Safe Mexico is a Bargain (Still)

NOTE: After initially publishing in 2013, we believe Mexico continues to be the bargain for dollars with plentiful resorts, including all-inclusive and luxury.

Mexico tourism is a victim – not of violent crime – but invalid perceptions. To be sure, the country of Mexico has violent crime problems. More specifically, the border cities are violent – but not Mexican tourist destinations. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta are all safe, according to the US Dept. of State.

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I keep telling my Mexico tourism friends, “you need a color-coded map – red for warnings, green is safe.”  This map is one I found.  Notice all the popular tourist spots are green and safe.  And, notice that the red zones along the US border are 1000 miles away from the tourist destinations.  Isn’t it ironic that our American drug problems are the root cause of Mexico’s tourism challenges?

This aligns with our Brightspot experience.  Our team recently traveled to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.  Every member felt 100% safe.

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Warren Buffet is famous for his wealth and contrarian view.  In travel, when others are avoiding, then you find fabulous bargains.  Most everyone in the incentive travel industry agrees that Mexico is the #1 best bargain right now.

We’ve seen 5-star resorts at 4-star prices, and 4-star for 3-star rates.  Contact us, and we’ll tell you our favorites!

Safe Mexico: The Facts

Travel Weekly reports, “updated Mexico travel warning excludes most tourism destinations.”

In Dallas, where I live, 2012 murders exceeded 2011. But, I’m not looking over my shoulder nor the slightest bit nervous.  I’m still driving my car, eating at public restaurants, shopping at malls, and using the ATM.

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For the official US Dept. of State travel warning on Mexico, go to Alerts and Warnings.  Here are the key phrases:

• Cabo San Lucas:  No advisory is in effect.
• Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya:  No advisory is in effect.
• Puerto Vallarta:  There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.
• Mexico City:  No advisory is in effect.


In June 2012, the G20 World Summit occurred in Los Cabos.  In October, I walked the same path as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the beautiful Esperanza Resort – see other blog post.  Would the leaders of the 20 most powerful nations gather in Los Cabos if it was not safe?


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