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Old February 11th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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I know this is somewhat off-cruise topic. However, there were some on my last cruise who were not comfortable getting off the ship anywhere in Mexico because of the recent escalating violence and issues with drugs/gang warfare over there.

I am very familiar with the BORDER town of Progreso, Mexico (about 60 miles from the very violent Reynosa) and have found it to be incredibly safe. Fortunately for me, I don't live very far from it. I travel there several times a year just for the day for shopping and lunch with friends..Usually to get discounts on glassware and pharmacy items. All of the other Texas/Mexico border towns have become too violent to visit. Strangely, there is another Progreso, Mexico that is a cruise port location (unlike it's dusty bordertown sister of the same name). I was talking to some Mexican passengers on board who advised me that they did not consider the oceanside Progreso as being safe. Hence, they would not be exiting the ship for this port. These people were born and raised in Mexico. I trusted their judgement and stayed on ship..especially considering I was cruising solo.

I think we all know that the Yucatan Peninsula is relatively safe. Further, I have gone to Cozumel alone and walked the streets on several occasions late at night without a care in the world. Always felt very safe. The only thing u have to watch out for here are the men..They can be quite the lotharios!

Are there other places you have been to recently in Mexico where you have felt very safe? Has anyone been to the oceanside town of Progreso, Mx and have an opinion??
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I have never been to Mexico ,however , a friend of mine travels there several times a year ,primarily to a city that has the largest amount of American expatriates living there .I cannot recall the name but I believe it begins with the letter X .
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I have been to Los Cabos/Cabo San Lucas area twice in the last year and found it to be quite safe from my perspective.

There are places in every city where unfamiliar people should stay away from. The best way to know what places aren't good for tourists or unfamiliars is to ask a local cab driver.

I would not go to places like Juarez or across the boarder from Brownsville but I would have no problem going to anywhere in the Yucatan, Cabo or Xihuateneo/Ixtapa (sp?)

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My Dad is married to a Mexican (now she is a US Citizen as well). They have a beach home and one in Hermosillo (the capitol of the state of Sonora). They go down about once a month and do a lot of driving through all different areas and have NEVER run into a problem.

I have been to the Mexican Riviera on cruises twice and to Ensenada one since all the trouble and had no issues at all.

I think the key is to just do your thing and mind your own business. They are at war with each other, not us. The American's that have been involved were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. IMO.
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We’ll be in Playa del Carmen right after Christmas and be there for the New Year, I feel pretty safe there. People can see what places have travel advisories; I know Acapulco and the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta have warnings as well as the regular hot spots.
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Thank you for your thoughtful replies...I do know the Mexican government goes to additional lengths to protect tourist areas of Mexico (especially the prized Yucatan Peninsula). The one border town I go to (Progreso) now has a strong Mexican army presence (including an army tank)... which is there primarily for the protection of tourists. I just hope that this war over there does not spill over into what I feel is our last safe border town (Progreso, Mx). I used to go to the Texas/Mexico border towns of Acuna and Nuevo Laredo but both of those are too dangerous now.

Aerogirl, you are just all over the place and I love Playa Del Carmen!!

Mike, just as a side note - there have been recent advisories in the Ixtapa/Mazatlan area. There is a lot of "activity" going on just outside those resort areas...Not in a good way. I used to love going there too. Cabo is still super safe.

Hope everyone is having a peaceful, happy weekend!!
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There was a travel advisory again this week, and people need to just be aware. One odd thing about the port of Progresso.....I had to stay onboard, as that cruise was shortly after I had a major operation,and walking the length, of that long pier was not doable,and while on board we were inundated with flies!!!

A friend onboard took the bus to Merida,and began a life long love affair, with this beautiful colonial city.
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There are two parts to this equation:

Perception: That which we are told by the 24 hour news cycle

Reality: (The actual risk on the ground as viewed by those living in Mexico)

I have lived in Patzcuaro Mexico for 19 months. I have visited and driven through many parts of the country during that time. I am currently in my hotel room in Zihuatanejo. I have found Mexico to be very safe in every part of the country, to which I have visited.

The only shots I see are shots of tequila and lots of cameras clicking (snap) shots of the great beauty and charm of this great country with a very warm heart and culture unrivaled in the Americas.

Come and see for yourself. The only serious danger in Mexico is the drivers of automobiles that unfortunately have very little training. (or so it seems to me...)
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My guess is that the only "turistas" who get into trouble down there are probably associating with people they shouldn't be with.

Also - Yucatan and most of the Baja have been deemed safe - Cozumel is an island, and Cabo is 700 miles of solid desert away from the board and the mainland state of Sinaloa - one of the most dangerous parts of Mexico.

The gangs of Mexico are known as "the mountain people" - they live in the highlands that are an extension of our Rocky Mountains. They go all the way down - but they are mostly a few hundred miles from the coast.

There have been incidents where tourists have been caught up in a few bad things. It is a shame the country is so corrupt that these drug gangs can exist with so much power. It is like prohibition here in America.
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My guess is that the only "turistas" who get into trouble down there are probably associating with people they shouldn't be with.
(CNN) -- Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports during a shore excursion in the Mexico seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, cruise officials said late Saturday.

And so it goes.
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Yup...

That robbery is a real game changer. Of course, pointing out that exactly the same style of bus raids have happened in Jamaica and Nassau before won't make any difference. Mexico has to live up to a higher standard.
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We were just on a cruise that stopped in progreso and we got off the ship, walked around town (even through the middle of town) then we took at $10 tour bus that drove us around the ENTIRE town and a surrounding fishing village.. Some parts of the tour down little deserted streets and through trees smelled like something had died but it didn't seem dangerous. I may be naive because the oceanfront homes we drove by Our tour guide said were in the 300k range were like fortresses with watch towers but I really felt like it was safe... The one part of the tour where I felt uncomfortable was when the bus turned onto a HWY to make a u-turn and it had to leave the town for a short distance, that's when I felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time... Other than that it seemed like a nice place that is a shipping port that is trying very hard to turn itself into a destination port, it's not there yet and the people seemed a little desperate as they were selling their items on the street.. We had lunch at a little restaurant across from the beach (very good food!) and while sitting on the patio we had at least 50 street vendors that came up to us trying to sell things. There was still a lot of poverty in the town. I loved how the towns people would wave at us as our bus drove by. So friendly! It wasn't a bad place at all, but it is very REAL, it's not paradise but it's not at all violent cartel ridden city either.. In my opinion, I don't think its a place to fear... If your cruise ship ports there, Just get of the ship and walk around, spend some money and help out their little town.. The food was good and the people seemed really nice.. They need the revenue from those big cruise ships that stop there to survive for sure...




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I know this is somewhat off-cruise topic. However, there were some on my last cruise who were not comfortable getting off the ship anywhere in Mexico because of the recent escalating violence and issues with drugs/gang warfare over there.

I am very familiar with the BORDER town of Progreso, Mexico (about 60 miles from the very violent Reynosa) and have found it to be incredibly safe. Fortunately for me, I don't live very far from it. I travel there several times a year just for the day for shopping and lunch with friends..Usually to get discounts on glassware and pharmacy items. All of the other Texas/Mexico border towns have become too violent to visit. Strangely, there is another Progreso, Mexico that is a cruise port location (unlike it's dusty bordertown sister of the same name). I was talking to some Mexican passengers on board who advised me that they did not consider the oceanside Progreso as being safe. Hence, they would not be exiting the ship for this port. These people were born and raised in Mexico. I trusted their judgement and stayed on ship..especially considering I was cruising solo.

I think we all know that the Yucatan Peninsula is relatively safe. Further, I have gone to Cozumel alone and walked the streets on several occasions late at night without a care in the world. Always felt very safe. The only thing u have to watch out for here are the men..They can be quite the lotharios!

Are there other places you have been to recently in Mexico where you have felt very safe? Has anyone been to the oceanside town of Progreso, Mx and have an opinion??

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