Is Mexico safe?

Old Jan 30th, 2019, 01:52 AM
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Is Mexico safe?

Iím looking to travel to Riviera Maya/Cancun Mexico in May or June but I'm concerned about booking a trip because of the recent deaths in the area. Has anyone been to Mexico lately and felt safe or unsafe? It will be myself and a friend so two single women in our 40ís traveling alone. Thanks.
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Old Jan 30th, 2019, 04:09 AM
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Yes, basically Mexico is safe. The violence is mostly between members of the drug cartels.
I don't know where you live, but I live outside of Philadelphia and there are shootings there every day. Does that mean the US is not safe?
We have never felt unsafe in the area you intend to visit.
Just use the same common sense you would use anywhere else and you will be fine.
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Old Jan 30th, 2019, 07:17 AM
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We have just returned from seven weeks travelling around various parts of a Mexico and felt as safe, if not safer, than anywhere else we have travelled in the world.
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Old Jan 30th, 2019, 11:20 AM
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I vacation (solo/female) twice a year on "the other side" in Puerto Vallarta...

But from what I have read, any recent violence in that area you are asking about was not against tourists. While disconcerting, the murders are Mexican to Mexican. and most often cartel business nothing to do with tourists and normally no incidents in tourist areas.
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Old Jan 30th, 2019, 07:49 PM
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My wife and I have lived in Mexico full time for some 9 years now and travel the country extensively. While there are places to avoid, Riviera Maya (just returned from Isla Mujeres) isn't one of them. Violent crime and assaults against tourists are extremely rare. Petty crime such as pickpocketing, overcharging by taxi drivers and vendors is probably the worst you might experience. That and an occasional police shakedown if you rent a car. Safety standards having to do with building and electrical codes and such however can be lax compared to the US and Canada. So some care is needed when you're out walking around after a few drinks.
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Old Jan 31st, 2019, 03:43 AM
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I don't believe that Mexico is entirely safe, however, I didn't feel unsafe at any time during my vacation and my daughter/friends have been couple of times without incident. And I would go again without hesitation, but next time I will be more aware about crime in Cancun than I was before, not that it changes anything. Crime is not usually against tourists but it does occur in tourist areas and tourists could be caught up in it. I don't understand why violence between locals but not against tourists makes a place more acceptable but that's how it is. You might find this programme which was aired on UK TV couple of years ago, interesting, it can be seen on Youtube, called Unreported World, Mexico Beach Wars.
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Old Jan 31st, 2019, 10:31 AM
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I don't understand why violence between locals but not against tourists makes a place more acceptable but that's how it is.

I don't think it "makes a place more acceptable" at all. At least that's not how I would say it. Rather that statistically it is unlikely Mexican-among-Mexican affairs will affect you as a visitor.

I do not believe all of Mexico is entirely safe, that would be impossible in any country.
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Old Jan 31st, 2019, 11:35 AM
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When talking about visiting a place, risks to visitors are important considerations. It's not that other things going on in the country aren't important. They just aren't a risk to visitors.

China's treatment of Chinese Muslims is absolutely horrible, and this concerns me greatly. However, when I traveled to China last year, as a non-Muslim visitor, this situation had no affect on me personally, so it wasn't one of my travel concerns. It's the same with most violence in Mexico - the situation with Cartel violence, corruption, etc is terrible - but it is very unlikely to affect visitors.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2019, 01:31 PM
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We've been going to various towns on the Riviera Maya for over 10 years - never felt any kind of danger. The locals are extremely friendly. There are tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world enjoying this beautiful area every day.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2019, 07:39 PM
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We are in playa del Carmen now and yes, we have heard and read about a shooting on Contituyentes Ave. Not far from our condo... We are headed for PV tomorrow but could have just as well stayed here...Like most posters have written above, there is nothing to fear in this area ...

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Old Feb 5th, 2019, 03:26 PM
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If you keep your wits about you and don't go off buying drugs or walking around in bad neighbourhoods, you will be fine.
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Old Feb 6th, 2019, 10:29 AM
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I've felt very safe in the coastal regions
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Old Mar 5th, 2019, 12:34 PM
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If it is true that lately. the wave of crime has greatly affected Mexican tourism, however a tourist should not worry so much, since most of the deaths are between members of the different cartels, a very clear example is the destination of Cancun, it is going through a very bad time however, if you are a tourist and you spend it in the safe areas (hotel zone of Cancun) you will not have to take any risk.
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Old Mar 5th, 2019, 06:35 PM
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As a long time traveler to Mexico, I must say that this country is in a sad state of affairs...and this applies in every important tourist destination.
we are here now (PV) and I just hate to watch the local news and read the internet...
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