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Old 02-24-2009   #16 (permalink)
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Seeing that much of the trouble centers on drugs, what can the visitor do to curb the drug trade on 5th? (Yes, I get asked every trip)
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Old 02-24-2009   #17 (permalink)
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I will stay on or very near 5th ave., .
I'm not totally agreeing with this either
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Old 02-24-2009   #18 (permalink)
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Well I like the cut of your forum-post jib, PKF. (May I call you PKF?)

Or course, I think I can often count on good sense coming from a fellow Missourian.

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Ahhhh, this drives me crazy. Everytime this happens, my father-in-law makes a special point to call me and tell me that he's worried about us going to PDC.
Ditto.

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Old 02-24-2009   #20 (permalink)
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of course...

I was just curious if the many armed authorities on 5th at any given time had any interest in this at all.

Not looking for a utopia but I do have a selfish interest in driving this sort of trade from Playa as this dog carries a host of undesirable fleas.
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of course...

I was just curious if the many armed authorities on 5th at any given time had any interest in this at all.
I'm afraid we can't really count on the armed authorities on dampening the drug trade here
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Old 02-24-2009   #22 (permalink)
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overall i dont think playa is much different than most small citys in the usa or canada, there is problems in most of them, look at medicino california for example, there is alot of drugs there?
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I think you're much more likely to be ripped off by doing this, personally.

You are probably correct with this statement! With the kids, this seems like a easier place to navigate and keep an watchful eye on things. Most of the off-5th Ave. areas I usually navigate by myself or with other adults and myself. The most freaked out I have even been in PDC was the night we took another couple to Carnival in the city square. (Which is tonight, btw.) There was a rap/regge (Reggeton I have come to learn.) band playing and the crowd had become a huge seithing mass. My espanol is not good in that type of situation and I was affraid that I wouldn't understand any of the crowds reaction/commands if something happend. The other couple was just flat out scared. We had taken refuge in the comfort of the Bomberos area off to the side of the crowd. We agreed that this celebration was best left to the locals and/or people that were better educated in the language and customs of the area. We left for the comfort of a more a touristy location for a few drinks, (we ended up at the bar with the swings on 5th.)
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Missouri rules!!!!!

I live in a smaller missouri town.. and there are certain parts i don't even go at night!!!
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You are probably correct with this statement! With the kids, this seems like a easier place to navigate and keep an watchful eye on things. Most of the off-5th Ave. areas I usually navigate by myself or with other adults and myself. The most freaked out I have even been in PDC was the night we took another couple to Carnival in the city square. (Which is tonight, btw.) There was a rap/regge (Reggeton I have come to learn.) band playing and the crowd had become a huge seithing mass. My espanol is not good in that type of situation and I was affraid that I wouldn't understand any of the crowds reaction/commands if something happend. The other couple was just flat out scared. We had taken refuge in the comfort of the Bomberos area off to the side of the crowd. We agreed that this celebration was best left to the locals and/or people that were better educated in the language and customs of the area. We left for the comfort of a more a touristy location for a few drinks, (we ended up at the bar with the swings on 5th.)
That story makes me sad. It's just LIFE there...it shouldn't be scary!
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Appparently, the 'warnings' have not frightened the cruise industry, who, I'm guessing, bring thousands each day to Cozumel and/or Calica. We always feel safe, although one morning I did see a 'street fight' while on a morning stroll, around 6:30 a.m. Was a Saturday morning, I'm guessing it was a drunken crowd (20-30) who were still sloshed from a Friday night of debauchery. (2 years ago). PDC PD cleaned it up REAL fast, complete with their Uzis drawn, and with VERY QUICK "arrests" of the instigators. (No Miranda rights here) --- they were "cuffed and stuffed," slung head first into the back of a Policia pick-up truck,sat on (knees in the back) by Policia, and whisked away in, literally, less than 2 minutes. This was on the corner of 5th and approximatley 24-30 Ave, somewhere in that vicinity. The Policia "in action" was impresssive....
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Appparently, the 'warnings' have not frightened the cruise industry, who, I'm guessing, bring thousands each day to Cozumel and/or Calica. We always feel safe, although one morning I did see a 'street fight' while on a morning stroll, around 6:30 a.m. Was a Saturday morning, I'm guessing it was a drunken crowd (20-30) who were still sloshed from a Friday night of debauchery. (2 years ago). PDC PD cleaned it up REAL fast, complete with their Uzis drawn, and with VERY QUICK "arrests" of the instigators. (No Miranda rights here) --- they were "cuffed and stuffed," slung head first into the back of a Policia pick-up truck,sat on (knees in the back) by Policia, and whisked away in, literally, less than 2 minutes. This was on the corner of 5th and approximatley 24-30 Ave, somewhere in that vicinity. The Policia "in action" was impresssive....
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Here's some petrol station tips:

Hold the note up clearly to the attendant so he can see you know what value it is. Even better say the amount in Spanish. 100, 200, 500 (be extra careful with big notes).
Thank you for this! I consider myself a fairly intelligent woman and observant single female traveler. After being caught by the 'not resetting to zero' scam once, I always check that now. But this last trip on my way to the airport to go home I had saved a 500 peso bill to fill the tank. The gas station attendant (who was astute and saw the blond tourist coming from a mile away) switched the bill for a 50 peso bill when I turned around. For days I wracked my brain trying to figure out how I could have lost that much money! I just have to drive into the petrol station in a foul mood and have it show on my face, I guess. That's very difficult for me, as it is not in my nature to be that way! Oh well, another lesson learned I guess.
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I understand the desire to down-play any threats but there is a real concern these days. I have traveled much of the world and have spent time in places far more dangerous than Mexico.
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