Yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued an advisory telling travelers to avoid five states in Mexico due to high crime.
Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas have all been categorized as Level Four “Do Not Travel” states due to widespread homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.
According to BBC News, Mexico has had a record number of murders in 2017.
Other states in Mexico have received Level Two and Level Three warnings, “Exercise Increased Caution,” and “Reconsider Travel.” Among these states are Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chipapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Estada de Mexico, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico City, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Vera Cruz, Yucatan, among others.
To break it down, here are popular tourist destinations in their respective threat categories:
Level Two (Exercise Caution): Ensanada, Rosarito, Tijuana, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Palenque, Mexico City, Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, the Riviera Maya, Chitchen Itza, Merida
Level Three (Reconsider Travel): Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, Sayulita
Level Four (Do Not Travel): Acapulco, Mazatlan
This might be a good time to reconsider your spring break plans.
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