How Safe Is Cancun for Travel?

Cancun, Mexico
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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.

Many restaurants are 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


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


Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Cancun, but if you decide to drive, 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 public transport, avoid traveling late at night.

Pickpockets Risk


It can be said that the pickpocket risk does not exist in Cancun, but you need to be watchful 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


Natural hazards that 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


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


Even though violent organized crime acts do 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


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 offenses or traffic violations that you have not done since they accept the bribe and will expect from you to give them.

Women Travelers Risk


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 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.

Useful Information

  • 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 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 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.
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Cancun Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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5 Reviews on Cancun

  1. Had a wonderful time there

    The first time I wanted to go to Cancun I was thinking it would be quite dangerous so seeing your review of the city would have surprised me. But, the truth is, the city is safe and well protected and me and my family had a wonderful time there.

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    Norman P. says:

    It was very fun

    I can attest to some policemen accepting bribes as I’ve encountered this. It’s sad to see it happen but it’s not the only place I’ve traveled where I encountered it. I generally had loads of fun while in Cancun and I will be going back soon.

  3. Going again in January

    Went there in January of this year and I will be going again next year, also in January. I was with a couple of friends and everything went well. Lots of tourists, lots of attractions and lots of fun moments.

  4. Great ...

    I have been living in the middle of Cancun for the last 3 weeks ,It’s safe with great hard working , respectful and kind people . Come on down and experience it for yourself and don’t believe n propagandas ,there more crime in the USA than in Mexico .
    Anyone can recommend any language School in Cancun? Appreciate it.

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      Anonymous says:

      we just returned from Cancun. if you stay in the tourist zone there is plenty of safety in place. we left the zone by mistake on a bus and it was frightening. Mexico is full of crime,more vicious gangs than America. we don’t bribe police and in Mexico you are expected to pay when they say you did something that is not true. Cancun is beautiful but a bubble for safety to protect our money that is spent in the area. I am told many Cartels now own these areas of control and keep crime lower. Just like Vegas. the Mob keeps you safe. if someone commits a crime in Vegas against you they may be found in the desert if found ever. I notice this last visit NO police had machine guns or big guns like last time. they all had hand guns strapped to their leg.that was a big change in Cancun.

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