This subject has been commented on repeatedly and on every board. So a word search with "SAFE" and you will get lots of responses that say it is.
If you read the articles and do some research you will see that all the violence and murders are around the US/Mexican borders. No where near Cancun.
See here and there are loads of other posts to.
Just dont do what you would not do at home.
We have been several times and have no fears of traveling back again this May for another 21 night trip
my wife and i made our first trip to Mexico,DEC 6-14 2011 and stayed at the barcelo maya tropical. we had the same safety concerns, it only took a couple of hours at the resort to realize that we were about to have the best vacation of our life and did ! we cant wait for the next trip!!!
All my friends are horrified that we are going to ERC and Puerto Morelos and they all remark about the violence.
I've resorted to simply telling them "It's like telling someone not to visit Florida because there are murders in California."
They kinda get it then.....
Have a great trip, we are due there in 11 days and have no qualms whatsoever....
I would never go to Waterford account of the troubles there. its like that
Watch out for the vicious gangs of blackbirds that land on the lawns at ERC and try to steal your crumbs.
(OK. "Dives dives" are actually harmless.)
I am really shocked at how many people mention kidnappings and violence when we tell them we just returned from Mexico. I felt more safe there than some big cities in the midwest.