• The small and intimate, couples only resort has the finest amenities, including a complimentary yacht ride for guests arriving from Cancun.
    Isla Mujeres Palace

    The small and intimate, couples only resort has the finest amenities, including a complimentary yacht ride for guests arriving from Cancun.

  • Ideal for those who want a romantic getaway with an opportunity to experience Mexican culture through tours, activities and shopping.
    Sun Palace

    Ideal for those who want a romantic getaway with an opportunity to experience Mexican culture through tours, activities and shopping.

  • With a variety of options, Moon Palace is perfect for a range of travelers including families, couples and groups.
    Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

    With a variety of options, Moon Palace is perfect for a range of travelers including families, couples and groups.

  • Playacar Palace is ideal for families, couples and social groups who seek culture, shopping and Mexican hospitality at its finest.
    Playacar Palace

    Playacar Palace is ideal for families, couples and social groups who seek culture, shopping and Mexican hospitality at its finest.

  • A high-end playground for adults only, Le Blanc offers a world class spa, butler service, and fine international dining.
    Le Blanc Spa Resort

    A high-end playground for adults only, Le Blanc offers a world class spa, butler service, and fine international dining.

  • Set directly on Cozumel’s majestic waters, Cozumel Palace is an ideal destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
    Cozumel Palace

    Set directly on Cozumel’s majestic waters, Cozumel Palace is an ideal destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.

  • Beach Palace is one of Cancun’s top-rated all inclusive luxury resorts for families and couples with pristine waters and white beaches.
    Beach Palace

    Beach Palace is one of Cancun’s top-rated all inclusive luxury resorts for families and couples with pristine waters and white beaches.

  • Hard Rock Cancun pays homage to a lifestyle of excess – a 12-story marvel that sparkles against the brilliance of a white sand beach.
    Hard Rock Cancun

    Hard Rock Cancun pays homage to a lifestyle of excess – a 12-story marvel that sparkles against the brilliance of a white sand beach.

  • The Dominican Republic's Hard Rock Punta Cana—the world’s first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—has fresh energy in a classic setting.
    Hard Rock Punta Cana

    The Dominican Republic's Hard Rock Punta Cana—the world’s first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—has fresh energy in a classic setting.

  • Everyone deserves the rock star treatment.—couples, families, even kids. That's why the Hard Rock Riviera Maya offers a family and adult side.
    Hard Rock Riviera Maya

    Everyone deserves the rock star treatment.—couples, families, even kids. That's why the Hard Rock Riviera Maya offers a family and adult side.

  • Hard Rock Vallarta is located on beautiful beaches near Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, and it takes everything to extremes.
    Hard Rock Vallarta

    Hard Rock Vallarta is located on beautiful beaches near Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, and it takes everything to extremes.

Is travelling to Mexico safe?

tours garradfon parkBut since the recent and the not-so-recent news involving the Mexican drug war, for some people, the country has gone from a go-to vacation spot to an I-ain’t-going vacation spot, while others seem to book their flights with no trepidation at all, despite the violent news reports.

And although most of the violence has happened outside of tourist destinations, many people—especially Americans—are wondering if it’s still safe to go to Mexico.

“Unequivocally, yes,” said Peter Greenburg, well-known travel expert and Travel Editor for CBS’s “The Early Show” in an interview with ConsumerAffairs. Peter Greenberg

“If you look at the map, Mexico is a huge country and whatever violence is happening in Mexico, first of all, it’s directed at Mexicans to other Mexicans. Americans are not being targeted, and let’s take a look where it’s happening.”

“It’s happening in locations where American’s don’t even go—in Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez—and if you actually look at the real numbers of how many people have been killed in the drug violence, it is staggering, there’s no getting around that. Depending on who you believe its 50,000 to 60,000 people in that last 20 years.”

“Of those, ask yourself how many of them were Americans. I can tell you, less than 20—and of those 20, I think 17 of them were vacationing American drug dealers, because look where they were killed. They were killed in places like Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez.”

Read the full article about Mexico, here

Canadian travel writer Robin Roberts reports in The Vancouver Sun, wary travelers who buy into media hyperbole and avoid Mexico as a travel destination have a lot to lose.  Yes, there is violence in Mexico, but of the 1.5 million Canadians to vacation in Mexico each year, only a handful even witness a crime, let alone, become the victim of one. From the article:

“I’ve been travelling to Mexico for decades — hell, I even got married here. Since 2010, I’ve spent half the year here. I’ve driven thousands of kilometers from north to south, east to west. Have I ever felt unsafe? No. I have, however, felt uneasy in my hometown of Vancouver, a city with many back alleys I wouldn’t dream of walking after dark.”

As Roberts puts it, a hangover is the biggest danger you face when vacationing in Mexico.  Her advice?  Look at the facts, exercise caution, and you’ll be glad you didn’t let the media hype make your decision for you.

Read about her insightful experiences in Mexico, here.

Even though it is regularly touted by travel outlets and experts as one of the world’s best travel destinations, Mexico continues to be singled out for violent crime.  Not only are Mexico’s key tourist destinations safe, but according to statistics, they are safer than many other popular tourist destinations around the world.

“While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com.  Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico’s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.”

Did you know that the Yucatan, the biggest tourist destination in Mexico, is as safe as rural U.S. states?  Or that New Orleans and Washington D.C. are more dangerous than Mexico City?  As the article points out, violent crime is actually low in Mexico as a whole, and the U.S. assault rate is 5 times higher than that of Mexico.  Unless you are involved in the drug trade, statistically speaking, you are actually safer in most parts of Mexico than in the U.S.

To read the full article, go here.

How Safe Is Mexico                   The Huffington Post

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