Despite what some media outlets and political pundits might want you to believe, Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean are “safe and open for business” according to a recent article by TravelPulse.
“Cancun [and the Riviera Maya] is safer than ever today,” Ana Gon-Ryan, Director of Sales for the Fiesta Americana Resort Collection, which owns some of the top resorts in the area, including the Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, told TravelPulse in a recent interview.
From the time tourists arrive at the Cancun International Airport to the excitement of downtown Playa del Carmen and the prime beachfront real estate of Tulum, there are plenty of hotels, resorts and condos ready to show you what the Riviera Maya lifestyle is really all about.
“Cancun [and the Riviera Maya] is still very much an ideal place for families, singles and couples,” Jonathan Flores, a sales exec with Aloft Cancun, told TravelPulse.
In addition, Cancun is still the number one tourist destination in Mexico, with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau reporting a 5 percent increase in tourist arrivals year over year between 2015 and 2016.
“[Mexico’s Riviera Maya] is a safe and wonderful place for families to enjoy; beautiful beaches, fabulous hotels and resorts that offer state of the art facilities and unsurpassed service,” stated Cancun CVB CEO Lizzie Cole. “Great shopping, activities and entertainment are always available.”
Visitors to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum can enjoy ancient Mayan archaeological sites, swim with whale sharks each year from May through September and dine on the freshest seafood and delicious regional fare. In the Riviera Maya region, popular upcoming events in 2017 include the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival on March 4th, as well as the International Fishing Tournament on Isla Mujeres in May.
“The image of Mexico as a dangerous country with a drug cartel on every corner is far from the truth,” wrote the AARP in a recent article. “Areas such as the Riviera Maya south of Cancun – as well as inland cities popular with Americans, including San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and San Cristobal de las Casas – are considered low risk. The tourist areas of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California also belong in this category.”
In short, much of Mexico is safe for travelers, period. Also, many expats – more than a million – are either enjoying retirement in Mexico, or living in Mexico either full or part time, and there are several innovative new developments in Playa del Carmen and Tulum that are ready to help make this dream a reality.