Despite what is being said in the national news about the dangers of visiting certain cities in Mexico, the majority of residents in Los Cabos feel safe, and it is viewed as the second safest state in the country. Los Cabos, which translates to “The Capes,” are the main tourist cities in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The Capes include San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, each unique in its own way and both very popular among tourists, especially those from the United States.
The popularity of the area among Americans has to do with a number of factors, one being the close proximity to the southwestern portion of the U.S. The area is also popular for its beautiful beaches and opportunities for water-related activities. Finally, the year-round mild temperatures offer Americans living in colder parts of the country an opportunity to escape the cold.
A recent study conducted by the National Survey of Victimization and Perception on Public Security and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography showed that approximately 70 percent of the population in the state feels safe. According to Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, Attorney General of Justice, who announced the results of the study, this is due to the public’s confidence in law enforcement in the state. He further stated that the confidence of the people is the result of the three branches of government working together through the State Security Bureau.
In response to the study results, Mr. de la Rosa Anaya commented that “Public security is the pillar on which the development of communities rests, being the most relevant issue, and that to date has catapulted Baja California Sur as the second safest state in the country.” He also pointed out that public perception determined that the first safest state in the country is Yucatan. The state is part of the Yucatán Peninsula and home to popular vacation spots like Merida and Valladolid.
This isn’t the first time in recent history that Los Cabos has been deemed a safe place to visit. In a recent study of exit surveys given to tourists leaving the country, visitors also said they felt safe visiting the popular vacation destination. Furthermore, the huge number of tourists visiting Los Cabos over the last year is also evidence of the perceptions of the safety of the area.
This has been a record-breaking year for Los Cabos in regard to the number of foreign tourists visiting the area. There has been about a 22 percent increase compared to numbers seen in 2019. And the majority of those visitors have come from the United States, particularly from three southwestern cities, which include Los Angeles, Dallas, and Phoenix.
The study that determined that Los Cabos, and Baja California Sur as a whole, is the second safest area in the country also determined the state that residents feel the least secure in. More than 90 percent of the population feels that the state of Zacatecas is not safe. This is due to the high levels of crime and gang activity in the state.
While the news tends to report frequently about the insecurity in Mexico, there are plenty of beautiful, safe places to visit. Los Cabos is one of those places and has much to offer for tourists in the way of sun, sand, warm weather, and good times. This is why millions of people visit every year, including numerous celebrities, and why the area continues to grow in popularity.