Mexico is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its beautiful beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and quaint towns. Despite the country's undeniable appeal, however, many people are understandably worried about the safety of visiting Mexico due to news reports of drug cartel-related violence. However, you can't believe everything the U.S. news media tells you.
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Despite the negative news coming out of the U.S. surrounding Mexico, there are many places in the country that are both safe and welcoming. If you plan to visit, it's best to be mindful of your safety and take some precautions. Walk in well-lit areas after dark, keep your passport in a safe location, and don't carry too much cash on you at any given time.
Take the same precautions you would take when visiting any new city or area. These are basic precautions everyone should take when living everyday life. Don't let that discourage you from enjoying the stunning landscapes and friendly atmosphere Mexico has to offer.
Merida, also known as the White City, is the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. It is bursting with stunning historic buildings, vibrant cultural events, and mouthwatering cuisine. Surrounded by captivating archaeological sites and mystical cenotes, there is no shortage of activities to do in Merida.
What the heck is s cenote? A Cenote is an underground cave which contains permanent water. In other words, it is a natural sinkhole where the ceiling of the cave has collapsed. These can be found throught the Yucatan peninsula and are absolutley amamzing.
Merida has been rated the safest city in Mexico and possibly in all of Latin America! The main thing you have to worry about in Merida is the traffic and maybe the occasional pickpocket. We had a blast while visiting Merida and did not run into any negative issues.
Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is an incredible beach town situated on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, part of the classic Riviera Maya route down the coast. It’s smaller and less touristy than Cancun, making it an increasingly popular destination for travelers seeking a more meaningful experience than the all-inclusive resort getaway.
Playa del Carmen is situated near ancient Mayan ruins and breathtaking cenotes. Tourists flock to its picturesque stretches of white sand and turquoise seas. It is a safe destination for solo travelers and families alike, making it an ideal spot for you to enjoy a Mexican getaway.
Welcome to one of the most exciting places on the planet! I mean absolutely amazing views, people, and architecture. Mexico City is a thriller, a chaotic metropolis of history, culture, art, and all the rest, with some of the best street food imaginable seemingly waiting on every corner.
There is something for everyone here. You will fall in love and want to visit every year. You are sure to find something new to see or do every time you visit.
Mexico City is the most popular destination in the country, and despite its reputation, it is generally safe for everyone, especially in the downtown area. From 2009 to 2011, Mexico City saw a significant decrease in crime rates, and police presence was bolstered, particularly in areas frequented by tourists.
This means despite what you have heard or read on the news in the US. you can still visit here and enjoy the wonders of Mexico without worrying about the “cartel” or pickpockets or kidnapping or whatever else you have heard to try to deter you from visiting this majestic place.
Puerto Vallarta is a destination that has been a popular choice for tourists for many years, and it’s one of our favorite places to explore in Mexico. Well it is a favorite for Sapphire and Kevin. Sadie prefers other locations. There are plenty of fun activities to do in Puerto Vallarta, it truly has something for everyone.
If you are travelling on a budget, or you are a digital nomads looking for a new place to stay, or just anyone looking for a great vacation spot, Puerto Vallarta has something to offer. There is something to suit every budget and taste.
Sadie complained about the prices here as they are a little higher than other Mexican destinations. I recommend asking your Uber driver or hotel concierge for less expensive or more authentic places to eat. When compared to the U.S. I think it is still less expensive.
Puerto Vallarta is a highly sought-after destination for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and flourishing marine life. It's a safe place for travelers, families, solo travelers, as well as same-sex couples to explore. Yep this is one of the best places in Mexico for same sex couples as there is a thriving community here.
The city has largely remained unaffected by cartel conflicts and crime. Whether you're looking for an exciting vacation or a relaxing getaway, Puerto Vallarta is sure to provide.
San Miguel Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a vibrant and colorful city situated in the rolling green mountains of central Mexico, just three hours outside of Mexico City. It is a remarkable destination, with a rich history and a culturally diverse atmosphere. The colonial architecture of the city is breathtaking, with vivid colors add to its already captivating beauty.
San Miguel de Allende is a highly sought after destination for expats and is renowned for its safety in comparison to other places in Mexico. The city boasts an impressive 8,000 Canadian, British and American expats, who have been drawn to its stunning Spanish colonial churches, mouthwatering restaurants and rich cultural heritage.
The picture is the Parroquia de San Miguel, the tallest building in the city is a local church that looks like a cathedral with a facade of pink limestone! It sits near the beautiful and tranquil San Miguel Allende Gardens. A quick google search for them and you will see why this is one fo the most amazing places in all of Mexico to visit.
Bring your camera, your phone and a battery bank because you are sure to want to capture every moment while you are here. Sadie and I love architecture so this is a favorite for both of us. This town is about an hour and a half drive from Guanajuato, if you have time make sure to visit both places for an unforgetable vacation experience.
Sayulita, Mexico is without a doubt my favorite sleepy beach town on the Pacific Coast. Known for its beautiful beaches, epic sunsets, laid-back lifestyle, and safety, Sayulita should be at the top of everyone’s Mexico bucket list.
Surprisingly, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Sayulita for such a small beach town. Many come for the surf, some the yoga, and others to laze around on the beach. But there’s so much more to Sayulita than that.
Sayulita, a mere 30 miles northwest of the bustling Puerto Vallarta, is the perfect destination. Offering an inviting vibe and a thriving tourism-driven economy, locals of Sayulita are known to be both hospitable and most know English. However, as in other places we have been in Mexico you have to be mindful of any stray dogs that may be roaming the streets.
Huatulco is the perfect holiday spot for those who want to relax in a safe and clean environment. It is renowned for its sunny days and is commended for its commitment to sustainable tourism. Huatulco has even earned the Green Globe certification, and its Huatulco National Park is one of the most expansive protected zones in southern Mexico.
Huatulco, located in Oaxaca, is an ideal beach destination for families looking for fun in the sun. With plenty of water activities and surf spots, Huatulco offers a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family.
When it comes to safety, Huatulco is typically considered to be safer than many U.S. cities, but visitors should be aware that organized crime can be present in the area between Oaxaca City and Huatulco. Whenever you visit anywhere just be mindful of where you are and take the same precautions you would traveling to any new location.
If you're looking for a unique Mexican adventure, then the Yucatan Peninsula's Campeche State is the perfect spot for you. From the ancient Mayan ruins to the picturesque beaches and cozy “pueblos magicos” (magical towns), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campeche City, you'll find plenty to explore here. Plus, you'll avoid the huge crowds you get in more popular destinations.
If you're looking for a peaceful and secure place to visit, Campeche is an excellent choice. As the capital of the state of the same name, it is one of the least populated states in Mexico and is renowned for its security.
Campeche is a beautiful city that provides many conveniences while still allowing you to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a beach getaway in Mexico, you’re in luck. Mazatlan, lovingly known as the Pearl of the Pacific, is one of the top places to visit in the country. With plenty of sunshine and fun activities to choose from, it’s no wonder that this coastal city has been a favorite amongst beachgoers for years.
Mazatlan may not be the first place that comes to mind when considering safe destinations in Mexico, but there's no need to worry about your security while in the city. Mazatlan is full of beautiful beaches and has been highly rated as one of the top beach towns in Mexico. So, you can be sure to have a great time while visiting this incredible place.
If you love soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach as well as authentic Mexican food you ar in luck because Matazlan has it all. If you are looking to escape the touristy crowds of Ensenada and Puerto Vallarta, but you still want beaches sun and surf or if you are llooking for differnt location to visit becuase you have been all up and down the beautiful coast of Baja California. Then make Mazatlan your next vacation destination.
Beaches, Culture and tourism you have it all here. You are sure to enjoy the food the sights and of course the ocean.
Safety in Mexico
Recent reports about violence in Mexico have been pervasive in the news, leading to a misconception that the country as a whole is dangerous. However, statistics show that Mexico is actually a lot less dangerous than the United States.
It is important to note that the data depends on when and where you look. So my data may be different than what you look at but on an average most big cities in Mexico are safer than big cities in the US.
I have listed 2 sources where I have found data but you should do your own research. We have lived here in Mexico for over a year and we have felt safer than we have in our respective hometowns.
We are from Cleveland, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Look at the map above as both sities are represented and both are more dangerous than Mexico City and the entire country as a whole.
St. Louis ranks a 40.5 and Cleveland is a 19 wheras Mexico City is a 9, and the entire country ranks a 14.
There are many safe places to visit in the country of Mexico, just as St. Louis is not representative of the entire country of the U.S. Tijuana is not represenatative of all of Mexico.
Come on down and enjoy the many wonderful sites, beaches and food Mexico has to offer.