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How Safe Is Akumal and The Riviera Maya?

NEWS ARTICLES ON SAFETY IN THE RIVIERA MAYA AND IN MEXICO

READ REVIEWS FROM OUR RECENT GUESTS TO THE AKUMAL AREA

 

CURRENT TRAVEL STATUS

US State Department Mexico Travel Warning latest revision Nov 20, 2012. 

Carribean region specifically excluded 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS HERE

DISTANCE FROM CANCUN TO NEAREST AREA WITH A CURRENT TRAVEL ADVISORY AS OF FEB 8, 2012 = 2000kms.

Please click HERE for the current map showing advisory areas.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are the major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify its exact location: No advisory is in effect.

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are the major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify their exact locations: No advisory is in effect. "

Above information taken from US State Department website.

THE RIVIERA MAYA IS OFFICIALLY AS SAFE AS VISITING THE PARK DISNEYWORLD, AND IS MUCH SAFER THAN ORLANDO OR ANY OF THE OTHER VACATION DESTINATIONS IN THE USA.  Read more here from the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICAL August 21, 2011

Sun seekers, divers, and holiday makers have been flocking to the Riviera Maya for over 50 years.  On Mexico's Caribbean coast, with its startlingly blue waters and world class beaches, tourism has become the number one industry, employing hundreds of thousands of people to look after the millions of visitors arriving from all over the world every year. 

So what are the main safety issues that visitors should be aware of?

Health

Immunizations - People traveling abroad should make sure that all of their routine immunizations are up to date.  Some doctors suggest Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines.  Most visitors arrive without any additional immunizations prior to travel.  We don't have a problem with malaria in this area.

Water - The tap/faucet water in this area is not for drinking. It is generally chlorinated so it's not recommended for consumption.  Tourists and locals alike use bottle water for drinking, washing vegetables and salad, and for making ice.  Most accommodations provide bottle water for their guests.

Hospitals and Doctors - If for any reason you do require health care during your visit to the Riviera Maya, we do have excellent hospitals here, both in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.  There are good medical centers in Tulum, and also a brand new 24 hour medical facility in Akumal.

Safety

Take care yourself while on vacation as you would when at home. Eat and drink sensibly and please don't go swimming while drunk or after a heavy meal. If you are not active at home, then take care not to over exert yourself too much when taking part in adventure activities while on vacation.  Finally, take care when driving as road users and customs may not be exactly what you are used to at home.  The top 3 causes of tourist deaths in the Riviera Maya are drowning, heart attacks, and road traffic accidents.   

Crime

The Riviera Maya, including the cities of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, have a very low crime rate per head of capita, much lower than the crime rate found in most US cities. Crime, when it does occur, tends to be incidences of petty theft.  The best way to avoid this is to leave irreplaceable valuables at home, use the security safe in your accommodation, don't leave valuables in view and/or unattended on the beach or in an unlocked house or vehicle.  Basically just use the same common sense as you would at home and you should be ok. 

There has been a lot of media coverage about drug cartel violence in Mexico.  The vast majority of this is occurring along the US border.  Here in the Riviera Maya, there has not been a single incident of drug cartel violence in or close to the tourist areas. 

THE FACTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Distance from Akumal to the closest part of Mexico where a warning or advisory of caution has been issued:  2000Kms

Number of tourists that have been injured or killed as a result of drug cartel violence on the Yucatan Peninsula: ZERO

Current government travel warnings/advisories for the entire Yucatan Peninsula: NONE

Here is a map illustrating where the potentially dangerous areas in Mexico are. 



But don't just take our word for it. Here are some recent reviews from our clients, followed by some links to interesting online articles on safety in Mexico and the Riviera Maya in particular.  

Mariann Bauer - March 22, 2012 - Akumal -  The people in Akumal are so friendly. We felt very safe there and enjoyed every moment of this vacation. We will be back again to swim with the turtles. This is a very special place. We will always stay at Yool Caanal 4. It was perfect!

Matt Jacobson - March 12, 2012 - Akumal - Our family had a great time at Casa Iguana. The property was beautiful, the staff was amazing, and we all felt very safe with the security guard on site every night. Akumal is a great little town and it's absolutely beautiful down there. I personally didn't have any safety concerns but it made everyone in the group feel very safe. Danny was an amazing chef! We got to meet his wife and kids one night, when him and his wife made us homemade tomales. We liked his family so much, my grandma made them a homemade quilt that we're going to send them and I think a couple of things for their kids. I gave the kids a little football that I brought down there and they thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Rob Jammes - August 2011 - Akumal - We felt completely safe at all times in Akumal. We read the news as much as anyone else, but the Yucatan is a completely different place than northern Mexico. A few of my friends made comments about safety after we returned. I reminded them of the time that the German tourists were robbed and shot in Florida (causing a sharp drop in Florida tourism that year) – and then asked them if that would cause them to cancel a trip to Boston. Sort of a morbid analogy, I realize, but fitting. We would love to return in the future and will definitely keep you in mind when we can next afford a family get-away.

James V Hicks - August 2011 - Tulum - I have read the comments concerning people's fear of traveling to Mexico. We have been going to Tulum for fifteen years. We have NEVER had one problem. In fact I think the Mayan Riveria is one of the safest places in the world. The local population is very friendly. Mexico is a large country and their are dangerous areas in the country. Look on the US State Department webpage and it shows the Yucatan as safe. I will be going down in two months. Happy Travels!!

Gary Brown - June 2011 - Akumal -  I loved it and will be back. By the way, no signs at all of trouble anywhere in our travels which took us as far as Puerto Aventuras. Our neighbers went to Tulum with no sign of troubles. We were treated with total respect by all.

Tatiana Sconza - May 2011 - Akumal - Thank you once again for making our holiday a dream come true. Safety was not an issue; we all felt very safe in the home and in the street. We would go out for relaxing walks in the afternoon and admire all the beautiful residences around.

Marty Teal - May 2011 - Akumal - Some in our group were worried about security given the news from other (far-away) parts of Mexico, but we felt very safe at the villa with the security provided. Marcia from akumal Direct Reservations was extremely helpful in pre-trip advice and answering our many questions about the place. It's always a little nerve-wracking preparing to go somewhere you have never visited, but she helped put us at ease. Although many places to see where close-by, some of the best time that we spent was just hanging around the villa, reading in the hammock, relaxing on the beach or swimming. The location of the house is great to get to many attractions, most only 1/2 hour or so away. Some of the activities we did (other than relaxing at the villa) were snorkeling at Yal-ku lagoon, visitng ruins at Tulum and Coba, shopping in akumal, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, visiting Hidden Worlds and Xcaret parks, and visiting other beaches (Akumal, Tulum, others). Guille (the staff manager) was very attentive and helpful with suggestions on places to go or things to do.

Natalie Morton - July 2011 - Akumal - As far as safety goes, I went many times out on my own whether to buy groceries, shopped for gifts with the kids in Playa or Tulum, and got gas (at PEMEX) and air on one of the tires that was low in the back - NO PROBLEMS what so ever. A smile and speaking spanish went far!! (not the best Spanish, but, they appreciated it). We even went into Tulum one night and watched a girls soccer game, hang out in the Zocolo, went into the catholic church for a service -not the entire thing.....went to Don Cafeto's and listened to a three piece jazz band! The only creepy thing was the Federales check points, but, we never got stopped. Partially because you don't see machine guns in the US out in public like that.....unless you're in DC at the capitol building. The security guards even patrolled the beach at night and would let us know when the turtles came out to lay their eggs!

Michelle King - July 2011 - Akumal - We definitely felt safe! There was never any situation where we felt concerned or nervous about anything. As I’m sure you know, the South Akumal neighborhood has the security attendants at the gate, and I never noticed anyone coming or going other than the guests and the caretakers of the various homes. There was also a security patrol on the beach at night. It was such a quiet and peaceful area.

We did venture out and travel down to the town of Tulum a couple of times, and that seemed perfectly safe as well. We did see numerous local police on patrol, as well as the "federales" in their camo trucks while we were in Tulum. It seems to me that if you’re using the same level of caution that you would use while on vacation in the US, you should be just fine.

LINKS TO INTERESTING ARTICLES ON SAFETY IN THE RIVIERA MAYA.

New State Dept warning exempts most Mexican Tourist Spots. http://www.usatoday.com/story/dispatches/2012/11/21/state-department-updates-mexico-travel-warnings/1719053/

Staying safe in Mexico. http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/sc-trav-1030-mexico-safety-20121030,0,3666540.story

Are Americans safer in Mexico than at home? http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blog/2012/04/30/are-americans-safer-in-mexico-than-at-home/#ixzz1tYyMEuy9

How not to get beheaded in Mexico. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/douglas-anthony-cooper/post_2904_b_1232486.html

http://www.blog.lapuntarealty.com/archives/5546

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g499445-i9177-k3480165-Akumal_Mexico_Safe-Akumal_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

http://www.cancunissafe.com/

http://www.i-akumal.com/blog/adr/it-safe-travel-mexico

http://www.cancunissafe.com/cancun-news/how-safe-is-travel-in-mexico/ 

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/cancun-safe-visitors/story?id=13216395 

http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles.aspx/5958/As-Mexicos-occupancy-falls-Riviera-Mayas-grows

 

GOOD ARTICLES ON SAFETY IN MEXICO

WEBSITE - Is it safe to travel to Mexico? (good site with plenty of current news articles) http://isitsafetotraveltomexico.com/

Is it safe to travel to mexico? - May 3, 2012 - http://isitsafetotraveltomexico.com/2012/05/03/fbi-crime-statistics-show-americans-are-safe-in-mexico-than-many-parts-of-the-u-s/

Travel Safety in Perspective: USA vs. Mexico - http://www.blog.lapuntarealty.com/archives/5546

I traveled to Mexico and came back alive - July 4, 2012 - http://www.gadling.com/2012/07/04/i-traveled-to-mexico-and-came-back-alive/