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There has been a steady drumbeat of bad news coming out of Mexico in the past few years, and the U.S. State Department just updated the travel warning for the country for the first time since April 22, 2011. This new advisory lists state-by-state updates on the security situation, confirming that travel to some pockets of Mexico is still dangerous. The good news is: Many of the most popular destinations for tourists from America are as safe as ever to visit – welcome news for people planning a spring break vacation south of the border this year.For example, the new update includes no travel advisories or restrictions for Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, Cabo San Lucas, Campeche, Merida and Chichen Itza, and Mexico City.Here is a summary of the overall conditions in Mexico, from the U.S. Department of State: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. “Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to TCO activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.”Places to avoidThe State Department recommends Americans avoid all non-essential travel to Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, which has the highest murder rate in Mexico: 3,100 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez in 2010 and 1,933 were killed in 2011, according to the Mexican government. Copper Canyon, a popular travel destination in Chihuahua, is also reporting drug-related activity.Other states to avoid include Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon (Monterrey), San Luis Potosi and Sinaloa – and travelers should limit their travel in the city of Mazatlan to main tourist areas such as the Zona Dorada and the historic town center.In the southern state of Guerrero, non-essential travel should be deferred, and travelers to the cities of Acapulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Taxco should be cautious, drive only during daylight hours, and stick to main tourist areas.For a full list of state and city advisories for Mexico, read the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Mexico.
The recommendations sound good for the major cities in the USA too. Stick to main tourist areas and don't drive in the "bad" parts of town at night. It's what I do when we go to Chicago and it's what I have been doing the last 2 weeks while enjoying the sunshine and the beautifully hospitable people of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
If you want to have a great time go to Cabo San Lucas and RELAX, eat seafood, drink beer, and have great times with your best friend.
us goberment never accept their citicens are a bunch of criminals.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest places in Mexico/
@polo. Did you even read the article? Oh, nice English also.
@polo There are good and bad people in both our nations. Not every Mexican is a member of the drug cartels, not ever American is out to screw over a Mexican today. Maybe we can all take a step back and just try to be friends? Wouldn't that be nice? Our governments might not be too bright, but we can still choose to treat each other with respect.
@ anon Did it not occur to you that "polo" might not be a native English speaker? I mean seriously, I've read more than enough comments, from what I suspect are native-born English speakers, whose spelling and grammar are atrocious. You might consider giving this one some slack, they at least tried to communicate in our language, when they could have simply written it in their own.
It's GOVERNMENT and CITIZENS!! MORON!
@ Man in Bing Are you really that much of an a$$? You're seriously going to nitpick the spelling of someone who is writing outside their primary language? Tell you what, why don't you repeat your post, this time I expect to see perfect Mandarin, if not I shall berate you thoroughly! Get off your high horse, consider what he's actually trying to say, and then go from there. Good grief!
I love Mexico and I miss it so much! The country is beautiful once you get passed all the tourists spots...Urapan Michocan, Acapulco Guerrero, Veracruz Tuxtla Guiterrez, Oaxaca...aye dios mio...let's pray for peace for the people who have to live under seige!
Baja is beautiful but you might as well be in San Diego...I want to go to the exotic parts of Mexico to Xcaret, Taxco. It's really not safe when you like to drive Mexico...coming from a long time traveler to Mexico.
Dios se Cuida...amor y mucho Paz de Cali!
Why would you want to go to Mexico?
When you can go to Home Depot and stare at the Mexicans there.
We just made the move to Mexico from Canada. Love it here and that story is right, there is a lot more sensationalism than reality to how things are reported. If you are looking for experts who helped us with our move, these guys were great: www.Canada2Playa.com.
Americans..stay in America. There are so many things to see in our country, I dont see why youd want to travel to Mexico. Besides, why give your tourist dollars to a country that is so very corrupt?
jeff adamson, you should stay in the u.s. and bury yor head in the mud! idiots like you are the problem, mexico has more to offer than the u.s. could ever hoe to have...culture,REAL history, amazing people, wonderful climate, and incredible natural beauty. not to mention VERY little snow! the worst part about mexico is when you come accross dumb a$$ american tourists (like you)!
link for merida goes to merida venezuela not mexico. someone should proof their article.
STAY HOME YOU SMALL MINDED FREAKS . A FEW BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN MEXICO AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY HEARS ABOUT IT. TAKE A LOOK AT WHATS GOING ON IN YOUR TOWN . MAKES MEXICO LOOK LIKE HEAVEN. 35 YEARS IN MEXICO ,NEVER A PROBLEM. STAY HOME , WE SURE AS HELL DON,T WANT YOU DOWN HERE IN OUR PARIDISE. MIKE , AN AMERICAN IN PARIDISE.
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