With tourism numbers surging and more people from around the world visiting Mexico ever year, it’s important to address ongoing safety concerns and share the truth about what life is really like in the country’s top tourism destinations. With more than 40 million people traveling to Mexico from around the world in 2017 alone, Mexico is easily one of the top destinations for many tourists, but how safe is it, really?
“The vast majority of destinations that tourists and travelers visit are safe”, wrote CNBC. “Riviera Maya and Tulum on the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula are a good bet. Major U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago have higher murder rates than the entire state of Yucatan”.
This includes the popular hotspot of Cancun, as well as Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum in the Riviera Maya, which lies in the state of Quintana Roo and stretches 80 miles south of the Cancun International Airport along the Mexican Caribbean coast. It’s important to note that there are no travel restrictions for Yucatan state or Quintana Roo.
Safety of Mexico Compared to U.S.
Travelers are actually much more likely to face violence in the U.S. than while visiting Mexico when you zero in on the country’s top destinations. For example, the city of Orlando – which is home to Disney World – has seen an average of 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents according to the FBI, which is higher than the city of Cancun, which had a murder rate of 1.83 per 100,000 according to a report by Stanford University. Also of note, the popular beach destinations of Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica also have far higher homicide rates than Mexico.
The reality is that an average of 150,000 Americans visit Mexico every single day, and most parts of Mexico are also safer than popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Atlanta, statistically speaking. In fact, the murder rate in New Orleans alone is nearly four times higher than all of Mexico combined and more than five times higher than that of Mexico City.
Where to Travel Now in Mexico
According to CNBC, the Mexican Caribbean coast – which includes Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, downtown Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum – remains the top vacation destination in Mexico, but there are also other safe (and beautiful!) places to visit throughout the country. This includes La Paz on the eastern side of Baja California Sur overlooking the Sea of Cortez on Mexico’s Pacific coast, as well as the resort town of Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita on the Riviera Nayarit, also on Mexico’s west coast. Mexico City is also becoming a popular tourist destination – especially among foodies looking for everything from delicious street food to the most innovative haute cuisine.
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