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Old 02-18-2011   #1 (permalink)
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New to thread, and Mexico Vaca's!

Hi, my husband and I and some of his family are all going to the Barcelo Maya in just a couple weeks. We're verrrry excited to go, this is my first vacation ever! However we're extremely worried about all the recent violence in Mexico, never having been there we were wondering how safe it is in the maya riviera and PDC area? My mom is freaking out and i'd like to be able to comfort her, but i'm real scared too lol! And also how safe are all the excursions close by? Any good recommendations too! Thank you so much, glad to finally join btw!
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Old 02-18-2011   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, my husband and I and some of his family are all going to the Barcelo Maya in just a couple weeks. We're verrrry excited to go, this is my first vacation ever! However we're extremely worried about all the recent violence in Mexico, never having been there we were wondering how safe it is in the maya riviera and PDC area? My mom is freaking out and i'd like to be able to comfort her, but i'm real scared too lol! And also how safe are all the excursions close by? Any good recommendations too! Thank you so much, glad to finally join btw!
It's safe here.
The violence is far far from here.
If it were as bad as the media was leading people to believe, I wouldn't live here.
Ask you Mom this. Would she hesitate to go to Disney World because the streets of Detroit are not safe?
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Old 02-18-2011   #3 (permalink)
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We've been to several locations in Mexico and enjoyed very much!

Usually when people express worry to me about violence I say this...
If there is a shooting in Chicago are you worried to visit Knoxville, TN?
No, because the U.S. is a big country and so is Mexico.
You will have a lovely and safe vacation. Just use your own common sense and all will be well

Sue
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Old 02-26-2011   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the boards!

I can certainly understand how concern might cross your mind after hearing so many reports of violence. Be assured. Playa is a safe place to go. You don't need to be fearful.

Two things you can do.

First, use common sense at all times. Just like you do at home.

Second, educate yourself. Take a few minutes each day to read up on Mexican customs and traditions. Go to the library. Take out books.

Learn a few words of Spanish.

You will have a great time.

Cheers!
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Old 02-26-2011   #5 (permalink)
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We've been going to Playa for 5 years and just got back from a month there. Have never had any problems, always have felt safe. And just like everyone says, use common sense, learn some spanish and enjoy. Done lots of excursions - all great. Have a super fun vacation!!
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