Ensuring Safety for your Vacation in Mexico: A Complete Guide
Mexico has always been a coveted vacation destination for many, brimming with vibrant culture, historical importance, and breathtaking landscapes. This year, despite the safety concerns, my vacation to Mexico turned out to be every bit as magical and safe as expected. Through personal experience and some crucial tips from the Mexican Government and the United States Department, I gained some invaluable insights into enhancing safety while touring Mexico. This article will walk you through these safety measures to ensure that your vacation is as secure and enjoyable as mine.
Having a Safe Vacation in Mexico
Feeling safe during your vacation is an essential aspect of enjoying it to the fullest. One of my top recommendations is to download the ‘Guest Assist’ app if you’re planning to visit Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, or any other area in the Quintana Roo State. The app offers crucial safety services and can significantly improve your sense of security.
Staying Alert and Other Important Safety Tips
Staying alert is crucial for safety while traveling. Important locations to stay alert include the airport, during travel, in your hotel lobby, and at restaurants. Ensure the safety of valuable items such as documents, cash, and your phone. For instance, rather than keeping essential information on your phone, consider printing it out to prevent any potential theft.
Distributing Your Cash
It’s unwise to carry all your money in one place or on your person only. Distribute your cash and keep them in different locations throughout your carry-on bags. Some clever and not-so-obvious spots could potentially deter thieves.
Avoiding Unsafe Areas
Avoiding areas of illicit activities is an obvious but essential tip. Keep in mind that there are no explicit signs indicating the advent of unsavory incidents. Use your common sense and do your best to prevent such situations.
Navigating Transports in Mexico
Booking your transportation ahead of time can help minimize potential risks, especially if you reserve via a reputable company. By doing so, I felt safe inside the airport as well as throughout my journey with the pre-booked transport.
One of my handy tips is to recognize abbreviations that transport companies use. For instance, Mexico Travel Solutions often go by ‘MTS. Also, use communication apps like WhatsApp. Many companies use these to provide helpful instructions and information about destinations and transport pick-up points.
Arrival Safety Tips in Mexico
Once you’ve arrived, remember to book your transportation back to the airport at the end of your vacation. Also, ensure you have enough cash for the van drivers’ tips. Having smaller denominations handy for tipping purposes is advisable since ATMs might provide you with larger bills that might be difficult to break down.
Staying Safe in a Mexican Resort
One significant safety tip for traveling to Mexico this year is to consider staying in resort locations. Most of these establishments have stringent security measures that significantly enhance your safety. If you aren’t staying in an all-inclusive resort, conduct research on the nearby restaurants, distance to these eateries, and the security measure implemented by your hotel.
Staying in Groups and Other Safety Measures
It’s safest to travel in groups while venturing out of your hotel property. If you are a solo traveler, consider booking a ladies’ tour or similar groups. Also, avoid going out after dark for increased safety.
Important Safety Tips
Common sense safety practices such a watching over your drinks and not interacting with strangers too intimately are important to follow. By booking excursions through our resort, we felt confident in the security and legitimacy of the tours. We were thoroughly informed, prepared, and given clear instructions and directions.
With mindful planning, common sense practices, and the helpful tips offered by official authorities, your trip to Mexico can be safe and memorable. Always do your research, stay alert, and prioritize your safety wherever you go. Remember these tips, prepare yourself, and look forward to the vibrant experiences that Mexico has to offer.