Spring break often means a hot new destination to explore. That may not be Mexico this year.

Many travelers enjoy all that Mexico has to offer your vacation experience. Its vast rainforests and flawless white beaches create an ideal getaway from the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, recent political turmoil is affecting Mexico’s travel accessibility.

The United States Government recently issued a series of travel warnings and advisories within many of Mexico’s states. Some are just ranked at a level two threat, with extra precaution advised when traveling. Other states have reached up to level three or four, the highest on the U.S. Government’s travel advisory scale. The most dangerous of these are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

Playa del Carmen Travel

Playa del Carmen is not the place to be this spring break.

Mexico’s resort city of Playa del Carmen recently made headlines when a ferry explosion occurred on February 21. The aftermath of the incident is affecting travel to and from the city, especially for American visitors. As of now, U.S. government employees are not permitted to enter Playa del Carmen. United States travelers can still visit Playa del Carmen, but travel advisories urge visitors to reconsider their plans. With the events from the last few months, Playa del Carmen may not be the safest place to spend your spring break this year.

No matter where you stay if you’re visiting Mexico, be sure to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Tourists should avoid travel at night, and be careful when drinking alcohol in Mexico.

Wherever your travels take you this spring break, it is best to read up on your specific destination to ensure that you are safe. These days, it’s better to exercise a little more caution to protect yourself in a foreign place.

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