25 Safest Places to Visit in Mexico You’ll Love (with Safety Tips)!

If you’re looking for the safest places to visit in Mexico, look first to these 25 incredible regions.

Each beautiful destination below will provide you with fantastic experiences in Mexico. But more importantly, they are safe to include in your travel plans.

Continue reading to discover where these safe areas in Mexico are, with helpful safety tips. 

Then, you can get excitable about planning a safe trip to Mexico!

Safest Places to Visit in Mexico

CONTENTS – In this article, you will learn all about the safest places to visit in Mexico, including:

What Makes Mexico “Unsafe”?

Wherever you travel in the world, it’s important to be a smart traveler and be safety conscious.

But let’s not deny this: There are some safety issues in Mexico that you can’t overlook as a traveler.  

Gang activity, drug cartels, and violent crime – most often after dark – create some unfortunate risks. According to the US Department of State, some areas of Mexico have an increase risk of crime and kidnapping. 

Yet, Mexico is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Better yet, it can be safely enjoyed.

Some of the things you can look forward to when you visit include:

  • Pristine beaches
  • Coastal beauty
  • Ancient ruins
  • Incredible food and drink
  • A rich culture
  • Wildlife and natural scenery
  • A delightful, tropical climate

Plus, it’s easy to get to from the US. 

So, if you focus on the safest places to visit in Mexico, you can easily enjoy an incredible, memorable, safe vacation in Mexico.

What are the Safe Mexico Regions?

With that in mind, here are the safest places to go in Mexico.

You’re gonna love them!

1. See Our Lady Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is a popular port on a Mexican Riviera cruise

Located on the Bay of Banderas on the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta was made famous by the 1964 Night of the Iguana movie. 

But is it safe to visit?

This Pacific Coast Mexican city has a relatively low crime rate and is much safer than Miami, Florida. 

Mexican cruise port cities often have a heavy police presence when ships are in port. By doing their best to prevent crime, they ensure the cruise ships keep coming and bringing thousands of passengers ready to spend money on their port day.

While the city has five different zones, visitors flock to El Centro or the downtown area and Zona Romantica, also known as the Romantic Zone. 

The Romantic Zone comprises hotel resorts and trendy beachfront restaurants known to be LGBT-friendly. It’s a great place to grab a drink and authentic Mexican food.

If you’re looking for inexpensive souvenirs, the Isla del Rio Cuale offers a low-key shopping experience under the shade of the large banyan trees.

Across the Cuale River, El Centro, or downtown encompasses the tourist area. 

Here, the Malecon meanders along the waterfront, dotted with whimsical and beautiful sculptures. A short walk from the Malecon, Our Lady Guadalupe cathedral dominates the skyline of Puerto Vallarta.

Named as “one of the most endearing” structures in the city, a large crown adorns the church’s clock tower. 

While still a place of worship, you can go inside Our Lady Guadalupe and admire its magnificent architecture.

The initial church was constructed in 1883, but the one seen today dates from 1903. However, it wasn’t completed for another 37 years. 

The city has replaced its “crowning” glory a few times. The original crown succumbed to erosion, the 2nd destroyed by an earthquake, and the 2009 replacement still remains.

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2. Merida

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Is Merida Mexico safe?

You’ll be happy to know Merida has long been called the safest city in Mexico. 

Once a hidden gem, this Yucatan Peninsula city is getting more and more popular for tourists and expats moving to Mexico with each passing year.

It is well known as a destination for:

  • Culture travelers
  • Foodies
  • Architecture lovers
  • Families
  • Solo travelers
  • Anyone interested in Mayan history

Merida is the 13th largest city in Mexico, and it has a solid infrastructure — including great hospitals and an airport.

To get to Merida, you can fly into Merida International Airport (MID). 

For now, there aren’t too many direct flights to Merida from other countries. That’s why many visitors choose to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN), then make the trip from Cancun to Merida over-land.

Merida is the capital of Yucatan state, one of the three states that make up the Yucatan Peninsula. 

It is considered the Culture Capital of the Yucatan. If you want to visit Mayan Ruins like Chichen Itza and Uxmal, shop for handmade artisan goods, tour historic hacienda, and taste the amazing regional food, Merida is the place.

You’ll find Merida located about 40 minutes from the closest beach, Puerto Progreso. 

There are also other beaches a bit further out, as well as cenotes to swim in throughout the Yucatan. (Cenotes are jungle pools, or sinkholes.) 

Choose from hundreds of cenotes about one hour from Merida, like Cenote Xoch and Cenote Santa Rosa.

Though known as the country’s safest city, that’s not to say “bad” things don’t happen in Merida.

They do. 

Even in a safe place like Merida, travelers still need to make personal safety a top priority in order to ensure safety.

You’ll want to remain aware of yourself, your surroundings and your belongings at all times, as crimes of opportunity can happen anywhere in the world. 

Still, you can also just relax and enjoy the city, as it’s a statistically safe place.

3. Guanajuato City, Mexico – One of the Most Colorful Cities in Mexico

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Guanajuato City is a city in Mexico located in the state of Guanajuato. This colorful yet hilly city is located in Central Mexico about 390 km north of Mexico City. 

In the 1500’s silver was discovered in Guanajuato City and it has been a thriving city ever since.

The city of Guanajuato is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so much to offer, sites to see, and great food to explore. 

Guanajuato City is a university city with a university of over 30,000 students. Because of this, Guanajuato City has a young population with a great and vibrant night life. 

Due to the university, tourist attractions, and lovely nature surrounding the city, people here are very friendly to tourists and welcome them.

This helps make it one of the safest places to visit in Mexico.

As a tourist, you can freely walk around Guanajuato City both during the day and at night. Explore the underground streets, walk the narrow alley ways, sample food at Mercado Hidalgo. 

This is a very walkable city, although taxis are a cheap and reliable option. 

You can take a taxi to Mina La Valenciana. While here there is the Temple of San Cayetano and Museum of Purgatory that are worth visiting.

Once back in the city center, visitors can’t miss the Basilica of our Lady and taking a walk to the top of the hill where the El Pipila monument is. 

From here, you get an amazing view of the city of Guanajuato. 

The walk to the monument is safe and beautiful, but it is recommended to bring water and take your time as it can get hot and shade can be limited.

For those that like morbid attractions, there is a mummy museum at the edge of town that is rather creepy but well worth visiting. 

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s a local graveyard was dug up because of over crowding and it was discovered that the bodies were so well preserved. 

Locals at the time decided to put some of the mummies on display and it has been a popular attraction since.

4. Where the Desert Meets the Ocean in La Ventana, Baja California Sur

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La Ventana is a sleepy beach town, located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez on the east coast of Baja California Sur. 

Best known as a kite surfing destination, the population of the town swells each winter when the northerly winds blow creating perfect conditions for kiting. 

But whether you are interested in kite surfing or not, La Ventana is one of the safest places to visit in Mexico – and it is well worth visiting.

The landscapes of La Ventana are absolutely breath taking. It epitomizes ‘desert-meets-ocean’. 

Forests of giant Cardon Cactus sit alongside the sparkling turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. 

There are plenty of opportunities to get out in nature, with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, offshore islands to be explored and hidden bays just a short drive from the town. 

There are a great range of local restaurants and bars, serving up both Mexican and international cuisine. Don’t miss happy hour and pizzas at the rooftop bar at Playa Central!

La Ventana is a very safe destination to visit in Mexico. 

The town itself is small and sleepy, and besides the large influx of international kite surfers, it is not a very busy area. 

There is none of the wild nightlife found in nearby Los Cabos, and visitors and locals enjoy a quiet, laidback life in nature. 

There is a wonderful community of expats in La Ventana, and even as a solo traveler it is very easy to connect with other travelers and locals.

The main safety concern to be aware of in La Ventana is driving. 

Having your own rental car is the best way to get around, but many of the roads are unpaved. With slow, cautious driving you won’t have any problems. 

But its best to avoid driving at night when it can be difficult to see potholes, and any cows who commonly wander out onto the road!

All in all, La Ventana, and Baja California Sur, is a very safe part of Mexico to visit, with some incredible landscapes, wildlife and culture to discover.

5. Cross Off Exciting Nature Bucket List Activities in Puerto Escondido

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If you’re looking for a safe Mexican destination with stunning beaches and an infinite number of activities nearby, Puerto Escondido is the place to go. 

In this small fishing village turned backpacker hotspot, you’ll find international cuisine options, an active nightlife, and incredible outdoor adventures.

Puerto Escondido is a Pacific coast gem on the well-worn tourist path in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. 

Being relatively small and having a solid tourism infrastructure, Puerto Escondido is a great safe place for solo travelers.

Puerto Escondido may be most well-known as a surfing hotspot that has held some of the world’s largest competitions on its high swells. But even if you aren’t a pro, beginner beaches welcome those who are not as experienced.

At the crack of dawn, look for dolphins just off the shores of Puerto Escondido before spending the day beach-hopping. 

Enjoy the sunset on Playa Bacocho, where you may simultaneously release your very own baby turtle. 

Then, bathe with the bioluminescence plankton from Manialtepec Lagoon under the stars.

Aside from the most popular tour experiences, you can rent a scooter to visit nearby beach towns, like Mazunate or Huatulco. Or, take a day trip to waterfalls like Copalitilla..

Later, check out the night market that lines the main street or head to La Punta for various cuisine options, catering to all dietary restrictions. Stay in La Punta afterward for live entertainment or to dance the night away. 

Even at night, Puerto Escondido remains secure.

Most visitors rent scooters as the best way to get around Puerto Escondido. If you choose to do so, always wear a helmet and watch for one-way streets.

Many visitors anticipate spending three days in Puerto Escondido and find themselves there a month later. 

If you just want to see the town and join the best things to do in Puerto Escondido, you’ll want to spend at least three days so you can fully appreciate this lovely location.

6. Transport Yourself to a Remote Fishing Village in Yelapa, Mexico

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Not too far from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, you’ll find a simplistic village by the name of Yelapa.

It’s not an island, but it may feel like one. 

Accessible only by boat, Yelapa is a remote fishing village, so remote that there aren’t any roads. It’s the type of place where everyone knows each other, and the friendly locals welcome all to experience their magical little home.

Surrounded by lush tropical greens, Yelapa is on the west coast of Mexico in a tiny bay within the larger Banderas Bay. One of the top beaches near Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa’s waves are small and the water is warm so you’ll be able to enjoy a nice dip in the ocean.

Not ready to get into the water? 

Then, explore Yelapa by foot and visit the town’s waterfall or hike up the river a bit to find another. You can always enjoy some relaxation time on the beach with a margarita in your hand.

You can also take a boat trip from Yelapa to explore Los Arcos Marine Park or Marieta Islands, a.k.a. the “hidden beach” if you’re looking for more adventure. 

Whatever you decide to do in Yelapa, the local hospitality will make you feel safe and welcome!

After a day of fun in the sun, wind down with a traditional Mexican dinner and enjoy the sunset. Although Yelapa isn’t the place to party, if you do feel like having some drinks there are options available in town.

Before catching your boat ride from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa, make sure you fill up on supplies. The options in town are very limited and you may not be able to find what you want. 

It might be a good idea to bring some food and drinks in a cooler if you have special diet restrictions or want certain items. 

And if you get seasick, take medicine beforehand because the boat ride over can be quite bumpy!

7. El Cuyo Yucatan

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El Cuyo is a gorgeous little beach town in the Northeastern part of the Yucatan state. 

It is a three-hour drive from Cancun and, at least for the time being, it remains largely off the beaten path.

Tourists may flock en masse to the beaches of Tulum and Isla Mujeres, but if you are searching for peace and seclusion during your time in Mexico, El Cuyo may be more your thing. 

In fact, El Cuyo is somewhat reminiscent of what Tulum was like 10-15 years ago before word got out.

The settlement here is tiny.

El Cuyo is little more than a gorgeous stretch of coastline that is surrounded by a handful of hotels and restaurants that have only popped up in recent years. 

The beach is the main attraction and it’s a spectacular one that rivals the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean.

The sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico from here are unparalleled. Since the town is so remote, you will often find that you have large swathes of coastline entirely to yourself. 

Crime is practically nonexistent here.

So clearly, this makes it one of the safest places to visit in Mexico.

Locals will assure you that there have never been any incidents here. (There has not been so much as a petty theft for decades!)

You can comfortably enjoy the town and the beach alone, even as a solo or solo female traveler. There is a real respectful, small-community vibe in El Cuyo that is rare to find anywhere in the world today.

If you prefer to be a little more active, you can try your hand at kitesurfing. El Cuyo is one of the best kitesurfing destinations in Southern Mexico.  

You’ll find several stores that offer equipment rentals and lessons, even if you are a complete beginner.

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8. Explore the Rocky Tide Pools in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point)

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Rocky Point is a beach-front community located only an hour from the US border and a four-hour drive from Phoenix, AZ. It’s in Sonora inside the Baja Peninsula on the mainland of Mexico.

In fact, Puerto Peñasco is the closest beach to Arizona.

This makes it a popular destination for a beach escape from the city. It’s the perfect area for a romantic trip, time with friends, or even a solo adventure.

Most Americans visit Puerto Peñasco to enjoy the beach, and there are many apartments, condos, and homes you can rent with ocean views. You’ll find a wide range of options at different price points and sizes.

You’ll discover lots of other fun things to do there as well, including shopping for souvenirs in the Old Port and Malecón

Enjoy a margarita or two overlooking the ocean or shop for local artisan treasures like glassware and handicrafts.

Get a fresh seafood catch or dine in the many local restaurants. Or, go to a taco stand and enjoy some of the best fresh tacos you’ve had! 

And, don’t skip the pastry shop in town for some local sweet treats.

Most importantly, don’t miss exploring the rocky tide pools all over the beaches for sea life! And, head to the estuary early in the morning if you’re a birding fan. 

Then, get a massage right on the beach for a luxurious and relaxing treat.

Rocky Point is generally a safe place to visit for tourists. 

Just take precautions that you normally would take when traveling. This includes being aware of your surroundings and not drinking too much when you’re out (particularly if you’re alone).

It’s a good idea to always carry cash on you when you’re driving just in case the policia offer to take money for a ticket at your car to “save” you a trip to the station. 

If it happens, just go with it. 

Remember you’re not in the US, and it’s part of the experience!

9. Safe Places to Visit in Mexico – Palenque

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Palenque, in northern Chiapas (Mexico’s southernmost state), is an incredible place to visit.

The town itself – while very safe – is fairly unremarkable. But a few kilometers out from the center of town is one of the most spectacular ruined cities on earth.

Originally built over 2,000 years ago, Palenque was an important and powerful Mayan city.  

At its height, Palenque’s rulers controlled large swathes of Central America. After its decline, the city was lost, swallowed by the jungle.

Today, the ancient ruins are extremely atmospheric.  Surrounded by thick forest, and perched on top of a hill, the whole place feels very special. Mystical, even.

You should allow a full day to explore the Palenque ruins. The site is huge, and there’s so much to see.  

Be sure to bring lots of water, sunscreen and a hat with you. Palenque is hot and humid year round, and there’s not much shade.

Another fantastic place to visit near Palenque is the Roberto Barrios waterfalls. These are about an hour’s drive away from Palenque, through some spectacular scenery.

The waterfalls themselves are beautiful, and well worth the journey.

There are many turquoise pools where you can swim and cool off from the afternoon heat.

Some of the waterfalls are shaped in a way that allows you to slide down them. If in doubt, ask a local which areas are safe to do this.

To get to Roberto Barrios, you can take a colectivo (shared minibus taxi), or go as part of a guided tour.  If you have your own car, be sure to stop off along the way to enjoy the amazing views.

Palenque and its surrounding area is overall a very safe place to visit. That’s why it’s included in this list of the safest places to visit in Mexico.

This area generally does not suffer from the drug gang-related violence that plagues some other parts of Mexico, and crime against foreigners is pretty rare here.

That said, it always pays to take sensible precautions.

Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, lock valuables in the safe at your accommodation, don’t carry lots of money or expensive-looking items around with you, and avoid walking around by yourself after dark.

10. Cozumel

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Mexican islands are the safest places to visit in the country and Cozumel is no exception. 

This is one of the biggest islands in Mexico with a low crime rate and beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.

You will not find their vibrant nightlife like in Cancun. Instead, you’ll discover an abundance of incredible marine life. 

In Playa El Cielo, you can snorkel with starfishes and manta rays. 

The coral reef in Cozumel is the second largest in the world and attracts many visitors every year.

The best way to get to Cozumel is to take a ferry just off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. There are ferries to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen all year long. 

As soon as you get there you will see not only solo travelers and backpackers but also families with kids that want to explore Cozumel.

The island has been based on tourism for many years, so it is very important that the place is safe to visit. 

You can walk along the Aldora Pier and explore beautiful monuments such as Monumento Al Mestizaje, Coral Reefs Monument, or La Tortuga. 

It doesn’t matter what time you go for a walk, whether it is morning or evening, you will feel safe in Cozumel.

Downtown Cozumel is a must-see attraction on the island. 

In San Miguel de Cozumel you can buy unique souvenirs or take amazing pictures with the big sign COZUMEL. 

Moreover, colorful buildings, street art, and friendly locals will make your visit unforgettable.

If you want to try authentic Mexican food, there is no better place than downtown Cozumel. You will find there many cafes and restaurants. A few of them you might want to try include Guisados, Taquería El Mexicano or Sucre Sale. 

There are also plenty of amazing boutique hotels in Cozumel. 

One of the best is Kinta Kan Hotel. It has only 12 rooms but offers a safe stay in a great location.

11. Make Valladolid your Perfect Base to Discover Chichen Itza and More

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Valladolid, located in the state of Yucatán, is a great place to include in your Mexico itinerary. 

Here, you can enjoy local Yucatán food, visit cenotes (natural deep-water wells) in the area, and it is also one of the safest cities in Mexico.

The third-largest city of Yucatán, with a population of around 48000 inhabitants, is the perfect base to spend a couple of days while you explore places around the area. 

That’s because it’s central location in the Yucatán peninsula. Valladolid is is about a 2-hour drive away from Mérida or a 1.5- hour drive away from Tulum.

The city is quite small, and pretty much everything is walkable. 

Most accommodations are located close to the main square. Also, most attractions, restaurants and bars are located within the same area. 

Therefore, you never have to worry about having to grab a taxi or Uber when getting back home. 

After the sun sets, there are still plenty of people out and about on the streets, tourists and locals alike.

While you are exploring Valladolid, make sure to check out its beautiful main square with its historic church and all the colorful houses in the streets. 

You’ll discover there are a lot of cenotes around Valladolid, but you can even find a restaurant, like Zaci, that has its own cenote in the back!

While you can see most of Valladolid within a few hours, there are plenty of things to do around Valladolid, as well. 

One of them is driving 1.5 hours up North to the beautiful little town of Rio Lagartos for the day. Then, you can spend the day on a boat tour around a lagoon spotting flamingos.

Another great thing about Valladolid is that it is only about a 45-minute drive away from the world-famous Chichen Itza archaeological site. 

If you want to beat the crowds and arrive at the site as early as possible, it is great to start your trip from Valladolid. This is especially true when you have a rental car because you can be there right when it opens.

12. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Benito Juárez

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Nestled in southeast Mexico, Cancun is one of the country’s easternmost points. 

It sits on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and is best known for its historic Mayan ruins, stunning nature, water sports, and nightlife.

Out of the tons of things to do in Cancun, visiting the Chichen Itza ruins is the main highlight. It’s a popular archaeological site that welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors annually. 

This sprawling Maya city dates back to as early as AD 600, and is an important part of Mexican history.

There are a total of 26 Mayan ruins spread throughout the site. The Chichen Itza Pyramid or El Castillo being the most famous one. This pyramid was built as a temple for the Yucatec Mayan deity, Kukulcán.

Cancun itself is a beloved destination for solo travelers, families, and couples alike, thanks to its safe atmosphere. 

The city is on the smaller side and the people are extremely friendly. You can easily befriend locals and fellow travelers alike, even when you’re alone. 

Just remember to use some common sense and try to make friends at whatever accommodation you’ve picked.

All the beaches here are worth a visit, but Playa Maroma might be one of its most beautiful. 

Swim in its crystal clear waters, snorkel, or simply sail off during sunset for a magical view!

Then, head over to Ventura Park, an oceanfront amusement park with an array of fun-filled activities.

In terms of nightlife, your visit to Cancun isn’t complete without dancing away at Coco Bongo. This renowned nightclub is essentially six (6) tribute shows with lots of fun music.

Any food enthusiast would also love Cancun

This city teems with diverse cuisine and delectable foods. Some must-tries include tamales, lime soup, and empanadas. 

La Habichuela, which serves authentic Yucatan Peninsula and Caribbean seafood dishes, is a particular favorite among locals and tourists alike.

13. Have a Spiritual Experience at San Jose del Pacifico, the Magic Mushroom capital of Mexico

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San Jose del Pacifico is a tiny sleepy village located 3 hours outside the bustling city of Oaxaca.

Dedicated to a natural way of life, San Jose del Pacifico has made a name for itself among backpackers and those seeking a unique kind of retreat. 

It’s one of the best places in Mexico to have a spiritual and eco-focused experience.

San Jose del Pacifico is actually considered the magic mushroom capital of Mexico! 

The locals grow magic mushrooms during the mountain’s rainy season which is July – October. 

If you can’t visit during their mushroom harvest season, they also preserve the mushrooms in creative ways.

The other local economy is cultivating local organic honey, and if you visit during the off-season (November – June), you can buy magic mushrooms dried and preserved in their honey.

Lots of people come to San Jose del Pacifico just to take some mushrooms and hang out in the mountains. 

But if you’re looking for more of an experience, the locals run Temazcal ceremonies centered around their favorite drug.

A Temazcal ceremony is like an ancient indigenous sauna that originates in Mexico going back hundreds of years. 

A shaman, called a “Temazcalero”, runs the ceremony and many people come out of Temazcals having experienced therapeutic benefits.

The easiest way to get to San Jose del Pacifico is via daily shuttles. The locals refer to them as “vomit vans’ because of how bumpy and snakey the mountain roads are.

Usually, tourists start in Oaxaca, take a shuttle to San Jose del Pacifico, and then take another shuttle to Puerto Escondido

This is the perfect Mexican 1-week trip that has you visiting a historical “Pueblo Magico,” the mountains, and the beach.

You’ll be happy to know that San Jose del Pacifico is one of the safest tourist destinations in Mexico. In this tiny village where everyone truly knows everyone, you can feel at peace and one with nature during your trip.

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14. Visit the Cobbled Streets of Coyoacánin Mexico City

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Coyoacán is a former village and now one of the 16 boroughs in Mexico City located in the South. 

It is mostly known for its art galleries, cobbled streets and its artisan markets. 

There is a lot of history in Coyoacán. The narrow streets have been preserved and date back to the 16th century, It also has some stunning and original layouts and plazas.

Coyoacán is a fairly safe place to visit, but, as with visiting any city, you should be careful about certain things such as pickpocketing and just be aware of your surroundings. 

This being said, the area is certainly not considered dangerous and you can walk around during both the day and the night without experiencing any issues.

It’s a good pick among the safest places to visit in Mexico.

In general, it doesn’t take long to explore the area with 1-2 hours being the suggested recommendation. 

However, if you wanted to spend a bit more time there and see some other attractions then you may want to spend slightly longer there or even up to a day.

There are some quite good museums there which are great if you like history.

These include the Frida Kahlo Museum where the main part is just walking through her house and seeing how she lived, it also features some old paintings of hers within the house however, this isn’t the main attraction. 

To visit this you need to book an advanced ticket via the website. 

Another museum you can see is the Leon Trotsky Museum which is another house-type museum featuring the house he lived in until he sadly lost his life in this house at the hands of a Stalin supporter. 

His Study still remains exactly how it was on the day he was attacked and even his books are in the same place.

Some other interesting things to do there include: Mercado de Coyoacán (Coyoacán market) Plaza Jardín Hidalgo, and Jardin Centenario.

If you do choose to visit, also make sure you try some churros and have a paleta (a Mexican frozen dessert made from natural fruits) as they are both delicious!’

15. Visit the Beautiful Bohemian Island of Holbox

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If you are looking for a relaxed and safe place to visit in Mexico, Isla Holbox should definitely be on your list.

Isla Holbox is a beautiful island on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, northwest of Cancun. 

It’s slightly harder to visit this island compared to the popular Isla Mujeres, which is why you will still find the slow-paced and laidback lifestyle on Isla Holbox, whereas Isla Mujeres has been slowly losing this charm.

Some of the best things to do on Isla Holbox are to relax, go to the beach, and watch the sunsets (and if you can get out of bed early, the sunrises). 

If you are done doing as little as possible, you might be happy to know that there are also plenty of active things to do on the island as well.

For example, a tour along all the cool murals on the island, walking along the coastline of the island, or boat tours to neighboring uninhabited islands.

Now, back to the question of why Isla Holbox is generally considered a safe place to visit.

First, it’s an island in the Yucatan Peninsula with a population of only 1,198 inhabitants. 

Not quite a location that attracts many drug gangs. This is why Isla Holbox has been relatively free of drug violence.

Second, the entire population relies heavily on tourists for their income, which is why tourists are hardly ever the target of crimes. 

Sure pickpocketing and scams happen as they do everywhere, but it definitely doesn’t happen on a regular basis.

Third, it’s also the safest place in Mexico when it comes to traffic accidents. 

Because the only accidents that can happen on the island are those with bikes or golf carts, as there are no cars on the island.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean you can forget about all your standard safety precautions. 

You should still not carry around crazy amounts of money, and avoid isolated places alone at night. But if you use your common sense, Isla Holbox will give you an amazing (and safe) time!

16. Mexico City

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Mexico City, also known as CDMX (Ciudad de México), DF (Distrito Federal) and México, is one of the most favored cities in the world.

It’s vibrant, full of amazing museums, restaurants, parks and monuments and yes, it’s as safe as any enormous city around the world. 

When you visit, you’ll want to take as much (or as little) precaution as you would anywhere else:

  • Don’t walk solo on the street late at night
  • Be aware of your belongings at all times, especially in crowds
  • Do remember that Mexico City does have the odd earthquake

The city is one of the biggest cities in the world, so there’s no way any visitor is going to see more than a corner or two in the average visit.

So, be sure to make your time count: figure out what you want to do, find your area, and plan, plan, plan. 

You might like to stay in places such as Coyoacán, Polanco, Roma Norte or Reforma because it’s easy to fill a few days with activities that can be reached on foot. 

Be sure to visit the Castillo de Chapultepec, located in Bosque de Chapultepec, one of the world’s largest parks.

Then stroll along Reforma as far as Alameda Central (take a cab if you get tired) where you’ll find wonderful art galleries. They including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Mural Diego Rivera, the Museum of Tolerance and numerous others. 

From here the famous Zocalo is an exhilarating walk away too. 

On the Zocalo there’s enough to do and see that you might even need a whole day to take in the cathedral, Museo del Templo Mayor the Palacio Nacional and more. 

If you can, find time to visit the Monumento a la Revolución

And if you’re in town for a little longer, a trip to the south to learn about the origins of Mexico City while floating on the canals of Xochimilco is an absolute winner of a day.

The city is home to world class restaurants, great street tacos and everything in between. 

You’re never going to be hungry in Mexico City and because no one drinks or uses tap water, there are few worries when it comes to food safety. 

Eat where others are eating and you won’t go wrong.

17. The Great Pyramid of Cholula

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Great Pyramid Church Cholula

Located in the state of Puebla, the pre-hispanic town of Cholula is a 1.5 hours drive away from Mexico City. 

Cholula gets lots of domestic and international visitors due to its proximity to Mexico City. 

It is great for a day tour or couple of days visit. 

Cholula is known for the churches, the Great Pyramid and restaurants, with amazing views of surrounding volcanoes.

The Zona Arqueológica de Cholula or the Great Pyramid along with the church Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios is the most important landmark of the town.

The Great Pyramid, locally called Tlachihualtepetl, is the largest pyramid in the world in terms of volume, wider than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. 

The construction period of the pyramid spanned over 1000 years, being completed in the 9th century. It was built as a temple dedicated to Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. 

The pyramid looks just few meters high as most of its elaborate tunnels lie under the ground. 

You can take a walk along the pyramid to get a rough idea of the width or explore some parts of the underground tunnels.

However, the sixteenth century church, Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios, built above the pyramid draws more attention due to its gold-colored striking architecture. 

The views from the church is breathtaking as you will see the valley and 2 active volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl, at a distance.

Go for souvenir shopping at the pretty pastel-colored shops or a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes on the street near the pyramid. 

It is a small place and safe for exploring on foot or take an Uber. That’s why it’s considered one of the safest places to visit in Mexico here.

You can also hop on a train or drive to the Puebla city, another great place known for the colonial architecture and food. It is just 30 minutes drive from Cholula.

18. See Cultures Collide in San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Miguel Hidalgo San Cristobal

Located in the South of Mexico, nestled in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains, you can find the Pueblo Mágico of San Cristóbal de las Casas

The state of Chiapas is home to one of the largest Indigenous populations in all of Mexico. 

Over a third of the people here identify as Indigenous and more than a quarter speak Mayan dialects. 

Although Chiapas has a complicated history, you can take in the beauty of the Spanish and Mayan cultures colliding in the bustling town of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

When it comes to Mexican culture Oaxaca City is considered the pinnacle, but San Cristóbal de las Casas has it in spades. 

The colorful colonial buildings offer a delightful backdrop to a welcoming and charming destination. 

The historic heart of the town is built on a grid system of streets and avenues making it perfect to explore on foot. 

For the best experience, base yourself near the pedestrian promenade, Real de Guadalupe. From here everything is walkable with the main square, museums, markets, shops, and restaurants just steps away.

You may want to taste your way through the locally owned cafes and chocolaterias that dot the streets, offering coffee and chocolate grown in the mountains nearby. 

You don’t want to miss the restaurant scene in San Cristóbal, producing incredible dishes with local ingredients at great prices.

If you like shopping, you’ve come to the right place. 

You can find Maya people in the promenades and markets selling expertly crafted handmade goods, perfect to bring home. The merchants in San Cristóbal are not pushy and prices are fair, so you don’t have to worry about feeling pressured at the market.

For even more Maya culture, you can take a taxi or tour to visit the surrounding Maya villages and if nature is your thing, don’t miss a boat ride in the nearby Sumidero Canyon.

19. ​​Catch Some Waves in Sayulita

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Sayulita, a sleepy town along Mexico’s Pacific coastline, is an excellent option if you’re looking for a safe destination, whether you’re a solo traveler or visiting in a group. 

Located about an hour north of the glitzy resort city of Puerto Vallarta, the streets are lined with vibrant buildings and bustling shops and restaurants, but this tiny town was put on the map for one thing- its myriad of awesome surf breaks! 

Having turned into a sort of mecca for surfers and nomads, Sayulita has a friendly, laid back vibe that makes you want to plop down on the beach, margarita in hand.

Because of Sayulita’s status as a pueblo magico, the city’s colorful blocks are well-kept and fairly clean and, given the dainty size of the city, it’s incredibly manageable to navigate. 

In fact, most visitors simply get around on foot or by golf cart!

It’s worth noting that Sayulita’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, resulting in marked increase of buskers selling trinkets to visitors. These vendors can be deterred by a polite and simple “no, gracias” and will do you no harm.

Additionally, the town has become something of a party hub at night, which, like any city, increases the chance of petty crime. 

As such, it would be advisable to refrain from walking around by yourself at night if you’re intoxicated or unsure of where you’re heading.

There’s so many things to do in Sayulita beyond partying, though- like, for example, checking out those waves! 

Sayulita is a great option for experts and beginners alike- in fact, there are quite a few affordable surf schools in the area, like Patricia’s Surf School, if you’re a newbie. 

Alternatively, there’s other water sports, like stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking, or simply just relaxing on any of the number of white sand beaches in the region.

For non-beach related activities, you’ve got plenty of options, from exploring local markets, ATVing through the surrounding jungle, or even going whale watching off Sayulita’s shores.

No matter what kind of getaway you’re looking for, Sayulita is the perfect tropical destination.

20. Explore the Vibrant Underwater World in Cozumel

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Cozumel

Located in the Caribbean Sea, around ten miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is a charming and quaint island with so much to offer. 

From its turquoise waters and white sand beaches to its historic Mayan ruins, Cozumel is a true paradise.

If you’re wondering, “Is Cozumel Safe,” you’ll be happy to know that this island is one of the safest tourist destinations in Mexico. In fact, Cozumel’s economy thrives off of tourism, so you can rest assured that the safety of visitors is always a top priority.

The cruise industry is also booming in Cozumel, with the island being a popular port of call for many cruise lines. 

As a result, the infrastructure on the island is very well developed, and the police force is highly visible.

When it comes to things to do in Cozumel, there is no shortage of activities and attractions.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the most popular activities on the island, as Cozumel is home to some of the best reefs in the world.

Due to its proximity to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, diving and snorkeling are especially magical in Cozumel.

If you don’t want to partake in any water activities, you can simply relax on one of Cozumel’s stunning beaches.

Some of the best beaches on the island include:

  • Punta Sur Ecological Beach Park
  • Playa Chen Rio
  • Playa San Martin
  • Playa Punta Morena.

Another unique thing to do in Cozumel is to visit the Mayan ruins. The San Gervasio Mayan ruins may not be as popular as Chichen Itza, but they’re prolific in their own right. 

Mayan women used to pay tribute here to the goddess of fertility and love.

After a long day of exploring, keep the excitement going by checking out the nightlife in Cozumel. 

The nightlife scene here is vibrant and lively, with plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. Be sure to check out Beachclub Buccanos Bar and Grill and La Internacional Cerveceria.

Last but not least, Cozumel is home to a thriving culinary scene. 

From fresh seafood to authentic Mexican dishes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to try some of the local restaurants such as Taqueria El Pique and Casa Cuzamil.

21. Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen has everything you could ask for in a Mexican getaway: beautiful sandy beaches, thriving culture, and delicious food. 

This coastal town is on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip in Quintana Roo. 

Because it’s a popular tourist destination, the Mexican government works hard to keep the area exceptionally safe for visitors. 

However, with so many travelers, you’ll want to keep an eye out for potential scams or pickpockets. Your best bet is to avoid showing off any pricey belongings and be sure to bring a sturdy bag with pockets you can sully close. 

Overall, the city is a great spot for families or solo travelers. Plus, it’s easy to go from other popular destinations, like Cancun, to Playa del Carmen.

Visit one of many potential beach clubs around the city for a relaxing day in the sun, or, if you want to be a little more active, snorkeling or scuba diving in one of the biggest barrier reefs in the world! 

If you brought kids or are seeking some thrills yourself, head inland to Xcaret, which is a theme park dedicated to the Mayan heritage and culture of Mexico. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to La Quinta Avenida, aka 5th Avenue, a pedestrian street packed with a variety of local restaurants and shops. 

Or head over to El Fogon for their renowned, mouthwatering tacos (but be warned, you’ll never find an American taco that can compare!).

22. Loreto (Baja California Sur)

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Coronado Island

Loreto is a relatively small and utterly relaxed coastal town on the Sea of Cortez. 

It is situated on a plain below the Sierra Giganta Mountain range. You can arrive by plane, by cruise ship or private boat or travel down by vehicle – approximately a 12-hour drive – from the United States border.

Once in Loreto, start with a wander along the shoreline malecon. 

Check out the bird life on the docks. 

Wander across to Augie’s Bar and Bait Shop for a margarita while overlooking the ocean. 

Rent a bike and explore the streets and neighborhoods of downtown Loreto. 

Explore the historic Mission de Loreto (built in 1744) and the newly redesigned courtyard (especially beautiful at night with new lighting installed). 

Head for a classic Mexican dinner at the atmospheric Orlando’s.

Next day, pick up some picnic supplies at Ley’s or El Pescador supermarket and take a boat trip out to Coronado Island for some snorkelling in the Loreto National Marine Park. 

Wild Loreto Tours provides all gear you need on their trip across to the island. 

Be prepared for white sand beaches, schools of tropical fish, sea turtle and sea lion sightings, and the possibility of seeing dolphins, manta rays and even humpback whales on the boat ride.

If you’re more into land adventures, check out the Loreto Bay Golf Resort or rent a car at the airport (if you don’t have your own) and drive up to San Javier Mission. 

San Javier Mission is one of the best-preserved missions in Baja. 

It’s a scenic, one-hour winding drive up into the mountains from Loreto to San Javier. 

While there, extend the trip with a hike up into the mountains to view some prehistoric cave paintings in nearby Santa Domingo at Cueva de la Serpiente (guide required).

Land or sea – Loreto is a relaxed, safe and intriguing place to visit.

23. Isla Mujeres

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Playa Norte Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, located just off the coast of Cancun, is a popular destination for travelers looking for a safe place to visit in Mexico.

The island is home to several beaches, as well as a variety of shops and restaurants. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as exploring the island’s Maya ruins.

When it comes to safety, Isla Mujeres is generally considered to be a safe place to visit. However, as with any travel destination, it’s always important to use caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Although it’s possible to go on a day trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun, it’s also worth spending a few nights on the island to really experience all that it has to offer.

The easiest option is to hop on an Ultamar ferry in Cancun that will take you to Isla Mujeres within 15-20 minutes. Once on the island, rent a golf cart and start exploring!

Some of the unmissable places on Isla Mujeres include Playa Norte, one of the prettiest beaches on the island, as well as the Garrafon Natural Park, where you can spot tropical fish and turtles or go zip lining and kayaking.

For those looking for the most epic views, a visit to Punta Sur is a must. This is the southernmost point of Isla Mujeres and is home to a lighthouse, as well as a restaurant and bar with incredible views.

And of course, no trip to Isla Mujeres would be complete without enjoying some of the delicious seafood on offer!

So, if you’re looking for a safe place to visit in Mexico that’s packed with things to see and do, then be sure to add Isla Mujeres to your list!

This is one of the safest places to visit in Mexico.

24. San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende Jacaranda Trees

San Miguel de Allende is one of the safest places in Mexico.

Located in the state of Guanajuato, in central Mexico, this picturesque town is known for its colonial architecture, beautiful scenery, art scene, and friendly locals.

It’s easy to fly into Mexico City and then hire a shuttle to drive you a couple of hours north to San Miguel de Allende.

While you can take an Uber from the Mexico City airport, it’ll be expensive.

Just hire a driver or shuttle and the ride will be an easy one, even for solo and family travelers.

Despite being located in a country that has seen its share of violence and crime, San Miguel de Allende has remained relatively safe.

This is due in part to the strong presence of the Mexican police force in the town. You’ll see police throughout the town at all hours of the day.

In addition, the town has a low crime rate and residents are generally very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The town is even fairly safe to walk around at night.

Safety Tip: Leave your heels at home and watch your step on the cobblestones. A twisted ankle is a real danger in San Miguel de Allende!

There are also some really fun things to do there including hot springs, art galleries, horseback riding, and several award-winning wineries.

Whether you enjoy cultural activities or outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone in San Miguel de Allende.

If you’re looking for a safe place to visit in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende should definitely be at the top of your list.

You’ll be able to enjoy all the beauty and culture that the town has to offer without having to worry about your safety.

25. San Pancho, a Laid-Back Beach Town Safe for All Travelers and Digital Nomads

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San Pancho is such a beautiful and safe place to visit in Mexico.

From travelers passing through the State of Jalisco, to digital nomads looking to find a temporary home while in Mexico, San Pancho is the perfect place.

San Pancho is located on the west of Mexico.

The closest largest cities and international airports are Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.

Many people living in those larger cities head to San Pancho on weekends. It’s safer and more laid-back.

Plus, you can set up a tent on the many beaches of San Pancho and camp there for free.

This is such a unique, laid-back and amazing beach town. It’s quieter and much smaller than Sayulita, which is only 15 minutes away. Although it’s still a bit off the beaten path, people have started to take notice of it.

There are so many things to do in San Pancho.

You can walk on the main beach or find secret ones. This is the best place to catch epic sunsets.

There are also amazing local markets and a ton of eco-friendly hotels, restaurants and places to discover.

San Pancho is a small town, so safety never feels like an issue here.

There is a huge eco-conscious and community-support movement in San Pancho.

The vibe here in San Pancho is so authentic and cool. It feels like everyone knows each other and wants to do the best for the community.

There are so many cool initiatives in the town to help each other out – Entreamigos community center is a great place to see this come to life.

December to May is the best time to go to San Pancho. It’s the dry season, so you can expect nice warm weather and sunny days.

February to April is more relaxed without the holiday crowds around.

Related: Best US Cities for Digital Nomads

Final Thoughts on The Safest Places to Visit in Mexico

So, now that you know the safest places to visit in Mexico, you can start planning your itinerary in earnest.

You may even be feeling like there is so much to see, you want to extend your travel dates!

However long you spend, one thing is for certain: you can plan a fantastic, safe trip that allows you to enjoy all that Mexico offers without fear.

Next Steps

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Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

14 thoughts on “25 Safest Places to Visit in Mexico You’ll Love (with Safety Tips)!

  • September 18, 2022 at 7:25 am
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    It sounds like a good idea to travel to Cancun for Merida. I mean Cancun is a beautiful place. It would be nice to stay for a few days before going to Merida. It is an interesting list of the safest places in Mexico. Someone should definitely consider them before going there. I know, I would.

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  • September 18, 2022 at 5:16 am
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    We Canadians often visit Mexico to escape our cold winters. I’ve been to Mexico 5+ times! But, only as an all-inclusive resort kind of trip. If I was to return to Mexico, I would love to explore it on my own and visit some of the less touristy places like almost all of the ones on your list. And, with you tips feel safe too.

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    • September 18, 2022 at 9:31 am
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      Yes – Mexico is a great snowbird destination! Resorts are always a good options, but as you say, safely seeing some of the hidden gems would be a different way to explore all this beautiful country offers.

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  • September 17, 2022 at 9:19 pm
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    You are right, as a traveler we must be careful always, may be a little more in Mexico. You have suggested 25, that is a good number, of places that is safe to explore in Mexico. It compels me consider a visit to Mexico, hope it happens.

    Loved reading about Yelapa, the remote fishing village. It is my kind of place. The photo opportunity of the sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico too sounds good for me.

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    • September 18, 2022 at 9:32 am
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      Surprisingly to some, there are quite a few safe options in Mexico. Yelepa is definitely a good one!

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  • September 17, 2022 at 8:34 am
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    It’s honestly a shame to have to read this title but I do understand why. I always felt very safe in Mexico and had no trouble. I agree about Merida, it’s very safe here. I’d love to see El Cuyo and Yelapa, these places are new to me and look and sound wonderful!

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    • September 18, 2022 at 9:34 am
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      I agree – it is sad to have to worry about safety. Of course, there are issues in just about every country – but Mexico has gotten such bad press. I hope others learn there are many safe options to consider when they visit. Hope you enjoy El Cuyo and Yelapa!

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  • September 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm
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    Can I just say that I feel Mexico is typically safe if you stay in the tourist cities of the country and stick to those areas? I love the country and have been to many of these cities and would go back in a heartbeat. I feel like any destination, you should always be aware of your surroundings especially at night and trusting your intuition about places you visit along the way. I would love to go back to any of these amazing destinations again, hopefully soon.

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    • September 18, 2022 at 9:36 am
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      Yes! That is excellent feedback, Noel. It is true, a traveler needs to be safety aware any place they go in the world. I hope you get a chance to go back soon.

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  • September 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm
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    I have travelled in Mexico for almost 2 months more than 10 years ago. Back then, there were some places in bigger cities where it was dangerous after nightfall. But most areas were perfectly safe. I have heard that things changed a little bit. But good to know that there are a lot of places where you can travel without worries.

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    • September 16, 2022 at 7:54 am
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      What a wonderful experience you must have had traveling to Mexico for two months! Like anyplace, it pays to be a smart traveler and aware of your surroundings. Mexico is no exception.

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  • September 14, 2022 at 12:49 pm
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    Every time I saw a picture of the street with colorful buildings from Merida, I always thought it was not a safe place but yet, it’s the safest city in Mexico. I like looking at colorful Guanajuato City and can imagine the happy vibe in the city with more than 30,000 students residing in the city. I’ve been to Palenque ruin in the mid-2000s, but I don’t recall seeing the city. lol. But it is incredible ruins to visit!

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    • September 15, 2022 at 7:46 am
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      Yes, it’s nice to get the safety perspective of people who have visited, as well as knowing which cities are “officially” recognized as safe. I would love to the ruins in Palenque for myself! Hope you get back to Mexico for more exploring.

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