Feelings about Mexico have changed dramatically in recent years due to gang and drug related violence in many regions, predominantly along the borders. Once considered one of the top destinations for travel for vacationers from the U.S., warnings and alerts issued by the U.S. government have led to many travelers choosing to avoid Mexico altogether. For those willing to look a bit further into the country, its current state and what it means, you will find that while some areas are dangerous and should most certainly be avoided, others post little risk and do indeed, offer the same wonderful experiences they have for generations.
Not all areas of Mexico have warnings
Millions of U.S. citizens visit Mexico without incident each year. The U.S. Government advises travelers to avoid or exercise caution in many areas particularly along the border. Areas such as Tlaxcala, Yucatan and Mexico City have no warnings or advisories at this time. To find out more specifics about where you should and should not go, visit the country specific warning page on travel.state.gov here.
During the height of travel to the region, the cost to travel in Mexico in the major tourist areas was quite high. Now, due to a lack of tourism, the cost has continued to fall, making travel to Mexico quite affordable.
History is everywhere in Mexico. In the major tourist areas including areas such as the Yucatan Peninsula, you will find a number of amazing historic sites to explore that help tell the history of the Mayans, the earliest people to call Mexico home. Ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum are two of the most famous and intact in the world and are easily accessible for travelers hoping to see and learn more about them.
Mexico, especially areas such as the Yucatan, enjoy warm weather year-round. Some mountainous regions may have cooler weather in winter however, the fall is the best time to visit almost any part of the country. Not to cold, not to hot and with very little rain, you can be sure to have warm water, beautiful sun and plenty of room to relax.
Close to home
While a passport or at least an enhanced license(for those who plan on driving or cruising) are required for entry, Mexico is our neighbor and that makes getting here easier. No long flights with major time changes and not many issues with jet lag when traveling to Mexico, just one more reason to visit.
As informed travelers, it is your job to know what to avoid, what to watch for and what else you need to know before planning your vacation. It is this knowledge that will help you stay safer and enjoy your vacation more. Do your research, know before you go and make the most of all your experiences when you travel.