Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

by Anthony Losanno
Police Line

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Mexico has something for every traveler from the beaches on both coasts to the party scene in Cancun and the amazing cuisine and culture of Mexico City there is plenty to see and do there. I’ve enjoyed many trips, but have not been in some time while wondering if it’s safe to visit.

Tulum’s Aeropuerto Internacional de Tulum Felipe Carrillo Puerto (TQO) opened in December. Flights from the United States are launching this month across carriers and Tulum looks gorgeous. It’s beachy and much quieter than nearby Cancun. I had added it to my list of future destinations, but am growing more concerned as reports of violence and robberies seem to be growing.

The incident above is one of many that have been publicized on X. Robberies and sparring cartel factions seem to be spilling over into resorts.

The State Department is warning Spring Break travelers to be careful in Mexico, Jamaica, and The Bahamas. It’s always wise to be careful when traveling anywhere and to use common sense.

The cartels used to stay clear of the resorts, but that seems to no longer always be the case. I’m not easily intimidated and have lived in major cities. I am wondering if this is fear mongering or if there genuinely is a reason to avoid taking vacations in Mexico right now.

Anthony’s Take: I have an ever-growing list of places to visit and have been holding off on returning to Mexico for the time being. Anyone have insights here? Is it justified or media hype?

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JJ March 11, 2024 - 2:01 pm

Is it safe to travel to Detroit, New Orleans, Philly, Baltimore? .Depends how you see it, common sense is the main rule, not only in Mexico but worldwide.

Christian March 11, 2024 - 11:37 pm

I’m pretty much with @JJ.

If you visit places where people are likely to use or sell drugs then it’s pretty dangerous but as a vanilla tourist unless you get unlucky – tourists have been shot in Tulum just through bad luck – you should be fine. My wife and I visited Merida last year and despite some prior concerns about crime we were very pleasantly surprised. I’m from a big city so I know the ground rules for safety but didn’t feel those largely applied in Merida.


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