Mexico : Safety by CityMexico - safety as a country
Cancun is a popular tourist destination of Mexico, whose peak season is from December to April. It is composed of white beaches shaped like a number “7”.
What is attractive for tourists is the fact that the city is the home of the Mayan archaeological wonders with Mayan temples and ritual sites everywhere. Cancun is built around the tourist industry so it is a perfect holiday destination for those who do not mind spending it with crowds of tourists. There are many restaurants offering delicious dishes, shopping centers and clubs. For those who seek sandy beaches and who are fond of outdoor and water activities, Cancun has many advantages.
Warnings & Dangers in Cancun
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Even though crime rates in Mexico are high, the beaches of Cancun can be considered safe, since resorts and major tourist cities and destinations are more protected by the police force.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Cancun, but of you decide to dive, you need to know that drivers do not respect speed limits or red lights. They do not stop at pedestrian crossings as well. If you take a taxi, use licensed taxis companies. If you have to use the public transport, avoid traveling late at night.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
It can be said that the pickpocket risk does not exist in Cancun, but you need to be watchful in order to minimize the chances of being pickpocketed. Theft, such as robbery, purse snatching and pickpocketing is common in Mexico, while tourist destinations tend to be more secure. There have been reports when foreigners have been targets of robberies that sometimes involved assault.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Natural hazards which might occur in Cancun are hurricanes from May to the end of November. Small tropical storms can quickly develop into hurricanes, so it is necessary to stay informed of the weather forecasts. Also, the rainy season may cause flooding and mudslides, which might affect transportation. Bear in mind the fact that some volcanoes in Mexico are active.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Again, Mexico has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world, but Cancun is considered completely safe when it comes to kidnapping and mugging risk. Targets can be wealthy people who go to those areas that are not under police and security forces control. If you happen to be kidnapped, comply with the kidnappers’ requests, since some tourists have been injured while trying to resist armed robberies.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Even though violent organized crime acts does not target tourists, they can be affected if they happen to be at the wrong time in the wrong place. Terrorist threats are not expected in Cancun, but that can never be foretold, so be watchful of your surroundings.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
People performing magic tricks, offering you free massages or food samples are usually scammers. Never accept snacks or drinks from strangers, and expect to be scammed by the police officers who might accuse you of minor offences or traffic violations that you have not done since they accept the bribe and will expect from you to give them.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
There have been reports that foreigners have been physically and sexually assaulted by taxi drivers and security personnel at popular tourist destinations. However, Cancun can be considered a safe place for females as long as they avoid walking alone after dark and only go to bars and nightclubs in a group.
So... How Safe Is Cancun Really?
Cancun is a very famous tourist destination on the Caribbean Coast. Due to its crystal blue waters and white beaches, Cancun is a paradise for those seeking relaxation and vacation.
Some of the dangers when in Cancun are strong ocean currents, depending on the season you visit, which can put in danger even the most experienced swimmers. Also, you should remember that nothing is free, even the help with your luggage. It is advisable to use ATMs which are located in a bank or your hotel.
Regarding the fact that Cancun’s only source of revenue comes from tourism, the officials are trying to protect tourists from criminals and make Cancun a trouble free place. However, you should take precautions, have a friend with you at all times, secure your belongings and enjoy your stay without any issues.
- Visas - The necessity of a visa for Mexico depends on the country you are coming from. The citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel and Japan are not required to have a visa, but if you are traveling to Mexico for purposes other than tourism, you may require a proper visa. You should apply for your visa yourself. All visitors to Mexico will be given a traveler’s permit.
- Currency - The credit cards and ATMs can be found everywhere, and foreign cards are accepted. You can easily exchange money at the exchange bureaus and banks. The official currency is Mexican Peso.
- Weather - Cancun is the destination which is attractive throughout the whole year, since the climate is tropical, with consistent hot and humid weather and very warm sea temperatures. The peak season is late June and July, when it is especially hot. Unfortunately, hurricanes can be a threat in late summer and autumn.
- Airports - The major airports used when coming to Mexico are in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana. Cancun has its own Cancún International Airport which is Mexico's second busiest airport the airport is located 16km from the center of Cancun.
- Travel Insurance - Do not forget to take a travel insurance that covers both medical problems and theft and loss of personal items before coming to Cancun. You never know what might happen to you while outside of your own country.