Safe to travel to Cancun Mexico

Travelers this year want to know if it is still safe to travel to Cancun in 2021.

If you have read the headlines lately, you would know Cancun travel is still recuperating from COVID-19. This article is not about the safety of traveling during a pandemic. However, we will go over the issue of crime against Americans inside of the Cancun Hotel Zone.

With spring break right around the corner, our guests are asking about the safety of Cancun during a much-needed getaway for some spring fun in the sun.

What if I told you that more Americans die from messy handwriting each year than the total number of people killed in Cancun in 2020? Doctors with unreadable handwriting on prescriptions have caused patients to receive the wrong dosage or even incorrect medicine altogether. But would you hold back going to see the Doctor because you thought that it was unsafe? No, that is silly – and so is the idea of not taking a vacation to Cancun in 2021.

2020 Cancun Violence Dropped

In 2019 there was a rise in violence across the Yucatan Peninsula, as more and more drug cartels were making a bigger push into the resort areas. Nevertheless, in 2020 the numbers dropped to levels below 2018, approximately a 20% drop in violence, mainly because of the COVID lockdowns.

We have received many phone calls from concerned spring breakers, families and couples planning their honeymoons, asking us is it safe to take a vacation in Mexico. Specifically they are asking is Cancun safe because of the travel warnings that they have seen.

These travel warnings are scary, and need to be taken seriously, however they also need to be put into the right context.

US Travel Warning System

For your concern, the U.S. Department of State has a website that you can visit before your trip to Mexico. The site gives four travel advisory levels numbered one through four.

  1. Exercise normal precautions (dark blue)
  2. Exercise increased caution (yellow)
  3. Reconsider travel (dark orange)
  4. Do not travel (red)

They also offer a travel map shaded with these color codes to visually help you make a decision on the safety level of Cancun. This mapping application is updated daily. The map also gives you a legend of where you can find your local Embassy and other U.S. offices.

This map works great while you are planning your vacation, but what if things change before your arrival? The Department of State has a free service to allow U.S. citizens traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest Embassy or Consulate and receive Alerts called Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The benefits of enrolling your trip with this program is you will receive important information from the Embassy about the safety conditions in Cancun, helping you stay informed and feel confident in your travel plans and decisions. Also, when you enroll your trip with STEP it will help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or a family emergency.

Current Facts

My reason for giving you this information is to help you stay informed with real current facts.

The 2020 Intentional homicide rate per 100,000 people was 32.49 in the whole state of Quintana Roo. This was almost a 20% decrease from the year before, while the city of Chicago 2020 homicides went up at least 50% from the year before. When you compare these homicide rates to major cities in the United States, they are ridiculously small.

I travel to Cancun often. Mostly by myself to manage our property rentals. I get asked by my friends if it is safe to travel there all the time. My answer is yes. I live one hour away from Chicago and I feel safe walking alone on the sidewalk in certain areas, and there are certain areas I just will not go. The same is true for Mexico.

Cancun is very safe.

Especially in our resort area because we have 24-hour security located on the beach and all throughout our gated area.

Arriving at the airport in Cancun alone is also very safe. The very first time I traveled to Cancun International Airport I was traveling alone. I was surprised to see all the armed security guards walking around with their drug sniffing dogs.

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I found this super cute travel blog for more information is PASSPORTS & GRUB check it out, she is funny.

If you use common sense and do not go where the trouble is, you will be fine.

I wish the State Department would create a travel warning map for our dangerous cities in the United States. I think it would be interesting to compare Cancun to Orlando or Chicago or New Orleans.