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U.S. Ambassador Issues Travel Advice For Tourists Visiting Los Cabos This Spring

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The spring break season has officially begun, and thousands of tourists are now flocking to warm destinations to enjoy the beach lifestyle for a while before returning to study full-time for their finals. 

Beach view with sand, rocks, and ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Mexico is, without a doubt, one of spring breakers’ favorite destinations, with Los Cabos being one of the top picks, with current data estimating the arrival of 47 thousand students.

This municipality is considered one of the safest in the country, but despite this, U.S. authorities are now warning tourists heading here to be careful. 

U.S. Ambassador’s advice to spring breakers

In recent days, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, declared students should remain vigilant during their trip. 

Boats in the marina of Cabo San Lucas on a sunny day

In an interview, he stated: “The students and many who are going to come to La Paz now for Easter and in the spring, and not just for them, but for those who travel from the United States to here […], my responsibility, as ambassador, is to protect the Americans who come here.”

He later added: “We do that every day at the Consulate, and always, what we tell everyone who comes is that you always have to keep your eyes open and avoid places where you can put one at risk.” 

Despite the warning, Ken Salazar specified that Los Cabos is not that different from other US cities.

Shopping Area Cabo San Lucas Mexico Pacific Ocean.

Talking about this issue, he commented: “Actually it is the same thing that would happen if you were in any of the cities in the United States.”

He added: “The big cities, in recent years they have been Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Washington, you always have to have surveillance. (…) This is what I would recommend to everyone who comes here to Baja Sur on vacation and in general to the Americans who live here.”

U.S. Travel Advisory

This is not the first time the U.S. authorities have warned spring breakers about the potential dangers they may face on their trip to Mexico. 

Medano View Los Cabos, Baja California Sur Mexico

Just a few days ago, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico released an advisory addressed to all people traveling to this country. 

The document warned tourists about crime, including violent crime, which “Can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations.” 

The advisory also mentioned a series of recommendations, including purchasing travel insurance, regularly monitoring credit and debit cards, protecting belongings and all times, and other useful tips valuable to those traveling to this country for the first time.  

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On top of these recommendations, the US authorities advise everyone to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Program, as this will make it easier for travelers to receive the latest information regarding Mexico’s safety.

Is Los Cabos safe?

Considering the recent warnings issued by US authorities, students and other visitors traveling to Los Cabos soon may now be wondering whether this area is safe. Luckily, the answer is yes. 

The local government has made it its number one priority to protect tourists and locals at all times by implementing new measures on a weekly basis. 

Mexican Police Officers in Riot Gear outside building in Zocalo Square, Mexico City

Most of the people living here work in the tourism sector. This means that if safety levels were ever to decrease, fewer people would start opting for Los Cabos for their holidays causing an economic crisis in the area. This is why new projects to better protect tourists are regularly being implemented. 

For instance, just a few days ago, the local government decided to crack down on street vendors to protect visitors, especially foreigners, from their scams. 

New special safety operations were also implemented specifically for the spring break season to protect the many tourists expected to flock to this area. 

Police Officer Monitoring a Cabo San Lucas Beach

The Los Cabos government has also decided to set up surveillance points in the most popular sites of Cabo San Lucas, including its downtown area where most visitors tend to gather.

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Monday 11th of March 2024

Love Cabo! Have been coming here for years. Cabo-if you are not doing things that are illegal or drinkng alcohol to the point of impairing judgement is probably safer than Chicago-where I live.