TO VISIT OR NOT TO VISIT
Mexico has been in the news a lot lately, and not always in a good way. With the U.S. State Department’s travel warning, as well as tainted alcohol you may be apprehensive about traveling to Mexico. Travel warnings are not limited to Mexico. In fact other countries around the world have travel warnings for their citizens traveling to the U.S. The U.K warns their citizens that the U.S. is prone to terrorist attacks as well as car and street crimes. New Zealand warns their citizens of the same things, as well as of increased danger from firearms and civil unrest in the U.S.
Even though you may not see civil unrest or street crimes every day as a U.S. citizen, other countries want to make sure their citizens are informed of these things when traveling here – just like the U.S. is doing for its citizens traveling to Mexico.
No matter where you travel, you should always be aware of your surroundings, and avoid unsafe situations, especially when traveling off-property. You might ask the concierge for recommendations of where to go, and what areas to avoid.
The state of Quintana Roo (population 1.326 million) had 169 violent deaths in the first six months of 2017. The state of Quintana Roo includes the cities of Chetumal, Tulum, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Bacalar, Isla Mujeres and Akumal. That may seem like a lot, but compared to many major U.S. cities, that is a pretty low number and there are destinations in the U.S. with much higher numbers than that. There may even be areas in your hometown where you need to take precautions when visiting, which shows that traveling to Mexico is really no more dangerous than living your everyday life in the U.S.
However, if you are still uncertain about traveling to Mexico there are alternatives such as Aruba, Grand Cayman and Jamaica – others in the Caribbean may not be able to receive visitors because of Hurricane Irma.