Mexico: Our beloved holiday destination eroded by drugs, violence and killings

By: Jennifer Pretty Jul 17, 2012
  Editorial
Is Mexico dangerous?

Almost as old as time itself, we have flocked by the thousands to Mexico for holiday. At the first hint of frigid weather, fantasies of beach going, snorkeling, surfing and jet skiing in Playa del Carmen, Acapulco and Cancún invade our every waking moment and find their way into conversations with family, friends and coworkers. The question is rarely will we, but rather when will we raise the white flag and admit that we have had as much of winter wonderland that we can bear and book a flight to paradise? Even if only for a week, the idea of refueling, re-energizing and feeling the warmth of the sand on our feet and the sun kissing our cheeks, is almost too much to bear!

For many of us, it truly is paradise. The last time I went, I promised to return the following year. Indeed we made a, “same time, next year” pact, only I didn’t keep my end of the bargain and in truth, I haven’t been back in a few years. It has been like losing a dear friend; I miss it so much. Once my preferred holiday destination, today I am unsure if I will return any time soon.

What changed for me?

Well, for me, Mexico isn’t the same place it used to be. Once a haven for Canadians and Americans alike, I know that I am not alone to fear what I once loved so dearly. Once known for its incredible food, romantic beaches, colourful markets and exquisite resorts, today Mexico is more famous for its drugs, cartels, and the inevitable results from that world: trafficking and killing.

It’s nearly impossible to open up the newspaper or turn on the telly without there being another report about beheadings, killings with semi-automatic weapons and violence that continues to erode our once beloved Mexico. 

And while I know that the violence really hasn’t reached the resorts we stay in, the recent killings last week in Acapulco, along with the many others, really unnerved me!

Two things strike me is odd. One is that the violence in Mexico has had no effect on tourism, which if anything has increased in the last few years. The other is that the all-inclusive packages to Mexico haven’t gone down in price; like the increase in tourism, they’ve gotten more expensive.

I am really curious to know your thoughts. Have you suspended your winter holidays to Mexico or do you return each year without any fear? Is the media making a mountain out of molehill or do you think the country is too dangerous to visit and should be avoided for the time being?

Until next time,

Peace, love and vitamin C!

 

Jennifer Pretty began her career as the director of artist development for a well-known Canadian music label. Branching out on her own, she then started her own PR business “Pretty Media Management” planning and hosting various charity, entertainment and fashion events. As a dance and fitness class enthusiast Jennifer is a firm believer in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She also loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends and most importantly living life to the fullest!