You may be surprised to know that vacationing in Mexico is much safer than you thought and that your biggest dangers have nothing to do with the so-called war on drugs. On a webpage “How safe is Mexico”, you can read that Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C. and it has lower homicide rates than most of the US cities. However, there are other serious dangers lurking around that you should be aware of during your vacations in Mexico.
First of all, the Sun. Yes, the main reason why you love Mexican beaches can be your biggest enemy. Painful sunburn or even a stroke can change your vacations into a nightmare and it can even be a life-threatening issue. Watch out if your symptoms include headache, dizziness, and high fever. Remember to drink plenty of water, wear a hat and a shirt, look for the shade to rest, and avoid being outdoors between 12 and 4 pm. Waterproof sunscreen is a must!
Alcohol poisoning is another serious threat. All these colorful and apparently girlish drinks like piña colada and margaritas do include alcohol, and beer does too. Whale watching, zip-lining, surfing and other activities may become extremely dangerous under the influence, and they will feel highly unpleasant next day, with a hangover. Make sure to eat too, not only drink, and remember that water is your best friend. Know your limits!
Swimming in the ocean is dangerous and you always need to respect the nature. Avoid unprotected beaches without lifeguards, don’t swim if the weather is stormy and watch the warning flags (if you see black or red, don’t go into the water). Never ever, leave your children unattended in the water.
Another dangerous activity may be driving, if you don’t take into consideration some differences between your country and Mexico. Don’t try to enjoy too much your vacation and rent a motorcycle, if you don’t know how to drive one. Don’t drive after a few innocent drinks. Always pay attention to other drivers that may not follow the road rules very rigorously. And remember to purchase the correct insurance for driving in Mexico, especially one that covers third-party collisions.
Last, but not least, the infamous Montezuma’s revenge: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, fever, and some other nasty symptoms. Although in most cases they are gone after a few days without any treatment, if they last longer than 5 days, you may need some medical assistance. To avoid it, try to always order bottled water, be careful with dairy and raw products. Always stay hydrated!