cruising to cozumel in april....
Posted 31 January 2011 - 12:42 PM
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 01 February 2011 - 10:07 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:43 AM
I am really thankful for the heads up on the "gang" that hangs at calle 14. We will avoid the area while there. How long ago did that harrassment occur?
Please do not be afraid to come to Coz. I am in love with this little island and I truly do believe that the good outweighs the bad by a long shot. The people need us to come...especially those of us who stay longer than 8 to 5. Sorry for the snarky cruise comment, but they are a blessing and a curse in my humble opinion. Anyway, just thought I would give the perspective of a recent and frequent tourist. Take care all. Nos vemos maŮana...
"I have to go, I feel Iím sinkin'. I just donít know, but I canít stop thinkin'...Mexico." - Firefall
Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:57 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:32 PM
I've never felt safer anywhere -- same level of safety vibes as (and you're going to laugh but it's true) my 82 year old parents gated retirement village in Laguna Hills CA.
This is not to say there isn't crime. There is some drug trafficking action and as a result there have been some murders. But these don't involve tourists and they happen back in the 'hoods. There are also housebreak ins aplenty -- more than in the past as times are harder and people are more willing to take chances.
It's always a good idea to keep your radar up anywhere. Actually, I had the most scary experience/close miss of my life once when I didn't imagine I needed to be cautious. It was on a deserted beach on the Outer Banks of NC where my father in law owned a home for 30 years and we visited very often. I was walking my poodle and my two year old daughter and came upon an adolescent boy with a stick who seemed harmless. Then when I turned around, he slammed me in the head with the stick. I whipped around and raised my arms up instinctively to protect myself and stared him in the eye because he wasn't any bigger than I was. He stared at me for awhile and then turned and ran away. But if he had knocked me out -- and he almost did as I was bleeding profusely from the head -- I don't even want to think about my little girl out there and my dear little dog.
Well, there's a grim story for you which makes me want to go knock back a drink even after all these years. I only bring it up to point out that this was in Hatteras, NC, on the national seashore at 11 AM in the morning, just over the dunes from several blocks of vacation villas. So things can happen anywhere. But the chances of them happening here on this pretty quiet little island are not high unless you decide head back into the hoods to score some coke or something.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 02:19 PM
The majority of the crime here are property crimes. Physical assaults crimes almost never are directed at tourists. There is a lot of gang activity growing on the island, but for the most part, they are afraid to hassle a tourist as they know, both the military and law enforcement will be all over it. It is easy to get a rose colored glasses view as the island is largely very safe for tourists. In fact the "bad areas" are more safe for tourists than they are for easily intimidated locals, especially the Mayan population. There is a lot of extreme sugar coating of the situation all over the region.
You hear of the growing use of drugs on the island. I find that to be minimally true. There was long a lot of drug use here, alcohol being the most widely used, but cocaine use was high here when it was almost unknown in other parts of Mexico. Cozumel had a larger market for drug users as it was so Americanized even years ago. Mexico is finding a problem with drug use among their citizens the same way it evolved in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The drug production market exceeded the exportation level and they increasingly grew the domestic consumption market. What has increased is the number of publicised arrests. For every minor dealer arrested, there are two more that wish a promotion to take his place.
Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:54 PM
In Minneapolis, we had 39 homicides in 2010, one of the lowest rates in many years. Just in Minneapolis alone. Not counting the 7 county metro area. Population about 390,000. I believe the ratio is about the same.
2010 Crime Statistics for Minneapolis MN <---Check out more crime statistics here.
Cozumel is an island. You can't and don't just come and go as you please. Your ways off the island are limited if you do a crime. With city, state and federal police and several branches of the military/armed forces there makes a difference as well. I feel safer on the island than walking the streets here in Minnesota's largest city.
Anyone with a lick of sense is gonna be aware of their surroundings, whether here as a tourist or at home. You do have some responsibilty to yourself. Another thing is, if a "deal" seems to good to be true, it most likely isn't. Same as at home.
The people of Cozumel are some of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet and interact with. Just like anywhere else, there are some bad apples, but I sure don't base my opinion solely on the bad. What a huge mistake to make.
And Keesha? Sorry you don't like Coz/Mexico. You must be really paranoid. There are a lot of good people and things that make up Coz/Mexico. That's OK, more island for me!!!
Returning May 2011
Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:24 PM
I find Cozumel to be as safe or safer than our little corner of the Midwest. Creeps are everywhere.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 08:15 AM
Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:13 PM
so all this talk about mexico and all the bad things that are happening, should this be a considering facor if we come to cozumel on our carnival cruise? is there anything bad going on in cozumel? this will be our 1st visist, 1st cruise, and 1st trip away from our young som at that.
i just want to be resuured we will be safe and none of this craziness is going on in or around cozumel! any advice or comments?
I just returned from a week on Cozumel and I had a great time. It is not the island that I visited a few years back but the tourism that supports the island is also creating corruption. I would take the same precautions that you would take visiting any new city - US or abroad. Stick to the areas that you know. There is a lot to see and do right at the waterfront; however, there are lots of crowds due to cruise passengers embarking. Read the posts here on things to see and do. My husband and I did the Cooking Class with Josefina and it was the best experience ever. You won't have much time to spend so do your research and choose what you want to do. The snorkeling is faboulous as well. Enjoy your time and be a cautious tourist.
To the locals - wow! We too have crime, here in Tulsa, OK, right in the heartland of the Bible belt. But we too have millions of good hearted, hard working folks who are shamed by the actions of a few. I hope that the corruption that has grown does not spoil the beauty of your island. Cozy Cozumel is long gone but you have so much to be proud and thankful for in your island it's good people. We hope to return again really soon.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:55 PM
Hope you have a wonderful time.
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