SAFETY IN MEXICO
Is Mexico Safe?
It is our fundamental and professional belief that the major tourist and resort areas of Mexico are safe and secure destinations given the facts.
Facts Updated on July 18, 2018
Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico is the 6th most visited country in the world and home to 39.3 million safe tourists annually. The country ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world by the number of Unesco World Heritage sites, has the 11th largest economy in the world, and is a member of The United Nations, The World Trade Organization, the G8+5, the G20, The Uniting for Consensus, and The Pacifica Alliance.
The truth is that Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Some people are quick to judge Mexico based on isolated incidents they see on the news and thus form opinions that are based on stereotypes and overly sensationalized press that is often inaccurate. In actuality, the Mexican Government and tourism industry have long-standing, proactive programs in place that ensure all travelers enjoy a positive and safe experience during their visit.
Safer in Mexico
THAN IN LARGE U.S. CITIES!
MOST TOURIST AREAS IN MEXICO ARE SAFER THAN MANY MAJOR U.S. CITIES!
Visitors from around the world enjoy traveling to popular and vibrant U.S. cities like Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia, yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than popular Mexican destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta. As with anywhere you travel in the world, you should always travel smart and be aware of your surroundings. Every city and country across the world has areas that are safe and areas that dangerous. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided and those that are safe, like secure tourist areas and resorts, should be enjoyed and celebrated!
MEXICO & THE U.S. SAFETY CRIME INDEX
In Order from Safest to Most Dangerous
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Boston, MA, USA
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Dallas, TX, USA
New York, NY, USA
Seattle, WA, USA
San Francisco, CA, USA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Miami, FL, USA
Orlando, FL, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Chicago, IL, USA
St. Louis, MO, USA
Atlanta, GA, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Baltimore, MD, USA
Detroit, MI, USA
DID YOU KNOW?
Mexico remains the number one travel destination for Americans. In one month
alone, more Americans will visit Mexico than visit the UK in a year!
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE
Alert vs. Warning
As of July 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of State confirmed that major international tourism destinations in Mexico are safe!
Travel alerts and warnings are regularly issued by the U.S. government for more than 100 countries around the world. Keep in mind the difference between an alert and a warning is significant. A warning is issued to describe a long-term, prolonged condition that makes a country unstable, whereas an alert is used to circulate information about short-term conditions. An alert is not intended to discourage US citizens from traveling, but rather to make them be more alert and aware of their surroundings. It is not intended to inhibit travel.
The U.S. State Department currently lists the primary tourist areas in Mexico in the same classification as a significant number of countries that are among the most common destinations for American travelers, including the UK, Denmark, Belgium, and Germany.
These tourist areas include Cancun, Los Cabos, Tulum, and Puerto Vallarta, among others. Each are listed as a level 2 on a four level scale.
1 - Exercise Normal Precautions
2 - Exercise Increased Caution
3 - Reconsider Travel
4 - Do NOT Travel
Visit the U.S. State Department for current information.
NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE
Issued by Unesco, Natural World Heritage sites encompass monuments or natural sites with cultural or historic wealth for humanity. Mexico has 34 sites: 27 are cultural, six are natural, and one is mixed.
With 31 states, Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas, covering almost two million square kilometers (760,000 square miles)
Mexico is the 13th largest independent state in the world.
With an estimated population of over 120 million, Mexico is the eleventh most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, as well as the second most populous nation in Latin America.
Violence in Mexico occurs in isolated areas of the country and largely only affects the people involved in criminal activity. The violence does not affect U.S. citizens visiting Mexico as tourists.