Cancun is unarguably the go-to sunny getaway for hundreds of thousands of Americans. A metropolis like no different, it provides guests each the colourful ambiance of different equally-busy international hubs, and extra secluded seashores (if you recognize the place to search for them).
On the opposite hand, Cancun’s status as a perfect summer season vacation spot has come underneath menace currently as a consequence of stories of elevated violence, even in traditionally-safe vacationer areas, journey scams, and even the landfall of an unprecedented quantity of seaweed.
If you’re considering of flying to Cancun quickly, and have been following intently these highly-publicized developments, you could be questioning whether or not this massively widespread seaside hotspot is certainly a perfect decide. After all, is Cancun nonetheless a protected vacation spot to go to for 2022?
There is quite a bit to unpack right here, however briefly, sure.
You could be questioning how precisely we’re capable of nonetheless deem it a protected metropolis even after making an allowance for current stories, which we have covered extensively ourselves, and the doubts raised by many different journey information web sites about safety in Cancun. Here is why:
On Travel Scams
By being an already sought-after vacation spot that’s now experiencing overwhelmingly excessive demand, it hardly comes as a shock that ghost journey companies, a couple of ill-intentioned cab drivers, and different scammers have intensified their operations in Cancun and the broader Riviera Maya in current months.
Even although we can’t overlook the truth that 250 scams happen round Mexico per hour, and numerous these are in Cancun, vacationers additionally threat being victims of fraudulent taxis and/or tour operators just about wherever on the planet. Although Cancun isn’t any exception, that is removed from being a Cancun-exclusive subject.
Foreigners have traditionally confronted scamming when touring all through the Caribbean, with Belize and Jamaica being two infamous examples. Even the most well-liked cities in Europe will not be exempt from their justifiable share of journey scams. In different phrases, worldwide journey isn’t risk-free, particularly when you’ll be able to’t converse the language of the nation you’re visiting and will, subsequently, be taken benefit of.
Still, there are some precautions vacationers can take to be higher ready when flying overseas and in concern of being scammed, resembling:
- Booking journey packages solely by means of licensed operators in Mexico
- Pre-book an airport switch earlier than touchdown in Cancun
- Once in Mexico, solely use approved taxis, both by calling or requesting a driver by means of an official app
- Never get right into a cab with no seen taximeter or earlier than agreeing on a value for the route
We have all heard of Cancun’s current run-ins with the legislation. Gang shootings, robberies, and murders linked to organized crime within the metropolis have taken the information by storm. For that motive, we don’t blame extra cautious vacationers for having reconsidered Cancun as their summer season vacation spot.
Having mentioned that, we wish to pose a query: which large metropolis doesn’t battle, a method or one other, increased crime ranges in comparison with less-dense areas? Cancun shouldn’t be a single seaside or a resort city: it is without doubt one of the largest cities within the Caribbean.
While violent incidents have undeniably elevated, main the United States to revise its Travel Advisories, Cancun is sure to document extra incidents than different smaller cities in Quintana Roo as a consequence of its place as a world hub.
Still, when assessing journey dangers and selecting their subsequent vacation spot, vacationers ought to at all times analysis the violence ranges of their dream trip vacation spot, however must also evaluate them to the place they at present stay.
It is price noting town of New York, which provides of the main metropolis breaks in North America, can also be going through a violence surge this yr, with a marked enhance in each shootings and murder. The identical goes for Los Angeles, the place violent crimes were up by 60% in 2021 based on LAPD information.
Even although a number of cities throughout North America, each within the U.S. and Mexico, wrestle with crime, it’s Cancun that has been notably pinpointed as violence-ridden currently.
However, because the U.S. State Department itself affirms, shootings will not be directed at vacationers, and are as an alternative a results of quarrels between prison teams, despite the fact that bystanders can nonetheless be injured.
Despite these dangers, that’s the exception quite than the rule.
Mexico Takes Tourist Safety Very, Very Seriously
Lately, Mexico has been investing closely in safety, deploying none lower than the National Guard to maintain vacationers protected in Cancun, and vowing to clamp down on corrupt entities extorting vacationers within the wider Quintana Roo. This is a rustic searching for to ascertain itself as a protected haven within the post-pandemic world, because it has been identified to take safety issues very critically.
As Dario Flota Ocampo, Director of the Quintana Roo tourism Board stated, ‘Quintana Roo remains a safe destination to visit (…) it continues to operate normally and remains one of the world’s main locations’.
On prime of that, the U.S. doesn’t advise vacationers towards journey to Cancun (or the Quintana Roo state) citing violent crime, although they need to ‘maintain a high level of situation awareness’ and keep away from dangerous areas. Like wherever else, guests are urged to stay in vacationer zones and be cautious when strolling after darkish.
While we do encourage all our readers to observe this steerage whereas on trip, we will guarantee you Cancun isn’t any more dangerous than a number of different locations in Mexico, together with Mexico City, Baja California Sur, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.
In reality, the U.S. considers it a lot safer than specific Mexican states, resembling Sinaloa or Colima.
Throughout the pandemic, Cancun has maintained its standing as one of many freer, and maybe most tourist-friendly locations on Earth, incomes a king-of-tourism, kind nickname. Even throughout the woeful months of December and January, when Omicron was rampant and restrictions have been the norm, it remained open and recorded a record number of visitors.
This implies that, whereas quite a few rivals throughout the Caribbean imposed strict entry necessities, Cancun went the other manner fully and permitted all to enter restriction-free, no matter vaccination standing. On prime of that, Cancun Airport has not seen a single relatively quieter month since Mexico determined to maintain its borders open.
Due to this formidable transfer, it has been on the forefront of the minds of many vacationers – and on the radar of the mainstream media – for months on finish. To put it merely, Cancun is being intently watched by all, which suggests any native incidents will probably be rapidly picked up on, and subsequently scrutinized.
Yes, shootings and robberies happen, and sure, they’ve grow to be extra widespread in vacationer zones as gang exercise worsens, however the threat of being caught in a crossfire, or experiencing any abuse in any respect, remains to be inside acceptable ranges each by Mexican, U.S., and different worldwide requirements.
Unlike in other parts of Mexico, the place the U.S. authorities issued journey restrictions for U.S. authorities workers and has been adamant Americans ought to chorus from visiting, Quintana Roo and Cancun have not been particularly focused.
This corroborates our findings that Cancun stays a protected vacation spot with no notably exacerbated security or well being dangers when in comparison with others.
At the identical time, we wish to remind vacationers this doesn’t imply Cancun is crime-free. When visiting, it’s best to keep in mind all the data we’ve given you on right here and watch out for your environment, particularly in crowded areas the place robberies and pickpocketing may happen, equally to any giant metropolis.
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