Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico?

published on May 8, 2019 by .

Many travelers worry about safety in various areas of Mexico. But when you look at the statistics, Mexico is actually safe to visit.

It’s a beautiful country with exceptional beaches and cultural activities. The people are friendly and helpful. Timeshare resorts in Mexico offer exciting activities, wonderful amenities, and often private beaches.

Many of the same safety issues in Mexico are found in other countries as well. Travel to any country has both risks and rewards. So, is it safe to travel to Mexico?

Safer at the Resort

In Global News, Canadian police specialist Walter McKay said the majority of violence that happens in Mexico is outside the resorts. McKay, a policing expert on security issues, believes Mexico is as safe as it’s ever been.

The government of Mexico has a vested interest in keeping the resorts safe. They do not want any problems at the resorts because tourism is Mexico’s largest money maker.

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Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa

Local, state, and federal authorities work together to maintain security and safety at resorts. As recent as April 15, 2019, the U.S. travel advisory had no travel restrictions to Quintana Roo state, which includes the popular destinations of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Riviera Maya.

5 Tips to Stay Safe While Traveling in Mexico

1. Check advisories for your destination

safe travel MexicoThe U.S. State Department’s objective is to protect and keep Americans safe while in other countries. Their travel warnings cover all safety issues and emphasize caution. Check out the Mexico Travel Advisory before planning your next vacation.

2. Check security at the resort

Find out how your timeshare resort handles security on site and the surrounding property. For example, ask the following questions:

  • Are security cameras present at the resort?
  • Do on-site security guards canvass the property?
  • Are security locks on each room’s doors and windows?
  • Do you provide in-room safes?

3. Use common sense and be alert

Basic travel safety, regardless of your destination, means using common safety tips, such as covering ATM screens and keypads, not wearing expensive jewelry in public places, and traveling with companions at night in unknown areas.

Money belts hidden beneath your clothes are still a good place to keep local currency and credit cards. Plus, always leave a copy of your itinerary and phone numbers with a family member or friend at home.

4. Use safe transportation

Only use registered Mexican taxis (often the gold and maroon vehicles), resort transportation, or a cab service recommended by the resort. Visit only areas that are known to be safe.

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5. Consult the concierge or manager

The concierge or resort manager will have your best interest. They are a good source of information on areas to avoid and additional tips for a safe stay.

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4 Comments

  • Avatar for christined191
    christined191
    May 14, 2019 (1 week ago)

    Our visit to Villa del Palmar, Cancun in 2016, was spoilt when we received a police speeding fine approaching the Hotel. The speed limit reduces as you come round the corner before the Hotel and as you are looking for the Hotel you are sitting ducks for the speed trap, we are not even sure we were speeding, but they demand whatever they think they can get out of you, in our case $200 cash. If in trouble in Mexico, who do you turn to, the corrupt police? The State Police riding around Cancun with sub machine guns does not add to the ambience of a holiday.

    • Avatar for mikebrad
      mikebrad
      May 14, 2019 (1 week ago)

      Safety tip is to use safe transportation? How about be careful where you go? Some parts of Mexico are unsafe as the police are scared to go there. People commonly get ambushed and highjacked out on rural roads in some areas.

      • Avatar for johnm2901
        johnm2901
        May 15, 2019 (1 week ago)

        Thanks for the great article. Have to smile at other comments. It's all perception, propaganda and indeed some real issues all mixed together. Do you really feel safer in the US with out of control gun laws and very unsafe areas within minutes of any major resort near a big US city? Common sense and advice from reputable sources prevail no matter where you go.

        • Avatar for daleb163
          daleb163
          May 16, 2019 (1 week ago)

          I've been going to Mexico for 24 years,usually staying 4 to 5 weeks. Never had a problem. There is no Uber, Taxis, public transportion has always been safe. Are you safer in certain large US cities troubled areas?