Category Archives - Danger Statistics

Earthquake in Mexico 2017: A Review of Current Conditions and Safety for Travel

7.1 Earthquake in Mexico Devastates Mexico City and Surrounding Areas…
By now the heartbreaking news of the earthquake in México has swept across the world. Videos, pictures, and reports of the devastation caused by a 7.1 earthquake continue to pour out of the nation. Taking the full brunt of the quake, México City has found itself ground

Is Puerto Peñasco Safe?

Puerto Peñasco safety and crime rates are often called into question but is their any merit to the questioning? Let’s take a look and find out!

Once an unassuming fishing village…

Puerto Peñasco is a fast transforming fishing village in the desert state of Sonora, connecting the Baja California Peninsula and the rest of Mexico, about 62 miles south of the border of Arizona. Puerto Penasco has quickly made a name for itself among travelers. The city offers a different vibe than Cabo and Mexico City, making it perfect for those looking for something different. Though for all it has to offer, is Puerto Peñasco safe?

To answer that question, yes it’s safe.  Despite stories about rising rates of violence, a majority of Mexico is rather safe and comparable to any other place in the world. Though just like anywhere in the world, it is not free from crime, so a bit of common sense is still needed. Though that said, to consider Mexico dangerous and crime-ridden would be a mistake. And one that would prevent you from seeing the beauty right outside your border.

Puerto Penasco safety tips…

The proximity to mainland US has made Puerto Peñasco a road tripper’s ideal getaway.

While a convenient trek just across the border, caution should be used when undertaking this journey. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the state of Sonora, citing an uptick in assaults against Americans since 2012. Cartel activity, carjacking, and highway robbery are the situations to be aware of. However, since this safety warning was announced, the Mexican government has provided more funding and police officers to these areas.

However, travelers should follow safety tips from the State Department to avoid any such circumstances. Some of the major advice is to use the Sonoyta border crossing at Lukesville, Ariz. to spend the shortest time on the road in Mexico en route to Puerto Peñasco, and driving only when the sun is up. While in the city, be a low key traveler, not flaunting wealth and just be aware of your surroundings; catch cabs only from designated taxi stands.

 

Seeing beyond the reports and finding a town with a rich history…

Is Puerto Peñasco safe beach side sign

Courtesy Travel Pulse

Puerto Peñasco was home to very few permanent residence until 1930, mainly due to its remote location. But since then it has bloomed into a popular beach, and fishing, locale for people from California, Arizona, and Nevada, who call it Rocky Point.

Another one of its many nicknames is “Arizona’s Beach” because of the proximity of Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma. To promote tourism, Puerto Peñasco was declared part of the border “free zone,” meaning Americans can drive there without obtaining a visa. It has become a major tourist center in a short amount of time, with numerous hotels and camping/RV sites. An abundance of beautiful beaches, paired with an impressive display of marine life has prompted beachside homes, plans for condominiums, malls, marinas and golf courses.  The Mayan Palace resort has just added entire new upper-level units called the  Grand Mayan Puerto Penasco ,  Both are east of town about 20 minutes. 

 

The most important tip…

In the end, the most important safety tip is to stay away from illegal activities yourself. Unfortunately, bad things can happen anywhere. But using common sense and some specific safety tips should ensure a pleasant vacation and get you home safely. Keep these mind when traveling as well:

  • Stay on major thoroughfares where most other tourists travel
  • Never walk alone, especially at night, and be vigilant about using ATMs
  • Don’t wear jewelry or carry flashy handbags that might make you a target for pickpockets
  • When visiting bars and nightclubs, keep an eye on your drink
  • Don’t drink alcohol excessively
  • Wear your seatbelt (even though most locals don’t)

If you still want to read up on a few more tips check out our piece for staying safe in Mexico.

Or if you’re ready to see Mexico for yourself, pack your bags, find a hotel, and discover everything Mexico has to offer!

Just be sure to remember our Puerto Peñasco safety tips!

Is Huatulco safe?

A nature lover’s paradise…but is Huatulco safe?
Huatulco finds itself in a unique place along the Pacific coast. Miles of beaches stretch along the city, each tucked away in one of the many bays that dot the coastline. On the other side, a lush jungle sits just outside the city. There, waterfalls, wildlife, and the chance

Mexico: Safer than U.S Cities

While some 150,000 Americans enjoy safe visits to Mexico daily, the media continues to sensationalize violent stories from the country. But Mexico is in fact safer than a number of major U.S. cities. Ask any traveler and they’ll tell you just how safe they have felt in places like Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, Washington

Mexico: As Safe as Any Other Popular Tourist Spot

 

While Mexico remains one of the greatest travel destinations, it’s often earmarked as a country full of violent crimes. But that’s not really the full picture. Sure, there is violence from time to time in isolated areas, such as along parts of the U.S. border, but the main tourist areas in the country are

Is Merida Safe?

Merida, a beautiful city just a few hours away from Riviera Maya, remains a safe place to visit and live. 
The City of Merida
Let’s take a moment to discuss something that has been on our minds lately, the astoundingly low Merida, Mexico crime rates and general safety found through the area.
 
For as

Mexico is Safe: Just Use Common Sense

Mexican Resorts are Safe

Violence in Mexico is back in the news and so is the age-old question: Is Mexico safe? According to Mariano Castillo of CNN, yes it is. In her article “Mexico, As Dangerous – and Safe – As Ever,” Castillo lists the many troubles and victories that have affected the country.
Travel experts and analysts concur

Travel Is Still Safe in Mexico

According to the article, “Despite Bad Press and Travel Warnings, Mexico Tourism Holds Its Own,” travel sales show that not everyone is nixing travel to Mexico for spring break. In fact, despite the bad press (as reported by the news media and a constant flow of travel warnings), Mexico is relying on a record year

Mexico Still Safe Despite Murder of Malcom X’s Grandson in Mexico City

Mexico City officials confirmed on Friday a rumor that had been spreading on social media sites since Thursday: Malcom X’s grandson, 28-year-old Malcom Shabazz, was killed after a fight in a bar. According to Mexico City’s District Attorney’s office, Shabazz died in the early hours of Thursday morning in a Mexico City hospital. In

U.S. State Department Clears Majority of Mexico for Travel

According to Christine Delsol’s article on the SFGate news website, the U.S. State Department’s newest Mexican travel update does not spring any surprises or add any new tourist destinations to the listing of no-go zones in Mexico. Continuing a tendency that started with the Feb. 8, 2012 update, the State Department has gotten more