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Old 04-17-2009   #331 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2009   #332 (permalink)
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Violence - a problem in these parts?

A lot is being made of the drug violence in Mexico these days. From what I have read this is mostly on the border towns as a result of drug smugglers. But to ease my wife and daughter's minds I figured I'd get some first hand opinions. Has any of the violence extended to this area?

Now of course I know as with many areas like this you have to be careful about not getting robbed, etc. That is common sense stuff. But the media has really pushed on reports of people getting randomly shot, beheaded, etc.
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Old 04-22-2009   #333 (permalink)
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It's not a problem here
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Old 04-22-2009   #334 (permalink)
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A lot is being made of the drug violence in Mexico these days. From what I have read this is mostly on the border towns as a result of drug smugglers. But to ease my wife and daughter's minds I figured I'd get some first hand opinions. Has any of the violence extended to this area?

Now of course I know as with many areas like this you have to be careful about not getting robbed, etc. That is common sense stuff. But the media has really pushed on reports of people getting randomly shot, beheaded, etc.
the media is made up of a bunch of tossers. scaring you about traveling, buying anything, eating anything, or just waking up is their task. switch off the telly and smile more.

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Old 04-22-2009   #335 (permalink)
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Here in St. Louis we average 3-4 shootings and almost one homocide daily. I think I would rather take my chances in PDC! Again, as everyone will tell you, if you just use common sense, and use the same precautions you would when traveling any where, you and your family will be safe and have a good time

Of course it doesn't hurt if you're 6'3", 230 and have the ability break boards with you head, chew glass and can disable someone while only using your pinky!

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Old 04-22-2009   #336 (permalink)
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N O T H I N G to worry about. We go down frequently, and just got back 2 days ago. I particularly noticed this time that there was probably less police presence really than has been in past trips. You will completely forget why on earth you were worried in the first place when you get there
Back home is another story....more shootings/stabbings etc whilst we've been gone....wish we were back in Playadise.
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A lot is being made of the drug violence in Mexico these days. From what I have read this is mostly on the border towns as a result of drug smugglers. But to ease my wife and daughter's minds I figured I'd get some first hand opinions. Has any of the violence extended to this area?

Now of course I know as with many areas like this you have to be careful about not getting robbed, etc. That is common sense stuff. But the media has really pushed on reports of people getting randomly shot, beheaded, etc.

Just returned from the area. Anyone who cancels his trip to Playa because of the advisory is a fool. Same old Playa I've grown to love. People were as friendly as ever if not more. And we even wandered off 5th Ave.
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What image problem? Visits up 13% in early '09

April 22, 2009

Nearly 4 million tourists visited Mexico during the first two months of this year, up almost 13% compared with the same period in 2008, according to Sectur, Mexico's ministry of tourism.

The jump in visitors came despite worries about the surge in drug-related violence in certain border towns and despite the global economic downturn.
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Yup... Media hype.... It's probably not even as bad as they make it seem on the border towns.

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I have been in Ciudad Jaurez for 2 days now and have not seen any trouble, at all. I even went downtown on Monday morning.
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If I was a journalist, and had the resources, I would take a big vacation going from border town to border town, just to prove a point.
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I recently read a book like that. Don't remember what it was. The guy went through the list of things Master Card warned against and did all ten of them w/ no problems. He stayed in a seedy hotel that did not have a decent lock on the door much less a safe, carried several hundred dollars cash, walked through an alley at night by himself in Tijana and another notorious city with a very expensive camera and watch exposed, wore a shirt identifying himself as an Amercian etc. I think it might have been "Culture Shock! Mexico" by Mark Cramer but not sure. I read several.
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