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Los Cabos Deploys National Guard To Keep Tourists Safe

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The Los Cabos government recently announced the decision to deploy 140 national guards to keep everyone safe in the upcoming weeks. 

The local authorities chose to reinforce security due to the arrival of an estimated 50 thousand students expected to flock to this area during spring break. 

National Guard in Cabo

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According to local news, this decision was recently announced by the General Secretary of the Government of Baja California Sur, Saúl González Núñez. 

Concerning this new initiative, he stated: “More than 140 more elements were reported, which will contribute a lot to the security issue not only for spring breakers but also for all the citizens of the municipalities of Los Cabos.”

Elements of the National Guard of Mexico rehearse for the parade commemorating the day of the independence of Mexico.

The 140 national guards will patrol most of Los Cabos’ tourist sites while making sure that no illicit activity takes place. 

Not by chance, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, Los Cabos remains the municipality with the highest record of drug dealing, having registered a total of 429 incidents in 2023. 

But this is not all. This type of crime tends to increase during holiday periods such as the upcoming spring break season due to the presence of huge influxes of students. 

What is Los Cabos doing to keep tourists safe?

Shopping Area Cabo San Lucas Mexico Pacific Ocean

Despite this, it’s important to remember that Los Cabos remains one of the safest municipalities in Mexico, as report after report keeps confirming. 

The local government has made it its number one priority to constantly increase the safety levels of this municipality through a series of initiatives. 

For instance, local authorities have recently decided to crack down on street vendors to prevent these unauthorized people from selling illegal services to tourists.

Shopping Area Cabo San Lucas

In addition, the Los Cabos Delegation Coordinator of the Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone recently announced that extra lifeguards will be added to the most popular beaches in the area to keep all bathers safe. In particular, Viudas, Chileno, and Santa María beaches now have two lifeguards each, while Medano Beach is staffed with four.

It’s also important to remember that several luxurious properties located on Los Cabos’ beaches employ experienced lifeguards bringing extra safety to the area. 

Lifeguard Chair on a Beach in Los Cabos, Mexico

Despite this, all tourists heading to Los Cabos soon should be aware of the fact that some playas in this municipality are always characterized by dangerous conditions and are therefore closed to swimmers of all levels.

Some of these include Divorce Beach, Solmar Beach, Pedregal Beach, Monuments Beach, Hotel Beach, El Tule Beach, and Estuary Beach. 

Safety measures

Regardless of the recent decision to increase security in most tourist areas of Los Cabos, visitors heading here soon are asked to adopt a few precautions to stay safe during their trip. 

photography with drone in palmillas beach cabo san lucas baja california, in Mexico

For instance, the recent advisory issued by the US Embassy advised all tourists to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. In this way, visitors can receive the most up-to-date information regarding Mexico’s safety. 

Apart from this, the advisory suggests Los Cabos visitors purchase travel insurance, drink responsibly, protect their belongings at all times, and regularly monitor their debit and credit cards. 

Tourists are reminded to dial 911 in case of emergency and if necessary, ask a Spanish passerby for help to break the language barrier. 

Cabo San Lucas bay

Last but not least, travelers should familiarize themselves with the local color warning system as this will help them know at all times whether a certain beach is safe or not. 

Here is a quick summary. Yellow flags indicate a general danger. When these are present on a beach, access to water is allowed only when exercising high levels of cation. Red flags signal a ban on entering the ocean due to dangerous conditions. 

Black flags represent the highest level of danger as they prohibit people from accessing a certain beach due to strong waves. Lastly, white flags indicate the presence of dangerous animals in the water, most of the time jellyfish. 

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