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How to Have a Safe Vacation to Mexico

6 December 2012

The Seattle Times discussed recently how to have a safe and enjoyable vacation to Mexico.  The article states that almost all of Mexico’s major tourist destinations are in states that have no travel warnings, including Mexico City, San Miguel del Allende, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, Chichen Itza and Los Cabos.

From the article:

“The truth is that anywhere you travel, anything can happen. But being educated about where the risks lie in your travels should quell any apprehension about visiting Mexico and experiencing the country’s world-class cuisine, rich culture and majestic nature.

Of Mexico’s 31 states and one federal district, 14 have no travel warnings, according to the U.S. State Department, and seven have travel warnings for specific areas. The department recommends deferring “nonessential travel” to the remaining 11 due to drug-gang violence.

With most violence occurring in areas near the U.S. border and in the southwestern states of Guerrero and Michoacan, there is still plenty of safe territory to explore.”

The article also points out that despite the sensationalized media coverage of Mexico, the country remains a popular tourist destination for Americans.   The 2012 Travel Trends Survey among Travel Leaders reveals that 4 of the top 20 most popular American tourist destinations outside of the country are in Mexico, including: Cancun (#2), Playa del Carmen (#3), Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos (#11) and Puerto Vallarta (#15).

The article also offers some excellent tips taken from both Mexicans and American expats on having a safe and worry-free trip to Mexico.

Read the entire article and its full list of safety tips here.

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One Comments to “How to Have a Safe Vacation to Mexico”

  1. I spend 2 months a year in Mexico. 1 month, I usually go to Mazatlan and hang out at Joe’s Oyster Bar and Gus Y Gus Restaurant. The other month, I travel around by bus. I haven’t had any problems at all. The only people that have problems are the ones that do illegal stuff. There is an increased police presence now which makes it safer. Also, you will notice that there are more police/army checks on the buses, especially heading north. So, if you go and enjoy the food, music, and beaches you shouldn’t have any problems.

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