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Safety in Cancun Mexico

CANCUN

USEFUL INFORMATION

Safety

Can I feel safe in Cancun?
Yes, the beach resort and its Tourist Zone are pretty safe; however, it is never excessive to take some precautions in order to avoid setbacks that might ruin your perfect days under the sun at the beach.
Follow the recommendation below while visiting Cancun:

  • Mind your luggage at the airport and do not accept errands from people you do not know.
  • Put your wallet in a safe place and carry only the money you regard as necessary for the day’s expenses and no more than one credit card. It is also advisable to carry a photocopy of your passport.
  • Do not wear too much jewellery (leave them at the hotel’ safety box); they could be a temptation for thieves. Mind your purse as well.
  • Be cautious with your photo and video cameras. It is recommendable not to show them all the time if you are not shooting, and avoid using them in seemingly insecure places. Do not take long while shooting either and put them back in their cases or bags after using them.
  • If you need to take a taxi, try to catch a vehicle parked outside the hotels or tourist places, especially at night.
  • Avoid walking along solitary places and try always to be in the company of another person, especially at night.
  • If you need to withdraw some money from an ATM, try not to go alone. If you notice weird devices at the ATM or that the money and card slots have been tampered, desist of completing your transaction.
  • Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages on the streets for safety reasons. On the other hand, never carry illegal substances with you. Mexican police is usual very strict when it comes to drugs.

What should I do in case of an emergency?
It is recommendable to call the following institutions: State Federal Police (52-998) 884-117; Judicial Federal Police (52-998) 881-9840; Mexican Red Cross (Yaxchilan 2 Super Manzana 21); Fire-fighters (52-998) 884-1202 o 066. You can also call the embassy or consulate of your country of origin.
If your vehicle were to suffer a mechanical malfunctioning on the road, resort to the Green Angels, an auxiliary group prepared to handle this type of emergencies. The service is for free. Call them at (52-998) 250-8221 / 884-2950 / 02-684-9715.

Are there hurricanes in Cancun?
Yes, but this are a predictable natural phenomena, hence the authorities and the population can take precautions in order to avoid major damages. In case one of this frightening squalls show during your stay, try to keep calm, get away from the sea and the lagoons, and follow the instructions imparted by the civil protection personnel at all times.

What other recommendations should I follow in Cancun?
Do not get into the sea right after having eaten. If the waters are unsettled do not take any risks and wait until the surf settles down. Follow the recommendations of the lifesavers that will indicate you where the safest places to swim are.
On the other hand, some lagoons in Cancun have signs warning of the presence of crocodiles in the area. Respect the sign and be extremely cautious.

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