The United States Department of State has expanded their travel warning for Americans traveling to Mexico to now include two new states Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, which are home to popular tourist destinations of Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Due to the violence associated with the drug cartel, innocent bystanders have been shot and killed in these areas recently.
Per the US Department of State,
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.
The U.S. State Department has warned its citizens about traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, after a surge in violence in those regions.
A travel advisory issued Tuesday upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime and shootings in which innocent bystanders have been killed.
For years, both regions were largely insulated from the drug war violence that has engulfed other parts of Mexico, but this year they have each seen a major uptick in killings.
There have been deadly gun battles in downtown Cancun, and in January, five people were killed at a nightclub in nearby Playa del Carmen. In Los Cabos, a municipality on the Pacific Coast that includes the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, three people were shot to death this month at the entrance to a popular beach.
Be sure to think twice before planning your next trip to one of these popular tourist areas in Mexico which now include Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Los Cabos and La Paz.