Top Five Travel Tips for Cancun Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Cancun Spring Break is a heady time in Mexico. Thousands of students from USA descend to Cancun and spill over to Playa del Carmen & Akumal in search of beach, sand and unlimited fun. But alcohol, youthful exuberance, crowds and a foreign land doesn’t mix well. The result is that we read quite a few cases of students  getting in to trouble. Usually Cancun is quite safe for foreigners but being aware and smart is always recommended.

To prevent such unwelcome situations, US State  department has issued a press release – Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014. (http://1.usa.gov/1kmp1OR)

Here is the complete list

For some college students, Spring Break is a time to bask in the Caribbean sun. Some use their respite from classes to volunteer in a foreign country. Others venture across the Atlantic to embark upon a European adventure or to visit friends studying abroad. Regardless of the destination, the U.S. Department of State encourages students to follow our tips for traveling abroad:

  • Avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption. “Overdoing it” can lead to an arrest, accident, violent crime, or death.
  • Obey all local laws, and remember they might be different from our own. Don’t carry or use drugs, as this can result in severe penalties. Don’t carry weapons either—some countries have strict laws, and even possessing something as small as a pocketknife or a single bullet can get you into legal trouble.
  • Before you leave for your trip, learn as much as possible about your destination at our website dedicated to student travelers: studentsabroad.state.gov. Here, you can find out about entry requirements, crime, health precautions, and road conditions.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program keeps students up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, such as Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and security messages.
  • Keep in touch with your parents. If you will be without Internet or phone service for a few days, let them know. We receive many calls from parents who fear the worst when they have not heard from their children. In most cases, their child is fine, but has been too busy to check in.

Of course, even well-prepared travelers may face an emergency, like a lost passport or an injury. In those cases, our embassies and consulates are available to help 24/7. Be sure to write down the contact information for the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination country.

Members of the media who wish to speak about Spring Break travel tips with an official from the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs are encouraged to contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov.

Is Cancun Safe for Tourists?

Is Cancun Safe?

Is Cancun Safe?

Recently a worried traveler posted a question on Tripadvisor asking if Cancun, Mexico is a safe place to visit. The traveler plans to visit Cancun with a friend, but her parents are very concerned and keep sending her links of sites showing crime in Mexico. This has gotten her worried to the extent that she is planning to stay within the resort the whole time and not venture out in Cancun! She needs to know, that in terms on safety, if there is any reason to worry at all while visiting Cancun, Mexico.

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

Cancun is a whole lot safer than any medium-sized city in the US. Most travelers say that they have been to Cancun several times, never ever felt unsafe and thoroughly enjoyed their trips. In fact, Cancun feels a lot safer compared to the other places that they have visited across the world. Mexico is a huge country. It is absolutely wrong to refer to the entire country as “unsafe”. Read up and be informed. Mexican states like Baja California Sur, Guanajuato, Campeche, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo and the Yucatan are very safe and have absolutely no travel advisories issued on them by the US State Department. Cancun is absolutely unaffected by the drug cartels that operate in certain parts of Mexico. The cartel’s do not want attention which is why they stay away from tourist areas like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta etc. Depending on your budget you could either put up in downtown Cancun or in the pricey hotel zone area. Both the options are perfectly safe. To be extra careful, stay in the tourist areas and don’t wander off into unknown areas. Also, leave valuables at home or in your hotel’s safe and do not carry large amounts of cash. Exploring Cancun in a bus is a great adventure and also absolutely safe. Thousands of expats living in Cancun homes can vouch for its safety.

Cancun is as safe as it can be. Choosing to stay within the hotel and not exploring this fantastic town would be a big mistake.

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