the Quintana Roo/Cancun area.

I can’t guarantee that nothing will happen but I also can’t guarantee you won’t get robbed as you are leaving your home but it doesn’t stop you from running errands, going to work, shopping or just hanging out.  

My experience with Mexico has been nothing but pleasant.  The people are friendly, family oriented, very religious and completely willing help and answer questions.


MEXICO TRAVEL WARNING

The U.S. issued a  Level 2 security alert for Mexico on November 15, 2018, and has many travelers extremely nervous about traveling south of the border.  Mexico is an easily accessible vacation destination for many Americans so I do understand why tourist are asking is Mexico Safe?

A Level 2 security alert simply means travel with caution due to increased crime.  Unless you are traveling to Mexico looking for trouble you probably will not encounter in violence, therefore, I can’t say this enough unless you’re looking for trouble in Mexico, you shouldn’t have any issues.  

Some cities and states in Mexico are creating new security measures to maintain and increase tourism. Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board told USA TODAY that Los Cabos implemented a five-point turnaround plan in 2017 to strengthen security infrastructure. As a result, Esponda claims the destination  experienced over a 90% decrease in crime since 2017.

“Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations like Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas remain safe,” says Brussow. “Perception doesn’t always match reality as often violent crimes that are reported on in the U.S. take place outside of main tourism zones. However, by tourists using common sense and taking reasonable safety precautions, they should have no hesitancy in visiting Mexico.”



YES, IT’S SAFE TO TRAVEL TO MEXICO

But don’t let the over exaggerated news stories deter you from traveling to this vibrant Latin American destination. Aside from dangerous areas along the U.S. border and other regions where cartels operate, Mexico is mostly a safe country. In general, if you’re not taking part in illegal activities you don’t have anything to worry about.

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