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The Truth about Violence and Crime in Cancun



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Recently my posts have been about fun in the sun and include a lot of pretty beach pictures, but this time I have something I need to get off my chest…

I am sick and tired of sensational media reports, and more specifically headlines, about recent events in Cancun.

Around Spring Break time, there was a bombing in a bar in Cancun, a bar which is in an area where no tourists (nor this local) would ever go.  We’re not talking downtown Cancun, where you’ll find Market 28 and Walmart, we’re talking way past downtown. What upsets me is that media outlets, particularly North American media outlets, reported this event with headlines like “Spring Break Nightmare: Bombing in Cancun Bar”. Are you kidding me? This sort or sensationalized reporting (or well, lying) infuriates me.  Frankly, it’s just irresponsible. These people call themselves journalists?

Within the last month or so, 7 people were found dead on the outskirts of Cancun. Maybe somewhere near that bar, but once again, somewhere no tourist (nor this local) would ever go. I actually saw one headline that said, “7 strangled, 1 decapitated in Mexican tourist resort” Seriously?

The article does go on to say that the bodies were found in a shack on the outskirts of the city of Cancun, but the problem is that these headlines stick in people’s heads. The media outlet may be getting more clicks but they aren’t getting more loyal readers and they’re ruining the reputation of a city that depends on tourism.

There was a terrible, scary bombing at the Boston Marathon last week. Will you stay away from the city of Boston because of that bombing?

Is Cancun safe for tourists? Yes. I’m not saying nothing ever happens, but there is crime and violence in every large city in Mexico, as well as in the U.S. and many other countries. I have family members and friends who visit on a regular basis, and all of them would tell you that they have never felt threatened in any way.

Maybe we should ask ourselves, why does Mexico’s violence seem scarier to us?


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