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Old 06-21-2010   #91 (permalink)
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Last time we were there it was in 13-14 range....Happy with the 12.54 have been there as low as 9....That was a weird feeling.....
Over here (UK) I was checking on the internet yesterday and the peso against the English pound was 17.34!.....the US dollar for the English pound was 1.43!

I may take English pounds with me this time then!! .....the last time we were in Playa the exchange rate was 20 pesos to the US dollar and the English pound!! wow how things change!! quite worrying really just where it will all end!
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Over here (UK) I was checking on the internet yesterday and the peso against the English pound was 17.34!.....the US dollar for the English pound was 1.43!

I may take English pounds with me this time then!! .....the last time we were in Playa the exchange rate was 20 pesos to the US dollar and the English pound!! wow how things change!! quite worrying really just where it will all end!
The exchange rate was never 20 pesos to the USD, unless you were here 20 years ago during the peso crisis. The best was about a year ago when the exchange rate was near 14 to 1. The Mexico economy is actually one of the most stable in the world right now with a GDP nearing 5%. I expect the peso to strengthen to about 10.5 to 11 to 1 USD in the next 12 months. I would have concern if I held Euros right now considering the Greece crisis and the spillover effect that will have on the weaker EU economies including Portugal and Spain..hold on to your hats..the world economic crisis may get worse....IMO
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I dont think so at all Mikey, after all this is supposed to be a forum to promote Playa del Carmen, its Monuments, and business.s,its beaches and its beauty, i really dont think there is any need to see thread after thread of this nature.
Yes there are murders here, there are murders everywhere but as far as i am aware they are contained within the drug and crime circles, they bear no threat to visitors , so why promote the scaremongering .
I personaly feel if people feel the need to write and read about this kind of stuff there should be a completely seperate forum, i would rather not see it on P.I. at all
Hopefully i am entitled to an opinion
You've left out an important factor. For the most part, people frequent this board due a common interest in Playa and Yucatan Peninsula. Many of which have traveled there multiple times over. Multiple trips pretty much attest to the fact we all love to vacation there. I don't think burying heads in the sand by way of censoring news when crime and violence occur will do anything but take away people's right to read what is going on their chosen vacation destination, or in this case, finding out it happened many miles from Playa. Just as most of us hear news reports of the horrible crimes committed where we reside. I don't know if you read rainmaker's link, but you will see where it notes that some tourist areas in Mexico are 17 times safer than Dallas. I still watch our local news because I want to be aware of what is going on I'd rather have these issues discussed on this board where locals can shed some light on the particular nature and locations of crimes in order to ease minds of those travelers who might be a little bit wary. Is it a topic you want to discuss? No, I highly doubt it. But ignoring the fact it happens and requesting it not be spoken of will only be a detriment when you can do something positive by reinforcing the safety factor for tourists by way of reassurance by repetitive contribution to these threads. Slapping up snarky comments to people asking legitimate questions doesn't fall into that category. In the end, we all love Playa and will continue to vacation there and that common bond should not be forgotten.
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You've left out an important factor. For the most part, people frequent this board due a common interest in Playa and Yucatan Peninsula. Many of which have traveled there multiple times over. Multiple trips pretty much attest to the fact we all love to vacation there. I don't think burying heads in the sand by way of censoring news when crime and violence occur will do anything but take away people's right to read what is going on their chosen vacation destination, or in this case, finding out it happened many miles from Playa. Just as most of us hear news reports of the horrible crimes committed where we reside. I don't know if you read rainmaker's link, but you will see where it notes that some tourist areas in Mexico are 17 times safer than Dallas. I still watch our local news because I want to be aware of what is going on I'd rather have these issues discussed on this board where locals can shed some light on the particular nature and locations of crimes in order to ease minds of those travelers who might be a little bit wary. Is it a topic you want to discuss? No, I highly doubt it. But ignoring the fact it happens and requesting it not be spoken of will only be a detriment when you can do something positive by reinforcing the safety factor for tourists by way of reassurance by repetitive contribution to these threads. Slapping up snarky comments to people asking legitimate questions doesn't fall into that category. In the end, we all love Playa and will continue to vacation there and that common bond should not be forgotten.

Sigh !!!
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The exchange rate was never 20 pesos to the USD, unless you were here 20 years ago during the peso crisis. The best was about a year ago when the exchange rate was near 14 to 1. The Mexico economy is actually one of the most stable in the world right now with a GDP nearing 5%. I expect the peso to strengthen to about 10.5 to 11 to 1 USD in the next 12 months. I would have concern if I held Euros right now considering the Greece crisis and the spillover effect that will have on the weaker EU economies including Portugal and Spain..hold on to your hats..the world economic crisis may get worse....IMO
The exchange rate for today (21/6) is $18.45 Mexican pesos for the English pound!.......having said all that money values change daily and as long as we get the current rates when I go for my pesos and dollars soon I don't care!!

OMG! After this new governments budget statement today!...we will be lucky to be able to go away again for years!!
tax tax and more tax!!! and the V A T tax which is now 17and a half% is going up next January to 20%!!! and that means on everything
I think there will be lots of job losses and strikes etc!! oh dear...not good!

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In a little over 3 weeks we will be in PDC!! So tell me, being an American couple, should we be concerned about safety with the Arizona Immigration Law and now a car bombing. People are telling us not to go due to the current events.....True? Or it is yet just the border that a little rough?
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In a little over 3 weeks we will be in PDC!! So tell me, being an American couple, should we be concerned about safety with the Arizona Immigration Law and now a car bombing. People are telling us not to go due to the current events.....True? Or it is yet just the border that a little rough?
Hehe.
Did you read the thread?
Yes. It's safe.

What does the Arizona Immigration Law have to do with Playa?
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We have not been to Playa in a while. However, I really believe its the Texas & Arizona borders that are having the problems. Just be careful and don't wonder too far off 5th street in Playa, and you should be ok.
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We have not been to Playa in a while. However, I really believe its the Texas & Arizona borders that are having the problems. Just be careful and don't wonder too far off 5th street in Playa, and you should be ok.
Wrong.
You can venture just about anywhere you want.
Playa is extremely safe. Common sense is the key.
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You will be fine as long as you stay within the borders of 145 avenue and the beach, and Calle 1 and maybe calle 140, outside of that is a real jungle
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In a little over 3 weeks we will be in PDC!! So tell me, being an American couple, should we be concerned about safety with the Arizona Immigration Law and now a car bombing. People are telling us not to go due to the current events.....True? Or it is yet just the border that a little rough?
The Arizona Law could give you problems if you are from Arizona. If so, and caught without your ID on your person, you will be escorted by foot (about 1800 miles to Arizona border) and placed into the Rio Grande and asked to swim the rest of the way home. If not from Arizona, all will be good..
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In a little over 3 weeks we will be in PDC!! So tell me, being an American couple, should we be concerned about safety with the Arizona Immigration Law and now a car bombing. People are telling us not to go due to the current events.....True? Or it is yet just the border that a little rough?
The car bombing was in Torreon. The driving distance from Torreon to Cancun is 1648 miles. Phoenix to Toledo, Ohio is about the same.....
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Greetings!
I've been traveling to Mexico for over twenty years. I've always felt safe in Mexico. Never been the victim of a crime.

I think people may give too much weight to sensationalized crime stories.

Don't forget: Crime(fear) sells newspapers. Good news sells no newspapers.

Imagine this scenario for those of you living in the USA. Let's say you had a brother, sister, or cousin that lived in the next state and you wanted to spend a week visiting with them.
Would you anxiously start reading newspapers or doing google searches on crime in the area?
Would you cancel your trip to see your relative if you learned that some one got mugged or the teller of a Quick-E-Mart got shot during a robbery?
No, I don't think so.

Will you be moving from your home town to another state because of crime in your area? No? Maybe you won't be moving because you don't involve yourself in criminal activites and you are smart enough to stay away from parts of town where trouble always seems to happen.

If we allow fear to rule our lives why should we ever leave the house?

The most important thing you can bring with you to Mexico is common sense. Use common sense in Mexico and you should have no problems.
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more....

Oh, I should add that there have been times in Mexico where I have used zero common sense, done completely stupid things, and I was still perfectly safe.
I have had locals look out for me, point me in the right direction when lost, give me back my money when I dropped it........

The generosity and honesty of locals has been astounding.

People who may not have owned a darn thing have fed me, beered me, let me stay the night, made sure I was safe, made sure I got off at the right bus stop, treated me like part of the family, ...

In fact, I suggest we start a thread of GOOD NEWS to counter the fear generated by this crime thread. People could share stories of unexpected generosity and kindness while traveling in Mexico.
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