Cancun is unarguably the go-to sunny getaway for tens of millions of Americans. A metropolis like no different, it provides guests each the colourful ambiance of different equally-busy world hubs, and extra secluded seashores (if you understand the place to search for them).
On the opposite hand, Cancun’s status as a super summer time vacation spot has come below menace currently resulting from experiences 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 carefully these highly-publicized developments, you is likely to be questioning whether or not this massively common seaside hotspot is certainly a super choose. After all, is Cancun nonetheless a protected vacation spot to go to for 2022?
There is rather a lot to unpack right here, however briefly, sure.
You is likely to be questioning how precisely we’re in a position to nonetheless deem it a protected metropolis even after bearing in mind latest experiences, 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 danger being victims of fraudulent taxis and/or tour operators nearly wherever on the earth. Although Cancun is not any exception, that is removed from being a Cancun-exclusive concern.
Foreigners have traditionally confronted scamming when touring all through the Caribbean, with Belize and Jamaica being two infamous examples. Even the preferred cities in Europe should not exempt from their justifiable share of journey scams. In different phrases, worldwide journey isn’t risk-free, particularly when you may’t converse the language of the nation you’re visiting and will, subsequently, be taken benefit of.
Still, there are some precautions vacationers can take to be higher ready when flying overseas and in concern of being scammed, similar to:
- Booking journey packages solely by way of 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 by way of an official app
- Never get right into a cab with no seen taximeter or earlier than agreeing on a value for the route
We have all heard of Cancun’s latest run-ins with the legislation. Gang shootings, robberies, and murders linked to organized crime within the metropolis have taken the information by storm. For that purpose, we don’t blame extra cautious vacationers for having reconsidered Cancun as their summer time vacation spot.
Having stated that, we wish to pose a query: which large metropolis doesn’t battle, a method or one other, increased crime ranges in comparison with less-dense areas? Cancun is just not a single seaside or a resort city: it is among the largest cities within the Caribbean.
While violent incidents have undeniably elevated, main the United States to revise its Travel Advisories, Cancun is certain to file extra incidents than different smaller cities in Quintana Roo resulting from its place as a global 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 examine them to the place they presently stay.
It is value noting the town of New York, which provides of the main metropolis breaks in North America, can also be dealing with a violence surge this 12 months, with a marked enhance in each shootings and murder. The identical goes for Los Angeles, the place violent crimes were up by 60% in 2021 in response to 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 should not directed at vacationers, and are as a substitute a results of quarrels between legal teams, though bystanders can nonetheless be injured.
Despite these dangers, that’s the exception moderately 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 in search of to determine itself as a protected haven within the post-pandemic world, because it has been identified to take safety considerations very significantly.
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 prime 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 wherever 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, similar to 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 throughout the woeful months of December and January, when Omicron was rampant and restrictions have been the norm, it remained open and recorded a record number of visitors.
This implies that, whereas quite a few rivals throughout the Caribbean imposed strict entry necessities, Cancun went the other approach utterly and permitted all to enter restriction-free, no matter vaccination standing. On prime 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 carefully watched by all, which suggests any native incidents might be rapidly picked up on, and subsequently scrutinized.
Yes, shootings and robberies happen, and sure, they’ve turn out to be extra frequent in vacationer zones as gang exercise worsens, however the danger 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 staff 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 identical time, we wish to remind vacationers this doesn’t imply Cancun is crime-free. When visiting, you must keep in mind all the data we’ve got 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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