US State Department Warns College Spring Breakers About Mexico TravelBy Audri Taylors
Mexico has been one of the most popular destinations for those who are going on spring breaks but the US State Dept. has warned college students about spending their vacation in certain spots in Mexico. They said that rampant crimes in some areas can be dangerous for Americans.
Today, most students and faculty from across the country are already on break or about to be on break, but a travel warning has been released, according to CBS DFW. While the most famous destination is in Quintana Roo in Mexico, there is no advisory in effect in this location. However, spring breakers are advised to take caution when traveling to specific places like Felipe Carillo Puerto or east of Jose Maria Morelos because mobile and internet services are almost inaccessible.
The state department travel warning also reiterated that US citizens have been victims of a number of crimes including kidnapping, homicide, robbery, and carjacking in different states in Mexico, Fox News reported.
The travel warning specifically reminds spring break travelers of the dangers in a total of 14 Mexican Sttaes. The state of Guerero was specifically mentioned being the most violent state in Mexico for the third year in a row in 2015. Armed members of self defense groups who operate independently of the government are the ones who maintain the road blocks and are considered volatile and unpredictable.
Guerero is home to the popular Acapulco which has become one of the centers of Mexico's drug war. Back in 2009, the city is being visited by roughly 30,000 American spring breakers but the numbers have drastically dropped to 500 two years after.
However, despite these travel warnings, Mexico's tourism industry remains stable and unshakable especially in places like Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.