Is Los Cabos Really Safe?
“The U.S. State Department´s recent travel advisory warning Americans about the risks of traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos should not be taken too seriously,” (emphasis added), according to an article in the Miami Herald, on 24 August 2017. The article went on to compare crime in Cancun, and the Los Cabos areas to cities in the U.S. Many cities in the U.S. simply have more crime. A careful reading of the travel advisory regarding Cabo specifically, indicates a recent rise in crime, but does NOT warn Americans away, as it does in other geographical locations. To drive this point home, I am unaware of a single U.S. or Canadian tourist having been harmed in a Cabo San Lucas tourist area by criminal factions. It’s just not an issue.
Millions of people come to visit Cabo and La Paz. They return home suntanned, with new experiences and new stories. They are almost always happy for having been here, even though they may be suffering hangovers. Recall that it was John Steinbeck, Nobel price-winner in Literature, that once commented, “Cabo is a drinking town…with a fishing problem.” And, that hasn’t changed much. But more to the point, Cabo beaches are safe, the Sea of Cortez is safe. Our tourist destinations are safe. And aside from the occasional hurricane, the only sign of turmoil and concern we see here, is an increased federal police and military presence. But even still, overall crime in Cabo, is less than many U.S. cities.
On a personal note, I have been a permanent resident of Cabo San Lucas for years. I live and work here, and I am out and about, driving, walking, watching, dining, cruising, sailing, etc., continually. I drive back and forth to La Paz, and other cities in Baja Sur, almost every week, and frequently more than once a week, and I have driven the entire thousand-mile length of the Baja, exactly fifty times as of this writing. In all this activity, I have never witnessed a single event where I felt in harm’s way.
In my experience, Mexicans, especially in the lower Baja, are very friendly, generally kind, and typically considerate. And, I feel SAFE here. I feel much safer than in many U.S. locations I have lived and traveled. But that’s not all there is to it. Los Cabos and La Paz are two of the nicest areas in the world. In my opinion, visitors have no reason to be worried about staying here. Yes, there is occasional violence. But the simple truth is that tourists and ex-pats are not the target.
In an article titled, “The U.S. is raising warnings about Mexico’s tourist hot spots, but some see a NAFTA-related gambit,” published in the Business Insider, on 28 August, it suggests the U.S. State Department is sending a message to the Mexican government that they can destroy their tourism industry if they do not agree to “pay for the wall,” in the NAFTA re-negotiations taking place right now. Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe not. But what I can tell you is that in my Cabo neighborhood, lots of folks still don’t even lock their doors. This is rather reminiscent of America in the 1950´s. I guess we have some catching up to do.
Courtesy of Terry Neal