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Mexico Still No. 1 Travel Destination for Americans
With white sand beaches, turquoise waters and rich cultural heritage, Mexico has long been a favorite vacation destination. However, in recent months Mexico has been painted as a somewhat dangerous place to visit. Reports of recent drug violence account for much of the perceived danger in Mexico.
Still, CNN International reports that Mexico remains the No. 1 destination for Americans traveling abroad; with an international tourism increase of 2.1% in the first five months of 2011 compared to 2010. Why are so many Americans continuing to travel to Mexico amid what some perceive as violent times?
The truth is that most of the violence produced by Mexican drug cartels is limited to very specific geographical boundaries. The misconception seems to stem from the fact that many Americans perceive all of Mexico as one entity.
In truth, much of the danger can easily be avoided by tourists. Mexico’s deputy secretary for tourism, Ricardo Anaya elucidates: “The border area, for example, where much violence has been recorded, is 1,200 miles from the resort town of Cancun — that’s like avoiding travel to Houston because of problems in New York.”
Anaya went on to point out that 80% of Americans who travel to Mexico go to six places, none of which have had travel alerts. The destinations are Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Los Cabos.
That’s not to say that American’s traveling to Mexico shouldn’t exercise a reasonable measure of caution. Any time you’re traveling abroad you should take measures to protect yourself – from arming yourself with consulate phone numbers to not carrying large amounts of cash. But these are normal precautions for any vacationer traveling abroad.
Still, if you’re looking to ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation to Mexico, it’s best to stick to the established tourist destinations unless you’ve got an experienced guide. Most Mexico timeshare resorts are concentrated in the six destinations listed above; providing relative security for Mexico timeshare owners and new incentive for vacationers to consider timeshare rentals as an alternative to hotel lodging.
If you’re considering a Mexico timeshare rental, you’ll want to work with a licensed timeshare broker. A broker can help you rent or buy timeshare at some of Mexico’s most beautiful and highly desirable resorts safely and securely. Mexico is still one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. With a little research and common sense, you can enjoy your favorite Mexico vacation destinations without fear.
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