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Spring Break Travel Warnings in Mexico: What to Know

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Spring break is happening soon and many travelers are headed to Mexico. Although there are many areas of concern on the news, these are typically in areas that are NOT popular tourist destinations in Mexico. The popular destination wedding areas of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and on the Pacific Coast in destinations like Puerto Vallarta and Bahia Mita are committed to the safety of all guests.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state, which includes tourist areas in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya. However, personnel is advised to exercise increased situational awareness after dark in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, and to remain in well-lit pedestrian streets and tourist zones.

This is the same in many large cities, all around the world, and guests should always stay aware of their surroundings, travel together, and keep an eye out for petty crimes such as pickpocketers. 

The US State Department offers the following safety tips for traveling to Mexico:

  • Stay in tourist areas: Avoid traveling to areas with high crime rates.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Be aware of where you are, share your location with friends, and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
  • Be careful what you post online: Do not post anything on social media that could make you a target for crime.
  • Be prepared for an emergency: Be prepared for an emergency by having a plan in place and knowing what to do if you become a victim of a crime.

Before traveling anywhere, especially internationally, it is important to be aware of the risks. By following the safety tips from the US State Department, you can help to ensure that your Mexico destination wedding is safe and enjoyable.

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