Is it safe to travel to Mexico?



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    I am from the state of Sinaloa but i have been living in the States all my life. I travel to Chihuahua and Sinaloa most often, i visit Sinaloa about four times a year and i spend about 6 months out of the year there, and i will be honest, these two states at least, are not very safe. Things have changed a lot over the past year, it is not only more violent but the violence has changed, last year you could say the violence was focused on other Drug Cartel members however that is no longer the case.

    There are fake police checkpoints where people are robbed of their vehicle and then killed, this doesn't only happen in these fake checkpoints but everywhere else, they want money. A lot of the cartels are now just killing for the hell of it, to make a point to the federal government. Mow a lot more innocent people are dying just for the car they drive or just because, no particular reason at all. Not too long ago a tourist exiting Mazatlan was shot dead just because he overtook some armed gunmen, he was traveling with his family.

    In Mazatlan a couple of months ago about 20 people where out in the street just listening to music in their cars in the Golden Zone when a bunch of trucks with gunmen arrived and took them to the outskirts of the city where they were blind folded and stranded there once the gumen were able to take all of their cars, these people were lucky.

    There have also been stories of little kids killed put in suitcases and left in fields, a lot of kidnapping and then on top of this you have to worry about your everyday thief. If you must come to Mexico do so by plane, it is much safer.
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    I am looking to book a vacation to Zihuatenajo or Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen) but some of the comments on this forum have me concerned. Has anyone been to either of these locations within the past few months? If so, is it as safe as it ever was, or is there a noticeable difference or increased concern over safety? If it is at all more dangerous than, say, an island in the Caribbean, I would rather go somewhere else. Thanks!
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    As a Yucatan specialist tour operator we send people to the Riviera Maya all the time. And since I've worked here (2 years) we have not had one problem with our clients safety. The worst we have had is rental car companies over-charging clients when they return from their trips, but as anyone who's done a bit of travelling over the world knows, this happens everywhere!

    I'd say you're just as safe on the Yucatan peninsula as you are on many of the Caribbean Islands, and you have the bonus of a lot more to see (Mayan ruins, stunning diving, colourful towns and markets, beaches and jungle).
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    HOLY MOSES..changed my mind about coming to Mexico..even worse than I thought. Always been a gamble going there with the crazy mexicans who will do anything for money but I didn't think they could get any worse..what a surprise..THEY CAN!!!
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    A group of 9 of us from texas just got back yesterday from Puerto Morelos (in between Cancun and Playa) and had absolutely ZERO problems. We have been to Cancun last year right in the peak of swine flu and had zero problems then too. The year before last we all went to playa, we spent nights in downtown playa at the clubs and did our excursions out in remote jungles all without any problem what so ever during the days. As many have said, the dwar is between the cartels and the government trying to clean up the trafficing of drugs. If you are calling off a trip based on what a lot of people claim is going on hopefully you will take my view into consideration as someone who has been 3 years in a row without any problems at all. Puerto Morelos is a beautiful quiet fishing town that we spent half a day just walking around to even the residential side where there weren't any shops just to view the way of life. No problem at all, the locals were really friendly, we watched the kids get out of school and play in the center of town. Then we get home and talk to our neighbor who has a family member thinking about cancelling their destination wedding to playa because of people misinterpretting and spreading false stories about news other people claim to have read. I hope my rushed typing still conveys my thoughts properly. I hate how misinformed talk is ruining the travel to mexico for some people, especially when going to the cancun to playa area.
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    I am considering going to Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico. I have some business involving the recent death of my father over there so it would not be just for a vacation. Do you think I should still avoid going? Is Saltillo far enough away from the border?
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    We are considering a vacation to Puerto Vallarta in Dec., 2010. We have had a lot of unsolicited warnings from family and friends about the dangers of Mexico this year. I'm not too concerned,but would like someone who knows PV to give us feedback regarding the safety of the area.
    I honestly think it is as safe to vacation there as anywhere and don't want to let rumors or fear turn us away from a great experience.
  • I used to work in Central America as a tour leader and took groups of up to 18 passengers around using public transport and we NEVER encountered any safety related problems. The biggest deal was a broken down bus or theft of a camera which someone had left unattended in full view! Infact I always found that Mexico, especailly the Yucactan was always my favourite place to be! However, like anywhere else in the world you do hear of incidents, but I think it's important not to be paranoid, just use common sense and keep your wits about you. I now work for Mexican specialist tour operator and we send people to Mexico all the time, we specialise in Southern Mexico from Mexico City down, particularly the Yucatan peninsula and our clients have never reported any safety issues to us. Stick to main well travelled areas, main roads, go with tour operators off the beaten track and dont take risks and be careful and your holiday should be problem free.
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    Have Winter home in Nayarit. Want to drive down in December 2010. Will crossover the border at Laredo. Has anyone made this trip to that area recently? Is the drive as scary as the Media is putting out. Will be driving a pick up pulling a 14' cargo trailer.
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    I am planning on renting a villa about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta for my wedding. Our guest will stay at a resort about 15 minutes from the villa. Some of our family and friends have a expressed serious concern on safety. I know the resorts and private communities are completely safe. Should we have to worry about traveling between resorts?
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    This discussion has been closed, for more up to date information about travel safety in Mexico please refer to the Travel Safety in Mexico forum post.
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