Sunday, March 1

Spring Break Students Should Stay Out of Mexico

That is the warning that colleges across the country are sending out to spring break students. The U.S. State department has also sent out warnings that many popular places for spring breakers such as Cancun and Acapulco are not safe due to a surge in violence. Drug-related murders and kidnappings of Americans along with recent arrests made by the U.S. has prompted the warnings. It is estimated that more than 100,000 high school and college students travel to Mexico each year for spring break.

The State Department advises those students who will travel to Mexico despite the warning to use common-sense and stay out of areas of prostitution and drug dealing.

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1 comment:

Kristin said...

The locals are speaking out and feel threatened themselves. The drug lords are willing to target anyone, including their neighbors.

There was a deadly bombing in Morelia, Michoacan during their independence day celebrations.
This is not a popular vacation spot and it was Mexicans that were targeted. The bombing left the locals fearful and nervous.

While I lived there, it was not uncommon to walk around the neighborhood in the evenings with a mango and refresca/soda talking to your neighbors and watching the kids playing in the streets. This isn't such a common occurrence anymore, I am told.

Mexico is beautiful and most of the locals provided wonderful hospitality. Under normal circumstances, I would encourage travel across our southern border; now, I would suggest exercising caution.

Travel safe and smart.