Though crime rates are relatively low, foreign tourists are always candidates for petty crimes. Avoid potential hassles by using the hotel’s safety deposit box for valuables, always locking your room, and wearing a money belt under your shirt. If possible, avoid walking alone at night and, women especially, refrain from wearing very revealing clothes beyond the beach and pool areas.

A little common sense can help you avoid getting sick from the food or water in Mexico. Be wary of open-air stands, stick with bottled water, and if you must use ice ask if it was made from bottled or boiled water.

Also, look for the official government “H” sign in hotels and restaurants that indicates they have passed U.S.-based hygiene regulations.