Is spring break travel to Mexico safe?

The state of Texas is advising residents to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break because of the threat of drug cartel violence, kidnappings and carjackings.

The Mexican government, however, says it’s safe to vacation in Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and other resort destinations and that few tourists are exposed to the violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in recent years.

The U.S. State Department also says that while there is a real threat of danger to American tourists along the U.S.-Mexico border, there are no travel advisories in effect for places such as Cancun and other resort areas. The agency, however, also advises travelers to “lower your profile” and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention. Americans should also travel only during daylight hours and avoid travel in remote areas.

What do you think? Do you feel safe enough traveling to Mexico, especially to popular resort destinations?

10 comments Add your comment


March 7th, 2012
2:32 pm

We have a house close to Merida in the yucatan. One day out of curiosity I compared the murder rates per 100,000 with areas in the yucatan and Atlanta. Merida was 0.24 and Atlanta was 17 per 100,000. My town is 0. If you are driving from the US , there may be areas to avoid. But , if you are flying into the yucatan, you should be safe.


March 7th, 2012
7:18 pm

Si, El Mexico es muy seguro.
llevar un montón de cocaína


March 7th, 2012
7:26 pm

Mexico and Atlanta are dangerous. Go elsewhere and don’t worry!

Lord Stanley

March 7th, 2012
7:41 pm

Have gone to Cancun five times within 2 years and havd had no problem. As long as you don’t ask for trouble it is safe. Enjoy!!!

White Trash Bill

March 7th, 2012
7:42 pm

Panimaa city man that’s where it’s at. Spinikers and a big ole bucket I thank .38 special might be there this yer. I already got the trans am loaded.

chuck e

March 7th, 2012
8:04 pm

Have been to Playa del Carmen & Cozumel both within the last year and felt very safe. We are going back to try a different resort in Playacar for spring break and am not worried a bit. Feel safer there than in downtown Atlanta.

Don't Tread

March 7th, 2012
8:28 pm

The Mexican government also says we are responsible for the crime down there. (They would be correct when referring to Eric Holder’s misadventures in firearms smuggling.)

I won’t be stepping foot in Mexico.

US Prohibits Travel to Parts of Mexico

March 8th, 2012
10:32 am

You must be out of your mind to allow your teens to take spring break vacations in Mexico.

The U.S. State Dept has recently restricted or prohibited travel to many parts of Mexico, including the formerly `safer` resort areas, such as Puerto Vallarta.

I was in Puerto Vallarta on business 18 months ago. Our gated residence guards were armed and required us to wear ID arm-bands 100% of the time. And, yes, some popular tourist restaurants were bombed by the drug cartel then. We were escorted everywhere in bullet-proof cars due to the risk. If diplomats or simple business people are under these risks, then carefree teens are certainly at a high risk for murder or kidnapping for ransom.

Mexico is the new Columbia for murder, kidnapping for ransom, and mayhem.

If you go to Mexico, remember, you just may be the next candidate for the `Darwin Awards`. Adios forever.

Not all Mexicans are fleeing to the U.S. for economic reasons. For some, it is the only way to save their family from the cartel’s swath of death and destruction.

Jose L Rodriguez

March 8th, 2012
12:46 pm

It is like everyhwere: SAFE if you stay out of trouble and away from the areas with high crime.
I work in Trenton, NJ but I am never here after sunset. It is very dangerous.
Do not judge the entire country or even the complete city for what happens in some areas. It is like for me to say that High Schools here in the US are very dangerous because of the killings in some of them.

Here you can get kill inside McDonalds, I guess it is related to how lucky you are.

If you do not like to be exposed to danger, do not go out of your house. Well, you can get killed there.

Enjoy your vacations wherever you go and stay out of trouble


March 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

OMG…I’m gonna cancel my Mexican vacay and stay at the Stone Mountain Park campground. I hope none of the kids gets molested behind the RV.