Updated Cancun Violence

While there have been an increasing number of media reports concerning violence in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it is important to keep in mind the areas/neighborhoods in which these events occur.  Don’t be too alarmed at the most recent reporting of an armed robbery at a Cancun Starbucks, that event happened deep in an area of “downtown Cancun” which most vacationers never visit.  Here is a short list of advice tips geared towards this issue–these are my own rules of vacationing in Cancun which I practice while in this area:

  • avoid downtown Cancun, including Plaza Las Americas mall.  There are plenty of other shopping opportunities in Cancun outside of this area.
  • while I don’t engage in the use of drugs, if you decide to do something like this while in the area you are taking both a huge legal and personal risk.  Drug deals have been known to “go bad” with gun related outcomes, even in the Hotel Zone.
  • never take a colectivo at night (these are prevalent in the Riviera Maya).  If I am staying in the Hotel Zone and am going to the clubs in the Plaza Forum area, I feel perfectly safe in taking a public bus to my destination; however, I always cab it back after my fun.
  • use caution while walking about late at night on 5th Ave. in Playa del Carmen (we’re talking midnight or after).  Be aware of your surroundings just like you would at home in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Do you have any of your own advice to give readers which would contribute to a safe vacation?  Let us know.

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