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Cancun Ramping Up Tourist Safety Measures With Increased Surveillance And Nightly Bar & Nightclub Checks

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It looks like Cancun and other well-known tourist hotspots of Riviera Maya are setting themselves up to be an even safer destination for travelers ahead of the arrival of Spring Break.

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Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa has stated that security measures are being put in place ahead of the upcoming busy Spring Break period, and this is being aided by the three levels of government in the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.

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In her latest statement, she said – “We all work daily in joint actions, around the new agreement for the well-being and development of Quintana Roo, to reinforce security and a presence is maintained on all beaches, with elements of the Navy, National Guard, Tourist Police, and State Police”.

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What Safety Precautions Are Being Put In Place?

The operation, which is named ‘Red Circle’, will be in progress in many busy cities across the Quintana Roo state – every day of the week, commencing from 10 pm onwards.

This will be in place to monitor and keep the nightclubs and bars in the busier areas in check.

In addition to the use of the C5 security system, there will also be immediate attentional centers (CAIS), including tents, where CCTV will be installed.


As well as this, the presence of the Navy, National Guard, Tourist Police, and State Police along the popular town’s beaches will also be felt more so than normal, and is nothing to be alarmed about — it is simply part of the government’s procedure and daily practice to ensure safety for citizens and visitors.

The Governor has reiterated that Quintana Roo’s many tourist destinations, such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum are home to safe communities, and these measures will only make it a safer place to be, particularly in the denser areas as spring break arrives.

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Will Quintana Roo Be Even Busier Than Last Year?

3.8 million travelers have been welcomed in the area during the months of January and February of this year; that’s 830 thousand more than in the same period of last year, which is huge.

So naturally, as the demand for visitors increases, the demand for a safer space for those visitors is also necessary, and the government is taking action to make sure this is being dealt with accordingly.

It’s definitely worth noting that these actions in place are specifically for the upcoming rush of Spring Break travelers.

However, it is not yet confirmed whether the measures will be a permanent fixture or purely just for the duration of the busier spring period.

Paradisiacal beach in Cancun with palm trees and white sand

The U.S. has also recently issued a travel warning for the cities of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum – travelers have been advised to take extra caution in these areas, particularly in the busier downtown districts.

Despite Quintana Roo being known to be one of the safest states in Mexico, the issue has been put in place in the interest of everyone’s safety ahead of the influx of travelers on their way.

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How Can I Remain Safe In These Areas?

• Stay in well-lit areas late at night, and avoid walking around on your own during the darker hours, for example, if it’s a long road without street lights, stick to more crowded areas

• Be aware of any rules in Quintana Roo that may differ from wherever you have come from

• Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, and consider leaving your valuables at home

• If you decide to go out and party, do it responsibly, despite the Mexican Caribbean’s laid-back party vibe, violations of national drug laws can carry harsh punishments

• Take out travel insurance before you head out to Mexico, we never want anything to go wrong, but when things do, on the off chance, you will be grateful for this one

Maza Lezama also mentioned that everyone works extremely hard in Quintana Roo on a daily, coming together and striving to reinforce better security for all visitors, travelers, and also citizens who live within the state.

So with all that being said, the safety measures are in place, so it’s time to pack your bags and head to the turquoise waters for a beautiful spring vacation!

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