Below are comments received by MVA.
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comments, MVA has removed their last names.
August 14, 2017
Message: My husband I have been regular visitors to Mexico for 17 years. The recent tainted alcohol situation is news to us. We are greatly saddened by these tragic deaths. Our hearts go out to these families. We are wondering if there is a current listing of safe resorts? Does this situation seem to be solely all inclusive resorts?
Thank you for all your information. Marie
August 10, 2017
Message: I truly can not believe all the stories that you have here. This is so sad and terrible. I will never travel to Mexico
August 5, 2017
Message: So sorry about your loss.my prayers to you. I have been leary of going back to Mexico. I feel too unsafe there. Ive heard many stories. My boyfriend and i were pretty much blackmailed for money because we didnt stop at a stop sign on an unlit street that was so far off to the side, we didnt even see it. My friends were bullied to the back of buffet lines at hotels etc. Thankful for this website. Looking forward to your updating.
August 3, 2017
Message: Thank you so much for sharing your story and for your diligence in spreading awareness about the dangers of traveling to Mexico. I only wish that I read these stories before I traveled there. Your son Nolan will never be forgotten. I'm very sad to read your story and I'm inspired by your dedication to this cause. My heart breaks for you and for Nolan’s girlfriend who I unfortunately can relate to. Nolan sounds like a terrific young man whose life was tragically cut short. This seems so unfair. My BF was also killed in Cancun, and his story is linked on your website. I frequently send family, friends, and whoever will listen to me a link to your website so that they can educate themselves before making travel arrangements. I strongly urge anyone who will listen not to travel to Mexico. I have tried posting my experience on travel websites such as trip adviser, and was horrified to have my comments deleted/removed. Your website is an absolute necessity, since there are very few platforms in which to speak and get this message out to the world. I wish our government would do more to inform the American public. As a school psychologist and war veteran, I can tell you that the most effective resource for bereavement is access to peer support for bereaved survivors. I’ve found much comfort in connecting with those who have had a unique experience and have always been extremely supported by my bf’s family. Just knowing that we are not alone in our experience and realizing that others have experienced something similar is an extreme source of comfort. I believe that Joe’s family feels the same. Shortly after Joe died, his mom, with tears in her eyes, told me that she still wanted to dance at my wedding (Joe and I had been talking about getting married when he came back from his deployment.) I never thought I would find another Joe, and I never did. He can never be replaced. However, life continues and I found a wonderful, compassionate man w ho has been supportive in every way. I married him on June 24, 2017…..Joe’s Mom and Dad were honored guests at my wedding and in lieu of wedding favors my husband and I donated to a charity in Joe’s name. He will always be a part of my life and his love will never be forgotten. That bond of love can never be broken and his memories will live on forever. There is no greater bond of love than that of mother and child….so I know that Nolan is with you. Recently there has been some more coverage of Mexico, but more needs to be done. In the face of tragedy, we are often inspired by acts of kindness and a desire to help and support one another. Your efforts here are a beautiful aspect that embodies this truth. Nolan is lucky to have a Mom like you! Grief is not a linear process; I can’t even imagine what you have been through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you
August 2, 2017
Message: My wife and I have canceled our Honeymoon to Mexico and chosen to go somewhere else due to the awareness that has been brought to attention from fellow tourists blacking out, being assaulted, and shaken down for money at the hospitals.
Thank you all for sharing your stories. By sharing your stories you may have save others.
August 1, 2017
Message: I am very sorry that you have lost your son this way. You are definitely honouring your son's memory by doing this website. I have a question....I am Canadian and I am not reading any stories from Canadians about having these experiences. I find that hard to believe. This is with the newest article by Wisconsin and how 36 other people said the same thing. Our authorities aren't putting travel warning because they haven't been told anything bad lately. Do you know of any incidents involving Canadians? I wondered at first if the Mexicans are targeting Americans because of your President. Very bad that Tripadvisor is not allowing these stories to be told. Thank you for your hard work
July 29, 2017
Message: People need to really understand "This is not just about bad alcohol, drugging or specific hotels."
Having lived in Playa del Carmen (as a retired American) I know those things are just the tip of Mexico's tourist problems.
You have pulled so much good from your own horrible tragedy. Bless you
July 29, 2017
Message: Hi, I am sadden to all the lives that were lose! This is so heart broken as a parent of three children. I will vacationing on the 12th thru the 19th I am scared has anyone been to the Paradisus Cancun resort. Please if someone can answer me before my trip.
July 28, 2017
Message: Other than Googling a Resort's name on the Internet, there has got to be a better way for travelers to research incidents & deaths that happen at resorts and cities in Mexico.
It's very upsetting to read that trip advisor and other travel sites do not allow people to submit reviews that include information about accidents and deaths that occur at these hotels and resorts in Mexico and elsewhere in the world. If you had a section on contact information where people could write or call TripAdvisor, Expedia, Etc to have them change their policies that would be helpful. In the meantime would you consider including an interactive list and/or map on your website or special Google Maps link that pinpoints all these negligent resorts?
July 27, 2017
Message: The culture of low quality or toxic alcohol in Mexico is not new. As a mexican what I would recommend if you travel to Mexico is to consider buying your own alcohol at reputable stores. Drinking beer is much safer than hard liquors.
July 27, 2017
Message: Maureen, I just saw you and your website on one of our Canadian news channels on TV here in Victoria, BC. First of all, we are SO SORRY for your loss... “Nolan, know that you were loved and are missed by so many. Be forever in peace.” We are so sorry for EVERYONE’S loss here that have shared their difficult stories with all of us.
When I was 16 travelling with my mom & dad in Taxco, Mexico City, Puebla and finally in Puerto Vallarta, we were pulled over by the "Federales" (Mexico's Federal Police) for NO REASON AT ALL other than being naïve tourists driving in a near-luxury rental car. The two cops approached our car - one on each side - then aimed their assault rifles at us and demanded that we pay them to avoid being arrested and detained. The fine? The entire contents of all our wallets! This experience, coupled with the fact that two of us got deathly sick with “Montezuma’s Revenge”, was enough to convince us to return home early AND vow that we’d NEVER, EVER return to Mexico again.
July 26, 2017
Message: I read the article in USA Today and we are planning to visit an all inclusive in Cancun next month. I would really like to see a list of resorts where incidents occurred. It would help my selection of a hotel in the future as well make me extra aware if I was staying w somewhere with a bad experience.
July 26, 2017
Message: I think that an improvement to this site would be the ability to filter through the names of resorts. Have the name of the resort listed hat has been involved and then when you click on it the story/stories can be read. I have a trip planned to Mexico in October and have been endlessly reading comments to see if the resort has been mentioned. Keep up the good work. Don't let anyone silence you!
July 26, 2017
Message: Sorry to hear about that young girl who died. I just recently went to Playa Del Carmen twice within the past 9 months. Rented a car both times and drove everywhere. Stayed at three all inclusive resorts and a few small hotels. We went out frequently to eat and drink and never had any problems. We stayed in the Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Cancun and Isla Mujeres. I grew up in Chicago and always drink responsibly. My girlfriend gets a little wild, but we never had any problems.
July 25, 2017
Message: We are going to Playa Del Carmen from 09/09/2017 to 09/16/2017 and we are staying at The Bluebay Grand Esmeralda in an All-Inclusive Resort. Have you heard any problems at this resort or any information you can give us on how to protect ourselves? Thank you so much for giving us heads up.
July 25, 2017
Message: A few months ago my mom surprised us with a paid trip to Mexico over this upcoming Christmas. This trip included myself, my husband, and my 2 kids along with my sister, her husband and their 3 kids. All under the age of 17. We were very excited as the grandkids have never been out of the country. However, since reading your story along with viewing your website as of today we will no longer be going to Mexico. My mom immediately went to the travel agent and changed our trip to a non-Mexico destination. Your story is heartbreaking and I cant imagine the pain every family who has experienced these nightmares is going through. So thank-you for sharing your story and bringing awareness to such tragedy! Because of you we will no longer EVER travel to Mexico. Prayers to you and your family from ours! Sincerely, Neelie
July 25, 2017
Message: Thank you so much for this sight. We were still on the fence after seeing the report come out about tainted alcohol. We were hoping that our hotel would still be safe because it was not named in any of the incidences. After reading the posts on this sight, we decided it is not worth it. I would rather try my luck on a cruise versus the Nora virus than try Mexico. Thanks all!
July 25, 2017
Message: I have two items:
1) We stayed at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Feb. 2017. My buddy and his son both felt drugged after drinking at the pool bar.
2) Are similar reports coming in from Punta Cana? We stayed at Iberostar Dominicana in Feb. 2015 and the Stoli vodka was very different at the pool bar after the 3rd day. The Stoli at the lobby bar was fine. There were 10 of us and all agreed there was something foul going on.
July 25, 2017
Message: Hi I will be traveling in August at the Paradisus Cancun. After reading this article... I am so scare to even go anymore?
July 24, 2017
Message: One way which could potential help readers is one of two ways.
1) have a list of incident location/resorts for each occurrence in addition to having them listed somewhere so resorts with a history of incidents could be quickly identified.
2) Incorperated location based incidents with them linked on to an interactive google Map. This could also potentially help identify problem resorts and areas.
One of the first things I looked for after reading about stories on your site was a way for me to identify if I had been to a problem resort or area. Thank you for providing this information and service to others including all your efforts in creating awareness.
July 24, 2017
Message: MEXICO IS #2 MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
July 24, 2017
Message: Just a thought. It is MUCH more than getting a bad drink at some pool. Mexico is a risky place anywhere, especially if they you are a woman or if they know you have money. Even if you are in a large group. I lived there. I know for a fact. Bad drinks are just the tip of the iceberg. And all that "wall" related chatter lately - think that has endeared us to them anymore? Stay in the Western world.
July 24, 2017
Message: I lived in Playa de Carmen in the mid 90's. Even then I know for a fact that Mexican authorities were suppressing tourist crime reports and statistics. Rapes from Cancun all down the coast. Even deaths in Cozumel from scuba accidents related to short resort courses. Many tourists simply will not report, say things like rapes, because they will be leaving soon, do not want to return to deal with the prosecutions, dealing with the Mexican authorities who make it difficult on the victims and, then, people at home will never know about what happened. Crimes against tourists on that coast are very, very under-reported. I know that for a fact, rapes especially. Like in cabs going back to a hotel after a night out. Check out about the gas explosion at a large resort. Never reported was the fact it was due to shoddy workmanship. Typical. Oh, I could go on and on. First hand experience. Fact. Enough for me to decide to never go back to Mexico again if I can avoid it. And I was never a victim!!! It is great what you done.
July 24, 2017
Message: The same incident happened with me and my boyfriend back in 2015 when we was staying in Cancun as well I had a 2 drinks blacked out in the pool woke the next morning remembering nothing. We were also robbed of our passports and wallets during that time. We were also told there were no security cameras as well. You're more than welcome to contact me with you would like further details thank you
July 24, 2017
Message: Just heard about your site on Fox! I believe you and keep up the awareness. I'm sorry for loss and everyone else's. This is ridiculous
July 24, 2017
Message: Hi! I just saw your website on CTV news and I am travelling to Mexico in August! So glad you have created this! All the best
July 24, 2017
Message: Why hasn't anybody from the US taken random samples of liquor from the resorts for lab testing? I'm sure a portable lab could be set up to do this with the results being videotaped.
July 24, 2017
Message: Thank you so much for taking time to share all this information about the dangers in mexico. Much appreciated. Werner
July 24, 2017
Name: Randy Metzger
Message: I lived in Acapulco,MX in 05-06,, I married a Mexican, I FREQUENTLY go to Playa del Carmen,, scuba diving,( Cenotes),, I am from Mi., lived in Janesvile WI. for 5 years, if I can help anyone who has been hurt (or worse, like Abby) I will be glad to help,, Thanks,,( I have seen MANY alcohol related situations there) I do not drink.
July 24, 2017
Message: My husband was drugged by bartender in Aruba. I believe they put Rohypenol in his drink. He survived, but was unconscious for many hours.
July 24, 2017
Name: A Lopez
Message: I'm sorry for the loss of your son. I travel Mexico often difference is I don't drink. But I witnewitness so many young American tourist that drink much more than would be legal in this country. Perfect example just attend a Spring Break.
July 24, 2017
Message: Just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy I know how you feel, I lost a son. Not in Mexico. We just got back from a wedding in Riveira Maya and 15 of us came home and got sick. Its been 2 weeks and I still don't feel good. Mexico is not a place I will be visiting again.
July 24, 2017
Message: Hello and Thank you for all the info. I pray for you as you continue to do a great service. We have one trip in August to the D,R which we have gone to many times without problems I was wondering do you know of this happening in the dominican republic as well we are suppose to,gomto playa del cavemen in Mexico in November , this will be our first time there, we went to cancoon 18 years ago but appparently this world has changed. What are you concern so if any ? Although I do not live in fear , but I still think in this day and age we should be wise so if there is any info or concern please let me know . Thank you and GOD BLESS.
July 23, 2017
Message: I found your website through the USA Today news article. I am horrified by all the stories and information that y'all have presented. Myself and my family are Scuba divers that have been traveling to Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan for over 15 years often. I believe a very important way to reach people would be through Dive clubs and Dive shops- especially in Texas. We started going to Cozumel through our Scuba Dive Club (Scubadillos) in Dallas. Hundreds and/or thousands of families could be reached by getting your message out at regular dive club meetings throughout our state. I know Texas is a major contributor to the tourism economy of the Mexican Yucatan.
July 23, 2017
Message: I read the USA today article which struck home with my wife and I. We have also recently traveled to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Just like others we have have ordered drinks from the bartender at the swim up bar. We were fortunate to not be victims of being drugged although my wife did suffer a foot injury slipping on the wet stone. We realized that assistance from resort personnel would come at a cost. I've noticed from the USA Today article, that others are coming forth with their stories and I see common threads in them. One of the best articles that I saw was the mention that in order to truly have an impact, these resorts need to be identified and indexed by date. If tourists stop traveling to their locations, they will self police and weed out the corrupt employees. I encourage you to devote your efforts to this task. I have enjoyed many fun trips to Mexico but at this time, I will travel elsewhere until I see this issue addressed by those that have the means to make a difference. Rather than money, I'm willing to invest my time to assist. Best way to contact me is via email.
July 23, 2017
Message: I was just getting ready to book a resort in the Cancun/Playa area for my wedding vows renewal and to also celebrate my daughter's 13th birthday. I'm so glad that I found your website! That trip is definitely canceled! I will find us somewhere beautiful right here in the U.S. After months of research, I had never come across anything negative on Mexico. I believe that God led me to your website. We've made a decision to NEVER travel to Mexico and I will pass your site to every friend and family member.I am truly saddened by the loss of your son. I pray that God will bless and multiply your efforts in your work through MVA. I am truly grateful!
July 22, 2017
Message: Thank you for sharing this information. We had a vacationed booked for this Christmas at the same Iberostar where Abbey Connors death occurred as well as many of these atrocities occurred. We were taking our 20 and 17 year old kids with us. Fortunately, we bought travel insurance and we were able to cancel. The best $600 dollars ever lost. I feel so blessed to have come across your website. I forwarded your link to our travel agent. The public needs to be informed and Mexico needs to be held accountable! Thank you
July 22, 2017
Message: People should also realize their organs are worth a lot of money. Some of the people who went to Mexico and died, and were 'autopsied' could have had organs removed and sold. My dad died in 1997. He was an organ donor. Because he died of a pulmonary embolism (reportedly), which happened ten minutes after a radioactive dye injection, only skin, eye, and bone marrow tissue was harvested. The hospital bill for his six day stay, just for the room, was $11,500. The hospital made $47,000 harvesting and handling his donated tissues. I tricked them into telling me how much the hospital benefited financially from his donation. An organ donor in the US is worth more dead than alive. This was limited tissue harvest with my dad. Consider what a full harvest must be worth. Don't sign your organ donor card in the U.S.. As sure as hell exists and awaits for them, you can bet there are 'doctors' in Mexico harvesting organs from some of the tourists who die there.
July 22, 2017
Message: re: mark july 21st.
Mark really? do you think it is the responsibility of an individual or this website to do a forensic analysis of the cause and motivation behind these deaths? How about the government cleaning up this mess. I used to go to Mexico every year, for the last 15 years it has been Hawaii. its clean, safe and i DO NOT have to watch my back. Pretty simple approach really, won't EVER go back until they fix the problem.
July 22, 2017
Message: I just submitted an event that happened to me at LIVE AQUA. I meant to place in the categories of my story instead of comments. Could you please place it under my story instead of comments. I would like people to be aware of every resort that this has occurred in the Rivera maya. Awareness is what travelers need to know to travel and be safe. Not just in Mexico but around the world. We think we are safe in the resort and we put our guards down and trust everyone in the resort. We need to keep our guard up at all times unfortunately.
July 21, 2017
Message: God Bless You, Thank you for your courage and perseverance. Knowledge is power so thank you for sharing. I went to CanCun for my senior trip in 1979, CanCun was a new resort area they were just opened up for tourist. It was beautiful and we had a blast but haven't been back since. I wasn't planning any trips to Mexico before reading this info but after reading it I don't think I'll ever go again. Plus I will warn anyone I know about this and direct them to your page.
July 21, 2017
Message: After reading of these 1st hand horror accounts, we(wife, myself) after recently returned from Royal Playa del Carmen unscathed, will NEVER return to Mexico, or Latin America for that matter. One lady said possible the ONLY remedy for mexico is a Cuban style revolution..or does Cuba profit, like so many other enterprises from drug cartels.
July 21, 2017
Message: I read the story through FB messenger. So sorry about your son. We have been to that exact resort at least 5 times in the past 10-12 years. We love it there and have actually been considering another trip there soon. The article is disturbing to say the least. We have noticed that the drinks there seem to have less alcohol than here in the states. I did call cheapcaribbean.com and brought up to them that article. We have used them for many booking in the past. They said they had not heard about it. The guy i talked to said he would advise his supervisor about it.
July 21, 2017
Message: I'm writing to offer you some insights; many of which you may already have had, but perhaps a new one. I have no axe to grind; I love Mexico; while harboring no illusions. (My wife is Mexican, so I know the ground.) First, you need to index your site by resort and property. A prospective vacationer should be able to see that X hotel in Y locality had 1, 2, 3+ incidents. That will have an impact on the owners/operators of that property. By the time the impact occurs, the property will be sold and re-branded. Managers will be fired. Nevertheless, owners of other properties will see that if their property is indexed - more than once - it is the kiss-of-death.
Consider whether it's plausible that no one can figure out what is going wrong. Can't be! The people working in any industry almost always see clearly inside and know. The problem occurs when no one sees a compelling interest to fix the problem. Owners of resort properties have a compelling interest in focusing managers' attention on things that are a problem. We vacationers need to make reputation-risk a compelling problem. Look for patterns. E.g., couples at swim-up bars. They both have more than 2 or 3 drinks. Don't seem to be in a larger group, some members of which may be sober and keep an eye on the couple. These are ripe for victimization.
What is the kind-of-attack? E.g., an expensive ride to X hospital. Is a bartender on commission with that hospital? With the Y ambulance company?
E.g., does the couple wake-up in their room? Woman raped; property missing?
What common patterns do NOT appear? E.g., larger groups of people who obviously know one another? Cases where one member of a couple drinks while the other is a teetotaler?
Consider what we - ourselves - the vacationers can do for ourselves? (The US Government has absolutely NO interest in this issue. The Mexican government even less.) WE - the vacationers - are invested; and, we need to get the owners of the properties invested in solving this problem.
Managers aren't much interested in substituting brand liquor for denatured alcohol. If they were, it would be hard for them to control for it. Frankly, it's a lesser problem than a date-rape contamination. Even so, it's an easy lever. Recruit college chemistry majors who like to vacation in Mexico. Have them take random samples of drinks back to their rooms (colleges) and test for contents. I suspect that denatured alcohol could be detected with a simple test. Just about anything with sophisticated spectrometry equipment. When they find something, report it to you for publication. Once resort owners realize that they can't ignore this practice they will implement their own sampling and catch bartenders who are adulterating drinks.
Figure-out and publicize protocols. E.g., vacationing couple Dick and Mary make a point of getting their drinks from 2 different bartenders; and, making a point of getting their respective names. Dick makes a point of thanking Ricardo by name; Mary makes a point of thanking Maria by name. One of these two bartenders may be an adulterator; the other, might not be. Will the adulterator want to feed a tainted drink to Dick when he knows Mary isn't getting drugged as well?
Figure out how to break the association between the perpetrator and the victim. Pool-side service seems acutely risky. If the couple takes alcohol from their room, it will be far more difficult for the room-maintenance crew to target a suitable victim. If Dick makes a point of hailing a male beach waiter while Mary hails a female beach waiter, it's more complicated for the bartender to recruit several waiters to target this couple.
The weak link is the individual employee of the resort. They are easily hired/fired/move-on. Management of each hotel is interested only in firing a suspected employee. Managers need to invest in systems to ensure that a bad employee is not hired by another property.
July 21, 2017
Message: I just want to say thank you for opening the site! we saw it first hand when we traveled to Los Cabos we noticed the bartenders were serving cheap tequila out of a gallon of water might as well have called moonshine . I would suggest gathering all the parents that had a tragedy happenigo to that hotels with signs of the death of their children and all stand around the pools to make other people aware because I believe there is not a lot of people out there aware of what is going on it will also make the hotels take notice the people are being told of the dangers! Even if you get kicked out.. its worth it! I will go to! In support of you, your family & this organization!
July 21, 2017
Name: J West
Message: Unfortunately the bad news about Mexico's history of danger is buried under the landslide of vacation advertising and the greed of the general tourism industry and government. Yes, Mexico is poor and people need work as well as foreign revenue to pay for services.....but the fact is that Mexico is an extremely dangerous country, wether on resort grounds or not....and should be avoided at any cost. The stories told on this site are common tragedies and all to familiar to everyone. But for some reason, people get sucked in by the offer of cheap package vacations and continue to put their lives at risk.
One of my favorited experiences ( I went through Mexico many times on business and consider myself very travel savvy) , was the time I was robbed by the Chief of Police in Cabo San Lucas, many years ago. So don't think the robbery problem is something new. I was a victim of an attempted mugging on the Main Street. I was able to fight my very large attacker off with superior pugilistic skills but was left covered with his blood from head to foot. A patrolling police car passed by within minutes and stopped me.....not surprisingly given I looked like something out of a slasher movie. I speak fluent Spanish and explained that my mugger lay in a vacant lot. They handcuffed me and took me directly to jail. I spent the night in an open cell with a dozen drunks and murderers who spent the night waiting for me to fall asleep as they talked about setting me on fire and didn't know I understood. In the morning the Chief arrived and told me I was in big trouble, that they'd checked my hotel and knew I was alone.....likely a story to frighten me. Having bribed Mexican police and officials many times with the "Mordida" they all ask I got down to business and started negotiating. He asked for $600 USD.....I told him all I had was Travellers cheques, which wasn't true but he didn't obviously know how to trash a hotel room. We agree I would sign six $50 dollar travellers cheques.....which I did. He then asked if aI would like to have lunch with himself and his girlfriend.....because after all we were fellow businessmen....I declined. I knew there was a flight back to San Diego within a hour and caught it with minutes to spare. As soon as I touched US soil I called American Express and told them I'd been robbed and the entire circumstance. The Am Ex operator replied " Sir, you're lucky that's all they took, we hear much worse stories from that region.....Where can we send your refund?" They cancelled the cheques of course and left the thieving Chief with worthless paper.
July 20, 2017
Message: Outstanding website on informing the public of the atrocities committed in Mexico. Seems like it is getting worse for travelers without any corrective action by governments, businesses, and the media.
I opened up and read everyone's stories and noticed some without dates. I don’t want to sound callous because I can understand why dates are irrelevant for anyone who has lost a cherished family member but am afraid that in this day and age some readers may not be interested if they thought the news was too out-dated. They may just be Pollyanna’s who move on thinking that the outrageous problems must have been corrected by now.
Might I suggest your Home page be arranged to include more current events like what you have in your "News Links" and “The Victims” tabs? I’m afraid that if readers do not scroll down that far they may leave your site before seeing any of the current news. And your site is the only site sounding the alarm in addition to providing an open forum for others to add to! I suggest this because when I reached your “News Link” page I was shocked! It adds a whole new dimension to the individual’s stories because I can see that the atrocities are still going on and it is getting worse! Appalling! Don’t know if you knew that in your "How Can I Help" tab the link: http://www.house.gov/writerep/reaches "The requested page could not be found". Is the info re HR1120 even relevant anymore? Looks like Senator Markey reintroduced it as HR1370 which never saw a vote. A reader may think that Congress is currently working on solutions when in fact they are not!
I am sorry for your loss and wish you success in bringing the World’s awareness to the inhumanity of these evil people and in becoming the catalyst for overcoming it.
Peace and strength be with you.
July 20, 2017
Message: Maureen, keep up the good work! Just saw this piece on the front page of DRUDGE Report--one of the largest sites in the world:
July 20, 2017
Message: Hi there. I am writing this in hopes that you will post this on your website because not every part of Mexico is bad. I have read all the stories--only one was from Cozumel. All others have been from Playa, Cancun, etc. My family has been traveling to Cozumel since our son was 7 years old. We have stayed at numerous places-all inclusives, including the Iberostar, condos, villas, etc. We rent cars each time and enjoy eating where the locals eat, which sometimes puts us out on the streets late at night. Never have we felt unsafe. In fact, once we took the ferry over to Cancun to dive the Cenotes and on the way back to the dive center, our dive master got in a wreck because of the rain. We were in an overturned vehicle accident. I had glass all over in my hair and had several lacerations on me which needed to be stiched.The doctor at the hospital never left my room. I feel like I received better care there than I have in the US. All of this to say that...bad things can happen anywhere. What happened to all of these people is awful. It's simple awful. I can't imagine losing my son. But, when you get two of a drink and they are both different colors, that's a red flag. When you get your drink and you notice that it smells weird, that is a red flag. I'm not saying that there was not foul play, I'm just saying lets pick who to blame and not call out all of MEXICO. I love Cozumel and have a very pleasant time every time I go there. The people there are very attentive to my needs and have always been very helpful.
July 20, 2017
Message: Oh my goodness after reading your story and the story about other tragedies I can't imagine what it must be like for victims and family members. Our condolences on the death of your son, Nolan.
After reading your web site I have some grave concerns because my wife and I recently bought a time share package in the Mexican Vidanta Resort chain. They are "enclosed" high-end resorts and are not all-inclusive facilities. You pay for food and drink within the resort. They currently have six resorts including Riviera Maya, Puerto Penasco (near the Arizona border), Los Cabos-East Cape, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Acapulco. Our primary vacation interest would be the Riviera Maya (between Cancun and Playa del Carmen), and the Nuevo Vallarta resort north of Puerto Vallarta.
My question is, are you aware of the Vidanta Resorts and if so, do you know of any of the kinds of incidents that you have described happening at that resort chain?
Again, our regrets and we appreciate the effort you are making to alert people to the dangers of traveling to some of these resorts.
July 20, 2017
Message: please post this all over Facebook, I go to Mexico several times a year and once felt like I was drugged after only 2 sips of tea. I brushed it off thinking no way I didn't even have alcohol. Please I did not know of your site and I know you need to spread the word so people know. Also if they get less travelers maybe they will do more about it. so sad for all the families
July 20, 2017
Message: U.S. travel agencies and travel organizations can be given formal written notice via certified mail, that they should warn people. Then if they don't, there can be lawsuits if they continue to recommend these resorts. That path may work to improve things and provide redress. Maybe your organization can send these notices.
July 20, 2017
Message: I was on Vacation in Los Cabos from July 1-8 and my wife had to be hospitalized for 2 days due to food poisoning at an All Inclusive resort. I had to pay a big bill to the hospital. My health insurance and only covering a very small portion of it. I talked to a couple lawyers here in the USA and they think it is difficult to have a case from here against the hotel. Any thoughts of what I should or could do legally against the hotel? Thanks! Derly
July 18, 2017
Message: After spending several hours reading people's stories, most of them have a common theme. Hotel staff spikes your drink, then they injure you to insure a trip to the hospital, then hospital extorts money from you. As long as you (or your loved ones pay up), it doesn't matter if you live or die. They don't care. Perhaps there's even more money in your death when you add in the cost to ship the body home. It's outrageous. No one is being held accountable. As a US citizen, I had no idea that 4 and 5 star resorts could be so dangerous. I always assumed that the danger in Mexico occurred in other places. Thank you for shedding light on this. I used to vacation in Mexico twice a year. As recently as 6 months ago. I will never go there again. Partly for my safety, but mostly because I just can't support their business in any way knowing what I now know.
July 12, 2017
Message: I travel to Puerto Vallarta 2-3 times per year. I understand the dangers in Mexico but have been blessed to not have anyting like the stories shared occur to me or my family thank God. One thing I do know is that Mexican tourism depends heavily on US consumers. The tourism industry for Mexico represents the 2nd or 3rd highest income generator. What I would recommend is that this site create a section that validates certain standards in all inclusive hotels in Mexico. As consumers we can use your site as a resource to select a hotel. I guarantee you that hotels will take notice immediately. Thank you all for your work and I pray that all the families find peace.
July 12, 2017
Message: After reading some of these stories, Mexico will be the last place I will be going. To many sad stories and how families have loss there love ones. This country where no cares about anyone. They can have this place.
May 5, 2017
Message: I found your site today, May 5th, 2017 and really appreciate it. Long story short, I had the biggest fight ever with my wife last year because she wanted me and our two boys to go with her to her sister's wedding in Riviera Mexico. I did not go and did not let her take our two boys, the wedding in Mexico turned ok thank god! Doesn't change the fact that I will never go to that country especially with my two boys..! And the stories in your site only reinforce my concerns!
April 5, 2017
Message: I love traveling to Baja Mexico and have since 1983. It seems to be more dangerous now then ever. last time we went to Rosarito to spend the day-We made sure We got out of town before it got dark. Don't get me wrong We have been to Cabo San Lucas also. Just seems that The hotel owners, The managers, staff, Hospitals, Etc Do not help if Your hurt, Lie what really happened, Leave dangers all around like open elevator shafts, no life guards, spiked drinks, very low balconies, etc,etc,etc.....
January 8, 2017
Message: Thank you for providing the information on the lack of concern on the part of people working in hotels in Mexico...unbelievable. I am sorry for your loss and thank you for helping others so they don't endure your pain.
December 18, 2016
Message: I lived in the Riviera Maya for 15 years. I heard many stories, including those of bar owners and even the wife of the general manager of Occidental at the time of little Brents accident. I heard that many of the all inclusive hotels are cutting their liquor with ether... Those side effects cause the teens to want to rip off their clothes and worst of all, think they can fly... There have been a lot of instances of teens jumping to their deaths off their balconies....I witnessed one in my building many years ago, the fellow was locked out of his 2nd storey apt, then climbed up a telephone pole and tried to jump the 8 feet to his balcony, he fell, and does enroute to hospital... I tell people to drink only bottled beer or drinks at these resorts...
September 10, 2016
Message: My name is Cris and my family and I stayed at iberoster punta mita August of this year 2016. I was extremely sadden when an Asian man in his 50's suddenly drowned and hotel staff denied it. It's quite disturbing that hotels do not mention how serious the waves can become. They do not always change their flag colors, and even if they do, new vacationers are not aware of this. I believe lifeguards should use binoculars and have a working defibrillator to prevent horrific accidents like this one. The man was dead for some time since his skin color was purple. I wanted to reach out to the family but the hotel refused to give me info. One other piece of information i wish to share is that my sons phone was stolen along with his friends. Cash and clothes were too, while seated near the beach late at night. I brought it up to management and boy did they lie. They lied about there not being cameras and blaming it on vacationers. I am so disappointed and disgusted. I am Mexican American and I treat every employee well, I also tip well and I believe this is part of the reason they didn't mess with us after I told them that I believed security and management were a part of the theft. After reading your stories and going through my own experience I definitely will not be returning to Puerto Vallerta. I really saw the difference how people from Huatulco, Oaxaca are more humbled than at Punta Mita. There are many great people from all over Mexico, yet some do resent Gringos, so be careful and go with large groups and if possible with Spanish speaking people. I pray for every one's safety and apologize for the wrong doing and pain that the evil Mexican criminals have caused. God Bless us!
June 1, 2016
Message: I feel so sad for reading all this comments I am Mexican and don't live from tourism, many of us are well raised and come from good families and went to good schools, and we also suffer this in our own country, I just wanted to say I am so sorry for what you have passed in my country, Every time i have been able I have helped tourists because I know they are vulnerable, my dad teach me to love all foreigners, as he traveled a lot, and we went to schools abroad, but it breaks my hearts to see this sight of Mexico I live in Tulum Mexico and after reading this, I posted a huge complaint on a post of the Taxi syndicate telling them that they need foremost honest people and they should test them before giving them plates, i will pass the voice about the safety in the beach, i live in the beach and I am very careful cause you grow knowing no one will save you, but surely the drugs the alcohol are a problem when travelers are inexperienced and they bump into criminals, I will just pass the voice and try my best to make a difference at least in the beach town I live, May Jesus Christ deliver all your families from all this pain that brought such heartache to me, just by reading all this last three days, God Bless, Alejandra from Tulum, Mexico
October 2, 2015
Message: As a 61 year old woman I had been traveling to Mexico for many years either with family or by myself. I would walk the streets by myself never thinking anything could ever happen to me. Since reading all the stories on the website I have not been back to that country. I am sure things like this also happen in other countries what is so sad is that a lot of the Mexicans have been welcoming to me and treated me well and I have always respected them but you have good and bad people all over the world. Anyway I just want to take the time to thank you for this website. It is my hope that thru word of mouth people make this website known to people that will be visiting Mexico. Peace.
June 24, 2015
Message: I appreciate this website. I'm looking into where to go on vacation in the fall. I want to go to Mexico, but I've been put off by news in recent years of what has happened to other Canadians while there. Without recent news, it's hard to tell if anything has improved. Looking at the Mexico stories on here, it doesn't look like the resorts are any safer. I can't take my kids to a place where assaults take place and staff hide surveillance recordings. Disappointing, but it looks like Mexico has a long way to go before they're a safe place for families again.
September 28, 2014
Message: Please consider the situation of Sgt. Andrew Tahmourrrssi who had the misfortune of getting trapped in a confusing border crossing into Mexico while relocating his residence with all his possessions including two fire arms. After seeking assistance and declaring his possessions of weapons he was arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement.
Next time you consider a vacation in Mexico consider the autocratic totalitarian government that oversees this country and also consider the lack of response from our own government that chooses to ignore their own citizens when they run into problems in this hell hole. The response from the White House is, “Sucks to be you unless you are being oppressed in Missouri.” Then we will move Heaven and earth and Eric Holder to help. If you are a normal citizen, or God forbid, a veteran, then you are on your own. Stay away from Mexico, don’t expect help from your own government and look after yourself. Heaven knows no one else will look after you.
August 25, 2014
Message: Thank you so much for creating this website in honor of your son. You are doing an important service for others like me who were wondering whether to vacation in Mexico. I am so sorry for your loss. My family will not go to Mexico in honor of those who experienced tragedy and loss there.
August 22, 2014
Message: People from other countries that exclude Mexico are not the only victims. I am Mexican and we also suffer from corruption. Ijust be consious next time you judge immigrants in US because many of those people don't go to your country only to take your jobs, but intead, they go to find a safer place to live. Some situation just happened here in Chihuahua; a guy beat up his gf until he thought she was dead, he threw her and left her in a park. After some people rescued her and finally the guy was taken to jail since his sister called the police to report him. After three days he was released because the judge did not found any evidence that was him. I love my country but don't think that just because you're a foreigner you have to deal with corruption.
August 20, 2014
Message: Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbled upon it ;) I'm going to return yet again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.
August 19, 2014
Message: We wish we found this website sooner. http://www.gofundme.com/BringBackJack
August 2, 2014
Message: I have been reading the reports of those that have travelled to Mexico. I am glad i did. My son and i were planning a trip to the Tulum region this November. We are now planning a different location. I have travelled quite a bit. My son and I went caveing and climbing in costa rica travelling the country on buses with no issues. Im.a retired Marine so im certainly not easily concerned of controllable issues. But the events that people are reporting are not controllable issues. We will look maybe to go rock climbing and caveing in Croatia or mountains in Patagonia instead. Climbing mountains and rock climbing are controllable issues. Im glad i had the foresight to check this out and not simply assume everything is ok. Thank you. And i was heartsickened to hear of what everyone went through. Maybe a battalion of Marines could clean it up.
July 26, 2014
Message: I am real saddened with all these stories of loved ones that have died and the treatment the family and person that died received. Shame on them and I will spend my money in the US. Was thinking of vacationing in Mexico but I will not put myself or family in danger.
June 14, 2014
found your site yesterday and could not stop reading. I feel for
all the victims, just horrible what happened to them. I have
stopped going anywhere in Mexico after decades of travel. Early
this morning my phone rings, my best friend calls and is getting
ready to board a plane with his family of 5 from LAX to Cancun.
I was in disbelief of the timing and let him know everything
that I read on your site. I told him to text me everyday. Just
June 11, 2014
My condolences for your loss(es), and
thank you for sharing the painful details, in an effort to
create awareness. I’ve been thinking about a family trip to
Mexico, initially thinking that we would be “safer” in a resort
area. I came upon a story, and ultimately this website, by
accident; and was surprised at the apparent lack of care at the
resorts, by police, and by medical staff.
To the extent it “helps”, I will have discussions with friends and families about what I have learned, and stay in the US (and out of Mexico) this July.
December 10, 2013
Please add to comments: I visited your Web page and I wish to
add my deepest condolences to all the families who have lost
loved ones. However, as a security specialist, let me also
point out the following. There are appear to be far too many
pool deaths and drowning deaths for this to be random chance. I
would advise visitors to these Mexican hotels to check the pool
set-up very carefully (depth, feed channels and gratings), and
ABOVE ALL do not swim if you have had any alcoholic drinks from
the bar. If you have kids in the water - have an adult beside
them in the water too, and that person should not have drinks
from the bar. There is clearly more going on than meets the eye
here. KL, Los Angeles
December 9, 2013
Although I offer deepest condolences to the victims, I cannot
comprehend why people choose to visit Mexico or any other
country without doing the research on where to stay and where to
go. I have been visiting Mexico almost on a yearly basis since I
was 5 years old and have never encountered any dangerous
situation. I must stress that I stay clear of any gang, drug,
and dangerous areas which I think is what you should stress on
this site. Some of the victims were involved with drug activity
which will inevitably end in trouble. I suggest that you teach
people how to be safe instead of discouraging travel. Mexico
has so many beautiful places and lovely people, it is such a
shame that people will not visit simply because they are reading
October 24, 2013
Wow. Your site is a massive eye opener. I found it because I
was looking for any updates on a man who drowned at Moon Palace
Cancun in late July. It is amazing how well they cover up these
August 25, 2013
worked for a cruise line for a few years in the medical
department. route took us to Cozumel once a week. I can vouch
for the problems that tourist have in Mexico with medical issues
and police. This is not an advertisement for cruise lines, but
that is the only way I would visit Mexico. Cruise passengers are
protected by the cruise line, so they are treated a little
better by the Mexicans. I had a medical emergency in Cozumel and
was treated well. Their medical treatment was not up to date,
but my life was not in danger.
May 29, 2013
Thank you for this information. I feel like my daughter and her
girl friend are living the beginning of a really bad movie.
They are planning on driving through Mexico and starting a Gay
Tourism Business. They vacationed in Cozumel and came home and
started selling everything and are ready to drive through next
week. I'm going to send her this site link. I hope it helps.
March 24, 2013
am so glad that I did a search and found your site. I was
considering a trip for my 18 yr. old to go along with some other
friends and dads as chaperones for graduation. I am so thankful
for the information that I received here. I do not travel much
and never considered all the risks until they were put before
me. I am so sad to read all the children's stories and so sorry
for their loss. Thank you for providing this site as it has made
a difference. It helped me decide that there are other
alternatives than Mexico. I can feel confident that I made the
right decision not to let him go due to peer pressure. Thank you
so very much. I could not bear to lose him, and it is just not
worth the chance!
March 12, 2013
THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT THERE IS A
GROWING HOSTILITY AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE. ARE WHITES BEING
TARGETED IN MEXICO AND ELSEWHERE BECAUSE OF THEIR SKIN COLOR.
ALSO IS ORGAN HARVESTING A PART OF THE PROBLEM??
February 24, 2013
have been trying to plan a vacation for my boyfriend and I to
take within the next 6 months or so. I came across a website
called resortstayvouchers.com and they off a 7 night stay for
$500 at a list of all different resorts in Mexico. It's a very
intriguing deal and I definitely almost got one. After typing
into google "is it safe to travel to Mexico" I came across your
website. Thank you so much for creating this because I will
NEVER travel to Mexico in my lifetime. I'm am working towards my
Masters in Pediatric Nursing, reading those stories about the
little boys disgusted me. I couldn't imagine letting anyone let
alone a helpless child lay there to die. So again, I thank you
for this site and I will definitely be passing the word on the
everyone in my life. My parents and grandparents always told me
not to travel there ever I just thought they were being silly
and over protective but now I see why they were saying it and I
see why my parent's never let me go when my friends did for
February 12, 2013
want you to know that your story has made a difference. You
were and always will be a great mother. It is just unthinkable
that you gave your son such a wonderful gift and he died. My
heart goes out to you. I was thinking of going to Mexico, but
not now. Please know that my prayers are with you.
January 22, 2013
read some of the stories where the victims posted their stories
on Trip Advisor, only to find that the web site deleted their
posts. This is a complete disservice and fraud against all users
who rely on Trip Advisor. I think it is also fraud against the
premise as to the reasons people post on the web site as well. I
think those people who posted legitimate accounts of their
travels, only to find them deleted should have the right to
financial recourse against Trip Advisor for being fraudulent,
January 16, 2013
I'd like to SHARE this on my Facebook. How can I do this?
Have you considered having a link for this? You guys are saving
lives! I will never go to Mexico again and try to educate
everyone I know. God bless your son.
January 3, 2013
The Lifesaving Foundation (www.lifesavingfoundation.ie)
is a small international charity based in Ireland. We organise
an annual drowning research conference in Ireland (24 - 27 April
2013). I would like to invite you to attend our conference and
to present a paper on your charity. We are working with a
charity based in Belgium (Safe Coastal Tourism) and will devote
a good part of our conference on tourist drowning prevention. We
cannot offer any expenses but are bringing like minded
organisations together. Check out our website. E-mail or phone
me. I am happy to provide additional information. If you are
unable to attend still contact me please as we would like to
work with you. John
December 14, 2012
There is a story that is gaining media attention about a former
US Marine being jailed in Mexico. He was going through Mexico to
Costa Rica and for surfing with his friend. He declared a
shotgun at customs and after being allowed through he was
arrested and put in prison. Someone in the prison called his
family asking for $1800 for his release. There is a lot more to
this story on CNN and Fox news. I wanted to let you guys know
about this because it's relevant to anyone going to Mexico. The
authorities there are corrupt and they are all in on the plan of
collecting extortion money. Hopefully this veteran will be freed
since a senator recently brought it to the attention of
president Obama. The veteran, Jon Hammar, was initially jailed
with cartel members and a US congressman had to get him moved to
a separate cell. In most countries you expect the authorities to
help you but not in Mexico. I hope you post this to let people
know even if you aren't vacationing in Mexico. Don't even try to
January 5, 2013
Message: Having lived in Cabo san Lucas Mexico on and off for the last few years i can attest that although Cabo happens to be a much safer destination than mainland Mexico, some of the same chronic problems which are pervasive everywhere else in the country, have contaminated this region as well. No money equals no life saving basic care. They don't treat Mexicans that way of course. I heard about this american who had suffered a surfing accident who needed blood donated (he had lost a tremendous amount) but they refused to do this basic life saving procedure as long as several thousands of dollars were not presented to the hospital. I don't know if it was collected in time to save his life.
One time while waiting at the airport leaving Cabo, I met this man. I couldn't help but notice the fact that he looked like he had just gone through the mill. He had a huge gash from one end to the other around his throat, I asked him what had happened to him. He said that on his second day of his vacation, he thought it would be fun to take a sand dune quad driving tour. Only 6 days ago he was driving his quad and lost control due to an unexpected sharp turn. He was thrown off and landed on a barbed wire fence, the kind used to keep prisoners from escaping jails. His ordeal was similar to stories reported on this site.He was left caught in the fence bleeding profusely and went into shock. It took for ever just to get him freed from the fence as no one had pliers. Thankfully there was a hospital nurse who was part of their group who saved his life, she was able to give him first aid and kept him from bleeding to death. He was an inch away from his vena cava being cut. He said he was extremely lucky to be making it out alive. His wife was able to arrange for funds to be transferred. The hospital refused to treat him until unlimited bank card funds was forthcoming. His entire neck and throat had suffered deep widespread massive lacerations from ear to ear. He was finally stable enough to fly home for reconstructive surgery, his hospital bill was $20.000 Now you must wonder why they would think chain link protruding all along a quad race in a particularly unmarked dangerous sharp turn would be considered adequate fencing, instead of hay stacks for example, that are common in mexico.
Perhaps the tour operators and hotels get a kick back from accidents that land someone with a hefty hospital bill. You really have to wonder. But the truth is, there are several hospitals in Cabo, they are all making money.
After years and countless accidents to tourists being "bumped" or carved up by propellors of panga boats while swimming,snorkeling and diving, it finally took a local mexican to die for the city to finally make an intelligent long overdue decision and install safety bouees for safe swimming at Pelican rock a famous diving spot near Lovers beach. About 2 months ago, a young 23 year old local diving instructor (he leaves a young wife and daughter) was caught in the propellor of the boat he was diving from as he came up to surface ahead of the diving group that was still below. The diving boat driver was obviously not using any thinking capacity, or why else would he turn on the engine when divers are below? The diving group who noticed a massive amount of blood over the water were convinced there had been a shark attack and refused to surface for a long time. The real sharks are standing on 2 legs.
We witnessed first hand so many close calls, i used to be infuriated with the total lack of concern, care or intelligence on the part of panga operators, as if its the job of the swimmer to just get out of the way, keep away from their engines. I always keep my eyes on the drivers let them know in this non verbal way, i'm watching them, and also keep an eye and warn swimmers if need be. The law is very simple in Mexico. Don't get hit by a mexican or don't hit one. The result is the same. Remember, the tourist /gringo is always at fault.
How many people who were reported to have had a heart attack while snorkeling or even diving have been in fact hit in the head by a panga filled with tourists.
I know this happened to a woman who was unconscious for quite a while and was extremely lucky to have survived. No one wanted to be held responsable so they looked the other way for several minutes. This local diver wanted to pull the woman who was just floating head down with her snorkel mask still on, tried to rescue this woman, but was told by his boat captain not to "that if she died he would be held responsible" and they would be the ones questioned by the police. Later the woman had no idea what happened to her, but having heard the story from the man who first noticed her, it was quite obvious to him that the panga boats are responsible for hitting and ramming into snorkelers.
Just a couple of weeks after the horrible death of the young diver, my boyfriend was himself almost hit while snorkeling by the engine of a boat which was shurned abruptly in reverse only a few feet away from him the driver not paying any attention. Being an expert swimmer and surfer, and very alert and wary of the boats, he was able to maneuver and swim quickly out of the way in the nick of time but he feels certain anyone else would have met their demise. At last, this area which is a fish sanctuary is now finally safe to enjoy swimming in again. Now its one of the most beautiful and enjoyable part of Cabo. It only cost a few hundred dollars to cordon off the area, now its a no kill zone for everyone. Each time I go there, I pray for the people who had to die or were wounded to bring awareness and make it safer for all of us.
The Riu in Cabo has hired a couple lifeguards on the beach, who seem friendly athletic and knowledgeable about the ocean, but its simply not sufficient and none of the other hotels have anyone. I have personally witnessed terrible accidents when people get on and off panga boats if a wave comes and it doesn't seem to cause the driver any concern. I've seen and heard people getting caught under the boat, twirling up in the air and falling backwards and breaking their neck. It doesn't seem to cause the driver any concern though. There is an eerie casualness and oblivious devil may care attitude. local wave runners drivers are similarly completely and utterly missing any "cautious" element. I have heard loose statistics of about 12 to 20 accidents a month in Cabo involving tourists, but it's hard to know. There has been an attempt to get the wave runners from landing on the beach and instead to have them dock on a barge some distance from the beach.But it is being fought by local beach business jet skis hit stand up paddlers, walkers and each other. The beach boys that run the wave runners back and forth are constantly jousting and showing off, spraying each other and tourists, thinking its cute when they are totally rude and slamming up as fast as they can onto the beach. Now it's like crossing a street filled with wave runners. They'll manufacture it like you got in their way. Please be cautious when maneuvering motorized vehicles around other people. Even mexicans are ashamed of the way other mexicans feel about foreigners. On the plus side, Cabo attracts mexican people who prefer peace and want to stay away from the drug violence that permeates much of Mexico and which many mexicans themselves are a target.
There are two types of mexicans, the kind mexican, who will do whatever he can to help anyone, and the other who sees tourists as an opportunity to make money off of him and is jealous of him so he feels entitled to whatever foreigners have. They are pretty good at gaging how much they can extort and squeeze from tourists. I would recommend anyone traveling to Cabo, to contact management when they notice anything unsafe in and around the hotel.
They will try to attend to it and this act will most likely save a life.
Please everyone check the balconies, not just out of the rooms but all through out hotels and condos, be aware they are made for very short people or not to obstruct the view, and are not considered a barrier, they are extremely dangerous. How many people need to fall off balconies to their death, how many preventable deaths ruled as suicide where someone fell backwards accidentally. These low ledge balconies have literally ruin the lives of so many people witnessed of those freak accidents.
Many people are injured and killed on roads in Mexico. Mexicans are lousy drivers, but when the police comes, its always the foreigners responsibility. I would be particularly careful on the highway from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo itself. Other roads have received major improvements in the last 2 years. Watch out for large blue taxi cab vans, they seem to have calmed down a bit, but they are known to be very aggressive drivers, are hand in glove with the police so if they hit you, its always your fault. if you argue about it, the police threatens you with jail time. If you were driving, you must pay for yours and their repair... oh and you need to pay for any police that gets involved. If you're renting a car though, you will be insured and covered.(Ask if the insurance is full coverage)
If you encounter a serious situation at your hotel, demand to speak to english speaking management, i have heard that there are many files of complaints filed by foreigners with the city. If enough complaints keep coming in regards to a particular individual then they will do something about him, these complaints have made a small but noticeable difference here. The city has cracked down on federales who were camped on the highway going to the airport extorting money from tourists They would stop the leaving tourist for any reason and demand money or hold them. Most people just paid and even accepted to be escorted to the airport and pay the police through the ATM.
Always demand to be taken to the station and even argue and demand the name of the police. So many complained that now they have cracked down. The news you get are not from reports you read about, there is really no reporting done. You find things out bits here and there, not easy to come by. Georges Noory from Coast to Coast the radio show was almost kidnapped/mugged in Cabo on his way back to the airport a couple of years back, as he was leaving the hotel he had been staying at. He knew something was wrong because the cab driver was so nervous and kept using his cell phone.
Georges, jumped out of the cab when it slowed down, grabbed his luggage that happened to be next to him, and forced a motorist to stop just in time as 2 cars attempted to block his cab. He jumped into a local motorist car who was kind enough to drive him to the airport.
At bars, it's not the booze thats tainted with drugs its the very glass itself, so maybe its safest to drink from an unopened bottle,tell them you want to open it yourself. Most bar places are safe here though, they are many good and safe restaurants.
You have to be aware in Mexico, things may be left jagging from the ground or large yuccas could be right next to the side walk. Locals don't seem to get hurt but some tourists do when they are out drinking and not watching where they walk. Watch out for holes on the streets and very uneven sidewalks, and sometime huge pot holes if you're driving, although they have been doing major road upgrades.
Last but not least, watch those waves, they are very unpredictable and please ask safety questions to staff you deem intelligent. Ask questions about the ocean right in front of your hotel or where it's safer to swim.
You may even ask around, just in case, for the name of a really good local doctor who makes home visits and have that name and number on hand...just in case. I've turned down many invitations to travel to mainland. Baja is overall a lot safer and trying on certain fronts to improve customer relations. its Mexico last chance.
Accidents happen anywhere in the world, but the main difference in a culture is how a foreigner is treated when something goes terribly wrong. Mexico has a very long way to go to redeem itself. Nature and weather is what has kept us here so far, accompanied with a great deal of caution and awareness.
Thank you for your website, you are doing an important service providing support and compassion and no doubt saving many lives.
August 15, 2012
Message: Hi, I've been living in the Riviera Maya, for over a year now and I did Mazatlan for six months. I'm only writing you, because I have very helpful information about the time share industry and how perhaps shining a light on this fact might help people to be more educated or protected. I'll give you one fact, one that confuses the heck out of me, until I researched it legally. I practiced law in the states and was blown away by the deceit. There are GIANT time share companies, many are based out of Mexico, Europe, south America,,etc...but the odd fact is, all of them have ghosts or skeleton offices in the Orlando area. These offices are there as a Nevada based "shell corp" might be to those who wish to evade taxes. Having these ghosts offices, addresses, allows this industry to protect itself and screw over all clients who invest in time share. Nevada does a mighty injustice to tax payers in America, but why are other countries now using American based corporate addresses to avoid liabilities and accountability? I work with all of these resort now, in the software industry, so I've seen how it works and it's disturbing. Let me know if there is a credible way to inform those who have been wronged or may end up being wronged. Thank you and thanks for sharing everyone's stories.
August 14, 2012
Message: Let me first express my condolences for the loss of your son in Mexico, you certainly have the right to be concerned about violence in Mexico.
I am a Canadian and have lived most of my life overseas working in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and even the US. I have lived the past two years in Mexico. My job, before Mexico, actually put me in touch with Canadians that have experienced problems and violence and I can say that the vast majority of those that got themselves into trouble did so by being involved in activities that normal travelers would steer clear of, drugs, pornography or just fraud.
I can't comment on the US citizens on your list as I have only paid attention to the Canadian victims here in Mexico. Looking back over the past year there was the case of the woman from Calgary who was severely beaten in her hotel, a terrible incident for sure but being naked in an elevator at 3 in the morning in any resort town is a dangerous move and cannot be attributed just to Mexico. The BC man murdered in his house, again a terrible incident but challenging a burglar with a gun is a mistake in any country. The Canadian found in the trunk of his car in Acapulco, his business was dealing with criminals and shady officials, his demise could have been predicted. The Canadian gunned down in Acapulco, a known drug dealer. The Canadian recently killed in the Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta, a known gangster from BC.
Canadians come to Mexico because of the weather and the fact that it is cheap. Resort towns anywhere in the world attract those that would prey on tourists so extra precautions are of course necessary. Expecting that a developing country is going to have comparable emergency services is foolish, expecting that their building codes are up to par with the developed world falls in the same category. You get what you pay for.
I am sorry to say that in Canada consular issues involving Canadians become political opportunities for the opposition to complain about the level of support provided to Canadians abroad. The newspapers print headlines about another poor Canadian in trouble in Mexico and how wonderful that individual was. There is very little follow-up when it turns out that the individual was dealing with questionable persons thereby leaving people to believe that it is a Mexico problem only.
There are plenty of problems and problem areas in Mexico but travelers who heed consular warnings and exercise a normal degree of caution are at no greater risk that tourists to New York, Washington or Detroit. I have felt more unsafe walking the streets of large US cities.
Certainly there is a need to warn people about travel to Mexico but including people on your list of victims that are criminals or have acted in a manner that would get them in trouble in any city in the US or Canada, in my view detracts from the credibility of the website.
Again, my condolences, I am only looking for a sense of balance in the website.
June 22, 2012
was planning to go to Cancun with my husband. After reading
about your son Andrew, I will never step a foot into Mexico.
Thank you for your story. My instinct tells me not ot go, and
you just confirmed and solidified it for me. Thank you.
June 1, 2012
was unaware of these issues until I read Fatal Sunset. My heart
goes out to all of the victims and family that have had to deal
with these horrible moments! I had read about the drug lords and
violence in Mexico but I had never heard of how the Mexican
government and medical team treat visitors. My family wanted to
go on a cruise that has stops in Mexico and I was lucky to talk
them out of it. I never want to visit Mexico nor do I want any
of my family to go there. HOW ARE THEY GETTING AWAY WITH THIS
May 17, 2012
am so sorry for the loss of loved ones who suffered and died for
no good reason. "Mexico is an unsafe, calloused, corrupt
country with no regard for human life." This is a quote from a
young man I met while babysitting for a wealthy family in Greens
Farms Connecticut 30 years ago! The young man who said it had
nearly lost a leg due to the negligence and apathy of the
Mexican medical authorities in charge of him. His father had to
hire a bodyguard to steal him out of the hospital and fly him by
emergency helicopter to Texas for treatment then on New York for
surgery. I apologize to Michael who is clearly a decent man and
heartfelt in his apologies for his native Mexico's state of
affairs. I can only say to him "there but for the grace of God
go I" or in this case " go all" Poverty mixed with Greed and
Drugs destroyed Mexico. Not only do people continue to send
their beautiful children to places they with no true
understanding of the risks and dangers involved in being there,
no emergency plan, no cautions, no research before going-
nothing. They also refuse to see that Lobbying and Corruption
have infected our beloved Nation as well. Besides this I have
traveled the World and I know that if most Middle Class families
knew the dangers their children faced in many so-called vacation
destinations, they would be up in arms and stampede Congress for
measures. And that's just what they should be doing. Because it
is, unfortunately, not only Mexico to blame here. Ask yourself
why our government makes little attempt to place a ban on travel
to this dangerous country. There is a ban on travel to other
dangerous places. I'll tell you why -the Travel lobby. If our
country is too corrupt to prohibit travel to a known dangerous
location what is to stop the Cartels from hiring lobbyist
themselves? We must not only caution everyone NOT TO EVER TRAVEL
TO MEXICO or any place without an understanding of the county
but insure that we do not fall prey to the same evils that now
plagues our poor neighbor- Mexico.~
April 8, 2012
Message: Before my message is read and sent, understand that it may seem offensive and/or heartless, but that it is not meant to be so. I feel for the ones affected by loss, and anyone who has known tragedy due to this so called vacation destination. Though I feel it necessary for this website to remind it's frequenters: Mexico is -not- the US or Canada. The terrible thugs that happen are commonplace in their world. The Mexican government section in charge of tourism can do no more about it then You or I can manipulate another's ideals. If an effort to change is what you seek, then it's the city or country bylaws as well as the policing and medical system that need be fixed. I've now been to Mexico thrice, and only once was I in a resort. I saw many accidents, and some that weren't, but nearly everything I saw could have been avoided if one remembers that they are in a foreign land with people that do not hold the same moral ethos or ideologies that you have. People need be reminded that they are not protected by the "Land of the Free". I bade you not ignore this, and to remind and remember: the place cannot be blamed for lack of a person's caution.
P.S.: I am in full understanding that this does not go for every tragedy. But frankly, most are avoidable by one's own care.
April 8, 2012
As a Mexican I am deeply ashamed of how my country and people
have fallen into this terrible state. and I’m sorry that these
events have driven you to have to warn tourist from visiting
...which in the end is the right thing to do. I
really hope we can fix this situation...I don’t know what to do
but we have to change something
March 29, 2012
These horrific stories are heartbreaking and serve as warnings
to others. Please let everyone know, though, that not being able
to leave without medical expenses paid is "standard operating
procedure" in most countries. While rapes, muggings, police
shakedowns, unsafe pools, etc are harder to protect against, a
simple travel insurance policy from an independent travel
insurance company (not a tour operator such as Apple) will fully
pay medical expenses and also give you medical evac - out of the
country. Simply put: learn from these accounts and don't leave
home without travel insurance. Tragically, it wouldn't have
saved Nolan, who died when not treated in time...but will help
those who find themselves hospitalized with substandard care and
demands for payment prior to treatment.
March 15, 2012
Pressure can quite easily be put in Resorts by Tour operators.
Simply legislate that tour operators will be held accountable if
they send guests to substandard resorts
March 13, 2012
After reading about the recent advisory to "Not Travel to
Mexico, and their Resorts" I feel I must cancel our 2011 Senior
Spring Break Trip, organized by a local tour agency. The past
and the most recent news from Cancun, Mexico absolutely scares
me to death! I will not put my daughter and myself in harms
way...With State and Federal agencies warning to "not" vacation
in Mexico broadcast on CNN and Fox, why would they allow travel
agencies to continue booking Senior trips and flights to
Mexico. I asked my travel agency several questions about our
safety, and her reply was this, "the murders are taking place a
thousand miles away from our "Lock down resort" and not
worry"...she sent a message letting me know the cancellation
policy was in force!! I did not even mention about not
continuing our trip, set for March 19, 2011. Profit over
security, how sad! What are your suggestions? I need
answers...apparently I've lost 3,000 dollars to this agency, who
is placing our children and parents in harms way. Please advise.
My contact number and email enclosed.
March 1, 2012
Message: Your website is definitely going to save lives and most likely already has! All the famlies who wisely changed plans averted disaster. When the republicans whine about government having too many regulations this website should be required reading. To all the families on this website I hope you know that the soul is eternal and you will be reunited with your beloved family member. Until then stay strong and know that all of you have made a difference by sharing your stories.
March 1, 2012
Message: This is a great website. You really need a Facebook page. It will reach so many more people. It will bring them to your website.
February 11, 2012
am an american and i happen to work in mexico. i am very private
and the reality is that i am in constant danger of being
kidnapped or murdered or who knows. so i am very careful in
mexico. the riu hotel is a spanish chain and known as an
expensive top resort in mazatlan, the riu had a horrific
situation just this last 30 days. I have had some mexican
friends tell me how their valuables where stolen from their
rooms. so not only americans but also mexican nationals are
targeted by criminals. the other odd situation is that at the
mazatlan riu, someone in management decided to allow outsiders
to pay 150 pesos to enter and use the pool facility. that itself
breaches any security of the hotel. anyone can simply pay the
150 pesos and go in and look around for their next victim.
having been in mexico for over 4 years i hear things and since i
look latino, people tend to tell me things they would not tell a
white looking american. example: during the spring breaks. the
mexican locals look forward to these events and go out looking
to get lucky with an american female. that means in whatever way
possible. spiking their drinks, separating them from their
friends etc. everyone in the bar knows the locals and know what
they do. and they look at it as a game. there are a hand full of
stories about people falling from their hotels, that part is a
little true the old hotels construction was made short that you
could by mistake lean over and simply fall over. there are
plenty of robberies at the hotels these are done by friends of
the people that work at these so called 4 or 5 star resorts.
even rapes can occur at these hotels by the so called security
personal. these things happen but no one takes responsibility.
neither management or any law enforcement agency in Mexico. they
look at it as a big game with the simple thought of "oh it
happen to you" "oh well, at least it did not happen to me or my
family" the situation of SGT. Joseph Bitet, seems to me that it
was a planned robbery but not by 1 individual. the group
probably had someone in the bar as a look out for their victim
they probably had a room provided by an employee of the resort
and was led to that room. Mr Bitet being a military officer with
hand to hand combat skills was surprised by these group of men
wanting to rob him and in the process they threw him over the
ledge of the window or hall way at the hotel. it might sound
very dumb for me to make that suggestion but in mexico people
will kill for 200 dollars. i have to point out that there could
have been 2 victims. if they had gone into Mr. Bitet's hotel
room. why would anyone throw someone over the balcony?????
because many others have been killed/murdered in the same way
and no one ever investigates. the resorts simply call it an
accident maybe there was a small % of people that actually fell
but there are the % of those people that were murdered in that
way so all the criminals in mexico know that they can do the
same thing to their victims. It is such a shame and the big
problem in mexico is the so called generation 5,000 pesos per
month. thats over 40% of the population that makes that per
month and in turn they look for ways to get ahead by stealing or
doing fraud or anything they can think of .i have been in mexico
too long to hear the various situations that happen to people
just to rob them. if the riu hotel chain realizes that their
mexican management and employees are doing whatever they want,
maybe having to settle a lawsuit will make them understand
financially that their customers should be protected and the
loss of 1 man/women is not acceptable. god bless.
January 24, 2012
Message: Maureen - Thanks so much for your interview on CBC's The Current this morning - I have been concerned for some time about traveling to Mexico though have never been and certainly do not wish to go. I shall certainly pass on your website to people I know are considering Mexico as a holiday destination. Fortunately our warm weather destination now is Hawaii as our daughter and son-in-law live there and we're going in five days! I was checking out your links which are good especially the gov't ones on Mexican travel warnings - however the one on spring break for students is rather dated and does not have the most recent (Jan09) requirements for entering the US by any means - air, and, or sea - requiring passport or other specified document. Thanks for keeping this site going, it is just unfortunate that you lost your son in order to start doing this to warn everyone about the dangers of Mexico.
January 24, 2012
Message: Hello Maureen I heard you on the CBC this morning. On Jan 3 1993 I determined that I would never visit Mexico. Our much loved minister and his wife took a last minute vacation there after the Christmas rush. Bus drivers were and perhaps still are unregulated, and when theirs pulled out to pass on a slippery road on the way to see the pyramids, the bus went off the road, crashed into a light standard, which toppled on them and incinerated some of them. The driver was also speeding. Many people died.
January 24, 2012
Message: Hello there, I was just listening to you and your sad story about your son Nolan on CBC Radio. I read about the other victims and am stunned at how many people are listed there. It blows my mind. Good on you to start this website. I have not been affected by anything like this nor do I wish to and my heart goes out to you and all the other families. I would find it interesting to compare these "Mexico" statistics to numbers from other island resorts and vacation spots. It might be a good way to prove that it is indeed dangerous to travel to Mexico. Not sure if there are any statistics like that. I do hope that the governments travel advisories will start to reflect the true dangers.
January 24, 2012
Message: Greetings, I just heard your story on the CBC (from Canada).I wish to share my deepest sympathy in the passing of your son. I also wish to thank you for telling your story so bravely and launching this informative site in honor of Nolan. Keep up your strength and push hard as you lobby the Bills so needed. Blessing
January 24, 2012
just yesterday news broke of a Canadian woman severely beaten in
a 5-star Mexican resort in Mazatlan. Every bone in her face was
broken. Canadians have been being killed and hurt in Mexico for
a long time now. in 2010 there was an explosion at another all
inclusive resort in which 5 Canadians were killed. It was due
to natural gas and the hotel being built in a way that was
illegal. the hotel authorities also stopped ambulances from
getting to the resort because of feared bad press. Also,
another Canadian woman was found murdered on a beach near
Mazatlan with her boyfriend. I think people should boycott
Mexico, it’s too dangerous. I've never been there, and don't
plan on going.
December 3, 2011
Message: I LIVE IN MEXICO, I'M AMERICAN & HAVE LIVED HERE SINCE 2005 WITH MY HUSBAND. MY MOTHER IS FROM PERU BUT CAME TO THE STATES AT AGE 19, SO I HAVE ALWAYS SPOKE SPANISH FLUENTLY. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE AN FM2 IMMIGRATION CARD, I NEVER SEASE TO BE FRIGHTENED AT HOW MUCH MEXICANS DESPISE AMERICANS. IT ACTUALLY SCARES ME. I HAVE LIVED WITH MY HALF ITALIAN, HALF PERUVIAN HUSBAND IN EUROPE (THEY HATE AMERICANS THERE JUST AS MUCH) BUT I AM STARTING TO THINK OF MOVING TO PERU BECAUSE HOW CAN I HAVE A CHILD IN COUNTRY THAT HATES ME TO MY VERY CORE?! I HAVE LIVED IN MEXICO CITY, GUADALAJARA, SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, CHIAPAS, AND EVERY BODY FEELS THE SAME ABOUT HOW AMERICANS "STOLE" CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, TEXAS, AND NEW MEXICO, AND HOW WE ARE THE ENEMY. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR OVER 6 YEARS, I AM FRIGHTENED AS A WHITE AMERICAN WOMAN EVERY TIME I TAKE A RADIO TAXI, I ALWAYS ALWAYS GET RIPPED OFF WITH THE CHANGE, AND I THINK I WAS FORCED TO HAVE AN UNNECESSARY OPERATION IN THE PAST IN GUADALAJARA. AND LET ME TELL YOU, THEY COULD CARE LESS THAT I LIVE HERE AND AM A RESIDENT OR THAT I AM HALF LATINA! AND I DON'T THINK WHEN THEY ARE GIVING YOU BACK LESS CHANGE THAT YOU COULD BE CANADIAN! I THINK WE ARE UNLUCKY TO LIVE IN THESE TIMES BUT THE WORLD IS EVEN SMALLER FOR AMERICANS, I HERE COLUMBIA IS ABSOLUTELY A RIDULOUS CHOICE FOR AMERICAN TOURISTS, AND EVEN IN AUSTRALIA HATES US EVEN AS WELL.
December 2, 2011
The problem of crime and its cover up is not confined to the
resorts on the coast. I recently visited the Lake Chapala area,
which is inland, near Guadalajara. There are many Canadian and
American ex-pats retiring there. Everyone connected with
protecting property values is covering up the extent of crime,
which includes home break ins accompanied by murder. Realtors
and home owners call the place "paradise" in spite of the
growing rate of murders and drug cartel activity. There is
censorship. Some of the Internet forums in the area delete news
about the crimes. Gringos who speak up about it are scorned and
shunned. Journalists throughout Mexico are killed for reporting
cartel crimes. A Canadian couple brings down prospective home
buyers for "educational" programs that encourage buying a home
by telling one everything one needs to know about relocating to
the area - except that the crime rate is as high as it it. They
get a referral fee when their clients buy a house. Maybe they
are all tanked up on delusions, remembering how safe the area
used to be, if it ever really was. Or maybe some of them just
don't mind betraying the trust of fellow gringos who rely on
them for guidance about relocating to Mexico. I feel disgusted
September 23, 2011
Message: I think I can answer Cheryle's question about why people go there. Mexico does offer a great vacation for the cost. They have more all-inclusive at reasonable rates than anywhere else and the airfares have been reasonable. That being said, I cannot believe that people send their most precious commodity--their children--into the middle of a drug war zone. The cartels are everywhere not just in the border towns. But an even bigger concern statistically is their healthcare and police issues if something were to happen. The story of the hotel security guard at a luxury resort murdering a couple should scare the bejesus out of everyone. I worked at a travel agency and YES, we were told to tell people that everything was fine. I refused to do that. It's all about the money.
September 15, 2011
why are we pouring our money in the way of tourism into a
country that is out of control ? I do not understand. Just stop
going and spending money !! There are wonderful places in N A
where you can spend your money and feel safe. Just tell us why
people continue to put up with it.
August 30, 2011
Question: first, GOD BLESS YOU for creating this site. And my
deepest sympathies for your loss......My buddies and I do a trip
every year and next summer they want to go to Cabo. From what
you've heard, is it safe? I have been looking at threads and
most say that it's mainly the border towns that is getting the
drug violence, but still, I am concerned. What do you think?
August 24, 2011
Thank you. My soon to be sophomore in college came to me asking
permission to go with her friends on spring break to Mexico
because their were "all-inclusive" deals. I said absolutely not
for many reasons but this said plenty. I have sent her the site
and the youtube video. She isn't happy but knows that if I am
adamant it is for good reason. So sorry for all the losses
depicted here and elsewhere.
August 22, 2011
friend of mine is planning a trip to Mexico via one of the
cruise lines. I've been giving him some tips about how to avoid
a compromising situation once he's there. I stumbled across
this website and spent some time reading the posts. The stories
conjured up some memories of traveling there extensively in my
20's. There were many, many times, I felt like my safety was in
jeopardy, and I was looking for a link on your site to share my
experience. I couldn't find a link. Am I missing something?
Anyhow, good stories to pass onto folks considering a trip to
August 13, 2011
Message: I had a comment on the travel industry hiding this information on a travel website and it was removed within hours. Publish a list of travel websites censoring comments.
(Reply from Mexico
Vacation Awareness: The website that Joe is referring to is Trip
Advisor. Any time someone mentions the MVA website it is removed
promptly. One thing some of you may not know is that Trip
Advisor is owned by Expedia.com. There is a definite conflict of
June 1, 2011
Message: I have been reading all of the comments here and I do have to agree with one person that pointed out a very good point. Most of the vacation resorts are located in small towns where the medical care is not great to their citizens so don't expect anything better than the service that they get. I am a Mexican Citizen and I have been living in the US for 23+ years and I know the difference first hand, when I take my two sons on vacation I NEVER go to any vacation resort that is mostly directed to tourists, the people there all they want is your money and they will do anything and everything to get it one way or another. If my sons want to go to the beach I take them to Puerto Vallarta where they have bigger hospitals and real doctors or I take them to Veracruz where is not a tourist trap but a nice place to visit without the worries of getting ripped off. Many people think that the vacation resorts are the safest, well they're not that's where you get ripped off the e most, specially in all those popular vacation spots. Mexico like any other place has their good and bad parts, if you look for a tourist targeted part of mexico expect the unexpected and it's a sure thing that you will get ripped off, if you want to go to mexico pick a non-tourist place, get health insurance before you leave and don't expect to be treated like royalty in Mexico to them you are just a piggy bank.
May 27, 2011
Message: I just wanted to express my condolences for the loss of your loved ones and thank you for this informative site. My friend is planning a 50th birthday party in Mexico for a group of women, and I will not be going after visiting your site and reading the news reports. (I will also try to get my friend to change the location.) I always knew Mexico was a bit unsafe, but I was unaware of the lack of safety and medical training and the disregard for human lives. I will diligently inform my friends and families about the dangers of traveling to Mexico. Our family went on a Western Caribbean Carnival cruise several years ago, and it was very scary to see the fences and men with very large guns protecting Mexico’s tourist area. We embarked on a bus ride to a beach as part of our excursion. The bus traveled down a very long road and did so at an alarming rate of speed. All of the tourists were looking at each other and were very uncomfortable and somewhat frightened. I think the bus driver had to speed to avoid potential criminal activity. I will never go to Mexico again. Thank you.
May 1, 2011
Aloha: My mom and 2 girlfriends have planned and paid for a
vacation to Cozumel, Mexico. While speaking with a friend a few
moments ago, he told me that there had been Americans killed in
Cancun in the past 2 weeks. Please honestly tell me:IS IT SAFE
TO GO TO CANCUN/COZUMEL AT THE END OF THE MONTH. Please respond
ASAP or direct me to where I should go. US State Dept warns for
Northern borders, west coast and Mexico city are a NO GO. I am
really worried as we booked this many months ago. Mahalo for
April 10, 2011
Message: I live in Mexico and was reading your site. It's very informative but I'm shocked at people's expectations and lack of knowledge of this country. Most resort areas are in small towns and don't have the resources of a large city. EMT's here are rarely trained and it's wrong to even call them an EMT. There are excellent hospitals and care in large cities. I'm shocked that people expect hospitals here to take the US health insurance. You need to use this site to educate people on what Mexico has and doesn't have. I'm just so shocked that people would even travel to Acapulco. It's one of the most dangerous areas here. This is not the US and why people think they will get the same service here as they would in the US is unbelievable. Don't they ever question why the trip is so cheap? On the other hand, an area like Puerto Vallarta has world class hospitals and people receive very good care, but don't expect all the doctors to speak English. Please use this site to also inform people what to expect in Mexico and different areas of the country. People here are not trained as you would expect in the US. A lifeguard is not trained. People who help someone medically are at risk of being charged with murder should the person die. There are dozens of others things that people need to know so help save some lives by informing people what to watch out for and what to expect. Under no circumstance use my name or email address. I have to live here and identifying me puts me at risk.
April 1, 2011
Message: People, please, please purchase travel insurance when you leave the country. Everyone thinks that nothing will happen but it does and insurance would help people in so many of these health related events.
March 23, 2011
am writing on behalf of my daughter who does not want her ex-
husband to take their 2- 6 year old twin girls to Mexico for a
10 day or so vacation. The pretense is family, a distant cousin
who married a man from Mexico. They would fly into Mexico City
and drive to Tepoztlan. She is extremely concerned for their
safety. He is taking her to court to force her to give him the
passports. Apparently news articles are treated as hearsay by
the court and we will need verifiable statistics and/or facts to
go to court with. I have called the state department and our
congressman with no good results. Can you help me find the
verifiable sources I need?
March 22, 2011
Message: Hi There - I am taking a trip to Mexico next month and I wanted to thank you for your site so that I am more aware of the inner workings of the Mexican authorities, health care and hotel practices.
With any travel to a 3rd world country (not just Mexico) there is always a level of risk we incur by choosing to go there. Part of the issue is the "ignorance is bliss" statement - we assume because these areas are heavily populated with tourists that we are safe and that the authorities / health care are just as they are at home which is not the case.
I know the purpose of your site is to deter people from going; however, in the event that many - such as myself, will come to your website for enlightenment it may be useful to indicate how to create a safer trip. It’s not always possible, but there are things I have researched to help create a safer experience.
March 18, 2011
Message: I am truly sorry for what happened to these families. Please accept my condolences. I would like to add that I am amazed by some of the commenter’s' stupidity. After reading these horrific stories they still ask for your advice whether it is safe to travel to Mexico. Unbelievable! Don't they get the point after reading these stories? Thank you so much for creating this site. I've planned a trip to Mexico with my wife and my parents so many times but now I am sure I am not going to. God bless you and all the families that lost their loved ones.
March 16, 2011
Name: Kitty Company: USA TODAY
Message: I am doing a story on safety in Mexico and was referred to your website. These are stories that are shocking. May I chat with you sometime this week or next? I am focusing on Cancun and am very sorry for your loss. Kitty
March 6, 2011
Message: I am so sorry for the loss of these young people. After having been on several cruises to the Riviera Maya area, my husband and I were contemplating a family vacation to the resorts. Your site has certainly given me pause for thought. Unfortunately, Mexico is very much behind the times and this isn't a secret but I think it’s good to reiterate to others that you can't expect the same treatment there that you would here in the US. there are very different cultural ideals and standards and the resources are simply subpar.
Secondly, I think it needs to be said that if people are going to vacation in the US and especially abroad that we need to drop the "I'm on vacation" mentality and remain vigilant with regard to our safety and that of our children. Children need to be supervised at all times and adults need to be free of alcohol before getting in the water or wondering around on balconies.
March 4, 2011
Message: I only been to Mexico on a cruise ship and was actually thinking about Cancun vacation because my cousin and her husband go there all the time and they love it. But after listening to KFI program and your story I changed my mind. No more Mexico for me and my family. Thank you for this site.
February 25, 2011
Message: I'm afraid for my best friend’s daughter who plans on getting married at the Gran Porto Real Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico in December of this year. I've been invited, but don't think I'm going due to the ongoing and increasing murders. They are targeting Americans even more now and I'm afraid for all of those who are planning on going. I want to get this serious point across to them without offending them and think that I'm trying to ruin their wedding. Would you happen to have any suggestions?
February 23, 2011
We booked a vacation for spring break before we learned of the
dangers. We are staying in Las Brasis, a luxury home in a gated
community on a mountain. What is the risk level. Is there
reason to be concerned if we stay in the resort?
February 20, 2011
Please update your site more often. I think you do very good
February 10, 2011
travel to Mexico once a year, we go to Rocky Point Mexico. I
have never had any problems, but let me tell you this website
has opened my eyes. I am suddenly feeling scared to go back to
February 9, 2011
Message: First of all, allow me to say that I am sorry for your loss. I live vicariously these type of stories every day, through my clients. I am writing you to ask if you would be interested in publishing some of my clients' stories. My name is Carlos I am a licensed attorney in Mexico, and I represent exclusively, foreigners injured, scammed, or doing business in Mexico. Many of my clients' stories have similarities to those posted on your site. They may help to bring more awareness about vacationing in Mexico. While I have helped many clients recovering money for their injuries, and many others recover money they "invested", many others will never recover what they lost, their peace of mind. While I was born and raised in Mexico City (living in Austin, TX for 11 years now), it makes me sick to learn every day of the situations that travelers endure in Mexico. I am trying to do my part by bringing some "justice" to my clients, but just like you, many of their lives will never be the same. If you want me to direct them to your site, please let me know.
Again, I am sorry
for your loss. Carlos
February 4, 2011
was just getting ready to plan a Girls trip to Cabo. We are all
moms in our late 30's to early 40's. I am now reconsidering.
Is it really dangerous as long as we stay at our resort? or is
it safe to travel into town. Most people I know think the
"resort" towns are very safe. Your thoughts??
January 31, 2011
Message: I read of your heartbreaking story through a link on tripadvisor and send my condolences to you and other families. We had planned a family trip to mexico but cancelled and will now holdiay in St Lucia. I live in the UK (Scotland) and informing people of your website. More young people are travelling to mexico from the Uk and I worry for their safety. My thoughts and prays are with you and the other families. God Bless.
January 31, 2011
Message: I watched the Sun Jan 30th CBS documentary on Mexico. I work for a large Crown Corp of which hundreds of coworkers frequent Mexico, and insist "it's not like that where we go" .. "and that Mayan Riveira is safe".
I wish to extend my condolences to ALL suffering loss and/or aftermath of the obvious corruption of Mexican authorities, 'so-called medical professionals', hotel staff, etc ALL OVER Mexico .. what a shamfeul disgrace to your culture. One thing for sure, I will NEVER EVER consider going ANYWHERE in Mexico and will most certainly share this website and info with anyone who even mentions contemplating going to Mexico. There are many many countries who need our tourism dollars .. let's give them to those who deserve it and are to even acknowledge the 'lives & people' behind the dollars!
January 29, 2011
Message: People are stupid to even think about a vacation to Mexico. Friends of ours just got back from there and had a experience where a cab driver took them on a 4 hour detour that nearly cost them their flight back.
- It was supposed to be a 30 minute trip to the airport.
- Driver was not english
- Cab was not safe
MEXICO FAST: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU WHILE THERE!!!!!!
January 29, 2011
Message: I agree that if we are going to send our money in Mexico, the Mexican authorities need to step up and protect those who are bringing them all these tourism dollars that would cripple them if Mexico was boycotted but on the other hand, we should also look at educating our young on International travel perils. I have been to Meexico 5 times to date since 2003 and have never had any issues what so ever, but I have seen onevery trip how very poorly behaved Canadians and Americans can be when they get to Mexico. Make no mistake, Mexico is a dangerous place but knowing that ahead of time, don't go there and get falling over drunk to where you cannot protect yourself, never leave your friends alone, and do not talk down to the locals. Start looking at our behavior and the government should look at their behavior in how they handle these tragic issues.
January 28, 2011
Message: Start a section for safety reviews of the resorts. This is where people can submit a comment like this one but about the overall safety of the resort. With some dynamic content like that and the word "review" your site will begin to show up in the Google search results when people search for Mexican resorts and resort reviews.
You want to build a key word list and some content that will make your site appear when people are just beginning to shop for a Mexican vacation.
Be sure to include the words "review, reviews resort, resorts" in your meta tag keyword list.
As well eliminate the phrases from the meta tag key word list.
All of the words should be single and separated by a comma.
Avoid using the same word twice.
So something like this in your meta tag:
``tripadvisor apple vacations, Cancun Vacations Mexico hotels, Apple Cancun Mexico vacations`` Should look like this:
``tripadvisor, apple, vacations, cancun, mexico, hotels, `` All of the keywords are still there but now only once, this gives your site credibility with the googlebot that indexes your site and will help increase it’s rank in the search results. What is even more important is that each key word you use actually appears on your site in the content.
The more often the key word appears and the more unique your content is, the higher your search rankings and overall a much better chance of people finding your site. That`s my 2 cents on getting better exposure.
The reason I write to you is when I traveled in Mexico with my 2 kids and wife I was astounded at the number of building code violations. I spent quite a bit of time protecting my kids from exposed wiring, faulty plumbing and just out right negligent building methods and non-existent building maintenance.I am very sorry for your loss.
January 26, 2011
Message: I heard your story on KFI. My heart and prayers go out to you. As an American of Mexican heritage I applaud you for this website. I haven't traveled to Mexico in quite some time because of the ongoing violence, and just when I thought it couldn't get worse it does. Keep up the great work. Mexico used to be such a wonderful place to visit, I have fond memories as a child visiting but now, I wouldn't even step into Tijuana. God Bless you and everyone who told you stories. I have already passed your website to many of my friends and family.
January 26, 2011
Message: As I drove home from work last night I tuned into The John and Ken Show and heard the interview with Nolan's mom. I was spellbound by her tragic story. My husband and I own a fractional ownership in Cabo San Lucas. We are and have been boycotting Mexico because of stories such as these. To continue utilizing our vacations we have swapped our weeks to travel other places such as Canada, as well as places within our wonderful US where there is so much to see and do
January 26, 2011
Message: I am so sorry for the senseless loss of all of these precious people’s lives. Thank-you for the enormous eye-opening information. I have been very wary of seriously considering Mexico as a holiday destination but am now making sure that everybody I know has the information about these awful stories and I know that I will never go or take my family there. Thank-you for sharing what are truly heartbreaking stories. I hope that you can find some solace in helping to prevent at least some further ones. Amanda.
January 26, 2011
Message: I live in San Diego and heard you on the radio on the way home from work. I posted your website on my Facebook. I have felt that Mexico wasn't safe for quite awhile especially what has happened to the southern part of Arizona. Thanks and keep up the good work with your website.
January 26, 2011
Message: To start off, my heart goes out to you, as a mother, I can't imagine. I heard this on KFI and immediately went on. As I have gone on the allinclusive vacation in Mexico and have "thought" about doing it again, I won't now. However, my suggestion would be if you had links naming the different resorts, towns etc., in away categorizing the crimes. I was curious about the resort where we stayed and it would be an effective tool to these places if they were named. Keep up the strength and courage! All the best.
January 26, 2011
Message: I went to the Oasis Cancun website. If you make them aware of what is happening, would they be liable for not keeping Americans safe and aware of what is happening there? I will make them aware in the morning.
January 25, 2011
Message: I am outraged by your loss and the circumstances, I am so sorry. They also use rubbing alcohol in the margaritas and as "shots" and an ounce of that can blind you. It can really mess you up. It is cheap too. A friend of mine was slammed into a window in tj and the federales said "it was YOUR body that broke it, you have to pay now, or go to TJ jail for (whatever the time frame was)"...
They also rush up to you put a blanket or shawl on you to try to get you to buy it, but then they knock something over and make you pay for it, saying you did it with the blanket. I have heard that one numerous times. I was walking in tj with a friend of mine a 6 federales jumped out of a truck and surrounded us and wanted to take me away (I'm female) and I could understand their spanish, and I started SCREAMINGGG!! and they left me alone, and took my friend put him in the truck, and I just walked back to the parking lot where his car was an sat there for about an hr and a half. Then he came walking up with no shoes. They took him behind a building, took all his money and his shoes and let him go. They told me they had to take him because he was walking in proximity to a know drug dealer, and they pointed at someone across the street down the way...
Also, a friend of a friend was walking with a person and the federales jumped out of a van and said "you were masturbating in public" and took him away... (he was not)...
I have heard numerous stories of how women are raped and then the doctors at the hospitals rape them too. They are morally bankrupt humans.
BOYCOTT THOSE GENETICALLY EVIL PEOPLE and their filthy country.
January 25, 2011
Message: The web-site really is wonderful-what an eye opener!! The CBC here in canada had a documentary on travel in Mexico-check it out.
I don't want to leave my phone number. Thank you. Thank you so much for exposing the horrors.
January 25, 2011
Message: I saw your site mentioned on the news last night here in Toronto, Canada. After having a look I just want to say that I found the accounts I read to be beyond heart-breaking.
I used to go to Mexico often; I was usually drawn by the great beaches, good food, and fun night life. Ten years ago it wasn't as bad as it is today. Now I prefer to go to places like Cuba or the Dominican... I even felt safer in Colombia than in Mexico...
In general Mexicans are a bunch of lazy opportunists who would sell out their own family members to make a fast buck.
I am sorry for the tragedy you have suffered. As a parent I can't even begin to imagine how you must feel.
January 25, 2011
Message: I am so sorry for your loss and thank you so very much for bringing awareness to the false sense of security at Mexican Resorts. I grow up in Texas and have been long aware of all the problems and corruption in Mexico. After many, many years, I thought I would give Mexico another try taking my family including younger children. It was only a day after arriving that a couple from Canada were murdered in the resort next to us. I had to call home to obtain information as no one on the resort would tell us what had happened. I will NEVER go to Mexico again and will advise everyone I know not to go.
January 25, 2011
Message: Please expand your site to include the sense less dangers to Canadians. We see and hear of deaths almost weekly and cannot believe how many go thinking that the all inclusives are safe. Just had fellow and wife gunned down in Mazatlan near his hotel, women and husband raped and beaten by POLICE near Cancun.
January 9, 2011
Message: I am so sorry to read about these painful events. We live in Baja Mexico and have (knock on wood) so far had no events that would test the goodwill or medical expertise of our friends and neighbors. Your stories have reminded me that we've been very lucky, and reinforced the imperative to be very careful in all our activities and relations with the local population. We have seen nothing but kindness among the people we know, but if worse came to worst, the fact is we don't know what would happen. It's definitely a different country here, and it's important that all visitors (short or long-term) understand that one's safety is one's own responsibility--and if that fails, things don't work the same way they do at home. Hope you get the word out. At the same time, informed tourists should have no trouble discerning that many, many places in Mexico remain the vacation paradise they see advertised. Carefully review hotel policies, talking in person to hotel staff if necessary, asking specifically about medical training for on-site personnel (if you're worried about that). Find out for yourself beforehand where the nearest best hospital is, and demand that you be taken there if it becomes necessary. Learn enough Spanish to communicate with people and make your wishes/worries known at the earliest sign of trouble. As in many things, a "carefree" vacation is just advertising. You always have to take care of yourself. If events conspire to make that impossible, perhaps the planning that you do before vacation will help.
December 31, 2010
Message: Like your website and more people should just stay out of Mexico. Thanks, tom
December 18, 2010
Message: My daughter who is 20 and a 6 month old baby girl. The father lives in a small village on top of a mountain 4 hrs outside of Oaxaca Mexico. She insists she and the baby are going to travel there since he cannot get back across the border and has never seen his child. I am terrified of her going there but she insists that it is safe where he lives. How can I convince her that it is not safe and trouble really has increased in Mexico. She thinks it is all media hype blown up and not that bad. If you can help me I would really appreciate it, I am really scared for my daughter and granddaughter!
December 5, 2010
I want to thank you for creating this site and sharing your
pain. I am sickened by all the sad and senseless loss of life
reported here. I would like to know if there are others
out there who may have observed the events of the recent Mexico
explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel, observed how
people were being treated (the injured, their families, other
hotel guests) or who may have reported smelling the gas to the
hotel management/other authorities.
November 17, 2010
was supposed to travel to Mexico in December and stay till Jan
2011. I was going to a WEDDDING in Guadalajara, and then on to
P/V for the New Year Holiday- I have now decided to NOT GO. This
is why- I frequently travel to Laredo, TX and the walk over to
N. Laredo. In the last 7 months alone- south Texas has become a
ARMED CAMP! This is no joke- police, ICE, and border patrol are
everywhere! The slightest thing gets you stopped and searched or
interviewed by law enforcement. I work out and so they think I
am going to buy steroids-so I get stopped all the time.
Yesterday, I was stopped by ICE because I had "baggie" camo
shorts on. Once they found out I was a retired Police
officer they LECUTURED ME about the dangers ALL OVER MEXICO.
The final word is "The Mexican Government has lost all control."
This is clear by an article in the Laredo paper which stated
they are using "explosives" to attack and kill the Mexican
police and army now. This was clear by the Mexican army in full
on battle gear. Then you read about the missing and dead
tourist-then you read about how "corrupt" the government is-then
you listen to the border patrols statements-No I am staying in
America- maybe go to a safer place-LIKE Baghdad or Afghanistan
November 2, 2010
Message: my husband and i are going to puerto varlata mexico next week.... and im scared after finding this website today and reading all the sad stories. we have a time share, so we will be in acapolco too in january... i dont wanna go but hubby says dont worry.... what advice can you give me? we were in mexico twice last year and didnt have any problems luckily.. im glad i found this website, our prayers go out to everyone ...thank you
November 2, 2010
Message: I cant believe ppl would actually come onto this site, read it & then ask ..I booked a trip should I go, is it safe?? like hello you are asking the wrong ppl. you have one life ppl, you have been warned, don't take the chance. To everyone that has lost a loved one in Mexico...god bless u
October 16, 2010
Message: I think I have some answers for you, I live in Mexico I’m a lawyer and a volunteer paramedic, and I think I can tell you the WHYs of a lot of the f*ed up things here, maybe that will help you deal with the grief, at least know why they acted so bad to all of you. Believe it or not, the paramedics and lawyers in Mexico we hate the same things that happen here, so if I can help you please don’t hesitate to write.
Name: Concerned Person In Bmore
October 15, 2010
Message: I think you should try to get in touch with the family of Mickey Goodwin in Texas.. he drowned at some Caribe resort in mexico Tuesday. My friend was there.. and told me there were NOT red flags... there was not a lifeguard on the beach. The sky did get dark, but there was no one there... once he went under... went he came back up his body bobbed in the water.. drifting further and further while people tried to get some net to get him. FINALLY a hotel worker ran out of the restaurant and swam out, pulling his lifeless body back. Just like your other stories, there were no trained personnel at the hotel. A guest who knew cpr performed it until the paramedics came (around a half hour). I am a member of the media, and really can't give more info about me... but when she told me, this site immediately came to mind... when I googled it, I see his name and that he "drowned off of a Cancun beach despite red flags warning of dangerous waters" Just investigate this.. again maybe he does take some blame (not to blame him...but he was drinking so maybe not in the best state of mind" but THAT is precisely why medical staff and lifeguards should be present... I will see if my girlfriend who was there would be willing to speak to you... if so I will refill this form with her info. Sorry to be so shady and anonymous....
October 3, 2010
Message: VOSH -- (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) is a non profit organization which travels the world setting up eye camps. In our organization, there are 38 state chapters, 16 student chapters and 13 international chapters examining the poor and providing free eye-wear. Our Minnesota Chapter of 20 doctors and support people are planning to travel to Mazatlan, Mexico and then traveling to the village of Teacapan where we will be working January 8th through the 15th 2011.
Hour host group, the Lions club will put us up in Mazatlan the first night and we will travel by day to Teacapan to do our volunteer charitable work and stay at the local hotel. Even though we have traveled the world and with all the travel advisories for Americans not to travel to foreign countries, as far as I know there has not been any major issues with any of our chapters and their travels.
Is there any issue or problem that you know of in that area or what precaution should we take. Hire armed guards to travel with us? Notify the Mexican Government of our mission? Or any other suggestion you might have. Is Mexico so violent to Americans that our whole organization should cancel all charitable missions the country of Mexico?
October 2, 2010
Message: First, I would like to say that I am a travel agent and have been in the business for over 30 years. I've been to Mexico many times and lately I too, feel concern about traveling there. While accidents can happen anywhere...please, please purchase good travel insurance before you or your family goes to Mexico. My greatest concern however right now is the corruption and cover-ups. 20 tourists are missing today in Acapulco. I have great concern for spring breakers especially in the Playa area. Crime and corruption has gotten so much worse in the last few years.
September 28, 2010
Message: My 19 year old daughter has been invited to spend 10 days with her childhood friend in Puert Vallarta. Her friend's grandmother and father will be there. They will stay at the resort. Do you think it is safe for her to go? She is level headed. doesn't drink but I am concerned when I read the reports. Please let me know ASAP
September 27, 2010
Message: I live in Oklahoma and it seems Cancun is the place to go over Spring Break for kids. With the tensions between the U.S. and Mexico so high do you think it will be safe in March 2011 for all these kids that are heading to Mexico?
September 17, 2010
Message: My heart goes out to all of the families on your site. Thank you so much for all of the info and link. It so scary that these people have a total disregard for human lives... :(
August 31, 2010
Message: These stories have me so scared and worried for my family and I to go on our Playa Del Carmen vacation. My husband, 19 year old son and I booked a flight & hotel (Riu mayan riviera At Playa Del Carmen). I just don't know what to do. We have saved for the vacation and would only be able to get back 1/2 of the money if we cancelled but I don't want to risk our lives for a few thousand dollars. The stories on here were horrifying and so sad.
Name: Beth Twibell
August 31, 2010
Message: First, I must say that I am so very sorry to hear about the losses of your precious children. My eyes welled up as I read the accounts of their senseless deaths. My husband and I were getting ready to book a vacation for our family of 5 to Cancun today (the sale ends tonight at midnight.) After the deaths of 8 people today followed up with reading all of the information on this website, it feels much too risky to bring 3 young children into an environment where the emergency services are so inadequate. As a nurse, I cannot fathom the way these situations have been handled with basic, life saving help withheld. You sharing your unimaginable grief here is helping to open the eyes of countless families and ultimately saving lives. Thank you.
July 28, 2010
Message: I am hoping you can give me information. My sister wants to go to the grand mayan riviera maya in november. I am told this is a resort. She is asking me to go with her. I will not based on the news reports and the violence in that area, plus the sad articles I have read on your website of senseless deaths. Do you know anything about this resort or the general area? Her "friend" has a timeshare at this resort and assures her it is safe. I don't agree. Any information you can give me about this area would be appreciated. I have sent her your website, but she is so niave and would be a perfect target for someone to date rape, etc. Thank you so much for your time, and for posting such a great website to inform us of the dangers of that area.
August 21, 2010
Message: Thank you for this site. I was doing my research about Mexico but I do not want to put my family at risk in an area not prepared for emergencies of any kind. My heart goes out to those who have suffered and shared their stories and my prayers as well.
July 12, 2010
Message: Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful message - It is incredibly gracious of you given the great tragedy your family suffered. I am so terribly sorry that your handsome, well educated and friendly looking son was taken away from you in such a senseless way at the beginning of his adult journey. I pray that God comforts and blesses you and your family in an ongoing way and that the peace of God that passes all understanding breathes healing winds into your family.
I was feeling very conflicted about Mexico as the actual statistics do not sound that bad and our son is studying Spanish but it sounds like the Mexican authorities skew the stats by falsely representing how tourists have died if they get reported at all. It is frightening that even the tourist town newspapers and police play along with the fantasy reports. I was awake last night with a strong feeling that it would not be wise to take the kids to Mexico even though Oaxaca sounds very beautiful and cultural with Mayan ruins and a colonial town.
Your email confirms to me that it is not a good choice at this time and I am looking into changing our travel plans to Costa Rica.
I thank you again for your kindness in reaching out to others and warning them of safety risks for tourists vacationing in Mexico - even at the upscale resorts.
July 11, 2010
Message: i can't believe these stories that i am reading! i am horrified! my fiance and i are not sure what to do now. we are getting married in october, and it is a same sex marriage. my parents are paying for the wedding, and her parents are paying for the honeymoon. they have booked an all inclusive stay at the excellence resort and spa in the riviera maya in cancun. should we not go and have them loose out on their money?!?! i am scared since we are 2 beautiful women who will be traveling alone. HELP!
June 8, 2010
Message: My husband and I were planning on a vacation to one of Mexico's resorts next year but after reading your site, we will not be going. It seems that if the violent crime doesn't kill you, the bribery, corruption or total lack of adequate of health care will. Scary, scary stuff.
June 3, 2010
Message: Advice wanted please. I booked a 4 night trip to Club Med Cancun for myself and my 9 year old daughter. I have never left the country before. After reading your website, I am afraid to go, especially since I will be alone with my daughter and there is no one to go with us. I do not have large sums of cash to buy our way out of any emergency. We are supposed to leave Mon. 6/11 and I don't know what to do. I am not a fearful person, but now am very apprehensive. Should I go? I have learned from your website and others to beware of the ocean, and will not be using any taxis other than the resort arranged transport. I am really disturbed that it may not even be safe for me to be on the beach alone while my daughter is doing kid's club activities. Any advice you have would be appreciated
Message: My heartfelt prayers to all for untimely loss!
THE CORRUPTION IN MEXICO, outweigh the so-call wonderful culture and people! DO NOT VACATION in this forsaken hellhole of a country!
May 3, 2010
Thank you for this wonderful venue. I cannot begin to tell you
how shocked I was to see how many people in the prime of their
life needlessly died. The site allows the survivors to tell
their story. Hopefully some good will result from our sorrowful
April 30, 2010
Message: I am so sorry for all of
the tragedies, and the loss of loved ones. I bought a 10 yr
vacation plan, we have used 3 of our trips and we have 7 left,
and we do not want to go to Mexico. Our resort is beautiful and
very accommodating however we still do not want to ever go to
Mexico again it is unsafe, and very expensive not like it used
to be. It looks like I am out several thousand dollars as if I
do not book a trip every yr. I loose it..and I know of no other
way to recoup my money...again I am sorry for your loss.
April 9, 2010
Message: I am a mexican girl, and
I'm very sorry to know all the stories. Regarding the number of
tourist that visit mexico every year, this cases would be very
few BUT if you have the bad luck of beeing in one of those
situations, you are right, you are in great danger of not
receiving propper medical atention and is even worst if you have
to deal with the mexican authorities who are very corrupted. I
live in Mexico and receiving a fair trate from authoriethies is
almost like winning lottery. I hope that if authoriethies
doesn't listen to us, the mexicans, they start listening
foreigners though is sad it would be only because they are
afraid that their dollars go away. At the moment, my family and
I are being extorsionated by mexican goverment and authoriethies,
we are living in hell, fighting against a monster. I share your
pain for your loved ones, and your frustation of dealing with
Mexico authorithies. Please don`t make public my NAME and
LASTNAME, because i am afraid t hey would be even more unffair
than now with us if the authoriethies find out Italked about
them with you. I hope we all can find peace someday. Best
March 25, 2010
San Miguel De Allende Mexico Is in the middle of the state of
Guanajuato.....Crime is a natural occurance...Reverse
discrimination based on the color of your skin. I bring a good
heart and mind with me....I can no longer continue making
lemonades!!!! Goods and services....No Better business Bureau or
Police protection for Americans Rights in Mexico...Now, How are
we In the US going to deal?
March 1, 2010
Message: I lived in Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico for about 5 years in the late 80,s. I’ve been to over 60 countries in my life and Tampico is just about the most corrupt of them all. I have friends still there and they report to me that the Tampico traffic cops (transito's) are still robbing people all day long. They haven’t changed yet. I wouldn’t live there if someone gave me a mansion to live in for free.
February 14, 2009
Message: How sad all these needless deaths are my sympathy to the families. My wife and I have traveled to Mexico eight times now, and yes you are correct people need to be aware that Mexico is not the US. People need to research their vacations, be responsible for themselves, (maybe hard for some used to the gov't making all their decisions for them) use due caution and pay attention when traveling anywhere, especially outside the US. Excessive alcohol intake should be avoided also. FYI something new for this year from the Akumal CEA Lionfish are becoming more numerous along the coast of Riviera Maya (main danger poison fins) watch where you walk and while snorkeling don’t touch fish, of course these two hints are common sense.
Prayers for the families.
Name: P. S. Beecher
December 15, 2009
Message: I was the individual who reported a problem with the Oasis Cancun on trip advisor, this month. My comment is that I have traveled to Mexico, alone, as a single female, numerous times without problem. People need to understand that Mexico is not North America. This country is dangerous for its own people as well. People should realize this before they elect to travel there. It is also a country full of wonderful people and wonderful culture. despite my experience in November I am going back at the end of the month, alone. My sympathies for the individuals represented on this site, but I think it is ethnocentric to expect the same social, legal, and cultural experience when you step outside the borders of your home country.
December 5, 2009
Message: I am a private investigator who has done many cases in Mexico. We also do executive protection. I can tell you one thing. the tourist areas are the worst as far as accidents and crimes. The Mexican Police are very corrupt.
November 5, 2009
Message: I just found this website by mistake and thank god I did. Firstly my deepest condolences goes out to everyone who lost a loved one. I have been invited to stay with a pen pal in Michoacán, Nayarit next summer. I recently asked her about the kidnappings, safety/dangers and she laughed and said I was worrying over nothing but I've read too many negative stories in this last 10 minutes to convince me otherwise. I think I'll go elsewhere next Summer.
October 9, 2009
Message: God bless your families. The video made me cry. Thanks for the awareness.
October 22, 2009
Message: Hello, my name is Matthew and I am set to complete my field study in the Yucatan next summer in 2010. I have read the tragic stories here on your site and my heart goes out to you all. I have been searching for safety info on the Yucatan but I haven’t turned up much. Do you have any information and what are your thoughts on safety in the Yucatan. This trip will be with my college, students/professors. I am a 34 year old male. Thank you so much for your time and for the website.
September 16, 2009
Message: I feel saddened by the loss of all these people that I’ve read their stories on. yes its true, Mexico has turned into corrupt place, but it is not the only place people have been injured in or have died in. some of these deaths have been accidental. Travelers should be careful anywhere they travel. in 2005 I vacationed in Jamaica and my friend, her older sister and myself fell off the banana boat into the ocean. My friends sister injured herself fracturing her clavicle, the staff in our hotel were not much help and would not assist us. the night before we were assaulted and if it wasn't for one of the locals, I don't know what would have happened to us. What my point is, is that Mexico should not be the only country to blame. Maybe this website should be changed to vacation awareness only instead of just attacking one country. That’s my personal opinion. I respect what you’re doing with this website and I encourage you to continue spreading the word, but it would be nice if you included all the places people travel to and not just pin point one.
August 15, 2009
Message: Our daughter, age 21, is planning to travel to Mexico (Mexico City and points south)in September, for 6 weeks. She plans to travel alone, back-packing and using what she calls "1st class public transportation." My wife and I have provided her with information about the dangers, but have been unable to convince her that this trip is ill advised. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
Message: Dear Ms. Webster (please forgive me if I'm mistaken on this), I'd like to offer my condolences on your terrible loss, and those of the other families. I've been living in Mexico for 3 months with my young son, and have already experienced a pool with dangerous suction, that caused me pain, and would definitely have trapped my son's hand or foot. My boyfriend, son, and I have also been robbed, and laughed at by the police. We have traveled extensively on all seven continents and are not marshmallows, but our worst experience of all of these places has been Mexico. I am an attorney with degrees from Dartmouth and Columbia Law, and would like to do something to help. I think that if people research Mexican vacations on Amazon and find a book about these risks and the callous indifference of the Mexican officials, it might have a substantial impact. I'd like to hear your thoughts on whether collecting these stories in book form, as well as reports on US/Mexican policies, and recommendations for change, might be helpful.
August 29, 2009
Message: Sad to hear of the things that have happened in Mexico, but not surprising. It has turned in to an evil place! We live in Tucson and read about of border violence and what spills over in to our state on a daily basis. The last time we visited the border-Nogales-was almost two years ago, as friend wanted to say he had visited Mexico. As soon as we crossed in to Nogales we made a trip around the block and returned back into the US. We got a very very bad vibe about the place. Posting incidents on Trip Advisor is a very good idea!
August 8, 2009
Message: hi I read your stories and that is so sad about Nolan and the others who have lost their loved ones, Mexico has a lot of beautiful places to visit, but unfortunately now is not the time to be visiting with all that is going on, but when u visit other countries a lot of times, u just have to be aware, may God bless the families
July 18, 2009
7-18-09 / Was thinking of a Cancun vacation, visited the travel
sites; great deals!! Told my husband when he got home where our
vacation would be to; he hit the roof!!! He brought up the
government warnings for Mexico travel site. Me, trying to prove
him wrong typed in Mexico resort travel; FOUND YOUR SITE!!! I
have been reading through for hours now; I am shocked. I'll
never think about going to Mexico again; ever!! This needs to be
on NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS!!! I'm going to encourage
everyone I know and meet to STAY AWAY FROM MEXICO!! and inform
them of your website!!!
June 30, 2009
Message: I am currently fighting my ex husband who has a trip planned to playa del carmen on July 23, 09 and is asking that I Sign affidavit to allow my children into this country. He has set up a court date to fight me on this. I will have to hope that a judge will see my side. I am scared to death. Any information besides this website that anyone can help me with would be greatly appreciated. At this point I would welcome anything. Thank you to those who put this site together. I have contacted my local news stations to make people aware. thank you again so much. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.
June 21, 2009
I'm sorry to hear of your loss and commend what you're doing
with this website. I do however feel if you are only going to
concentrate on US citizens as victims, you might be losing some
of your potential 'audience'. I believe it isn't only US people
being targeted and getting this sort of treatment, so if it was
'opened' up more, i.e., telling EVERYONE not just Americans that
it isn't safe to travel, you'll get more people reading your
message, and you'll be helping other families as well. This is
not a criticism, I'm living in the UK, but am originally from
South Africa. My husband is in Mexico for work and I'm
March 24, 2009
Message: Heard a phone call about this site on the Howard Stern show this morning. Are you aware of the death of singer Kirsty MacColl - here is the wikipedia link including issues regarding the lack of justice in this case.
March 28, 2009
Message: Thank you for this site. I heard a call on Howard Stern's show on Sirius last week which brought me to your site. I will disseminate this link to awareness sites.
March 29, 2009
Message: We recently returned from the Royal Solaris in San Jose del Cabo.
While we were there, a man drowned in the ocean. It disturbs me that I haven't been able to find any information about it.
April 15, 2009
Message: My heart goes out to those familes who have lost loved ones.
Reading their stories made me sick to my stomach! The disregard/disrespect for human life and for the dead is unacceptable and atrocious! They not only did nada, but they obviously hindered the people getting the help that needed it ASAP! THEY SHOULDA JUST GOTTEN OUTTA EVERYONES WAY WHO WAS TRYING TO HELP AND DONE THE WOLRD A FAVOR AND TAKE A LONG WALK OFF A VERY HIGH CLIFF!!!! I have posted this info on my myspace blog and cafemom as well. I just wish i could do more!
April 24, 2009
Message: Thank you for remembering Joshua David Gunderson. Who died in Mexico on March 24, 2009. Josh was our neighbor for many years .He was a white tornado, a beautiful person. It was reported that his death came from a blow to the back of the head said to have happened from a fall in his hotel room . Josh was a college level hockey player , He was graceful and athletic on the ice. The fall story is so disturbing. A translated version of events makes it more of a mystery.
For more information on josh go to www.goalsoftheheart.org
***A poem from josh***
Friends are like balloons. Once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong.
Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it's too late. I don't want that to happen, so I'm going to tie you to my heart. So I never lose you!" -Joshua David Gunderson
If only we had known that this beautiful person would die alone in mexico. If only we had known the danger.
rest in peace sweet joshua, we all miss you.
Monica and the Hanson place gang
April 27, 2009
Message: My deepest sympathy for all. My husband and I purchased a timeshare in Puerto Vallarta last year and this year we were going to take my 7 year old nephew with us. I'm so glad i saw your website. I won't be taking anymore vacations to Mexico until things change. I sent your website link to all my friends. Best.
April 29, 2009
Message: I heard Nolan's girlfriend this morning (4/29/09) on the radio. Her story stayed with me all morning and I had to check out this website. I have been begging my boyfriend for months to take me on a tropical vacation, now I'm not so sure. I think I'll stick with Florida! I just wanted to say thank you for doing all that you have to promote awareness. I have never heard one bad thing about Mexico until today and I very easily could have been a victim had I traveled there.
Again, thank you so much for your continued efforts to get the word out and please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Nolan. What I read in those stories is truly appalling, I'm so sorry for your loss.
April 29, 2009
Message: Thank you to Nolon's girlfriend who called into a radio station and told the story of Nolan's tragic death and gave this awareness website.
I will help spread the word of awareness- sorry for the loss
April 30, 2009
Message: My thoughts and prayers go out to all and every family that has gone through this. I am from Mexico and it is very to know that the people there don't have a care in the world for one another. These tragedies don't happen to just tourist but to the people that live there as well.. Children don't have the proper medical care and elderly people are left in the cold when it comes to health care. American people are very blessed to have hospital and people who train and study to save lives. Because in Mexico there is none of that. There is no such thing as a maternity ward or emergency room. It is very sad. In July of 2007 my grandpa was taken to the hospital alive and he never came home with us. The doctors never told us what happened. They never had an explanation and my mother is certain that they left him to die. To think of him going through such pain and not one person held his hand while he passed tears me apart.
God bless America...
Message: Hey there. Just heard your phone call on Howard stern. I am from South Africa and i am really sorry to hear what happened. This is so unfair the way he was not seen to and that doctor should be struck off. Condolences to you and your family and god bless.
Message: I heard you on the Howard Stern show this morning and your story really hit home for me. I was in Cancun recently with my family for a wedding. My daughters are teenagers and going to college soon. I will be sure to keep them aware of the dangers of going to a foreign country and expecting it to be as safe as the USA.
Message: I heard you this morning on Howard Stern. I can barely get through these tragic stories without sobbing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family and all of the families who have lost a loved one in Mexico. Thank you for making me aware of this problem. I will not be vacationing there any time soon!
Message: Heard you on the Stern show. I agree, mexico is very dangerous.
Message: I sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding safe travel to mexico. I was surprised that they sent out travel brouchres in the OC Register. They lied and said that travel to mexican resorts is safe. They are padding their pockets at the expense of safety of Americans. This has got to stop! I have traveled and worked in mexico in the past. We don't and will not anymore because of the mexican attitude toward Americans.I thought you would interested. They are Apple Vacations.
Message: Please keep pressure on the U.S. State Dept. Travel Warnings on Mexico. In 2008, I sailed Royal Caribbean, and I went ashore in Cozumel, Mexico. I stopped in a souvenir shop, and a Mexican worker accused me of breaking one of the souvenirs. I told her that I didn't break any souvenirs. She called the Mexican police on me. The Mexican police threaten to take me to court before a judge. Other American customers on the cruise ship came to my defense. I agreed to pay half the cost for the souvenir. If there is a broken souvenir, the owner will deduct the cost from the Mexican worker paycheck. The Mexican workers wait until Americans come into the store, and accuses the American tourists of breaking the souvenirs.
If the tourists don't pay for the souvenirs, the Mexican worker will call the police on the tourist. The Mexican police will take the tourist to court before the judge. If the tourist goes before the judge, the tourist will pay 5 times more than what the souvenirs was worth.
Message: I wanted to thank you for your call last week. It was the first time I felt that someone truly understood what I have felt for over 10 years. My mother died "drowned" in Cancun May 2, 1998. There is nothing that comes anywhere near closure, just little bits of relief when you find someone that shares your pain. I want to submit my mom's story, and be part of any future newscasts, documentary stories, and support the boycott of these vacation sites that falsely advertise accommodations with doctors and trained emergency staff. I don't have your number in my phone, so please call or email me instructions to submit our story.
Message: I have lived in and out of Mexico for 15 years also suffered unlawful imprisonment with no real trial. The system and the situation is corrupt in Mexico, if I can aid any family in further investigation of a family members death or disappearance plse. contact me. I am sure you already know the consulate will do nothing for the grave injustices committed by Mexico legal system and cover up.
Message: Great site. I too am cancel my Mayan holiday. If I may add, it would be helpful to have the date of the posts, as to know how current the info is.
Message: have just looked at the link that megerb posted, and I think
those accidents are totally heartbreaking, and I totally understand why people write on them to release their grief, and my heart pours out to them with every ounce of sincerity I have.
Message: After we read the articles on this web site we (myself & three other mothers) decided Cancun was too dangerous to take three teenagers to.
The Air Tran and Fun Jet Vacations want us to pay cancellation fees, even though we feel our life may be in danger if we go there. Is there any way to get around paying the cancellation fees, or somebody we can contact to expose this danger?
Message: hi there: wow I am so very sorry to hear about the losses posted on this site. My heart goes out to all of the families. I just booked a Cancun vacation today for our family (including two young boys). Fortunately I purchased insurance - I will be canceling tomorrow. I am so very, very sorry for your losses. Thank you for posting your stories. You have made a difference.
Message: Thank you so much for this site. My fiancée and I found out about it and canceled our honeymoon to Mexico because of the horrible tragedies depicted here. THANK YOU.
Message: Hi. I just read Nolan's story and all the others and I am deeply sad for your loss. I know losing a loved one is never easy, especially to situations that could have easily been prevented. My best friend and I had our Cancun trip booked for February 18-23 (we would've just been coming back). But we had to cancel b/c my best friend fractured her pelvic bone snowboarding in Big Bear, CA. Well, we were nonetheless disappointed but figured, hey, maybe it's a sign that we weren't supposed to go for some odd reason. Then I started hearing on the local radio stations here (in Las Vegas) that there were numerous advisory warnings for spring break travelers about going to Cancun. Then I did further research and found your website. I was and still am shocked! I never knew any of this was happening, much less in a popular tourist area. I am now thankful that my best friend and I didn't go. It was perhaps indeed a sign! What I suggest is maybe listing ALL the resorts on your site, and then kind of like how Trip Advisor and Apple does, list each incident that has happened at that resort so it could easily be viewed and the warning easily displayed. It could even be rated like how those sites use their 4 star or 5 apple ratings. Perhaps you can put skull and bone ratings. I know this may sound devious, but who cares! They obviously don't care about American travelers so why should we care about their feelings?
Great I got the MVA flyer after I've booked to The Omni hotel
Cancun My daughter is getting married down there Feb 28, 2009.
She is already down went 3 days before the rest of us. I can
say that I was against this trip from the beginning. Wish me
Message: I think you should send word out to certain website like... www.studentcity.com
I know they do not want to lose business...but it would help if college kids knew what they were getting themselves into.
So many college men and women think they are getting amazing deals by being able to go to Mexico for so cheap or cheap cruises. But I have been reading about the Oasis Hotel on your site and that is one of the main hotels that student city offers their college guests to stay at. I just think it would be awesome if you could get your word out to a lot of the college-aged world! I am a college student and I believe that if others knew what was really going on at the hotels they are choosing to stay at based on what a college vacation site is saying...it would really change their minds and hopefully make them think twice! Thanks!
Message: Please know how horrified I was when I heard you this morning on a talk show. Your poor beautiful son! We will never step foot again in that country of which does not value human life! All the best to insure your son did not die in vain should we get people to boycott this country. My husband is with the Mass State Police and he was well aware of the crime in that country but had no idea of the inhumane tactics that are allowed to happen there! Give out those flyers at the trade show this weekend to make us all AWARE. Thank you for sharing.
Message: reading the stories here have just appalled me beyond anything I can use words to describe !!! I stumbled on your site while searching for info on vacations in Mexico. I have to say that I now will be vacationing in the U.S. Have you tried contacting Dateline ? 20/20 or even Oprah ? I agree that this really needs to be brought to the attention of everyone from Govt.
to the average citizen ! I am in disbelief that these travel agencies have pretty much just dusted these tragedies under the rug! Please anyway that we can help just let us know. We could start a petition or call some news agencies something.
Message: I was moved to tears as I read each the heart-wrenching stories of loss experienced by your families. As a mother of two, I cannot imagine experiencing such a loss along with the inhumane treatment that followed.
My words probably provide little comfort for such immense pain, but please know that I pray for peace and comfort for you and your loved ones. God bless you.
Message: Hello, I'm a Mexican girl who just finished college. I studied Hotel Management and I feel so sorry about all those stories. I want to apologize because I recognize that in Mexico there is a lack of security and professionalism that generates events like those you've experienced.
Unfortunately Mexico's Government never acts as it should, we have people non prepared governing us and working on their own without helping this country!!! I feel terribly mad about all of this and I hope some day it changes, I hope that in a future we count with a responsible government who really cares about all matters concerning security,tourisim, education, services, health, etc.
If you need something don't hesitate and coma back to me. I remind at your disposal,
Message: I am Christina Polifroni's Aunt - Christina's story is the first one listed under 'victims' I'm curious to know how you found out about her story and also, what we, as Canadians, can do to help spread the word, or get safety standards changed (or implemented) in Mexico. I look forward to your response. We still live in shock over the news of Christina's death.
Thank you for this website.
Name: H. Pierce
Message: So glad that this site exists and so sorry that all of these vacationers lost their lives. Our town owns land in Mexico and send kids there on trips every year without giving parents this information. I will be sure to forward the link to your site. Thanks for making the public aware!
Message: This is a highly disturbing web-site. Is everyone aware of the progress of the North American Union which is well underway? I studied it in my economics class and have been amazed that no one seems to know about it. The U.S. and Canada will both be merging with Mexico and having open borders. Lovely thought that we will be merging with such a corrupt country as Mexico.
Message: I was sick to my stomach after reading about the Nolan family tragedy. What kind of monster would stand by and not administer help to a young man and let him die.
My daughter and I were planning to go to Mexico for medical treatment this week. The facility is in Rosarito Beach but our hotel on an isolated highway. I had to press the patient coordinator for the right address so I could research the hotel location. I called the hotel and found it has a 30% occupancy since the rise in gang wars in Mexico. I also was told that Rosarito Beach is "perfectly safe but later researched the web and found the hotels and beaches are void of tourists.
I would like to believe the best in people but getting straight answers about my trip was hard.
I think they want our money and don't care about our safety. I think as Americans we need to send a message to Mexico. We will not travel there under any circumstances. I think they need a wake up call and then maybe we will see some changes.
Message: I came across this website through a link from ANOTHER article on violence in Mexico. A lot of the stories seem to surround vacationing in Cancun. I recently came back from Cancun, and after reading all these stories, I’m sadly NOT surprised on what people have written, or what has been written on other websites about crime and violence in Mexico. Mexico is an absolutely beautiful country, with a diverse culture. But unfortunately, crime is prevalent throughout the country and this is not caused simply by the growth or offshoot of drug violence among drug cartels, it is caused by a lack of respect and/or disregard for human life, poverty and low wages, weak laws and the unwillingness of the government and police to enforce all laws, all the time. Add to the mix a history of corruption by the police with low salaries and some indifference to “Gringos” and foreigners. Many people say that crime can happen anywhere, anytime. That is absolutely true. The difference with Mexico compared to other vacation destinations, given the factors I’ve listed above, is that your chances of being a victim of crime or horrible circumstance are substantially higher. From a personal standpoint, Mexico is just plain dangerous.I have served in the military and I have traveled to Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Mexico City. I would like to offer some tips, if you feel the need to absolutely vacation in Mexico:
1. Everything looks wonderful on the Internet: Hotels, Resorts, Beaches, Night Clubs, etc. Travel and Hotel websites, local Tourist Boards, will not tell you the dark side of their operations or any information on crime, do some research before you book a hotel.
2. Consider booking with a hotel chain that has a worldwide presence and reputation. It may cost more, but their overall standards and security may be better than a local or lesser known establishment.
3. Travel in groups, always. It may be tiresome to drag an entire group everywhere but you will be less likely to be accosted by criminals and business owners trying to nag you into buying something as you are sightseeing or window shopping. Also, never let someone from the group go anywhere alone, even back to the hotel room because they forgot something or they want to walk along the beach at night. A bonus is if someone in the group knows CPR and basic first aid.
4. Don’t draw attention to yourself. Keep the flashy jewelry, wads of cash, and extra charge/credit cards at home. If you need cash, most hotels will have an ATM or will let you draw cash at the front desk. Also, ask for small bills. If you become the victim of theft, the person reaching into your wallet or purse will feel what appears to be a lot of cash and will be more likely to leave you and the scene of the crime quickly. A majority of businesses also accept credit cards, consider using those also. Consider keeping one credit card and/or travelers cheques secretly hidden in one of your suitcases back at the hotel.
5. Keep quiet. People will always want to know where you’re from, and will probably already you are from the U.S. or Canada when they hear you speak English (or the native tongue of your country). However, don’t disclose more about yourself than necessary. For example: when you have arrived or when you are departing, what kind of work you do, what your plans for the day are, don’t even say you’re lost. It can be very easy to get lost in a different city, if you can’t obtain a clear map of a city try to get a good tourist map. It will have all the landmarks and points of interest on it and you can work your way back to the hotel or from where you started from.
6. Beware of your surroundings - all the time. Who’s following you, who’s out of place, what doesn’t seem or appear right. Gut feelings are usually right!
7. Visit the U.S. State Department for the latest travel advisory and take the time to complete the Travel Registration section. Before you leave the U.S., make a photocopy of your passport and drivers license and leave them with some your trust or they can be easily found. Should anything happen or you have a problem, the photocopies provide specific information about you that can be forwarded to the authorities.
8. Fight Back? My advice is do whatever you need to do to save your life even if that means fighting back OR not fighting back. But is fighting back or escalating a situation worth the 100 pesos in your pocket? Probably not.
Message: I am from Mexico. First of all I have to say that I feel really sorry for what the families on these stories have experienced. I felt really angry about it and sad because I know it's true. The southeast of Mexico is the poorest region of the country. People have very little education (if
any) so I wouldn't count on a hotel employee to give first aid to someone needing it. What I would recommend, if you decide to travel to Mexico, is to buy private medical insurance. Don't waste your time asking for an ambulance or looking for a doctor. Just call the emergency number of your company and they will send you a private ambulance and take you to a private hospital.
That's your best bet. Even I that live here have never used public hospitals in my life (I have heard horror stories). Following your common sense and being aware that you are not in the first world, you could really enjoy your trip to Mexico. My deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones.
Message: Thank you for this website. I had no idea that this was going on and am shocked by the stories. We had planned a trip to Mexico, however, there is no way that I will ever consider going there. Thank you again.
Message: I just found your Webpage today. I can't describe how bad I feel to know that many people suffer here in my country. As a Mexican, I have to find the way to fight against this from here. I love my country and I know there are a lot of people whom are fighting too. Please receive my condolences. Now, you have a friend here trying to change this beautiful country for us and for everyone. Best Regards, Mexico City
Message: Mexico is going through a seriously dangerous time. If the law abiding citizens (because we do exist) that do now CPR, that would've help, that would not lie, are in constant danger, imagine a tourist? Travel in your own country! It is beautiful! A simple trip to New England is full with marvelous nature sights, historical places, art and science museums. And you will be safe. I love my country, but I am the first to admit its many errors and problems. It is now a war zone.
Message: As a retired military officer who has traveled the world, visiting many, many countries, I must reinforce the message here. There are too many threats to list in a lot of countries. I cringed and sighed when my nephew decided to vacation in Mexico. Young people just do not always exercise the best judgment, and their lack of experience leads them to believe they are safe, when they are NOT. If one just HAS to go to Mexico, they should establish firm rules about going out in groups, and watching out for each other. I have been in Mexico many times, from Acapulco to Mexico City to Tijuana. I would not go south of the border these days....too dangerous.
Message: I read thru your entire website and literally have a hundred comments to make. First, I am sorry for the loss of the loved ones on your site. May they go with god and may the families find peace to continue with their lives. Second, thank you for building a website to collect information on vacation deaths in Mexico. I have a personal connection with five deaths in Baja and could not confirm them until I found your link to the Department of State website. Although that information is not 100% accurate, at least it is there and they did happen. I am sure that these deaths were also publicized in the local Mexican newspapers, but searching them is next to impossible.
There are several competing interests which are at odds in the tourist business. You have the vendors who are doing the best that they can to provide a service, make a buck and continue to live in the community. Although it may seem unregulated, bad news does affect business. The police do investigate and sometimes vendors go to jail for multiple abuses. The police have their own political issues they have to abide by; theft, traffic, tourists, locals, the gringo community, their bosses, drugs, guns, training, on & on. And, priorities seem to change weekly.
The medical community can be great as long as you don't have an emergency. And, the police investigation may take priority over accident response. Hence, the reluctance of bystanders to assist in life saving techniques, especially when hospital response is extremely slow.
Firefighters: they are poorly trained, paid & equipped volunteers. In fact, the place I stay counts on neighbors and buckets. And, the hospital is three hours away if the car starts.
In Baja you have the opportunity to enjoy 2000 miles of largely unregulated coastline. You can fly down the 1000's of miles of dirt roads at triple digit speeds. And yes, you can drink yourself into a moron if you desire.
Just remember, official help is almost non-existent. And, if you are in a tourist area, first responders are more likely to be thieves & rapists than other parts of the country.
The risks are greater and the rewards can be bountiful. Be vigilant, use a lot of common sense and enjoy your vacation.
I was going to recommend that you should separate out the drug & gangster deaths from the safety related deaths involving bonifide tourist activities. Although they seem unrelated, it would be difficult to differentiate even though regional problems seem to stand out. You might like to add something on traffic awareness. Their highway habits are much different from USofA.
Message: How very tragic for your family and all others involved. I will let as many people as possible know of this. I pray that my grandson, who is in college in San Diego will stay out of Mexico. I think he and friend have already visited, but hopefully it was his first and last trip to this terrible place. God bless you.
Message: We have made plans with a travel agent to do a group land tour of the "Magnificent Copper Canyon, " Mexico. Relatives are concerned about our safety citing recent kidnappings and robberies in Mexico. We will be traveling by US Motor coach to Hermiosillo, to San Carlos to Sea of Cortez, to Alamos, to Fuerte & then a train ride into The Copper Canyon. What do you advise?
Message: My deepest condolences for Nolan's passing.
As hotel and resort editor for a prominent travel publication, I began traveling to Mexico over twenty years ago. For years my reports of the corruption and dangers were ignored and unpublished by this allegedly "unbiased" editorial group.
Perhaps there is
some way I can assist in your cause.
Message: I have been a Private Investigator for 36 years and have worked in all of the Mexican states regarding homicides-kidnappings and missing persons. if there is anything I can ever do for you please contact me. I have lived in Mexico for the last 22 years.
Message: I am really sorry for your loss, nothing can replace your son. I just want to thank you for putting this website up, I never imagined how backwards this country is. My husband and I wanted to purchase a time share in Cancun at a Starwood resort, but we backed out of it, didn't feel right.
Now I know why, and I am so happy that we backed out. I will never visit Mexico or go there on vacation, there are plenty of other beautiful places where people are treated with respect.
May God bless you
and comfort your hearts!
Message: Thank you all for sharing your tragic stories with the world. I have cancelled my trip to Cancun, not because of fear, but for retribution.
I have informed my travel agent, and the hotel of this.
have forwarded this web site to everyone in my address book. My
prayers go to the victims and their families. Have any
pamphlets been sent to colleges? Since Mexico is such a hot
spot for spring break, I thought that maybe that might help. If
I can help, please contact me.
Message: I provide tote bags filled with essentials when a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury in Florida through all of our Trauma Centers here. Recently my son's friend fell from his balcony (tripped over the sliding glass door track and fell) and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury while on Spring Break in Cancun. He was not drunk. Your website has opened the eyes of many regarding this issue but I feel you should open it up to not just deaths but Catastrophic injuries like TBI. Many more are critically injured and will be disabled for the rest of their lives than those who die.
This would inevitably be a much bigger website but also will allow the truth to be told. Injuries do not make the papers but those of us out here who know that thousands more suffer Traumatic Brain Injury or spinal cord injuries in Mexico should be added to your list.
Message: I just want to first start off by saying how sorry I am for your loss and for the many other families that have suffered harm from traveling to Mexico. I want to thank you soooo much for informing me and my family about the horrors that have happened and will continue to happen as we were considering a family vacation to Mexico in the next few months. I am a mother of 4 young children and can't imagine anything this horrible happening to them. I received your notice in our local coupon packet and just can't believe that these things can happen in this day and age! I will now NEVER consider traveling to Mexico and will tell as many people as I can about the immoral and corrupt country that it is! I will keep you and the many others in my prayers! I applaud you for keeping others safe! Thank you again!
Message: I was recently doing some research on ANOTHER canadian killed in mexico, and stumbled upon your website. I have been wondering for a while now if Americans had the same problem, what an eye opener! About 6months ago someone from our community (Geof Toews) "fell" off his balcony to an untimely death. There were anoth 6? canadian deaths in the last couple years that seem very odd. The entire way the country is ran is disgusting and i will never go back again. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones..
Message: I had contacted you once before a few months back about a Canadian death in Mexico and I mentioned to you that I would let you know if I hear of any others. During this weekend, I heard of another Canadian death in Cabo San Lucas, last Thursday night. A 29 year old was shot 3 times in the head and his girlfriend was shot in the foot in their hotel room at a plush resort.
They are from the Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada. What is really weird is that this is being kept very quiet and there is only one website that has anything about it (the Vancouver Sun, which is a newspaper). His name is Bouabal Bounthavorn and her name is Masha Heikali, aged 24 from Burnaby. So the only mention of the whole ordeal is on this website, it is fairly long, but here goes: www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=ec09fd3f-3a8c-4203-9826-757342b604cb
If you have any trouble finding out more info, please let me know and I will see what I can do.
Thanks again, for your informative website. I refer to it often and have told many people about it, some have decided not to go there on their vacation. Take care, Petra
family and i are going to the mexican riviera in june. how do i
register with the state dept? do you have any ohter advice
other than staying together? we are so sorry to hear your and
other's stories. the stories have made us think twice.
thank you for your concern for others.
Message: Hi, Im a mexican citizen and I just found your site. Although I had to face the info you published with the pride I have for my country, Im so sorry to admit it is mostly true that Mexico is a dangerous country indeed. I have many friends from Canada and the US that come here every year since I was a little girl. Nothing has happened to them in their visits, and the people in town has deep love for them. They have become family to all of us. I really pray nothing happens to them in their future visits... I will really hate my country if it does (and it would be unfair to do so, as you can«t judge the whole country and people like trash because of the fault of others).
Im very sorry for the loss of everyone who lost someone here... the whole world needs to become a better place, Mexico in special, but the rest of the countries too.
Message: Why would anyone want to go to Mexico when the Mexicans are breaking their necks trying to get into the USA?
Message: Thank you for honoring your loved ones by telling their tragic stories. I had not been aware of the dangers of Mexican Vacations until I heard Nolan's story. I will definitely spread the word.
Message: My sister in-law has recently had to deal with her son's untimely death in Mexico. She forwarded this webpage to me and I will be forwarding it to every single email address in my directory. After reading Nolan's story I can hardly breathe. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I will spread these stories and hope that a life can be saved and hope that no one has to ever go through this again. I will next read 'How can I help?' to see what else I can do to help.
Message: Hi. I went to the travel show in Boston MA and received a flyer for Nolan Webster. Went on your site and so sorry to hear all your losses!!!! I will never let my children go to Mexico or our family after reading the stories on your site my prayers are with all of you.
Message: Thank you for your services in exposing the unsafe atmosphere in Mexico. I live in San Diego and will not even consider going to Mexico due to the very reasons stated on this site. It's disgraceful how the Mexican govt tries to con people into going there through exotic looking TV commercials and other forms of advertisements. I'll spread the link to this site to everyone I know.
Message: I used to travel to Cancun every year for about 8 years with my husband and kids. I noticed a huge change on our last trip I did not feel safe, lots of drugs offered, shady hotel workers. We heard about a couple from Spain who were murdered near Tulum. We will never go back to Mexico.
Message: I went with one of my friends to the Travel Show today in Boston. A man outside was handing out flyers and he handed one to me and my friend, saying it was about his son. I glanced at the flyer and saw that it was "in loving memory of Nolan" and that made me wonder, so I tucked it into my pocket and figured that I'd check out the web site when I got home. I just read through all of the story and am now in tears. Mr. Webster and the rest of the Webster family and friends, I cannot say how sorry I am for your loss!! I'm going to put a link to your site on my facebook page and will be emailing my friends about Nolan's story and your webpage. Thank you for educating me about the serious dangers of a Mexican holiday, which I am no longer considering thanks to your educating me about Nolan. Again, my sympathies to you,
Message: Just want to let you all know my husband and I and some friends were planning a Mexico vacation. But after doing some research and finding this website from a radio program, my husband and I have decided not to go to a place where we need to be worried about our personal safety. We also feel to spend our tourist dollars in a country where the authorities are so obviously corrupt would be to support the current system. The loss of your loved ones is a terrible price to pay, but this site is definitely an eye-opener. I have passed along a link to this site to our friends, and will continue to spread the word to anyone else I hear of planning a trip to Mexico. Thank you for taking the time to make us all aware.
Message: So sorry for your loss. Based on your website, I have cancelled my trip to Mexico. Thank goodness for your website!!
Message: I used to visit and work in Mexico with my film crew in the 70's..was advised then of the crime, murder, dope, prostitution,robbing, mugging theivert, rapes,crimes of the police, etc. Mexico is a dangerous place..no person should ever Visit Mexico..ph
Message: I commend your website. Canadians are dying in Mexico as well adn its being covered up. I will never go there again, period.
Message: Hi, I am a mexican citizen living in canada and knew about this web site through a newspaper. I'm a travel professional and i would like to advertise mexico as a tour destination. I read the stories of the people that sadly passed away in the country and i have to say that although it little helps I am deeply sorry for all those sad cases and give all my moral support to the families of those people.
I knew about some of those cases because before i came to canada i was working as a tour guide in cancun so of course i got to know about some of those sad cases. Although it hurts i have to admit that many people working in the hospitality industry in mexico are people with no professional preparation and in most cases they learned on the way, the work the way they think it is right. They join the industry because it offers easy jobs. That is something that people like us with professional preparation in the industry have to deal with, working with improvised people that may have no passion for the industry. I love my country of course and still think that is a country worth visiting, but i love it with my eyes opened, It's nice when people tell me they visited the country and had a great time, but it's important to be aware of all these situations, I really think there should be a change in the way the run hospitality in the country, it should be given more importance and respect. I want to encourage people to go to mexico not by selling a wonderland but by selling what it is, wherever you go, you always have to know the truth about what's going on there, i wanna make sure just like you, that the people that visit the country have a great time.
Message: Thank you for your great website. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and know too well the horror stories from Mexico, too many unexplained deaths and cover ups. And now Canadian Brenda Martin (i think this is her name) is incarcerated for 2 years on phoney charges. You are guilty before innocent down there. Too many Americans as well have been treated horribly. Hope less people travel there and see the truth for what it is. Thank you again and best wishes.
Message: I do agree and this year decided against Mexico as my sun and sand. There are better and safer countries down south to visit and so I did.
Message: Mrs. Webster, My name is Craig I saw your sons story on channel 5 tonight,, I have a younger brother with whom i am very close and cannot imagine what you must have gone/ are still going through. The one thing i can't understand, is since there were multiple situations the same as your Nolan, why is this something that we, the unsuspecting public are really just hearing the story NOW?, I am so happy that you shared Nolan's story, and empathise with you having to re-live this huge tragedy, yet this is something that should have be so avalable to the general public, with Spring Break recently etc..Again, i am so sorry for your loss and realize this is something that will be with your family forever, and as you mentioned in Nolan's story, these resorts need to not only take american dollars, but be held accountable for the well being of all visitors, it seems so commonplace, yet I see it is not. Than you so much for telling your story, and again, my deepest condolonces.
Message: I commend you for the actions you have taken and are taking to get your message out. I can't even fathom losing a child, but I can imagine what is driving you to try so hard to make sure people are aware of what is going on in Mexico. Seems as though there's complete disregard for the value of human life. I was considering a trip to Mexico, which I will no longer take based on your website. It's ironic that I was brought to the website by a mailer in the weekly ads that I often just throw out.... Once again, hats off to you for all the various avenues of getting your message out... Very sorry for your loss.
Message: I wanted to let you you know that I saw the report about Nolan on the news last night. What a tragic and sad story. My daughter is scheduled to go with a group of friends to Mexico on Saturday for her Spring break/graduation. I did let her know about what happened to Nolan and that she should be very careful and told her about some of the precautions mentioned in the news cast. I'm wondering if you have any other suggestions for me to relay to her. Of course as a mother you always worry, I just would like her to be as prepared as possible. Thank you.
Message: This is a wonderful site and one that is desperately needed. I am a very close friend of Melody (whom I believe you spoke to on Saturday). I was with her the night JR died.
My main point comment would be that the lack of humane support for tourists in Mexico and their resorts is due to a deep seeded and embedded hatred for Americans in general, but most especially, white Americans.
The best advice you could give anyone on this site is simply to boycott Mexico and Mexican resorts. The only thing that will 'wake them up' is a jolt to their bottom line. God bless you for this site. I will make it a regular stop in my internet travels and will us it as a vehicle of learning for my friends and loved ones.
My prayers are with you.
Message: I know you have been forwarded the story of JR Adams and I am begging you to put it on your site. His death was the most horrific tragedy ever experienced by our family and people have got to know...Mexico is NO VACATION!
Message: Thank you for your great website. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and know too well the horror stories from Mexico, too many unexplained deaths and coverups. And now Canadian Brenda Martin (i think this is her name) is incarcerated for 2 years on phoney charges. You are guilty before innocent down there. Too many Americans as well have been treated horribly. Hope less people travel there and see the truth for what it is. Thank you again and best wishes.
Message: I am very sorry about what happened to your son. My friend JR Adams had a very tragic death in Mexico as well. His death hit us all very hard. He was a great man of God and an all around great person. This some what comforts me because I know where he is now and I can only hope that, that will bring you some comfort as well. JR also was a true friend and a true one and only and Mexico took that from us. So I just wanted to let you know that I am always spreading the word about Mexico. So if it's ok I would like to be able to use your son's name as well when spreading the truth about Mexico and the tragic and horrible death(murder in my eyes and his Mother's) of my forever good friend JR. Again I am truely sorry and my prayers are forever with you and your family.