To ensure the safety of its citizens during the upcoming Spring Break and beyond, the state of Texas recently took the extraordinary step of issuing its own travel warning.
The state issued the travel advisory over the weekend in response to an increase in violent acts across the country, some of which resulted in the murder of innocent American tourists vacationing in Mexico.
Cancun, the most sought-after holiday destination in the world, is one of several places in Mexico that are completely safe for visitors despite the drastic measures Texas has taken with the travel warning.
Unlike other countries, Mexico does not have a national travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State, but each state has its own travel advisories to help U.S. visitors plan travel to the country.
However, while some regions (Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas) are specifically advised against travel, others are not. One of these states is Quintana Roo, where Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen and some other well-known destinations are located.
The State Department advises visitors to Quintana Roo to exercise increased caution. This is the second-lowest warning level assigned by the Department for localities and underscores the relative safety of the region.
The State Department warns of the possibility of crime and kidnapping and advises vigilance when traveling late at night. However, it also stresses that visitors are not usually the target of more serious crimes.
Given the heavy police and security presence in Cancun’s hotel zone, crime is usually one of the last concerns of visitors.
Travelers can feel truly safe in Cancun because the local government has made fighting crime one of its top priorities.
To keep an eye on the streets and make the record-breaking number of travelers safer than ever, the city has hired thousands of additional military, marine and police officers.
In addition, Cancun and other destinations, including Playa Del Carmen, have enhanced their security camera capabilities to deter potential thieves from entering popular locations.
Travelers can rest assured that they will be well taken care of and protected not only on the streets, but also at their resorts.
Resort security officers in Cancun are among the best-trained in the world. They keep a watchful eye on visitors and work so effectively that you often will not even see them.
Texas may be right about some regions of Mexico, but in our opinion Cancun is one of the safest destinations in the country.