Despite what some news organizations would have you believe, traveling in Mexico is actually quite safe – more so than in many U.S. cities, in fact. Of course, as with any destination, it depends on where you plan to go, but the reality is that a comparison of major cities and tourist destinations in both the U.S. and Mexico shows that Mexico is actually safer.
“Take Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World,” writes the Smithsonian. “There were 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents there in 2010. Cancun, on the other hand, saw only 1.83 murders per 100,000 residents.”
In addition, Lonely Planet reports that Houston, Texas, experienced a homicide rate of 6.8 per 100,000 residents in 2010, which is more than three times the rate for every American murdered that year throughout all of Mexico combined. Also of note, New Orleans has a homicide rate that is nearly three times Mexico’s national rate, Detroit has a consistent murder rate that is nearly three times that of Mexico City, and a recent Australian study shows that you are actually four times safer anywhere in Mexico than you are in Washington D.C.
In addition, the study found that the U.S. assault rate is five times (or 500 percent) higher than what you will find in any part of Mexico real estate, and that both Switzerland and Sweden are among the 34 nations worldwide that have higher average annual murder rates for visitors than Mexico. If you are unsure where to go, U.S. News and World Report has named the Riviera Maya, including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun and Cozumel as the safest and most enticing region to visit in Mexico.
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“Americans are less likely to face violence in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico’s most popular travel destinations,” writes Lonely Planet US Travel Editor Robert Reid. “Popular destinations like the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica have far higher homicide rates.”
It is also important to realize that most of Mexico is not listed on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning list. Areas that are in the clear include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. The bottom line? According to the U.S. State Department, the total number of U.S. visitors murdered in Mexico each year is less than half the U.S. rate, which makes it pretty clear that safety should not be a big concern when planning your next visit!