Is Mexico Safe?

Is Mexico Safe?

April 2, 2010

After events over the last few weeks, anyone contemplating travel to Mexico is probably asking themselves the same question – is it safe to visit Mexico?

The answer is a qualified yes.  Yes, in general, Mexico remains a safe country for tourists.  Most tourist cities and sites are far from the majority of the carnage.  Yes, it is safe, as long as you take reasonable precautions.  And yes, it is very much worth visiting!

The majority of the violence remains centered along the US border.  Border towns such as Cuidad Juarez should certainly be avoided.  Now might not be a good time to drive to Mexico either, as there are reports of violence along many of the main highways of northern Mexico.

That said, it should be noted that many of Mexico’s most popular tourist sites are in the south, several thousand miles from the US border.  My family and I (including our 2 children) spent a wonderful week in the Yucatan, with no trouble at all.  At this point, tourist areas in southern Mexico can be considered as safe as ever.

Now, having said all that, no place is 100% safe.  In any country, you should always take reasonable precautions.  A few basic guidelines include:

1.  Don’t buy, or use, illegal drugs in Mexico.  The majority of the violence in Mexico is associated with the drug trade.  Stay as far away from it as you can.

2.  Avoid excessive drinking.  Not only are drunks an obvious target for thieves, drinking impairs judgment.  Poor judgment leads to all kinds of trouble.

3.  On that same note, use good judgment.  If you wouldn’t walk down a dark alley, alone, at 3am in the US, why on earth would you do it in Mexico?   Deep inside, you know what’s the smart thing and what’s the dumb thing – listen to what your instincts tell you.

4.  Avoid the area around the US border.   It’s a shame, as these are actually very interesting, diverse cities, but at this point they really are dangerous and should be avoided.

5.  Don’t be ruled by fear.  Take basic good precautions, then relax and have fun!

{ 20 comments }

BombLogic May 17, 2010 at 1:32 am

Yes, absolutely…..Mexico is a safe country

If you are a tourist to a foreign land, you must follow what they do and also respect there culture.

As they say “If you’re in Rome, Do what the Roman’s do”

traffic May 17, 2010 at 1:39 am

I been to Mexico last year, and I told its the safest city that I’ve been people are so friendly and good.

Tourist spots are so amazing, always remember to be precaution on every thing you do.

Mediterranean Cruise May 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The mediterranean sphere offers some of the world’s most extrodinary treasures,spectacular islands, exquisite cuisines and relaxed cultures….
not to mention fantstic weather,azure waters and dazzling beaches.

Javier chun June 2, 2010 at 6:02 am

a very interesting blog, many places that I had never explored, and I take reference from your blog thanks

QUICKLIVERY LIMO June 29, 2010 at 3:19 am

Nice Blog! Tourist stay in hotels and tourist area. Very safe!

Saff August 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

Its the same anywhere you go be vigilant and dont do anything you wouldnt do in your own country.

the kids bedding guy August 3, 2010 at 2:12 am

Yes Mexico is safe for visiting. Most of the time people that run into trouble are those that have not done the right research before travelling and/or those that aren’t using their heads. Before going anywhere, always do your research! Find out where the possible trouble spots are, and make sure you know where the embassy is. 99% of trouble can be avoided by using common sense.

Alison Lever August 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my family to Mexico. We recently traveled to Cancun. Use common sense, stay in the tourist areas, be polite and respectful. The yucatan peninsula is a great spot for traveling with kids-tons of fun things to do

New York Walking Tou August 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Mexico is always safe as long as you don’t get too far from your hotel alone in an expensive car.

Travel By Reg August 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Yes, My clients are still traveling to Mexico! The rates are great…

Triactol Review August 28, 2010 at 5:29 am

yes and no, but most yes. Many people are traveling there, and it seems to be safe ;P

Dodih danakaa September 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I like your blog is very nice, good job

barksa biometric saf September 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm

thanks for the invaluable information..great site.

apartmani beograd October 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

My friend recently came back from Mexico. Didn’t have any problems. Thanks for the advices.

Shopping in Turkey October 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I like your information. I am always look for this type of interesting and good information.Greetings to everyone from my country.

hotel October 8, 2010 at 7:38 am

yea, its absolute the same anywhere you go be vigilant and dont do anything you wouldnt do in your own country.

Cheap October 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I think safety depends mostly from 3 factors: “when” “where” “with who”. Just use your comon sense and you will be ok everywhere..

sarah November 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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Leanora Schreier December 1, 2010 at 5:16 am

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Facebook December 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

thank you, very nice post..

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