My Girlfriend has been under a lot of stress lately with work related issues and such, so I want to treat here to a surprise luxurious holiday to help her wind down and forget it all for a while. Now, since I'm a more experienced traveller than her I wanted to try someone a bit further afield, whilst still being able to give her golden beaches, crystal clear waters and lots of nice weather, which is why I have decided on Mexico...possibly!
Obviously there's a lot of bad news going around about Mexico at the minute do to the high murder rates regarding the drugs situation in the country, so this post is basically to ask for a balanced and fair opinion from anyone who knows first hand, is it safe for the average white western tourist to travel to Mexico, specifically, Cancun?
Are the tourist resorts free from the violence, or would it be a case of leave the hotel at your grave own risk kind of thing? I'm not saying I want to spend the night with a Mexican family, but being able to go in to the town, try bars, restaurants etc would be something I would like to do, would that be safe, is this another story that has been overblown by the media, or is it really a place to steer clear of?
Also, in general, is it a nice place to visit? I'm not looking to sit and sip champagne every night, but I want to be able to give her the good relaxing time she deserves, with the ability to go a little wild if the urge arises!
Thanks for any help! :-)
there are many cool places to visit in Mexico...i'm not the resort type however. But I have gone to a place called Yelapa a couple of times...it's a small fishing village...it's one of the best places i've been to...very relaxed...there are no 5 star hotels. You can rent a house along the water. You take a water taxi from Puerto Vallarta to get there or ride a horse through the jungle...ha ha ha...lots of down time and just discovering how the locals live...no fancy restaurants either...they haven't had electricity for very long...may not be your sweet ones cup o'tea...but it is a stress relieving kinda place.
Travel Warning ~ U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ~ Bureau of Consular Affairs
A long read, and not all of it pretty...
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t … _5665.html
that's about drugs....and spots around the border...i wasn't actually comfortable cruisin' southern new mexico and texas a few years back either because of all the border patrol activity springing up out of nowhere...i didn't read it all....i am not afraid of Mexico...not everyone is involved in the drug cartels....................i was just there last fall and had a great time checking out some of the small towns......sorry PS, but that's my opinion and your post reeks of fear mongering
I'd assume that the places where the state department says 'No Advisory Is In Effect' are classed to be safe and out of the way of the violence? Can anyone who's been/understands the situation well explain if it would therefore be safe to wander the streets and explore these areas, or is there still a feeling of 'the violence could pop up any minute' so just stay in your hotel?
Thanks for the help so far!
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