When I was a little kid, one of the most pressing rules I remember was to look both ways before crossing the street. (I still use that one :p). This lesson in street smarts was sort of a preparatory intro to how to function in the world. It took some kids longer than others, but eventually everyone learns, because its such an important rule it can’t be ignored, even by the rebellious kid.
Whatever the process, this relates a lot to visiting a country like Mexico. Like any country on the planet, there are areas that are phenomenal and others that are not so great; like New York City, Los Angeles or San Francisco have areas you wouldn’t ever step a toe in after dusk, Mexico has its problem parts too. So remember to cross the street at the corner, watch for the light and traffic and you are good to go.
Besides the beaches, you can find culture, culinary delights, music and a bevy of places where you can enjoy a bit of nature. If you want it, you’ll probably find it in Mexico. You enjoy the mountains and would love a train ride through canyons? Try the Copper Canyon Train that runs from Chihuahua to Sinaloa. Are you looking for something folkloric, where you can find handicrafts? You can try any major city’s market. Love a bit of traditional dancing and food? Go for a festival like the Guelaguetza or the Cervantino. Are you a hardcore coffee drinker? Try Chiapas or Veracruz, where you can get the country’s best coffee. Choices are plenty and always on hand, so decide for yourself what makes you tick. Any place you go can potentially be dangerous but that, in the end, is up to you. Make a choice for a safe trip and have a good time.