It was recently reported that Los Cabos is one of the safer places to vacation in Mexico and new statistics show that the area continues to be one of the safest destinations in the country. In fact, when it comes to certain crimes, it can be said that Los Cabos is a safer place this year than it was last year. The lack of significant crime that affects tourists in the area is why San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas continue to be frequented by tourists, particularly from the United States.
Evidence of the perception of safety in Los Cabos is all around. In a recent study, it was found that approximately 70 percent of residents in the region feel safe living there, more than in most of the other 70-plus municipalities in the country. That means only about 30 percent of the people who live there consider the area unsafe, compared to one of the worst-rated cities in the country, Colima, where an astonishing 87.5 percent of the population feels unsafe.
Residents are not the only people that feel safe in Los Cabos either, as a recent survey showed that tourists feel safe when visiting the area as well. The survey was given to visitors as they were leaving the country and asked travelers about their perceptions of safety while visiting. The Los Cabos Tourism Trust evaluated the exit surveys and found that most tourists said they felt safe during their visit to Los Cabos, although the survey did not specify which of the two cities they spent their vacations in.
Los Cabos – “The Capes”
Translated, Los Cabos means “The Capes,” which consists of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, or St. Joseph of the Cape and Cape St. Luke. While the two capes are only about 20 miles from each other, they have two very different atmospheres, both with much to offer to tourists. San José del Cabo is more charming and authentic, with an inviting old town perfect for strolling around from shop to shop, while Cabo San Lucas is more touristy and vibrant, known for its water activities and exciting nightlife.
Incidentally, not only is crime down in Los Cabos this year, but it has been a fantastic year for the tourism industry as well. There was a more than 20 percent increase in the number of American tourists who vacationed in Los Cabos in the first half of the year compared to the number of visitors from the U.S. during the same months in 2019. Furthermore, Los Cabos surpassed Puerto Vallarta as Mexico’s second most visited beach destination, trailing only behind Cancun at that time.
As tourism grows in the area, the state of Baja California Sur has overall become a safer place. For the month of September, it is being reported that fewer kidnappings occurred, and for the year to date, there were fewer homicides than during that same time last year. Only two kidnappings took place and did not involve tourists at all, and homicides in the state as a whole dropped by 11 percent compared to 2021.
Baja California Sur is the state that is home to San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas but also to a lot of other municipalities too. The majority of the crime that occurs in the state takes place in other areas. Many of these areas are far from Los Cabos and its millions of annual tourists.
Authorities in Los Cabos continue to work hard at maintaining the safety of the region, staying dedicated to making it a safe place for tourists and residents alike. Their efforts have contributed to making Los Cabos not only one of the most-loved Mexican vacation destinations but also one of the safest.
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