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Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

5 Mar
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Island Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I was a bit puzzled when I read a few days ago the Texas Department of Public Safety once again advises vacationers to avoid traveling to Mexico for spring break. Although no formal advisory was issued this year, officials made it clear through media outlets that “the stance has not changed” and violence is still prevalent.

As I wrote around this time last year, we can’t deny that the drug-related terror and violence doesn’t exist. It does and it is tragic. However, I can still say, with 100 percent certainty, that I still feel safe in Mexico.

Even the U.S. State Department, in its latest Mexico traveling warning, gave the green light to tourists. From Cabo to Cancun, from San Miguel de Allende and Leon to Chichen Itza, the calm of Mexican culture awaits. Indecently, this last report broke down each region in Mexico, giving travelers a zoomed-in look at potential threats state-by-state. Regardless, State says that resort destinations are safe.

I have a client that takes his company’s President’s Club to Mexico every year. Overall, the service at some of the more luxurious Mexican resorts far surpasses that of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Mexico is beautiful, affordable, accessible, hassle-free and, most of all, safe.

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A Standout in Mexico

18 Sep

After a week off from Travel Tuesday photos, below is a pic showcasing one of my favorite cities in Mexico.  Guess the city and I’ll send you a gift.  It’s located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.  I’ll have more clues for you later this week.

Update: We got a winner! The photo below was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  You might not know that San Miguel has been a beacon for foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War.

The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Why I still like Mexico

21 Feb

San Miguel de Allende

When you Google “Mexican Drug War”, you’ll see the link to a Wikipedia article. Yes, I know Wikipedia isn’t always completely accurate, but the information on the Mexican Drug War is expansive in its content and nothing short of shocking. The terror and loss of life in Mexico is massive. I have a client who is determined not to bring his President’s Club group to Mexico until this situation is under control and contained. I get that. And yet, I have another client heading with his company’s President’s Club to Mexico for the second year in a row. I get that too.

Total visits, USA to Mexico, were down 8% last year, but air travel, USA to Mexico, was up 3% last year. So why do I still like Mexico? And, why do we travel to the Riviera Maya, San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, or Los Cabos three to four times a year?

Here’s my list:

  1. I feel safe in Mexico. I feel safe at the airport, along the highway to the resort, and then at the resort. We don’t venture off property at night, unless it’s with a group and is supervised by our destination management company partners.
  2. Since Mexico is our neighbor to the south, from practically everywhere in the USA, it’s easy to get to Mexico. From the southern US cities, you’ll be there by lunch. From the northern US cities you’ll be there by 3:00PM.
  3. Scores of beautiful beach resorts have been constructed over the past thirty years. San Miguel de Allende is one of the most wonderful destinations in the world. And over on the Riviera Maya, you should see what the developers of Mayakoba have created.
  4. At the more luxurious resorts, the Mexicans have developed a knack for excellent guest service. A career in hospitality at one of the finer Mexican resorts is a very prestigious career. I sense more pride, enthusiasm and job satisfaction in these Mexican resorts than in the Bahamas or in the Caribbean. To me, the Mexicans just seem to be happier.
  5. Mexico is a better value than the Caribbean. It seems that everything costs less.
  6. When we travel to Mexico it just feels like a vacation should feel. Fewer logistics, fewer hassles, and more relaxing.

What are your thoughts about Mexico?

Photo Source: Explore &Go Mexico