Originally Posted by SusanInCancun
I'm sorry your family has made wedding planning (supposed to be a HAPPY time) a nightmare. I hope you haven't cancelled yet, because your family is misinformed. The US State Dept. does advise against visiting border towns, where the violence is. They do NOT advise against visiting Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula, however.
I live in Cancun (have been here for 7 years) and sure, there is violence. Do I fear for my life every time I leave my home?? Certainly not. The violence in Cancun, that you may have heard of on the news, is pretty much confined to the drug cartels. To date, no tourists have been injured or killed, due to the drug cartel violence and, as far as I know, none of the incidents have taken place in the hotel zone. I feel as safe here as I do in any city in the US. You wouldn't cancel a trip to Florida if you heard there was violence in Texas, would you? Then don't cancel your trip to Cancun because there is violence over 1,500 miles away. Your family needs to educate themselves on the real situation in Mexico, and on the geography of the country, and stop raining on your parade.
Hola Amiga, right on.
Scroll down and click play on the video in this thread as you read this reply please? ("music" for those of u at work that can't have any audio-- try and put "don't worry be happy" looping over and over in your mind, its pretty easy...
I'm a Playaence for nearly 4 years. I spent time in Cancun in 2005 and 2006 with Sol. Words can not describe the comfort and NO WORRIES in our minds about the cartel or any potential drug related incident. We have traveled 3000+ Kilometers on lots of roads in the entire Yucatan Peninsula and the southern state of Chiapas.
We have grown to know a special energy living in Playa. This place is honestly magical. Folks come here by the millions and unknown zillions. Military and police protect the Riviera Maya with a very obvious presence. They are ready for war sometimes...police filtration stations are often entering and exiting playa and cancun. I feel safe, live in a neighborhood that is nice enough... We ride our bicycles across the entire city, often and on many cross streets and side streets, even in the lean to hood. Perhaps there is a security guard at my condo complex that ripped off a bike (then returned it 2 days later after getting called out) shocker he gets paid 400 dollars a month....Police officers take bribes, political officials keep proving to be corrupt... However, Comparing Playa del Carmen (or Cancun) to a border Mexico / USA town is a joke, totally absurd. There is a war at the border, no question.
I think the universe's has a system of checks and balances to keep this place in check, so it could be a positive for the environment...less tourists, Less impact and smaller carbon footprint for the region... That is their destiny and more power to them, I'm driven to believe that everything is happening for a reason....SO sorry for the brides and families that they put this unnecessary stress on....oh well, i digress and regress and continue to stare at the turquoise water, drag my feet in the sand, paddle board, surf, dive, snorkel, swim and enjoy my little space in paradise.
Mateo (me) y Sol y equipo del Sol / Laluna (which is like 9 of us and all world travelers) with lotsa nationalities represented. We are American, Mexican, Italian and French and can all testify to the sensationalism of national news media.... Crime happens and some very horrible terrible crimes against humanity from ordinary people, occur everywhere and often. The news medias enjoy scaring folks. Me think the fellow amigo Bobby McFerrin has the right idea:
If I dont worry and be happy, I think its all going to be ok, for now Ok.... The mayan apocalypse in 2012...here we go again Somebody should make another movie