As spring break and the summer travel season approach,it’s important to revisit the notion that Mexico is a dangerous place to be. In fact,the reality could not be farther from the truth,and with the exception of a few isolated pockets of drug and gang violence not far from the U.S. border,the resort areas and tourist destinations throughout the country generally experience very few incidences of violent crime.
“According to the U.S. State Department,millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study,tourism and business,including more than 150,000 who cross the border daily,” shared Richard Houghton of Investment Properties Mexico. “There is also no evidence that criminal organizations target U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality.”
In addition,the number of international tourists safely traveling to and from Mexico without incident continues to grow each year. To really understand what’s going on in Mexico today,it’s essential to realize that safety varies from place to place,and is often dependent upon both your destination and your actions. Of course,most people visiting Mexico head to either the capital or to resort destinations along the coast,which are safer than many popular U.S. cities.
“The most popular destinations,according to Mexican officials,are Cancun,Riviera Maya,Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta,” writes CNN. “The tourist areas are typically safe.”
It’s important to note that none of Mexico’s popular tourism destinations are on the latest U.S. State Department travel advisory list,and there is definitely a level of separation between where drug trafficking happens and where the tourists go.
“I’ve never felt threatened in any way,and that’s what I tell my clients,” Jill Noble,owner of Cruise Therapy Travel,told CNN. “They come back and wonder why they were scared at all in the first place.”
What most travelers might find really shocking,however,is the fact that Mexico is actually statistically much safer than many cities in the U.S.,according to the FBI. The list of U.S. cities that are more dangerous than travel in Mexico includes Atlanta,Baltimore,Chicago,Cleveland,Miami,New Orleans,Philadelphia,St. Louis and Washington D.C.
“4.8 Americans per 100,000 were murdered in the U.S. in 2010,” writes Robert Reid,travel editor for Lonely Planet. “The U.S. State Department reports that 120 Americans of the 5.7 million who visited Mexico last year were murdered,which is a rate of 2.1 of 100,000 visitors.”
Common sense can actually go a long way no matter where you are traveling,since every city and country is home to places that are dangerous and places that are safe and Mexico is no exception.
Click here to discover 5 tips for a fun and safe spring break in Mexico!