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Is Cancun Safe?


Mary Jones
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I have a wedding there in March and really debating going. If I do, I would fly in and out in broad daylight and never leave the resort

You're really debating whether to go to your own wedding? Sounds like you're looking for an excuse.

Seriously though, Julian has the right of it. Stay on the resort and you'll be fine.

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I've always loved to visit Mexico--great beaches and wonderful people. We've made many trips to both the East and West coast resort areas over the years, where we have always ventured out beyond the resort areas, and have always felt safe and had a great time with local residents.

But....that was until a few years ago when the drug cartel violence escalated.

There isn't any place totally 'immune' from the escalating drug wars in Mexico, and if you think otherwise, you're naive or uninformed. There have been several murders, bombings, etc. in the Cancun area over the past couple of years. We wouldn't visit Mexico again until the drug related violence is under control.

http://news.bbc.co.u...cas/7868853.stm

http://abcnews.go.co...ory?id=11568679

http://latino.foxnew...rrested-cancun/

http://www.borderlan...-in-cancun.html

http://www.usatoday....r-charged_N.htm

http://www.theage.co...90209-82eb.html

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You wont have any problem in Cancun. Your potential problem will come if you decide to visit Chichen Itza or Xel Ha (both are must see). Do not rent a car and drive out of Cancun unless you are prepared to pay off the Federales every ten miles. Even then stopping off for gas and sodas can be a little unnerving in a small town. If you must sight see, do it with a tour group and you will never have any problems. The Cartels and small time thugs know that the heat they will bring down on themselves for messing with these type of groups is not worth it.

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I was just there over the summer. Like someone else said, unless you are just dying to go out by yourself, stay in the resort or do group tours and you'll be fine.

Probably true. The key word here is 'dying'. Or...you could just be kidnapped and held for ransom.

As long as there is money to be made in selling drugs, and well-armed cartels prepared to pay bribes to law enforcement and politicians, there will continue to be turf wars that result in multiple murders and bombings. Until such time that Mexican leadership can develop a trusted law enforcement group and start methodically taking control & kill off the drug cartel leaders, I'm not going to be spending my hard-earned vacation dollars in Mexico.

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The resort zone in Cancun is practically the 51st state. Even if there were violent crime there (there really isnt), the cops are standing around in body armor and M-16's. I don't think any Mexican police officer has ever been tried for using too much deadly force against a violent criminal. Trust me, you're safe.

But don't just stay there, you're only selling yourself short. Go rent a car (they're cheap) and drive down the Riviera Maya. The seaside ruins at Tulum and gorgeous. The town of Cancun has a fun market for tourists. If nothing else, go to a Wal-Mart in Cancun... the crazy differences will make for fun dinner conversations with your friends.

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Probably true. The key word here is 'dying'. Or...you could just be kidnapped and held for ransom.

As long as there is money to be made in selling drugs, and well-armed cartels prepared to pay bribes to law enforcement and politicians, there will continue to be turf wars that result in multiple murders and bombings. Until such time that Mexican leadership can develop a trusted law enforcement group and start methodically taking control & kill off the drug cartel leaders, I'm not going to be spending my hard-earned vacation dollars in Mexico.

That's your choice and more power to you. I'm just not interested in living a life of paranoia.

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The resort zone in Cancun is practically the 51st state. Even if there were violent crime there (there really isnt), the cops are standing around in body armor and M-16's. I don't think any Mexican police officer has ever been tried for using too much deadly force against a violent criminal. Trust me, you're safe.

But don't just stay there, you're only selling yourself short. Go rent a car (they're cheap) and drive down the Riviera Maya. The seaside ruins at Tulum and gorgeous. The town of Cancun has a fun market for tourists. If nothing else, go to a Wal-Mart in Cancun... the crazy differences will make for fun dinner conversations with your friends.

This is great advice. I was there last year, and it is perfectly safe. Fly into CUN, rent a car and drive down the coast to Riviera Maya. Go see the ruins at Tulum and then head west to Chichen Itza.

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