“You probably heard this before, but I’m concerned about travelling to Mexico and being preyed on by criminals”.
This was an email I received from a reader. And he’s right – I’ve heard it before and I’m actually kind of sick of hearing it.
I’ve just come back from my 7th trip to Mexico. Combined I’ve spent the equivalent of about 6 months in Mexico. And never, ever, have I felt the slightest inkling of ever being in danger*.
*I won’t say the same about every place. We’ve also spent a lot of time in Italy and had a few occasions where we didn’t feel safe. We had a few incidents where we actually felt in danger. But you won’t find people ever talking about Italy the way they talk about Mexico.
The negative bias and ignorance when it comes to Mexico is astounding. But I’m not surprised about that. I’ve heard the same about the Dominican Republic (a place I’ve been to 6 or 7 times) and Colombia (a place where I’ve spent a combined 2 months exploring the country)*.
*And don’t tell me that you’ve visited Mexico and then list Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel as the places you’ve been. Because the real Mexico is not made up of a bunch of all-inclusive beach resorts, just as the real Dominican Republic isn’t defined by Punta Cana.
Am I going to get killed?
People always point at Mexico’s high homicide rate as justification of all their fears and prejudices. Numbers can’t be disputed – Mexico’s homicide rate (29 homicides per 100,000 people) ranks among the 20 highest in the world. It can be a very dangerous country. But what many people don’t realize is that Mexico is a huge country and that the level of danger varies greatly throughout the country…and that the vast majority of the violence is drug related and concentrated on the US border.
As BBC points out in this article, some parts of Mexico have a homicide rate of 3 homicides per 100,000 people. That’s lower than that of Thailand.
About high homicide rates: South Africa is another example of a high homicide rate. It is even more dangerous than Mexico (ranked in the top 10 in homicides). But we spent 3 months there a few years ago and met tons of nice people and had only great experiences. But again, it all depends on where you go and what you do. You can be in a “safe” city like Montreal and easily find trouble if hanging out on in the wrong part of town at the wrong time of day…
Please don’t tell me about the latest travel advisory from the US State Department. They’re a joke. In Spain they warn about possible terrorist attacks. I looked up Finland where they warn of the dangers of motorcycle gangs. If it was up to the US State Department nobody would travel anywhere because they’d be afraid of 1 ply toilet paper and kids kicking around soccer balls…
Why am I so defensive about Mexico?
Never mind that it’s always getting crapped on by politicians and the media – I’m defensive about Mexico because it gets absolutely no credit for being such a great travel destination.
A few reasons Mexico is a great destination:
1. Spain (almost) but closer to home.
North Americans love Spain and in normal times you’ll see tons of Americans and Canadians visiting Spain. Yet you see some of the same Spanish architecture and heritage in Mexico – but closer to home and at a fraction of the price. In Mexico you can get a $35 US hotel room right in the historic center of a major city, In Mexico you can enter any Cathedral for free and not have to pay 5 Euros per person to enter (unlike Spain), in Mexico you can enjoy a great meal and actually get away with paying less than half of what you did back home (that won’t happen in Spain). Go to Mexico City, Puebla, Guanajuato, Guadalajara or San Miguel de Allende and you can almost forget you’re in Mexico and not Spain. Go to San Cristobal de las Casas or Oaxaca and you’ll see beautiful Spanish churches mixed with indigenous culture.
And if you’re expecting some 3rd world “shithole” you’ll be in for the surprise of your life…
Fantastic transport system. I’ve written about it before – Mexico has the best bus network I’ve ever seen anywhere. Canada and the United States don’t compare (neither does Spain). In Mexico you can literally travel in luxury when taking the bus (ETN is the very best bus company but you have an array of other bus companies that will top what you have in your country). Most bus terminals in Mexico are almost like modern airports and you have to go through security to get on your bus and they take care of your bags and give you a voucher as proof. It’s very organized and safe.
When you get to a bus terminal or airport they have taxi counters where you can book your trip. They’re safe and cheap…so cheap that you can take them long distance if you don’t want to take the bus (ex. we took a taxi from Queretaro to Bernal – almost an hour and it cost us 600 pesos, that’s less than $30 US).
The People. I’ve never met people as warm as the Mexicans. They’re friendly, helpful and always help you out in a pinch. Don’t judge Mexicans based on some character you saw on Better Call Saul.
You might still not feel safe. That’s fine, for some even the smallest risk is not worth visiting a country. But just know that many Americans and Canadians (my mom included) live in Mexico and have never felt in danger of violence.
Have a look at this post on safety from someone who’s lived in Mexico for 11 years.
And consider this: I was in Mount Toubkal in Morocco and 3 days after I left two girls were beheaded in the exact place where I stood. Shit can happen anywhere. But it usually doesn’t if you take normal precautions.
All I’m saying is that people should keep an open mind about Mexico. Don’t just repeat what someone who’s never been to Mexico tells you. He doesn’t know anything. Give it a chance (and do your research beforehand), and you might end up falling in love with Mexico as I have.
Related: Thoughts on safety from someone who’s been living/travelling through Mexico for 50 years.
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Why bother changing anyone’s perceptions? Let them stay home. Enough people will travel anyway.
Thank you for a great article. I absolutely love Mexico and believe if you use common sense you shouldn’t have any problems. I’ve RVed all through Mexico (a few years ago) plus backpacked all thru Central America and Mexico and never had any problems. I don’t wander the streets at 2:00 in the morning but then again I don’t do that in the big cities here in Canada either.
Thanks for sharing.
Exactly! I’ve been in dodgy parts of Montreal where I haven’t felt safe. You can find trouble anywhere if looking for it – on the other hand, you’re safe in most places if following common-sense rules.
WE feel very safe here, we have travel to most places in Mexico, for 13 years on different motorcycle, and we like taking the secondary roads . Visiting smaller towns and restaurants, along the way. We now live in Mazatlan and are loving it.
Wile E Coyote
I am in total agreement that Mexico is not a Third World s***hole, in fact, I am strongly considering retirement there as early as next year.
If I want to go to a Third World s***hole, all I need to do is drive from my home 10 miles eastward from to Gary, indiana.
My wife and I retired to Los Cabos and have never felt safer. We moved from CA, USA and feel much much safer here than there. The USA’s obsession with guns is beyond belief. Any nut-job can get one.
The locals here are incredibly friendly, especially if you make an effort to learn and speak Spanish.
Great place to live and retire.
Thank you Mike. I know all the above because my mom also lives in Mexico but I love when people write comments like this because there are lots of people who aren’t convinced. And one of the reasons I always love my trips to Mexico are the people. Incredibly friendly as you say 🙂
Well bbq boy,
Maybe it is safe for a Man because the culture is geared toward men being superior. But for a single woman, that is not the same. I live in San Miguel de Allende almost 4 years now. I don’t tour around and see the tourist spots or little towns and say how nice everything is. Of course it is, you are spending short periods of time in each spot. After my first 6 months here I was knocked out and raped by a taxi driver and robbed. I was under the impression that everyone was so pleasant and nice. Most of the people only are nice because they see you as a cash cow. If you were ever invited to a mexican party, you would find out how they talk about the gringos and tourist. They are opportunistic and clever. By you writing little stories about how safe it is and all of the bogeyman stories are false is not accurate. I am not the only one here. When it was posted on the Go Fund me page a friend had set up for me, to help pay for my lawyer, over 100 women responded with similiar situations. It is a real thing. Just wanted you to understand
I am very sorry that happened to you. But are the chances of that happening living in Mexico higher than from where you come from? Because everyone has their stories.
My mother has lived in the same town, San Miguel de Allende for 7 years now. Has never had anything happen. Same goes with all the single woman friends living on the same street. She was once mugged – but that was in Thailand where she lived prior to moving to Mexico.
1. This post was aimed at people who outright won’t come to Mexico out of fear of something happening to them. 2. Things happen everywhere, including Mexico. I’m not saying they don’t. But it shouldn’t stop from visiting or choosing it as a place to live.
I’ve visited Mexico 50 times writing travel articles and visiting for fun with my wife. I’ve stayed in fancy boutique places and humble BnBs. Overall, I’m a huge fan of the country, and I’ve thought about moving to San Miguel many times. Truthfully, you wrote a fairly condescending article presenting yourself as an expert after seven trips and your mother’s experience. It’s not enough for your average traveler and doesn’t begin to take into consideration the reality of Mexico. Places change and evolve. As more money and ex-pats come into San Miguel, as an example, so does crime. When I first visited San Miguel, I was told I could stroll any time day or night. That’s changed. On our last visit, we were told to not walk around at night and were better off taking a cab called in by the restaurant for distances more than a block or two. I went with a driver we’d gotten to know and trust, and used him wherever possible. It’s important to mention that the police are unlikely to be much help at all under any circumstance. Mexico is great and I’ll visit again soon, but it’s not the picture you’ve painted either. Visitors should use common sense always. Leave your fancy clothes, electronics, and jewelry at home. Learn how to use a little Spanish. Say please and thank you often. Have reasonable expectations of people. Understand that services you may find at home may not be readily available in parts of Mexico, although I’ve found health care to be better than in the States. On the plus side, it’s unlikely you’ll run into any real problems, the people are wonderful, the culture is rich, and so is the food. Buen viaje! (happy travels)
All that you’ve stated is pretty much obvious – about being careful at night, leave fancy clothes, electronic and jewelry at home etc etc. But isn’t that what you would do at home anyway? And all you pluses I totally agree with. My mother has lived in San Miguel over 10 years now and (knock on wood) hasn’t been the victim of any crime. Meanwhile I lived in Montreal and had my apartment broken into twice.
All I’m saying is that most of Mexico is just as safe as back home for most people and shouldn’t prevent people from visiting the country. As I said at the top of the post, this whole myth of tourists “getting preyed on by criminals” is exactly that.
As far as your dig about not being an expert. I’ve been 10 times now, all my visits between 3 weeks and 2 months. Those visits have been spent exploring different parts of the country. I might not live in Mexico but that doesn’t mean anything (I know lots of people living in SMA who haven’t stepped foot anywhere else in Mexico. Time spent doesn’t necessarily mean much). Most parts of the country are safe as long as you follow the same rules you would follow anywhere else. If that’s not good enough, I’d recommend reading this interview we just published yesterday. Chuck has spent 50 years living and travelling around Mexico and he’s got some pretty strong ideas about everything people get wrong about Mexico.
Anyway, we both agree that Mexico is a wonderful country so let’s end on a positive note 🙂
Jo Ann Adams
I am so sorry to hear what happened to you. I cannot even begin to imagine what you went through. My best friend lives there as well for over 7 years and walks everywhere and told me she feels very safe. I live in Mazatlán for over 4 years and walk everywhere and have always felt safe.
I am very sorry this happened to you. My mother was raped in our home, in a nice neighborhood in a smaller Midwestern town, by a man who cut the screen on the the front door and walked in in broad daylight. My roommate was raped at a party in college. Bad things can happen anywhere, and in general global culture is geared towards men being superior. Violence against women is everywhere. Misogyny is everywhere. And I say this with kindness and compassion, certainly not to diminish your terrible encounter. There is not a woman, or even a girl, alive who does not have a story of creepy or scary experiences at best, or horrible traumatic experiences such as yours. The world can be a violent place and there are opportunists and criminals everywhere, but it can also be lovely safe and beautiful. I think in general there are more good people than bad.
Well said, Maria! Good for you for revealing some of the more unpalatable facts about Mexico & Mexicans from a female perspective, to a male who sees things through his own narrow experiences. The big problem with the argument presented in this article is that we don’t get to predict what, where, when, & how, things can go wrong on our travels – especially in a place like Mexico. It can be extremely dangerous & there is a certain lawlessness about Mexico that is very disconcerting. The number of drug-cartel deaths/murders is well into the six figures. No one can guarantee that tourists will not become victims in this ongoing drug war.
The thing is that things can go wrong anywhere Roy, it doesn’t make Mexico necessarily more dangerous (for tourists) than anywhere else. My example in Morocco for example where 2 girls were beheaded just a few days after I walked in the same steps. Despite that, I wouldn’t tell people not to go to Morocco. Of course one could just stay home. But is “home” any safer?
How many mass shooting in the U.S. since the beginning of the year?
Just about to say that. Lived in Mexico City 5 yrs. Day and night. All over. Never had a problem. Was mugged in Milwaukee Wis. 7 pm. Car Parking. Coincidence???
I’ve happily lived 13 years, full-time in San Miguel de Allende! I feel much more comfortable and safe here than I do back in the US. I spend my time engaging with the local artists, as I am an artist myself – mosaic tile collaborations with local, national and international street artists. Street art was not permitted before 2013 (Muros en Blanco Street Art Festival changed that!) and now one will find murals all over the city. (for a very magical video check out on YouTube – “Inauguracion Distrito de Arte Guadalupe 2013”. I offer drives (in English) for those interested in learning the history of the street art – murals, artists, projects – and checking out the many different colonias and barrios surrounding Historic Centro. One will see the neighborhoods are lovely and fascinating, with a mixture of Mexican and foreign residents. There’s are many reasons so many of us love San Miguel!! Come for a visit and look me up on Facebook. I’ll show you just how wonderful Mexico is!
Thank You for a Great Article!
We have lived in the Yucatan after retiring in Texas in June 2010, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Congratulations! And thank you for the kind words 🙂
My family travelled each summer to Mexico for 6 weeks with an AirStream trailer. We went almost everywhere, including a lot of places where “you can’t take a trailer.” Then I became an exchange student for a summer (1965) living with a Mexican family in Zimapan, Hidalgo (which had a population of 1,500 at the time, now it is about 100,000 I believe). I turned 16 during that visit. So I learned a lot of Spanish, I thought, from those experiences. Now my wife and I have lived in Jalisco full time since 2005. We have spent two weeks NoB plus 4 weeks to sell our home in New York since then. My Spanish is almost fluent…but that’s true of my English as well though it will always be my first language. We rented for 15 years at the same very inexpensive place. In the meantime we bought a home in the beach town of La Manzanilla. We sold that last year then bought a home in a community between Ajijic and Chapala. We are happy and comfortable living here. I have loved Mexico as my second country since I was a kid, so it just feels “right” to live the rest of our lives here.
Thanks for sharing that Jonathan. You’ve spent a LOT of time in Mexico!
Johnathon that is interesting you shared that you live in between Ajijic and Chapala because my wife and l bought a home in San Antonio and when l retire in January 2024 we plan on retiring there full time!
I totally agree. We drove through Mexico for six months and now live here. O feel perfectly safe and the Mexican people are indeed very friendly.
This article has made me want to go back to Mexico more than ever. I’ve been all over Afghanistan, cities and countryside, for 15 yrs and never felt unsafe. You just need to be discreet and keep your wits about you. I live on South Padre Island with Mexico right at my back door and I haven’t gone. Largely because of pure inertia. But the rumor mill has much to do with it. Gonna give it some hard thought now.
I think it is ignorant to portray any destination as “totally safe” and ignore all warnings. Just let the statistics speak the truth and update the current sentiments, things change. I do live in Mexico and have lived in every Mexican/US border state. What you deem safe may in fact be deadly for a poor migrant traversing the very same area or a border resident. Yes, I am totally safe and never live in fear but I am also aware that around me the opposite is also true. I absolutely love the fact that you appreciate the beauty and culture of places you are going – also my sentiment. Mexico is a wonderful country with incredible people and culture (that’s my life) but it has corruption, crime, violence and a multitude of other nasty things (hopefully never affecting me). Life is short. Love it.
I never said Mexico was “totally safe” and to ignore all warnings. And statistics are fine but also deceiving – if stats say that 40% of Americans support the Republican party, does that mean that 40% of Californians support the Republican party? Of course not, every region is different and some are more dangerous than others. Just like South Africa, Mexico has a lot of crime among Mexicans that is poverty and drug related and that doesn’t affect the average person (again, depending on the region). And this post was written for travellers and expats – it wasn’t written for the poor migrant having to walk across Mexico dealing with people involved in human trafficking.
As far as beauty, culture and the wonderful people in Mexico we are in total, 100% agreement 🙂
Thank you SO MUCH for your article.
My heart aches every time I watch the news or shows that portray Mexico negatively. My biggest peave is that they NEVER mention what State or City the crime happened in — it just happened in Mexico — as if the country were the size of San Diego. When folks mention they’d never go to Mexico after seeing a crime reported on the news I always ask, “What city? In what State?” Usually I get a blank stare. At that point I remind them that Mexico has 32 States and is two-thirds the size of the USA. They look at me like I’m lying. The bias here in the U.S. is very stark and serves as a scare tactic for political purposes only. I wish U.S. Citizenry would wake up and lift the “veil.”
Thank you very much for your comment Konnie! I couldn’t agree more.
Seeking help, info and suggestions. I have been hearing on other sites that the number of days you are given to be in Mexico depends on the customs/ passport agent’s discretion. You may ask for 6 weeks and only get 6 days. I hope to have 2 weeks in Mexico City, then elsewhere for at least two weeks studying Spanish, then another week or two of travel after classes end. Ideas on how to get the time you ask for? Thanks in advance.
I’ve heard that as well. My mom lives in Mexico and has been telling me similar stories, although the people she knows have been fine. But maybe if you get a guard on a bad day and he doesn’t like your face??? Who knows.
I’d ask on the FB page, maybe people can give advice based on personal experience. I can only say, based on experience in other countries: dress well (ie proper), be friendly but formal, and (if you have the choice) head towards the happiest-looking agent you see 🙂
We were just in Mexico for 70 days. When entering through immigration the officer asked us how long we were staying, I told him the number of days and our departure date, which is also written on the immigration form filled out on the plane, yet the officer wrote down 65 days and stamped it and the passport and told me to go. When leaving Mexico, immigration officer looks at my visitors visa and sees that it was marked 65 days but I was leaving on the 70th day. He told me I had to pay a 650 peso fine. I complained, he told me to always tell them 180 days no matter what. Little bit crooked, I would say.
Yes, that is dodgy. I’m surprised to hear these stories, it’s a very recent change to how they usually did things.
Jorge N/A Canavati
nope. you got your receipt for sure. just following th law. they are very strict about these things
What they are trying to crack down on is people who are abusing the residency requirements. If you have NOT been in Mexico previously, or at least not recently, you won’t have a problem. If you have been living there for 179 days and you think you can exit for a day and return for another 180 days, you may be in for a shock.
Thanks very much for the tip Don!
To stay 6 months, show proof of a purchased return plane ticket 6 months later along w your passport and complete address of where you will be staying. Last year they were more strict. Now, not so much. Good Luck + Enjoy.
We took a trip to Merida, MX, in June. My husband was beyond apprehensive. Other than Covid, which raised the level from yellow to orange, thus closing some sights. It was a great trip! We achieved what we wanted. Merida is a wonderful place for retirees to go in winter. It is safe and inexpensive. The people were great. The food was excellent. It fit our needs perfectly. If we had listened to all the naysayers, we would never had gone. Yes, there are unsafe cities in Mexico. But not all of Mexico is unsafe. In fact most of it is quite safe and offers fantastic opportunities for tourists.
Thanks John! You don’t have to convince me, I totally agree!
The bad thing about Merida is that we are at least 10 years late. Around the early 2000s, one could buy a nice home for $100K. Those same size and located properties are now $300-400K. That in itself proves how popular Merida is. There are developments of expensive villa type homes in Merida, still being built. Though I am satisfied that we can still rent a nice place, seasonally.
I’m very happy for everyone who’s had Great experiences in Mexico. I’m new, I’ve only lived here full-time for 3 years in Mazatlan. I too have had great experiences for the most part.
But I have also had some close encounters of the scary kind.
A year ago I married a beautiful traditional Mexican woman who comes from a very large well educated family and has traveled every state in Mexico. I have traveled in 10 different states with her and she is taking me to places that maybe see one Gringo a year.
My wife’s family is from Mexico City but have lived in Cuernavaca for 20 years.
I’m the first Gringo that they have ever been exposed to.
They have taught me many things about Mexican culture and about the country in general.
If you’re not fluent in Spanish and can’t read or speak Spanish ,
Then your perspective about Mexico is very narrow because you can’t watch the national news or read the Mexican newspapers or magazines. So you really don’t know what’s happening in Mexico.
My Mexican wifes family tells me Mexico is a dangerous country and the tourists and residents are very naive.
Of course the Mexican people are very kind and helpful it’s part of their culture. But that doesn’t mean they are your friend.
In the last year that Mexican government held a poll and 48% of Mexicans do not want you here.
You are rarely read about immigrants who are kidnapped, robbed, burglarized or killed in Mexico.
Do you know what the Derecho de Piso is?
Do you understand the culture of the cartel?
My wife lives with me in Mazatalan, we travel back and forth to Cuernavaca. She is fascinated by going to the Gringo bars and watching their behavior. She thinks most snowbirds and tourists are alcoholics and drug users.
For the most part you’re going to be safe in the tourist areas.
But you really don’t know Mexico until you have lived with a Mexican family full time for at least 2 years and can watch the major TV networks and read the newspapers.
I appreciate your comment. But I would say that having a Mexican wife and watching the news in Spanish doesn’t mean you have more insights on safety than expats who’ve lived in Mexico 20 plus years. Not all expats live in an expat bubble, they have Mexican friends and watch Mexican news. They’re not all watching CNN.
I’m not saying you’re wrong. But everyone has their own biases…and having travelled the world full-time for 6 years, I often think locals are the biggest fear-mongers. In fact, I wonder why anyone would leave the house after watching Mexican news or reading their papers. Yikes. Doesn’t mean it’s the everyday reality, Mexico is a huge country.
We are in our upper 60’s and travel in Mexico 6-7 times a year for a decade now, never had any issues and agree…the people are humble, loving and wonderful!
Great to hear about your experiences and I fully agree. My mom’s lived there 5 years and has never had an issue. And she WAS mugged when she lived in Thailand.
Lee. AKA Lencho
We have been living in Mexico for almost 30 years… Mexico City for 3 years and the rest of the years in Puerto Vallarta. We had a gallery of arte popular in vallarta for 18 years (galería Puerco azul) and we visited all the towns you mentioned buying Artesanías for our gallery. We drove a huge ram charger from vallarta all over Mexico. Your descriptions and advice about all those beautiful towns are right on! I am also an artist and have been greatly influenced by this magical country. I also agree with you that Thailand has better food although Mexico has some incredible restaurants.
yeah well, I’ve been to 84 countries and was pick pocketed ONCE. and that was my own stupidity. I didnt follow my normal procedures and left a wad of cash in my wallet which wasnt in my zip pocket like usual and i was entered a seriously crowded train. for all i know it fell out. It certainly didnt resurface.
In Quito I didnt realise my money belt had a large hole in it and one or two thousand bucks fell out wrapped in plastic. I didnt notice it happen. A local picked it up and ran after me to give it back. Again, a place with a poor reputation for safety. But people can get robbed anywhere in the world. Usually incidents happen because people are stupid or have a bad moment (we all do). I have heard of people getting robbed in situations that werent their fault in South America, but again, could happen anywhere. Our ‘Smart Traveller’ website is also ridiculous with its warnings. I remember being alerted to it years ago about somewhere I was going (didnt know it existed, its run by the govt here) and there were warnings about travel to NEW ZEALAND. So you know, almost best to not visit these sites!
Always a great read Frank.
That’s a very nice story about someone running after you with your money in Ecuador. 99% of people are good and will do the right thing.
Like you, we had one pick-pocket attempt – it was in Sarajevo when someone tried to get into lissette’s open pocket when she was taking a photo. Unsuccessful attempt though.
In New Zealand the only thing to worry about is the sheep! Yes, kind of ridiculous and they lend to the paranoid attitudes of people.
I agree with you Frank. It leaves me wide-eyed when I am asked why I go to Mexico when it is so dangerous. I don’t answer much anymore. The older I become I’ve noticed my patience waning at ignorance. I have spent winters in San Miguel de Allende (loved it there), Merida, and even a three month stint sans hubby in Mazatlan. (What?!) Hahaha! I’ve visited P.V, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Campeche, Valladolid. There are so many other places that I’d like to visit starting next year.
Always look forward to and enjoy your articles
Always great hearing these kinds of comments. A lot of adventurous women go to Mexico, my mom knows a lot of them in SMA – women who decided to move and settle down in various parts of the country.
Thanks for the kind words and for commenting 🙂
Hi Frank – I totally agree with you regarding safety in Mexico. I’ve been going to Mexico since the mid ‘70’s. People then were cautious when I’d tell them I was driving my car into Tijuana which I always did for probably seven years. I parked in the same parking lot with the same gentleman who watched it each time all those years. I used to visit a wonderful spa in Tecate. I owned property in San Felipe; driven all around Baja; drove to San Miguel de Allende from Loredo, TX; stayed there for four months and drove back and crossed the border in Nogales. I spent my birthday for 17 yrs. in PV; spent a month in Sayulita; almost bought a condo in Bucerias; went to a yoga retreat in Troncones; took a bus from PV to Guadalajara; drove to Delores Hidalgo, cruised into Acapulco, etc. I think that should be enough to qualify to say I’ve never had a safety issue or felt unsafe in Mexico. I’d be living there if my partner would go but for OTHER reasons does not want to live there.
Thanks so much for this comment Jann! They all sound like good experiences. And you’ve been to a few places I’ve never heard of.
My mom knows an old lady who would drive from the US down to SMA. Just in case, she would put a dummy in the passenger seat (I guess she was nervous being a single woman). She never had a problem though and did it for years.
Some interesting types living in Mexico!
I fully agree. Been traveling there since the mid-80’s and spent my 19th birthday there when I went to volunteer for a few months. For other reasons, my husband also does not want to go, but he took his first trip there (and subsequent trips) with me after we were married. He only heard bad things about it and was understandably nervous yet he’s always had a great time. He’s still more comfortable with a resort style holiday, but I managed to get him to an Air BnB last time. He actually even bought a timeshare, which is not my favorite, but it’s in his comfort zone, so I have to respect that and be thankful he’s even considering more travel there! I absolutely adore the country and would be living there if it were entirely up to me.
Thanks for the comment Christine! 🙂