Other than the unfortunate shooting at Playa last month, its been very quiet
Many of us rent long term (on condos/not in gated resorts) and we feel safe
I would read all the posts/threads for the next few weeks - what research has your husband done??
There is no beef with any tourists here by anyone that I can see or heard of. What exactly is your husbands concern?
My wife put it to me this way : tourista is the golden egg for the residents of this area. They would never allow any bad mojo/publicity to happen to the "main chance" most, if not all citizens of Riv Maya pay their rent with.
it always amazes me to read about how many people are fearful of Mexico. I have been living and working part time in Mexico for more than 10 years and I've traveled all around the country from the Yucatán to the Central Highlands, The southern Pacific coast and Baja. I have never had any problems.
it seems there is a concerted effort among American and British news media outlets to paint Mexico like Tarantino film Full of gun battles and headless body is all over the streets. sorry or happy to disprove such silliness- I guess it it is profitable to keep people in fear.
As long as you guys are not involved in the illegal drug trade in some capacity or another the worst that will happen to you and your husband will be a hangover from mixing red wine with Mescal. Yes, that can be painful!
PS, as long as you use the normal precautions you already take where you live regarding theft, locking doors , not having money hanging out of your pockets, while passed out and drunk on the street, etc. you will be fine.
We have visited the area 3 times and have never felt threatened in the slightest. We have taken public transport, dined with the locals, ventured off the beaten path, enjoyed massages under huts naked on the beach. Never a worry. Go enjoy the culture, ask questions; we love this beautiful part of the world and the kind people we have met. And as stated above, common sense stuff...
As previously said, I have lived here for years and never really felt threatened. Of course like any area it does have its crime and the area does have its share of drug cartel violence. In the case of the incident at the Blue Parrot incident where tourists did become involved but this is rare. Playa has had more drug-related hits since then but not in tourist areas so no reason to worry.
It has been reported in local media this week that local officials have become concerned that more and more businesses are shutting down rather than pay the so-called protection fees imposed by the cartels. These can be very high but again not really a safety concern to The Tourist.
The cops just shot 2 men on the beach in front of excellence and dreams. We sprinted to our rooms because we heard gunfire and had no idea what was happening. People can tell you it’s safe here but I’ll say it’s not after our experience today.
Just heard about this. Makes me a bit concerned for our January trip.