Has anyone had any issues in Mexico with the political issues between US and Mexico. Is it true to not travel far from port?
Issues in Mexico
No problem so far, we drive around on motorcycles in Cozumel..been there 10 times
Generally, the violence is aimed at people participating in the drug trade.
Unfortunately, in many areas, you may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Many people, myself included, have visited Cozumel and other areas without a problem, but you need to maintain a good level of situational awareness. If something doesn't seem right, leave the area.
Also, if you leave the port area, be with a group.
(The cartels are making a lot of money from the port and other tourist areas - they generally don't want to destroy their income)
We've been Mexico several times on cruises and for resort stays--in fact we are going in 3 weeks for a week stay. Everyone always tells us how dangerous it is, but the truth is that the Mexican government goes to great lengths to keep the tourists safe. We are now used to seeing armed military-like cops all along the main highway that goes from Cancun to the Riviera Maya and then on to Tulum. We are told every time we go that those guys are there to protect us! Be smart. If we go to the resort, we stay within the resort. It's safe and there's nothing we need that we can't find there. If it is a port stop, we stay in the general tourist area and only venture out as a group on an excursion. Leave your jewelry in your cabin! Don't drink excessively. Practice common sense. You are in a foreign country and subject to their laws! Having said that, i feel very comfortable and safe travelling to Mexico.
Only if you try to build a wall (figurative or otherwise)
I am staying away from Mexico at this time.
I’ve felt very safe in Mexico, but we stay in the touristy areas. Bad things can happen in any city in the world and we refuse to live our life in fear of “what if”.
Having traveled all around the World and living overseas for the last 20 years, I can tell you many places are dangerous. But a place can dangerous and you are still safe. Follow good common sense, limited drinking, don't do anything against the law. Don't fight with locals or sellers remember you are in their country and your "American Rights" mean the US Embassy will do jail visit and give you a list of lawyers if you run up against local law.
Don't go to dark places late at night don't travel around alone, unless you know the area well, and always think smart. Also if in trouble area better to blend in and not stand out. Leave the America Flag Jacket at home, dress as the locals do and just be part of the crowd.
But Mexico.... is not a high trouble area..
Be aware of your surroundings and always travel within a group and do not go off the beaten path.