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safety and security

We typically vacation in the Caribbean, but are looking at Excellence Playa Mujeres for our next getaway. However, the headlines of violence involving tourists in Mexico over the last couple of years is giving us some hesitation. We're certainly not alarmists, but it would be nice to hear from folks familiar with Playa Mujeres. Thoughts, anyone?

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1. Re: safety and security

quote: the headlines of violence involving tourists in Mexico over the last couple of years is giving us some hesitation.

I have heard very little of this news - please share

This area is very safe

Read through the threads and the latest crime was some kids stealing a golf cart on Isla

Edited: 14 August 2013, 02:51
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cbc.ca/news/…mexico-resort-security.html

money.msn.com/now/post.aspx…

Glad to hear that Playa Mujeres is safe though!

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3. Re: safety and security

thanks for the articles - Always good to be aware of your vacation place and use common sense

The Maya Riviera is likely safer than your home town but all places have crime

Many visitors will stay in gated resorts, go on bus excursions

Most, if not all the experts here will rent cars, grab local buses, taxis, travel to local beaches and restaurants

Hope you have a great vacation

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You'll be staying at an isolated compound high end resort that's beautiful on the Caribbean or more properly, Bahia Mujeres, (the EPM), except for your private transfers to and fro, you'll see less of Mexico than most folks could watch on the Travel channel provided you stay at your compound. If the Gulf or Zeta cartels attack the EPM, there's a Mexican Naval Base 15 minutes away if the Cartels get past hotel security.

Otherwise you should be relatively safe if you utilize common sense if you leave the compound for say, exploring ruins, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, shopping, dining, visiting Eco Parks etc.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g150807-s206/Cancun:M…

Edited: 14 August 2013, 03:25
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Brijazz-nothing wrong with asking these questions. The stories can be pretty intimidating. We've been going to this part of Mexico for years and I have never felt unsafe. My husband and I enjoy exploring and enjoy the fact that we can take the local collectivo and go where we want with out feeling uncomfortable. We also walk alot in the various pueblos and beaches. Just use common sense like you would anywhere new.

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Many of the stories are made up or incomplete (such as the Acapulco rape incident where nobody was actually raped - although the media forgot to correct that particular "story"). Millions of tourists travel to Mexico and a handful encounter problems of violent crime (and even those are rarely anything to do with the headline-grabbing drug violence that you read about).

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Interesting links in #2. So out of about 16 million Canadians visiting Mexico over an 11 year period 32 were killed. During that period 44 people in Canada were directly killed by moose attack. That doesn't count those killed in car accidents with moose. (Moose being notoriously bad drivers.) I know I won't risk going to Canada until there is a serious cull of the herd.

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8. Re: safety and security

Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.

howsafeismexico.com/compare_mexico_us_cities…

How Safe?

http://howsafeismexico.com/index.html

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We will be returning to EPM in a few weeks time for the 7th time and have no fear at all regarding safety

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10. Re: safety and security

Here is a great article from the huffington post

huffingtonpost.ca/douglas-anthony-cooper/can…

The Yucatan in particular is very safe. We get out and about on our own and feel very secure.