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#1 missfz63

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    Posted 23 September 2010 - 01:59 PM

    Hey Ladies, 

     

    I have recently been thinking of moving our wedding from Cancun because of all the "warfare" going on. For anyone that has been there recently did you have any concerns with safety?

     

    I am sure its fine however my better half is al ittle apprehensive about going there now. His main concern is that  the government will have even less control of the drug lords next year when our wedding is scheduled. 

     

    I could see it going either way, but I would love some reassurance from anyone out there that Cancun is safe  to travel to! I am madly in love with Dreams Cancun and hate to even think about moving the wedding somewhere else.

     



    #2 JanineA

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      Posted 23 September 2010 - 02:14 PM

      Here is a thread where the ladies seem to keep up with and voice their concerns on this issue:

       

      http://www.bestdesti...exico-post-here

       

      I was in Mexico last October (Playa Mujeres) and I can tell you that though all of the stuff was 45 minutes away it felt like a world away. I remember asking people at the hotel and even our car driver (we were worried so much we had a driver the entire time we were there) and they all mentioned that the drug lords would not dare venture into the tourist areas of mexico, its where they launder their money so they want business in those areas to remain booming....I really don't know if that is the case or not but I do know that we felt extremely safe the entire time.....of course this was October 2009. I'm not sure if a lot has changed since then. Perhaps the ladies in that thread can help. 



      #3 Guest_iluckie_*

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        Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:51 PM

        Read this!

         

        http://blog.luckieph...afty-read-this/

         

        best regards!

        Ivan



        #4 alison15

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          Posted 24 September 2010 - 05:22 AM

          All the resorts seem to be really safe as well as most of Cancun and Rivera Maya.  I would just warn guests who travel off the resort to be careful.  But I don't think its any worse than being a tourist in any foreign country, you just need to be aware of your surroundings and to not carry a lot of cash or valuable items with you.



          #5 Matt Adcock

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            Posted 24 September 2010 - 05:27 AM

            Oh my.

             

            CNN and FOX news.  My recommendation is to turn that off.


            We live here, its peaceful.  Paradise. 


            30 % of mexican tourism dollars come from this area.  they protect that.

             

            War zones are thousands and thousands of miles away from here.   Seriously, stop the worries and plan on the fact that some of your guests will thin out because they watch FOX news and CNN too much and are scardy pants of Mexico.    Then remember, "hey, wasnt it my plan to reduce the guest size by going to a foreign country"....  it all works out.


            OH, my guess is that you are more likely to get in a major car accident in your hometown interstates than have a war or drug thing happen to you in the Riviera Maya.  

             

            best,

            matt



            #6 Ginger1961

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              Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:47 AM

              I'm travelling to Mexico for ten days at Christmas staying at the Gran Caribe Real Resort.  I'm not any more concerned travelling this year than I was last year and the year before that.  Each year I went to Mexico.  I think we must use common sense as another poster said.  Take every precaution.  I live in one of the Atlantic Provinces - Canada and four hours away there is craziness going on with gang fights and attacks.  Doesn't mean I"m not travelling to Halifax this weekend to shop.  It's in our backyards all over the world. 

               

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              "He's my Lobster"

              #7 Matt Adcock

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                Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:18 AM



                Originally Posted by Ginger1961 

                  It's in our backyards all over the world. 

                 

                G


                word



                #8 taylorwd

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                  Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:21 AM

                  Yup, I'm with Matt.



                  #9 Bride2B22

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                  Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:15 AM

                  i was on vacation in Cancun this June at The Royal in Cancun and i loved it! Cancun was amaizing! not once did i fear for my safety.....we used the public transportation and visited the clubs and malls without any problems! of course, we took all precautions! Love it there, and will be back next June for my wedding!!



                  #10 Guest_iluckie_*

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                  Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:43 AM

                  I think we have nothing to worry about, the link the link has plenty of information about turist areas in Mexico as well as more problematic cities, some texts extractions:

                   

                  just in case you have a mexico city connection :

                   

                  MEXICO CITY

                  Fear Factor: 4.75

                  No one thinks twice about visiting our nations capital, and the same should go for Mexicos capital. In 2008, Mexico City had a homicide rate of nine for every 100,000 people, while Washington D.C. had a rate of more than 30 per 100,000 — over three times higher. Visitors to Mexico City should exercise the same precautions taken in any of the worlds big cities; sticking to busy, central areas and remaining aware of ones surroundings. Its very important to take only radio-issued taxis or taxis from official stands, never the “libre” (independent) or Volkswagen cabs, as there have been many instances of robbery and kidnapping. Dont walk at night except short distances on busy streets. This is an exciting city full of museums, art galleries and fabulous restaurants, not to be missed. Most people include a visit nearby to the majestic ruins of Teotihuacan, which are well patrolled and perfectly safe, with a visitors center and organized guides.

                  In Case your vacation or wedding is in Puerto Vallarta:

                   

                  PUERTO VALLARTA

                  Fear Factor: 5

                  The lovely cobble-stoned hillside fishing village that was “discovered” after the filming of Night of the Iguana has spread at a dizzying rate, so that there are many Vallartas, including the original (still charming) town, the Marina and Nuevo Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta is filled with art galleries, which regularly throw open houses, gourmet restaurants and hotels in every price range. There are also the kinds of bars which encourage patrons to over-indulge, and thats never a good idea. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is safe to stroll, but never late at night after the festivities are over, and its not a good idea to venture too far off the beaten track. Thousands of Americans live here, and love it. The Costalegre coast, stretching from Puerto Vallarta to Manzanillo in the south, is very safe, as is the newly-named Costa Nayarit (a series of bucolic fishing villages) to the north.

                  Just i case you are getting married in Los Cabos

                   

                  LOS CABOS

                  Fear Factor: 5

                  Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the “Corridor” of resorts that stretch between them are like a backyard for residents of the southwestern U.S. Thousands of Americans live here on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula (light years away from Tijuanas troubles) and the artsy little town of Todos Santos 45 minutes up the Pacific coast from Cabo San Lucas. Some visitors complain its too American in Cabo. The region is very safe, with good highways and busy downtowns. Visitors should stay out of unlighted side streets and stick to the well-traveled tourists areas, where shopping, art galleries and a big choice of restaurants make straying unnecessary. Swimmers must exercise extreme caution — the waters are treacherous and its important to know where its safe to swim and where not to even wade very far.”

                   

                  And now our main interest, getting married? visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen, any point in the riviera Maya and Merida, just in case you want to go to Chichen Itza or Uxmal or simple the area:

                   

                   

                  CANCUN, THE RIVIERA MAYA AND COZUMEL

                  Fear Factor: 5

                  Cancun is one of Mexicos most popular beach resorts, which average around four million American visitors per year. Last year a retired Mexican general investigating corruption was assassinated by drug traffickers, but thats been an isolated event. Over-consumption of alcohol by younger tourists is a problem, and there have been rapes. But on the whole, Cancun is extremely safe. “The leading cause of foreign tourist deaths in Cancun is heart attacks, car accidents and accidental drowning,” says Canadian writer Marlo-Renay Heresco, a Cancun resident who blogs about her life in Mexico on her website, atravelartist.com. “The key to success when traveling or living abroad is exercising common sense.” The Riviera Maya (the Yucatan coast stretching south from Cancun) has little to fear beyond sunburn. The island of Cozumel off the Riviera Maya is a popular, very safe destination for cruise ships, where problems are the occasional purse-snatching or picked pocket.

                  MERIDA AND THE MAYAN RUINS IN YUCATAN

                  Fear Factor: 5

                  Although many people visit Chichen Itza on day-trips from Cancun, Merida is the gateway to comprehensive exploration of Uxmal and other significant Mayan ruins scattered across the state of Yucatan. Merida is a quiet, charming city, and the main ruins have well-organized tours and visitors centers, as well as guards. In addition to hotels in Merida, the Yucatan has a number of colonial-era haciendas that have been converted into small resorts. Mayan villagers are welcoming. Here again, its not a good idea to drive on unlighted roads at night, but central Meridas busy colonial-era streets are safe to stroll at night. “Mexico is a large country… deciding not to travel “to Mexico” because of violence is like saying you wont go to New York because of a murder in Denver,” says Merida resident Ellen Fields. ” Yes, there are places in Mexico where violence is on the rise. Where I live, Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, and the nearby Mayan Riviera, has not seen this violence and is a very safe place to visit or to live.”

                   

                  to complement everyone comments, yes I live here and nothing to worry about had happen.

                  Un Abrazo!

                  Ivan






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