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Isla Mujeres- Quintana Roo Travel Advisory

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U.S. Government just issued a travel advisory for Cancun and areas around. Worried about the homicide and car-jacking/kidnapping to the island.....Thoughts????

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That bad stuff that you are thinking in your head right now, actually does not happen on isla. Its only 1/2 mile wide and 8 miles long. Where are you going to go? Plus yesterday, when the Travel Warnings were not issued, it was business as usual, no kidnappings, no homicides, etc......I dont think an advisory makes yesterday and today any different.

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Horribly unsafe. You should just transfer your flights & hotel stay to me directly.

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I live on Isla and there has not been one car jacking or kidnapping that has been reported. In a town with 13,000 residents there will be crime and deaths, mostly natural causes or car/moto accidents. I would not be overly alarmed. There is always something to scare people away from Mexico whether it be Swine Flu, Violence or Zika. My cell phone gets a NYC news feed and yikes what is on the news there is scary. I spend a lot of time in Cancun and I am not worried either. I have lived in the states of NY, FL, MA, AZ and Quintana Roo, regardless of where I am. I lock my doors, do not invite strangers back with me, do not leave expensive things in cars or carts when unattended, do not buy drugs and respect the laws. So far so good. Enjoy your vacation.

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There is a tiny (really tiny I swear) part of me that gets a tad happy when warnings like this come out because it usually means cheaper travel to Mexico for us.

But then my ethics kick in and I get upset for those who rely on tourism for their livelihoods. These feelings FAR outweigh the others!

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I have lived in Chicago for 40 years and if i can deal with that i can deal with anyplace! LOL! I would not let that scare you off!

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My city just got voted the most unsafe city in Canada , what an honour !

But like most major cities north and south of the border its geographic and people need to put things in perspective. I'm not planning to evacuate anytime soon... Yet people are so quick to judge when they hear reports of crime in Mexico . When you delve a little deeper you realize how isolated the crime is.

It all about time and place. Wrong time wrong place. Conduct yourself accordingly you'll be fine.

They say how friendly Canadians are, well the Mexicans are even more so. I'm often overwhelmed by their genuine, up beat friendly nature. They make you feel like family. We've travelled to Mexico many times and this nature is not the least bit uncommon.

People please look at the big picture before judging based on hearsay and inflated news reports...or stay home, many of us will go in your place. Again and again!

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We just got back Saturday from one week on Isla.

Never felt unsafe or saw anything to indicate a threat.

My wife went running at the crack of dawn everyday and our four year old daughter loved the Island.

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I think it's a valid question if you've never visited Isla before. I would've never seen it coming, the shooting at the BPM/edm festival back early this year, and the 100+ shootings in Cancun either. I would wonder if there were any sort of "spill over" incidents from Cancun. Isla isn't that far from there.

For myself, I've been only a couple of times to Isla, and it's super chill/laid back and the people are amazing. Having said that, we've a trip booked for after the new year including Tulum, Cozumel, and Cancun. Yeah, it has me concerned, but we'll likely go and just be careful as hell.

http://noticaribe.com.mx/2017/08/25/suman-110-ejecuciones-en-cancun-se-acentua-la-estadistica-de-la-violencia-con-un-crimen-cada-dos-dias-y-medio-en-el-principal-destino-turistico-de-mexico/

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"My city just got voted the most unsafe city in Canada , what an honour !"

Rest easy- that poll actually said that Canadians FEEL like Winnipeg is the most dangerous city- was only an opinion poll, not fact-based.

The stats are here (top three cities for violent crime last year were all in Alberta, for example.)

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/canada-most-dangerous-cities-2016-safe-your-city/

However- that is even inaccurate, as we live in one of the safest countries in the world.

There were about 600 murders out of 30 million people in 2016 in Canada.

Mexico, with a population of 128 million, had 23,000 murders in 2016. 23,000! Half that of Syria.

Now, I'm not great at math but I see that as they are four times roughly as populous as Canada, and if we were 128 million we'd have about 2,400 murders.....but they had 23,000. It's pretty insane, really.

it's good to be defensive of a place we all love, but facts are good.

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