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Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

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Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

Fellow travelers,

I wanted to get other people's point of view.

I have research a few resorts and really like the Grand Riviera Princess in Playa del Carmen. My husband and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary in October and I found this resort the best... beautiful grounds, great service, perfect views...

Unfortunately, he turned down my idea of going to Mexico due to safety concerns, which I don't see as a problem. Can those who have travelled to Cancun/Playa del Carmen is recent weeks give me your opinion on the safety of the area? I also wanted to take a bus tour to Chichen Itza. I have read many reviews on TripAdvisor and aside from the complaints of bugs and buffet food, I don't see any issues of going on this trip.

Please help!

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1. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

Have your husband read this- lonelyplanet.com/blog/…

and this - …state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html

and then have him whip out a map and see just how far those trouble spots are from Playa del Carmen.

You could also do a search on this forum for previous posts; this topic comes up ad nauseum.

Kidnappings, beheadings and reports of drug-lord wars sell newspapers and airtime; reports of millions of people having a fabulous vacation does not. Many of us are repeat visitors and I can assure you, we're not all foolhardy idiots with a death wish. Ask your husband, if it really were dangerous, would so many of us keep coming back?

Edited: 12 September 2012, 21:09
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2. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

I'm travelling to Playa del carmen in Feb for the first time with my family and this question was top of my list, I totally agree with Llisa Mexico is a big country (I'm from England and we're tiny compared) although I have never been I have researched this ALOT! I would not be bringing my 2 children if I thought there were a risk of trouble. Have a read through some of the posts on here they certainly put my mind at rest.

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3. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

Playa is very safe unless you do stupid things, ie walk down dark areas alone with flashy jewellery or walk alone late at night intoxicated. The other biggest danger is of drowning so don't swim at night drunk. If you look for trouble you will find it. But other than that you can walk around Playa at all times without any danger at all.

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4. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

New York likely has a higher crime rate that this area

Plus you on on a gated guarded resort

Have your husband give his head a shake

I guess thats why millions go down to these resorts every year

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6. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

Good one Mark!

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7. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

Yes, that is a good one. :-)

Visiting this area is quite safe, as many above have said and as is abundantly evident from the hundreds if not thousands of reviews on this site, and of course just the very high number of people who visit each year.

That being said, I also tend to agree with those on past threads who point out that if your spouse or travelling companion is nevertheless convinced it's not safe, maybe it would be best all in all to choose a different destination.


Edited: 13 September 2012, 06:52
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8. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

unfortunately you married an ignorant fool. divorce him and go have some fun.

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9. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

I have family that think along the same lines and it's hard to convince them otherwise. Honestly, once you go, You know and he will likely feel a bit silly for ever having been worried. Really. I feel much safer walking around fifth avenue than I ever would walking around downtown in my city after dark. It's crowded with people, shops, restaurants. My children ( who have been 3 times) love it!

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10. Re: Safety in Mexico - Grand Riviera Princess Suites

I actually read on a website the other day that from the Cancun area, you are actually closer to Miami Florida than you are to Mexico City. Maybe that can help put things into perspective for your hubby. A few months back I also read an article that per annual tourist rate, Mexico was actually one of the safest countries in the Carribean. (I am sorry it has been a while so I can't site the exact sources for you). It is sad that his ignorance and lack of knowledge is going to hold you two back from having a good time. I would tell him to do some research!!

I also find it interesting that someone from New York would be affraid of coming to this area. If every crime that happened in NYC was published in the media, I think your husband would want a vacation in Playa to get away from what happens in your own backyard.

I feel so confident about the safety in the Riveria Maya, that not only am I taking my husband, but all of our kids too!! I hope you can convince your hubby to stop being a stick in the mud, find a cold drink, and chill out on the beach for a while!! ;)