Should we be worried about MEXICO?

My fianc? an I just booked our honeymoon to riviera maya Mexico.....very exciting!!!! However, after talking to my step dad, he has me worried :-/ He said travel has been cut back to Mexico bc there's a lot of bad things going on there. And he thinks we are nuts for wanting to leave the resort for excursions. I told him its a huge tourist area and I have heard wonderful things about it!!!!!

If any of you have insight, please share :-)
He has me all worried now :-(

What are your opinions?
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm
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I heard the same things from my parents when we considered Mexico as a HM destination, but honestly, I've never heard anything but urban legends about problems in the resort towns. The many, many people I've known who traveled Mexico (especially Riviera Maya) had nothing but wonderful experiences.


That being said, I will agree with your father that you shouldn't leave the resort - at least not without a tour and tour guide to a specific tourist destination. Right now there is some horrible political upheaval, and some towns cannot even keep police. The resorts are quite safe; the outside areas not so much.

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm
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Don't be worried!! We are taking our honeymoon in the Riviera Maya too in July. There are very dangerous cities in Mexico, but they are not in the Riviera Maya area. We had a long discussion with our travel agent about this. She has been there 38 times, and she said it has always been amazing. So I would say, just be EXCITED!!!! If you ever start to worry, just think, It's booked, and I'm excited!

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm
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I agree with PPs. Be excited and have loads of fun <3. Just like any other foreign country, just make sure you don't carry a lot of money on your person. Have a copy of your passport actually on you and leave your real passport in the in-room safe. Or, the one that's at the front desk. 


If you're going to drink up a storm have a designated walker. Yeesh, I sound like my mother! 


Again, just have fun and don't be worried :)

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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When news/people talk about Mexico its often times thought of ONE whole and it's not...you may hear on the news in Mexico this and Mexico that, but crime does not happen everywhere in Mexico...like any city within it has its bad and good...crime has been happening mainly on border towns (nothing close to what the real beauty of Mexico is)...where you are going you have nothing to worry about!! It is a big tourist place where people from all over the world go and IT IS AMAZING! Have a great time and do not worry!! 

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm
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When news/people talk about Mexico its often times thought of ONE whole and it's not...you may hear on the news in Mexico this and Mexico that, but crime does not happen everywhere in Mexico...like any city within it has its bad and good...crime has been happening mainly on border towns (nothing close to what the real beauty of Mexico is)...where you are going you have nothing to worry about!! It is a big tourist place where people from all over the world go and IT IS AMAZING! Have a great time and do not worry!! 

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm
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Actually... I lived about 45 minutes from the Mexico border. While Rivera Maya is pretty safe, still be alert. Yes, some cities are more dangerous than others, but it's a little more complicated than that. The Mexican president declared a "war on drugs" and the cartel didn't appreciate it. There are now cities that the cartel runs (like Juarez) and cities that are still pretty well under government watch. Rivera Maya is the latter, but some thing I would feel better if you knew to do:
1. Never ever ever get in a taxi that wasn't the one you left your hotel in. Your hotel will be keeping track of the one you go in. You can always ask the driver if the could pick you up where he drops you off, at a specific time.
2. Be aware. If you get into a part of town it looks like you don't belong, get out of there. Most people are friendly, but if someone not friendly sees young, white people, there are dollar signs.
3. Don't flash around money or expensive items. If you carry a designer purse, go get a cheap one somewhere.
4. Book your excursions with the concierge, or only with a company that picks you up at the hotel.

Yes, I sound a little paranoid but.. The news coverage when I lived was different. We heard a lot more of what was going on down there, and it is scary. People refuse to cross the border, it's even been closed down a few times because of what is going on.

You should be safe if you're aware. Have a wonderful honeymoon.
Posted on April 21, 2012 at 2:09 am
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NOOOO!!! We went to Cancun last year and are going again for our honeymoon this year. There were lots of police around when we went downtown. We felt very safe. I think most of the problems going on in Mexico are closer to Mexico City and not in the heavily-populated tourist areas!! Aggiebride gave perfect advice! Just use common sense and be aware of your surroundings!

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 2:11 am
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All of this input is making me feel much better!!!!!! :-)
Posted on April 21, 2012 at 5:38 am
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I agree with the notes of aggiebride.  Please be safe and use your hotel to plan activies.


I'll also add to be prepared for sellers (LOTS of sellers).  We got engaged in Rivera Maya and the words we most spoken were, "No gracias"

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

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