When people mention the Riviera Maya, what comes to mind? White sand beaches, the Caribbean, Mayan ruins, a foodie’s paradise, and popular diving? Or do you question if it’s safe?
Across the globe, there isn’t one city that is 100% crime-free. No matter how beautiful it is or no matter how many tourists it attracts. As we all know the media can elaborate and embellish things. But, Mexico has earned kudos for being popular regardless of crimes that take place in various regions.
How Popular is Mexico?
- Mexico is a world-class destination for wellness tourism
- It’s the most visited country in Latin America in 2019 before COVID 19
- Today it is the 7th most visited tourist destination in the world.
Riviera Maya is no different than your hometown for criminal activity. You avoid certain areas and use common sense.
This post is about tips to stay safe in the Riviera Maya and Quintana Roo and provides answers to people’s questions.
We recommend checking out is the Mexico Travel Advisory for up-to-date travel.
We have top-notch security. The Riviera Maya relies on tourism to drive the economy so the government has invested in top-notch security. As one of the most competitive tourist destinations in the country, they provide the resources needed to maintain safe travel.
What are the areas in Mexico that have a high crime rate?
Typically US border towns are most likely targets of violence and drug cartel crimes. Usually, tourist centers are not the center of violent crimes although there have been drug-related crimes in the Riviera Maya. Petty crimes like pick-pocketing or theft can be prevalent.
Is Playa del Carmen safe for tourists?
Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas are considered safe compared to other areas in Mexico. We recommend you stay close to town and 5th Avenue, especially at night. People are out at night and day along the pedestrian walkway enjoying music, dancing, shopping, and tasting authentic foods from all over the world. You’ll find families, solo travelers, and children who embrace all the activities around the Riviera Maya.
How can I keep valuables safe at the beach?
Of course, you want to get the best pictures to send back home. Ditch the DSLR camera because it’s bulky and can’t be covered up easily if you want to take a dip in the Caribbean. Invest in a waterproof smartphone pouch or waterproof dry bag that can actually float on the surface of the water with your belongings. Or better yet, leave your valuables at the condo in the safe. Leave your passport in the condo and if necessary make a copy of it.
Should I get pesos while in Mexico?
Ideally, you should exchange your money at your hometown bank. Not only can you get better exchange rates, but then you avoid going to an ATM. Avoid carrying around large amounts of cash.
Learn basic Spanish phrases
Mexicans are a friendly group of people. They go out of their way to help travelers. That being said, it’s always nice to learn a few phrases to fit in while traveling. Of course, Google translate is a great friend to have nearby too.
What kind of transportation should I use?
Taxis and colectivos are available everywhere. Colectivos are busses that take groups of people to different locations and make multiple stops. Taking a taxi or private transportation at night is your best bet for safety reasons versus walking off the beaten path.
Don’t wear flashy things
Leave your fancy jewelry at home. Don’t call attention to yourself. Along 5th Avenue, you’ll see people from all walks of life. You might even see celebrities here, but don’t call attention to yourself by displaying signs of wealth for pickpocket thieves.
Keep your eyes open at all times
Don’t take things for granted. Keep an eye around you at all times. Don’t accept drugs should someone offer you anything. Make sure you don’t leave your cocktails sitting around without being aware of them.
Buy Travel Insurance
It’s always a good idea to purchase travel insurance. We all know that things can go wrong when you travel. This just minimizes the risks.
According to Travelpulse, more than 7 million visitors have come to Quintana Roo since its reopening last year. American Airlines disclosed in March 2021 that more than 5,000 people are moving through the Cancun airport daily. It proves that people are open to traveling to Mexico to visit ancient ruins and those breathtaking cenotes.
SIMCA Real Estate has been developing projects for investors, second-home buyers, and realtors for over 15+ years. The area continues to grow and people continue to move here for a more relaxed lifestyle.
So, don’t let the media put negative thoughts in your mind about how safe you will be in the Riviera Maya. If you follow common sense you can enjoy your stay, however long or short it may be.
Contact SIMCA Real Estate for ideas on investing or buying your next place in the Caribbean.
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