My boyfriend and I just returned from a fabulous week spent in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area and I want to shout from the rooftop that it is safe to go there! All the press we are seeing in the US is painting a picture that there is violence everywhere one goes in Mexico. That is absolutely not true. Yes, there is a serious drug war going on in some pocketed areas in the country. None of those areas, however, are in the resort areas we Americans like to visit like Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas. It is so unfair to brand those areas with such a negative label The people we encountered in our week there were warm, friendly and only interested in providing us a great trip.
In every city in the US there is a bad section of town. In my home “town” of Los Angeles we have sections of the city where it is a miracle if a young person reaches the age of 21 without experiencing some major violence in their life, like the death of a family member or friend due to a violent crime or a an attack by a gang member in their neighborhood. And within a short distance we have very upscale neighborhoods like Beverly Hills where life is privileged and the tourists flock. And thank heaven. For tourism is essential to our state economy. But what would it be like if the national news were hammering on the stories about our inner city violence and the tourists stayed away.
Please, think about this when you hear stories about the violence in Mexico. Take the time to really find out where the situations are occurring and don’t lump the whole country into the same general category.
Mexico is a great destination for a vacation and one of the best values out there. You will thank yourself if you make an informed decision and not let the media decide where you should vacation or not. I just got back and can hardly wait to start planning my return. It’s that great a time!
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