The US Dept. of State has just issued a travel warning for parts of Mexico including Quintana Roo, an area in Mexico which covers Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel, due to an increase in homicide rates from 2016. Most of these homicides in Mexico involve drug “turf wars” and targeted assassinations, but innocent bystanders have been hurt or killed in such incidents from time to time.
While this US travel warning is a first for this part of Mexico, tourists shouldn’t be unduly alarmed or necessarily stop traveling to this part of Mexico. Caution while traveling is always necessary, whether it be vacationing in the US or a foreign country. I have visited Cancun and the Riviera Maya for years now, including a recent trip in Feb./March 2017, and have never felt endangered, nor have I been a witness to violence in this area. That doesn’t mean these acts don’t happen (thus the issued warning), but most Cancun/Riviera Maya tourists wind up having a great vacation with great memories.
I will certainly be keeping a close eye out on this issue and will continue to post any major incidents which I feel are important to the well being of vacationers to this area.