Is it safe to travel to Los Cabos?
With all the media frenzy about the war on drugs in Mexico, many tourists are understandably concerned about what the real situation is in their Mexican destinations. After years of living in Mexico, I can assure you that life in Mexico’s main tourist destinations is as placid and tranquil as ever. And Cabo San Lucas is located in one of the safest states in the country, Baja California Sur, which has a murder ratio lower than most American cities. Actually, a trip to Baja California Sur is just about as dangerous as a trip to Vermont.
We have to keep in mind that what’s happening in Mexico is a struggle to control the drug routes from Central and South America on their way to the big market of the United States. Most of the gore images associated with this struggle are gore exactly because that’s their main goal: scare the rival cartel and send a message. Sadly this message gets to the media, and it is used to portray an inaccurate image of the country. This war is between the cartels and the Mexican Army, and it is mostly fought on the border states.
Another impressive statistic is that when it came to homicides with firearms, the US ranked 7th globally and Mexico 17th (39.56 per 100,000 vs. Mexico’s 20.6). Yes, that means the US has 92% more homicides with guns than Mexico. More drive-by shootings occur in an average Los Angeles week than have ever taken place in nearly more than three decades in Cabo San Lucas! According to FBI crime statistics, Mexico is twice as safe for Texans, then Texas itself (and three times safer than Houston). Remember that even the Obamas ignored the nonsensical travel warning issued by Texas years ago and allowed their daughter Malia to travel to Oaxaca.
Mexico is a big, beautiful, and diverse country, where tourism stands as the third source of currencies, the reason why it is considered a strategic sector. Millions of tourists visit Mexico every year, with nearly a million and a half American citizens living here all year round. So, things can’t be that bad. Let’s remember that Los Cabos hosted in 2012 the G20 summit, welcoming the heads of states of the most advanced economies in the world (including Obama). If that’s not a vote of confidence, I don’t know what else to say. The following towns and cities of Baja California Sur have never been included in any US State Department advisory or warning: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos, East Cape, and La Paz.
We understand that you hear stories, and you worry about your family. Still, these are facts and what these facts say is that Cabo San Lucas and the nearby area is as safe (or even safer) than your hometown…and here we have the beach, the golf courses, and the perfect weather all year round.