Despite a recent uptick in violence in some parts of Mexico, the State of Quintana Roo remains a safe place for travelers thanks to enhanced security measures. Along with numerous other safety measures, there has been an addition of thousands of law enforcement personnel to ensure safe vacations for travelers in and around Cancun.
Over 30 million visitors traveled to the Mexican Caribbean in 2022 which set a record for international arrivals and there is expectation that 2023 will continue with that momentum.
Ahead of the busy winter travel season, places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum across the Mexican Caribbean are set to see an influx of tourists. As such José Pablo Mathey, the secretary for Public Security in Cancun, stated that authorities, “are working to deter crime in high-risk areas thanks to our crime prevention units together with our federal and state partners.”
The new security measures enacted in 2022 led to several high-profile arrests, confiscation of hundreds of weapons and many illegal substances. Safety measures have been put in place especially in these high-value target area of crime to deter organized crime and drug traffickers.
Along with the beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife in the area, another main draw to the area are the archeological sites. Whether it is Chichen Itzá or the Maya Train, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, or Ichkaban, an ancient Maya ruin, travelers will be pleased to hear that patrolling of these areas will be amplified.
Officials revealed that along with heightened security, the country’s National Guard would patrol the Maya Train. The new infrastructure project stretches over 1,500 kilometers and will be a main artery to connect main destinations including Cancun Airport, Playa del Carmen and Bacalar.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo is currently under a Level 2 travel advisory. This level of advisory suggests that travelers should exercise increased caution and are encouraged to stick to touristy areas.