Although rumors have been surfacing about the safety of visiting some popular Mexican Caribbean vacation destinations in recent months, visitors to Tulum can relax a little knowing that security is being addressed. 50 navy officers have been deployed to the tourist city ahead of the high season in order to increase security. Throughout the remainder of the year and through the winter months, a massive amount of tourists are still expected in the area, which is a cause for added security.
Tulum is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Riviera Maya region and a favorite destination for Americans and Canadians wishing to escape from the cold winters. In fact, along with Playa del Carmen, Tulum was rated one of the top two cities in Mexico to rent a vacation home. For those looking for an all-inclusive experience, there are a number of options for those types of resorts as well, like Grand Oasis, Dreams Resort & Spa, and Kore Retreat and Spa Resort.
While there have been a number of crimes that have taken place in various destinations that are part of the picturesque Riviera Maya region over the last several months, Tulum is generally not one of those places. It’s also important to point out that, more often than not, such crimes do not typically affect tourists. In most cases, the crimes are between rival drug dealers or are domestic incidents rather than random crimes against a tourist.
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The extra security, which will be provided by officers of the navy, is more or less a precaution to ensure the safety of visitors. Visitors can also protect themselves from criminal acts by following a few simple but very important safety rules. Doing so may help you avoid being put in a situation where you come into contact with criminals and become vulnerable to nefarious individuals.
Don’t Go Out at Night Alone
Going out at night alone is one of the most dangerous things you can do when you’re in a place that you don’t know well, and this is true no matter where you go on vacation. Not only does being alone instantly make you more vulnerable, but if something did happen, it would be a lot more difficult for authorities to figure out what happened without a witness there. There are all kinds of criminals that target individuals walking around by themselves.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Particularly when you’re in a strange place, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, but it’s a good rule in general. Not only will this alert you if someone is following you, but it will keep you physically safer from things like vehicle accidents as well. Surely you’ve heard people advise you to “keep your head on a swivel” before, and there’s no better time when this rule applies than when you’re in a place that is unfamiliar to you.
Stay in the Main Tourist Areas
Security will be most present in the tourist areas, so it’s important not to wander too far from these parts of town. In the case of Tulum, this will mean the areas of the beach, and the downtown area, also referred to as Tulum Pueblo. This is because it is in these locations that criminals that target tourists will seek out their victims, which is also the reason officials enhance security more in these areas.
So far, 50 officers have been sent to Tulum and other nearby municipalities to provide extra security, and it is possible more will be on their way. As the busy season approaches, it’s important that everybody does their part to maintain safety in these much-loved Mexican Caribbean vacation destinations.
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