Security update: Cancun and Riviera Maya by Travel State Government

CANCUN UPDATE:January 27, 2022Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the Yucatán Peninsula are one of Mexico’s most sought-after regions for extraordinary vacations. Home to sunny weather, powdery white sand beaches, and crystal-clear turquoise Caribbean waters, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are an inviting haven for tourists. The area is well known for its friendly people and warm Mexican hospitality and a vacation there is sure to be amazing. Read to find out more about this incredible destination including a recent Cancun safety update.

Is Cancun Safe to Visit in 2022?

Cancun is no stranger to sensational headlines that paint this beautiful and mystical destination in a negative light. The latest headlines were about two Canadians shot dead at a hotel near Cancun. Headlines like this leave many people wondering, is it safe to visit Cancun? Our January Cancun safety update would like to reassure travelers that no matter what may have appeared in the news as of late, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo continues to qualify as a safe and reputable international travel destination. As you start to plan vacations for the holidays or in the coming year, keep in mind that both the Mexican government and our Villa del Palmar Luxury Resort & Spa Cancun, have and will continue to take precautions to keep visitors and guests safe at all costs. It is our top priority that you experience the deep serenity and local hospitality that the region is known for.

From an array of outdoor activities to a bustling culinary and nightlife scene, the region has a long history of both domestic and international tourism. It’s here that you’ll experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as exploring the cenotes or ancient Mayan ruins.

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In an effort to keep the destination safe for tourists to enjoy all Quintana Roo’s treasures, the Mexican Federal Government has set up a new Tourist Protection Army, which was deployed on December 1st, 2021 with the intention to reinforce security in the state and protect tourists, businesses, and residents.  Our safety update confirms that several Mexican soldiers have taken posts along popular beaches throughout the area in the tourist destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Tulum, permanently. While this may indeed be an unusual sight compared to your hometown, their presence guarantees the safety of travelers and guests, leaving you free of stress as you continue your vacation.

During an unprecedented incident in Cancun’s hotel zone, which took place on December 7th, 2021, attackers pulled up to the beach on jet skis and opened fire. The gunmen appeared to be shooting into the air, not at the beach, and there were no reported injuries. Rick Lebassa, a tourist from Maine, witnessed the attack and he said this was the first incident of this kind he’s seen in his 31 years of coming to Cancun. Thankfully no one was injured and this incident is thought to be isolated and to have been an attempt at intimidation by criminals due to the new presence of the National Guard.

The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, has said “the state remains a safe and secure destination for visitors, despite the recent events.”

Villa del Palmar Cancun is located approximately a 30-minute drive from Cancun’s hotel zone, where the incident took place and when you book a vacation at Villa del Palmar Cancun, you can bask in an enchanting Caribbean getaway without worrying about your safety or security. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at +1 877 845 3795 with any questions or concerns regarding resort safety and safety precautions.

“There are no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in Quintana Roo state, which includes tourist areas such as: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.”

Mexico Travel Advisory – Travel.State.Gov 

Safety First in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Safety First in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Cancun, along with the Riviera Maya, has grown to become one of the top destinations for tourism in Mexico, and because of this, local officials take the safety of their region very seriously. In order to keep the tourists who visit from around the world safe while visiting Cancun, the city is carefully patrolled by federal, state, and local police forces. Seeing such an abundance of police officers constantly present might take some getting used to, but it is actually a terrific thing to have them visible around the clock. They are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of their city so that everyone, both locals and tourists, can enjoy the alluring seaside environment in total relaxation.

Safety Tips for Traveling

Safety Tips for Traveling

As you get ready to travel somewhere, it is a good idea to recall some basic travel safety tips, regardless of your destination. These tips are useful when traveling to Mexico, of course, but are practical anywhere in the world (even in your home country!). Obviously, your first line of defense when staying safe while traveling is to use common sense and remain alert in all situations. When you visit an ATM (we strongly recommend using only ATMs that are found at reputable local banks or those at your resort), be vigilant in shielding the screen and keypad. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches that might attract unwanted attention, and avoid taking excessive amounts of cash out and about with you. If you will be going to any local casinos, bars or nightclubs, stay cautious and designate at least one person in your travel group to remain sober and keep an eye on everyone else. Stick together with your travel companions rather than splitting up, especially when out at late at night. If you plan to drive, make it a point to travel during daylight hours. Choosing to take a taxi at night is always a great idea, just to be on the safe side.

Villa del Palmar Cancun Values Your SafetyVilla del Palmar Cancun Values Your Safety

Choosing to spend your vacation at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa means that you will not have to worry for a moment about your safety while you are there. The exclusive property is devoted to making sure that you feel safe and secure throughout your stay. Since the safety of the resort is such a top priority, you can enjoy a vacation that is completely relaxing and carefree.

We hope that our Cancun safety update has helped to reassure travelers who seek a relaxing tropical getaway, that traveling to Cancun and the Riviera Maya is safe. Book your stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun and delight in our five-star amenities and facilities, gourmet cuisine, and stellar service. We will see you soon in paradise!