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This Mega-Popular Island Near Cancun Is Getting Even Safer For Tourists This Winter 

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Travelers face a whole load of challenges when picking their next vacation spot: finding accommodation that works with their budget, choosing somewhere that matches the kind of vibe they are looking for, and ensuring that the destination in question is safe. 

Cozumel island

Tourists, above all else, want to know that their safety is guaranteed when they visit somewhere new, and that is why the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula continuously strive to enhance safety measures and expand security operations. 

With the current tourist boom that is sweeping over southeastern Mexico, government officials are all too aware of how fragile that success is and just how quickly it can be taken away if there were to be any major incident to take place. 

One such destination that is enhancing its security measures is Cozumel. 

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More Safety On Cozumel Beaches

Cozumel just recently became an official ‘Magical Town’ last year, a name given to a place that is significant culturally, historically, or naturally. 

They are chosen for representing authenticity, tradition and Mexican culture, and have quickly become a a popular tourist choice to visit – now easier than ever thanks to the new Maya Train.

With Cozumel being the ever-popular island that it is, more and more tourists are choosing it as their vacation destination, either as their main choice or as part of a side trip.

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Over the past year, 360,000 people visited the beaches of the island, according to the data collected from the lifeguard zones, with no deaths from drownings being recorded.

In order to increase security, Cozumel has just received three new ATVS (quad bikes that can travel on sandy terrain) and a jet ski, enabling lifeguards to reach areas extremely quickly and respond to any situation that arises with bathers.

Weekends are usually the busiest time for lifeguards, who see a mixture of national and foreign tourists, as well as locals visiting popular beaches such as Chen Rio, Casitas, Caletita, Las Rocas, and San Martin, with upward of 2,000 people on each of them. 

cozumel beach aerial

Lifeguards in the area have gone without such equipment for a number of years now, making it more difficult to ensure everyone’s safety.

Now, with authorities investing in more stringent security measures, they have the tools to make their work easier and more efficient. 

The mayor of Cozumel stated, “…to be able to give more and better results to our inhabitants and visitors, it is about proclaiming with the example by watching over those who work hardest to have a clean, safe and attentive Cozumel to citizen demands.”

Cozumel beach

Top Tips For Beach Safety

Follow the flag system. Each beach will either have a Green Flag (conditions are safe for swimming), a Yellow Flag(use caution when swimming), a Red Flag (conditions require extreme caution, and may not be suitable for swimming), or a Black Flag (dangerous conditions, the beach is closed to swimmers). Make sure to look out of the flags and act accordingly.

Speak to lifeguards. When you first arrive at any beach, check in with lifeguards and ask them about the conditions of the water and what to be aware of before choosing a spot to swim. If you do not see lifeguards present and don’t feel like a super confident swimmer, then maybe hold off getting into the water. 

A lifeguard walking on a Cancun beach with equipment

Be aware of riptides. A huge safety hazard for swimmers, the first thing to do when encountering a rip tide is not to panic. Exerting too much energy to get out of the current could exhaust you and result in potential drowning.

The usual advice is to let yourself be taken along with the rip tide until it eventually dissipates and then swims back to shore. Alternatively, you should try to swim parallel to the shore until you break free from the current. Once again, lifeguards will be aware of any zones to stay away from, so keep an eye out!

Behave responsibly. Beaches are fun places to be, and sometimes, our playful sides can get the better of us. Drinking too much on the beach can affect your safety, not only when you are swimming but also when bathing under the hot Mexican sun.

Try to drink responsibly and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. 


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Friday 26th of January 2024

when are you going to start covering all of the police corruption? Cancun, PDC, TULUM, ....lots of visitors will never come back due to extortion. Just get on Reddit and you can see all of the ongoing complaints.