Cancun is unarguably the go-to sunny getaway for tens of millions of Americans. A metropolis like no different, it affords guests each the colourful environment of different equally-busy world hubs, and extra secluded seashores (if you recognize the place to search for them).
On the opposite hand, Cancun’s status as a really perfect summer time vacation spot has come below menace currently resulting from reviews of elevated violence, even in traditionally-safe vacationer areas, journey scams, and even the landfall of an unprecedented quantity of seaweed.
If you’re pondering of flying to Cancun quickly, and have been following intently these highly-publicized developments, you could be questioning whether or not this massively fashionable seashore hotspot is certainly a really perfect decide. After all, is Cancun nonetheless a protected vacation spot to go to for 2022?
There is so much 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 taking into consideration latest reviews, 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 businesses, just a few ill-intentioned cab drivers, and different scammers have intensified their operations in Cancun and the broader Riviera Maya in latest months.
Even although we can not overlook the truth that 250 scams happen round Mexico per hour, and a lot of these are in Cancun, vacationers additionally threat being victims of fraudulent taxis and/or tour operators just about anyplace on this planet. Although Cancun isn’t any exception, that is removed from being a Cancun-exclusive challenge.
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 are usually not exempt from their fair proportion of journey scams. In different phrases, worldwide journey isn’t risk-free, particularly when you may’t communicate the language of the nation you’re visiting and will, due to this fact, be taken benefit of.
Still, there are some precautions vacationers can take to be higher ready when flying overseas and in worry of being scammed, reminiscent of:
- Booking journey packages solely via licensed operators in Mexico
- Pre-book an airport switch earlier than touchdown in Cancun
- Once in Mexico, solely use licensed taxis, both by calling or requesting a driver via an official app
- Never get right into a cab with no seen taximeter or earlier than agreeing on a worth for the route
We have all heard of Cancun’s latest run-ins with the regulation. Gang shootings, robberies, and murders linked to organized crime within the metropolis have taken the information by storm. For that cause, we don’t blame extra cautious vacationers for having reconsidered Cancun as their summer time vacation spot.
Having stated that, we want to pose a query: which huge metropolis doesn’t battle, a method or one other, larger crime ranges in comparison with less-dense areas? Cancun is just not a single seashore or a resort city: it is likely 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 report extra incidents than different smaller cities in Quintana Roo resulting from its place as a world hub.
Still, when assessing journey dangers and selecting their subsequent vacation spot, vacationers ought to all the time analysis the violence ranges of their dream trip vacation spot, however also needs to evaluate them to the place they presently reside.
It is price noting town of New York, which affords of the main metropolis breaks in North America, can be dealing with a violence surge this yr, with a marked enhance in each shootings and murder. The similar goes for Los Angeles, the place violent crimes were up by 60% in 2021 in keeping with 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 significantly pinpointed as violence-ridden currently.
However, because the U.S. State Department itself affirms, shootings are usually not directed at vacationers, and are as an alternative a results of quarrels between felony teams, though bystanders can nonetheless be injured.
Despite these dangers, that’s the exception reasonably 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 determine itself as a protected haven within the post-pandemic world, because it has been identified to take safety issues very severely.
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 high of that, the U.S. doesn’t advise vacationers in opposition to 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 anyplace else, guests are urged to stay in vacationer zones and be cautious when strolling after darkish.
While we do encourage all our readers to comply with this steering whereas on trip, we are able to 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 truth, the U.S. considers it a lot safer than specific Mexican states, reminiscent of 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, sort nickname. Even in the course of the woeful months of December and January, when Omicron was rampant and restrictions had been the norm, it remained open and recorded a record number of visitors.
This implies that, whereas quite a few opponents throughout the Caribbean imposed strict entry necessities, Cancun went the alternative method fully and permitted all to enter restriction-free, no matter vaccination standing. On high of that, Cancun Airport has not seen a single relatively quieter month since Mexico determined to maintain its borders open.
Due to this bold 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 implies any native incidents will likely be rapidly picked up on, and subsequently scrutinized.
Yes, shootings and robberies happen, and sure, they’ve turn into 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, continues 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 significantly exacerbated security or well being dangers when in comparison with others.
At the similar time, we want to remind vacationers this doesn’t imply Cancun is crime-free. When visiting, it’s best to keep in mind all the data we now have 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 massive metropolis.
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