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Safety in Riviera Maya

brenmary
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Safety in Riviera Maya

i am planning a trip here and would love to hear how safe it was (there have been some bad news in the press) and anything about the Cancun airport and transfers... thank you!

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1. Re: Safety in Riviera Maya

The area is safe, not saying you shouldn't use your common sense, but it's a very safe place. Most of the things you hear about Mexico happens in border towns, far away from Cancun or Riviera Maya area. There's so much to see and do -- don't be afraid. You'll miss out on so much beauty and culture.

I've found the airport to be much better since they opened terminal 3. Seems to go faster through Customs. I don't know where you're planning on staying, but there are buses (ADO bus), taxis, shared vans, private transport. I use entertainment-plus.net (private transfer) for parts south of Cancun (Playa del Carmen) and usually a shared van to Cancun resorts.

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There are plenty of pedestrian crossings and lollipop ladies around,so road safety will be good..Remember: THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO MR SAFETY'S HOUSE.

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Hi I have posted this on another answer and I am also posting here as I think it give a fair assesment of the place

firstly let me say I went last oct on a child free 40th bithday trip and enjoyed it so much that this year we want to book to return with our girls, I would not do this if I felt that there was any additional risk over the other caribeen/US places we visit. However, what I do want to say is that I would not travel on our own to out of the way places. We went on a 5 night organised tour and in one of the smaller towns in the middle of the night a gun battle took place for about 10mins. The management of the hotel phoned our rooms and told us to stay away from windows (I was mad as by that time we had bunkered down in the window free bathroom and had to come out past a window to answer the phone, but thought I better incase they were evacuating us. )

I will take my girls to see nearby sights in day trips (or there would be no point to going) but they will be with tours and we will not go far/off beaten track. I felt totaly safe in places like tulum, akumal turle snorkling, uxmal, coba ect. so see no need to avoid these places

I am not saying I would not do the 5 day tour again (it was amazing), but that there is risk and that in my judgement it is higher than I am willing to take with my children.

I am not wanting to put anyone off just give a fair opinion on the place as so many seem to say that there are no additional risks as long as you are sensible, but I feal that although this is correct for most tourist areas of the yucatan there are some more remote places that are under the cartels. Also while we where on this tour there were 8 beheaded bodies found in Merida the day we visited I know this because one of the party speaks fluent spanish and it was on the news/in the papers in the hotel there. However, I did not feal unsafe at all there and infact my husband and I went out of the hotel to a lovey bar and sat and soaked up the atmospher until quite late.

To summarise there are problems, but it seems to be mostly amongst themselves, and you would need to be unlucky to get caught up in it, but even that can be minimised by staying in the tourist zones, (Including the historic sites).

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This was posted yesterday by Puertomorelosfrank. While we have always felt safe in the Riviera Maya, this is an eye opener, thanks Frank:

Although, as a rule the Mayan Riviera is a safe place to vacation, there was an unfortunate event that happened last weekend in Playa Del Carmen.

3 person who were staying in a villa in Puerto Morelos took a day trip to Playa and as there were returning from the beach there, they were approached and stopped by 2 men in police t-shirts. They were told that someone had reported them as having been smoking pot on the beach. They had not been. After a lengthy conversation, the "policemen" told them that they were going to take one of them to be drug tested and if he tested positive for pot, he would be arrested. The "police" car had no markings and at that point they told the "policemen" that they would have to kill them before they got in that car. At that point the "policemen" left. The family immediately returned to their villa, packed and left on the next flight home.

During the initial discussion, they had revealed exactly where they were staying here and their address back in the states.

Be cautious.

1st - Policemen will always be in full uniform with badges, not t-shirts

2nd - never reveal the exact location of where you are staying or are from.

3rd - If you are approached in a similar manner, immediately head toward other people or stores and request they call the police.

I just thought that this needed to be reported. It has been reported to the American Embassy and they have notified the proper authorities. This is not a rumor, but a direct report made by the parties involved.

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Frank also said he has heard from the US Embassy staff that this has happened in Cancun also. And here is a followup from Frank:

Here is additional information from one of the other PM Destination Experts who knows the people involved.

Incident occurred 10pm Friday night, near Coco Maya Club in front of the condos there on the beach.

OK Have just spoken to the Chief of Police here and he advises if you have any doubts that you are talking to real Police, use your cell and call 066 straight away. If no cell just start screaming and don't stop.

How to tell the real Police?

The Municipal Police wear Dark blue uniforms MON/WED/FRI. White uniform shirt or jacket on TUE/THU and polo shirts at the weekend. Each of these uniforms has the 7 point silver star badge (in Spanish 'escudo') on the front left, in the middle of the star is engraved DGPPTyB (Direccion General Policia Preventivo, Transito and Bomberos)

and sleeve patches (in Spanish 'sector') that should say either Turistica, Policia or Transito. Only the special Tourist Police have their names on the right side as they buy their own uniforms. All Police have a plastic ID card that they keep in their wallet but they are NOT obliged to show you that, the correct uniform is sufficient.

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So.......just go and have a wonderful time, but keep alert to odd things around you, just as you should do everywhere.

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fragileUK reports one incident of hearing gunfire although he did not see anything nor was harmed. That is the only report received on this forum over the last couple of years of anyone being anywhere near gunfire and this was in a place 60 miles from the coast.

PuertoMorelosFrank reports a handful of incidents where people have been asked to get in a car and, when people have declined, nothing happened whatsoever.

If you think that makes life dangerous then don't come.

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I can tell you that I just returned from Playa on April 6th and that we were completely at ease. We walked around town at night (2 females) and no one even looked a little suspicious. My best friend almost cancelled the trip like 6 times, but she was sooooo glad she decided to go. It was a wonderful trip and we will be back in Oct. of this year.

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Well I am planning on staying at the Wyndam Maya, I was just nervous, wanted to make sure it would be a fun and safe trip. I am taking a mommy vacation and I have two little ones so I want to make sure i come home! Plus my mother was freaking out bc I was going to Mexico,which made me more nervous. I am 29 but you know how mothers are!