Monthly Archives: May 2013

Riviera Maya: Mexico’s Softer Side

21 May 2013

As a recent article on Boston.com points out, the media coverage of Mexico’s drug cartel violence in specific areas of the country has contributed much to its massive drop in tourism.  Because of this, informed tourists are able to take advantage of  incredible travel deals at 4 and 5 star resorts.  Says travel writer Melanie Nayer:

“Mexico’s tranquility is located only 45 minutes from the Cancun airport in Riviera Maya, home to all-inclusive resorts and luxury developments, biospheres, eco-facilities and, of course, some of the best water activities….it’s not unlikely you’ll find rooms at four- and five-star resorts for as low as $175 a day per person, including all meals, activities, rooms with a view, and often resort credits good for spa treatments, gift shop purchases and tours.”

Read Nayer’s full review here.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? Unequivocally, yes.

7 May 2013

Consumer Affairs reporter Darryl Nelson recently interviewed well-known travel expert Peter Greenburg, asking him a frequent travel question these days: is it safe to travel to Mexico?  Greenburg’s answer was, “Unequivocally, yes.”  Says Greenburg:

“If you look at the map, Mexico is a huge country and whatever violence is happening in Mexico, first of all, it’s directed at Mexicans to other Mexicans. Americans are not being targeted, and let’s take a look where it’s happening.

It’s happening in locations where American’s don’t even go—in Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez—and if you actually look at the real numbers of how many people have been killed in the drug violence, it is staggering, there’s no getting around that. Depending on who you believe its 50,000 to 60,000 people in that last 20 years.

Of those, ask yourself how many of them were Americans. I can tell you, less than 20—and of those 20, I think 17 of them were vacationing American drug dealers, because look where they were killed. They were killed in places like Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez.”

Greenburg himself travels to Mexico several times a year, and has not encountered any problems.  He highly recommends Mexico  as a tourist destination for active and adventure seeking travelers.  As far as safety is concerned, he suggests travelers take practical safety precautions, such as informing themselves about the area or country they are planning to visit, and using common sense while traveling.  And what about spring break? Should spring breakers avoid the country? Greenburg says that parents should be more concerned about their kids’ alcohol consumption and partying, than being faced with violence.

Read the full article here.