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Old 08-22-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
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Mexico Travel Warning -Playa del Carmen

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I am going to Playa del Carmen in December, wondering if anybody has traveled there lately and has any details?

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I recommend you cancel your trip and stay at home in a bubble.
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I recommend you cancel your trip and stay at home in a bubble.


Really ?
Not sure if you are serious or not
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Really ?
Not sure if you are serious or not
I'm semi-serious. If you take normal precautions and don't drive in the countryside, Playa Del Carmen is relatively safe, safer than some areas of the US. If you want to avoid all travel risk, you have to avoid all travel.
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Just do not drink the alcohol. Are you staying at the same place the Americans were drugged and killed? The Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Wisconsin family questions daughter's mysterious drowning in Mexico

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As much as 36% of the alcohol consumed in Mexico could be illegal
http://www.businessinsider.com/tainted-alcohol-mexico


I have read that most crimes go unsolvable in Mexico. 98% of all murders are unsolved. Have a safe trip...
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New figures suggest as many as 93.7 percent of all crimes go unreported or uninvestigated across Mexico.
Unsolved crime rate in Mexico climbs to 93 percent | News | DW | 28.09.2016
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Just do not drink the alcohol. Are you staying at the same place the Americans were drugged and killed? The Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Wisconsin family questions daughter's mysterious drowning in Mexico


Tainted alcohol Mexico - Business Insider

Gee, we've stayed there about 8 or 10 times. It is one of my favorite places! Never had a problem in any way, shape or form. Wonder what else was going on and/or left unsaid.
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I was in the area (Cancun as well as some spots between Cancun and Playa) at the end of last year, late spring this year, and will be going again next month. Statistically, that area is still safer than my home metropolitain area in the USA.

The only change I have noticed recently is a bit more private security and police presence in some areas. I still feel safer there than at home most of the time.

While I am there, I do not plan to go clubbing, get falling down drunk, etc. But, I don't consider those to be safe activities in the USA either.
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I was there a couple years ago and felt totally safe. Really loved PDC. However, I understand things have changed a lot in just the last year with the cartels now being active there. The alcohol problem is probably a pretty rare problem in my opinion. I would still go. Just don't go walking down a dark street, alone, late at night or other such activity that you also wouldn't do in many US cities.
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Gee, we've stayed there about 8 or 10 times. It is one of my favorite places! Never had a problem in any way, shape or form. Wonder what else was going on and/or left unsaid.
Exactly. I wonder why they do not tell you about the tainted alcohol they serve, or the deaths in the pool....

I would not go to Mexico on a dare. My mother used to live in Chapala, now the US State Department says to stay away. I traveled Mexico fairly extensively in public buses, taxis and private cars.

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Jalisco (includes Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala): U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas because of continued instability.
Mexico is one half step above Columbia and maybe a few steps below Egypt and other middle eastern countries.

It's probably safe to visit Mexico, until it isn't.
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I was there (PDC) in June for my anniversary. 11 days, no problems not did I witness any. We stayed in a private condo just off of 5th Ave. Because of not being at a resort, we were off-site every day, often multiple times a day. Biggest concern were timeshare sharks!
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Love Mexico.

Moved mom down to Guadalajara for a new drug regimen that had, at the time, shown some promise in Europe (quicker than applying for compassionate use exemption)

It didn't work for her, but she enjoyed a much higher quality of life her final years.

She was able to have her own room in a home converted to a private geriatric clinic (with an orchard outside her window) vs. the skilled nursing facilities we used (and would have had to use again) here in the U.S.

Met several interesting people, including U.S. & Canadian ex-pats in the Ajijic/Chapala area.

A few (retired early or not) living on little more than SS retirement or disability.
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Mexico has all the laws on the books to protect you but enforcement is lacking. If you are looking for the nanny state to protect you, stay away.

You must take more responsibility to be safe at an AI, drink bottled beer. When you go swimming, have a buddy looking out for you. Do not rely on the hotel. Stay away from railings that will not protect you from falling over them. When taking stairs, do not expect a hand railing.

Do not go out alone at night after midnight. Do not accept offers from strangers for anything!

Enjoy your trip! US tourists are accounting for a 20% increase so far this year.
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Just kidding... was in Cabo in June with no problems. We had a fabulous time. The locals were welcoming and appreciative of our business. I love their sense of humor.

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When we ignored the timeshare sharks, they called us professional tourists!
Street vendor big smiles and asked 'how can I rip you off today?"
Driver took us over a road full of potholes and called it a 'Mexican massage'.

I know PDC is probably different, but we did hear of some drug violence in Cabo, but out of the tourist zone.

Go, have fun, don't worry, be happy... and carefull

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My retirement plan was to ride my motorcycle down into mexico for a while. I have not backed off that idea totally, but for now I,'m thinking to fly down and not stay in a resort but the local economy. maybe hire a driver for a day if needed...ride the busses, walk. I've been all over the world and all of my unsafe moments have been in the US. I did go to Tijuana many years ago, but that don't count.
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When the US calls for a travel warning, I'm going to pay attention. Anecdotal visits where nothing happened is not going to change my mind.

There's a reason for the warning.
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If I'm reading the article correctly, they had 4 shots of tequila and then one more in short order. Then hopped into the pool. Suddenly this is Mexico's fault?
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When the US calls for a travel warning, I'm going to pay attention. Anecdotal visits where nothing happened is not going to change my mind.

There's a reason for the warning.
You say that as if the travel warning isn't itself anecdotal.....

Travel warnings are a two-way street.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ates/88458238/
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While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred.
Sounds like a typical week in any random mid-size or larger US city.
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If I'm reading the article correctly, they had 4 shots of tequila and then one more in short order. Then hopped into the pool. Suddenly this is Mexico's fault?
Yes. I read this story a few weeks ago and couldn't help laughing at the pitiful reporting. They couldn't connect the dots between taking ~6 shots of liquor in an hour then jumping in a pool, which ended up resulting in death? And I figure they flew down from the states, probably on a connecting flight. Probably dehydrated when they stepped off the plane and the tropical heat didn't help any more, and might not have had a decent meal all day (don't think they serve much food on planes to MX). Sounds like a recipe for getting drunk really quickly, whether it's tainted alcohol or the regular kind.
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https://travel.state.gov/content/pas...l-warning.html

I am going to Playa del Carmen in December, wondering if anybody has traveled there lately and has any details?

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The warnings seemed surprising to me. I thought Mexico was moving past these problems.

Perhaps not so quickly.
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico

It has been a while. I would like to return for a visit some time soon.
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