Seattle Times columnist Carol Pucci decided to address tourist concerns about safety in Mexico by asking readers who had been to or live in Mexico to share their experiences. Nearly 100 people responded online and through written correspondence.
The general consensus among readers was that there is a noticeable police presence, even in tourist destinations. While some may view this as a comforting safety measure, others may find it unsettling. However, most of those who responded agreed that “not going to Mexico because of violence in some areas is like saying you won’t go to Ephrata because there was a shooting in Tacoma.”
Said Bob, from Camano Island:
“”Fearful of visiting Mexico, not us. We visited Loreto (in June). Walked the entire town without any fears. The people were very gracious … Bottom line, we have no concerns about traveling to Mexico. On the other hand, there are two things I wouldn’t do … (go to) border towns, and (take) long driving trips to the interior.”
Pat from Edmonton Alberta had this to say:
“My husband and I have been going to Mexico for three months in the winter for the past 14 years. We stay in San Miguel de Allende and often travel around Mexico. We actually feel safer there than we do here in our hometown.”
Doug from Seattle put things in perspective as well:
“We own a house in Puerto Vallarta, and travel throughout Mexico on the national bus lines. In all the years we have been going, I can count on less than one hand the number of violent crimes of which I am personally aware. No one makes light of the drug violence there, but when was the last time the U.S. government issued travel warnings to various American cities including the nation’s capital?”
To read the rest of reader comments, go here.