Advertisement
Baltimore Sun

New travel alert issued for Mexico just before spring break

Actually, it's really more of an update to an alert the State Department issued last summer and focuses on recent violence in Mexico. The alert addresses security issues in specific regions of Mexico, particularly the northern areas and cities near the U.S. border. It warns about heavily armed drug cartels and daytime shootouts in some of the country's interior sections, saying: "The situation in northern Mexico remains fluid; the location and timing of future armed engagements cannot be predicted." Translation: This is not a good time to take a road trip to Mexico.

But does that mean spring break is ruined? Not really. Many of the destinations that spring break travelers flock to are not specifically mentioned in the alert. Cancun and Cozumel are on the Yucatan Peninsula, many miles away from the center of the drug violence. Same for Acapulco and even Oaxaca - although the latter is mentioned to warn Americans to avoid large demonstrations.

Advertisement

Does that mean these places are safe? No. It means use your common sense like you would in any trip abroad. Stay in well-known tourist areas. Travel on main roads in daytime hours. Don't flash large sums of money. Don't seek out trouble, i.e. look for drugs, prostitutes. Don't go off by yourself. Make sure your cell phone will work on that country's network. Leave your detailed itinerary with family or friends - and check-in with them periodically.

This advice is good if you're visiting Mexico or Moscow, or even Miami.

Advertisement

Associated Press Photo: Students revel in spring break at a resort in Cancun, Mexico.


Advertisement