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The safety of travel to Mexico

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As a long time winter resident of Cozumel, I am often asked about the safety of traveling to Mexico. Here is the latest U.S. State Department advisory -- providing a more detailed assessment of popular tourist areas.

The warning, dated Feb. 8, replaces one that had been in place since April 22, 2011. It notes that "millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business ... there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes."

No advisories are in effect for the state of Quintana Roo (Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum), southern Baja California (Cabo San Lucas), Guanajuato (San Miguel de Allende and Leon), Oaxaca (Oaxaca, Huatluco and Puerto Escondido) and Chiapas (San Cristobal de las Casas), as well as Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and nearby Riviera Nayarit.

So.....the weather is beautiful and we are all safe and sound. Hope this helps alleviate a few worries.

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