Cancun Is Safe

Travel Tips, What's New — By Susan Vincil on February 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

One of Cancun's many tranquil, and safe, beaches | Photo by Susan R. Vincil

On February 8, 2012, the US State Department updated its travel advisory for Mexico and it clears up some doubts that many people have had about safety in some areas of the country, including Cancun & Riviera Maya.

Up until now, the media has made it seem as though all of Mexico is a battleground and that, if you dare to visit the country, you’ll be instantly killed or, at the very least, kidnapped. Residents of Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula have taken offense to these outlandish statements, over the past few years, because we have all known better. Sure, Mexico has more than its fair share of problems right now, regarding violence from drug cartels, but the vast majority of those problems are in areas near the Mexico-US border and NOT in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is roughly 1,500 miles from the border.

The most recent travel advisory for Mexico simply states, in no uncertain terms, what Cancunenses have known all along…that the area is safe. Three states make up the Yucatan Peninsula; Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan.  As you will see below, in the excerpts from the latest Mexico Travel Advisory, there are no threats in the entire region.

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are the major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo: No advisory is in effect.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are the major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan: No advisory is in effect.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect.


If you would like to read the entire travel advisory, you can find it here:

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  • jessi says:

    I was there 2 yrs ago and it was safe then! The ppl are nice helpful and kind! And the police are too! I have
    Never gone anywhere in the world b4 and been albe to pose with them and there huge guns or just walk right into there offices or sit on a police officers bike with him and take pics then post em on facebook! Cancun is the best! And safe… id even take my kids there and not be afraid!

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