When summertime rolls around, it's time to start planning your next big getaway! With loads of options around the world to choose from (and depending entirely on what you're into), planning a vacation can be pretty overwhelming.
If you're the kind of person who is into fun in the sun, strolls by the water and loads of culture, then Mexico is a great choice for a summer vacation. They have beaches galore, history and cultural landmarks that date back centuries and more than a few resorts to satisfy your partying needs!
But there's one small problem: Is it safe?
With all the news stories of cartels, war, and political unsettlement, it's very easy for paranoid thoughts to creep in and put a damper on your planning.
Having said that, we're here to assure you that, if Mexico is on your itinerary, there's nothing to worry about. Mexico City, in particular, is one of the safer regions in the country that you can visit. Want to know the best part? You don't even have to book a resort!
Security Is TIGHT!
While Mexico City has had a shadier past, it's undergone a vast improvement. According to mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, the city's C5 command control center has been allocated $1.2 billion pesos ($63.2 million US) to tighten security around the city. This includes 11, 200 4K HD security cameras to be peppered throughout the city and store recorded footage up to a month.
Among the many other updated features, there are going to be 889 high alert speakers that will be fully repaired and ready to go by the end of February. As part of their Violet Program, a program designated specifically for protecting women, they are going to distribute a large number of geolocation devices, allowing women in high-risk areas and situations to request police presence much quicker.
What's even more impressive is that 911 operators will be receiving higher wages. They are hoping that this will solve the problem of mass turnover and will lead to faster response times.
Finally, 100 panic buttons are set to be installed throughout market places and public areas, allowing customers to request police presence quickly should the needs arise.
Tourist Attractions Galore
As the city has begun cleaning its act up, it's improved and put effort into promoting its many cultural attractions, including the nightlife and food. There are tourist attractions across the spectrum to satisfy everyone.
Its historical center, known as a "zocalo", boasts the oldest cathedral in Latin America, the Catedral Metropolitana. Set in the middle of a sprawling plaza, it's a sight to behold.
If art is more your cup of tea, you can check out their iconic art museum, the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Its bright orange roof will catch your eye from the get-go, and the museum's vast collections of murals will leave you awestruck!
For all the nature lovers, you can check out the Bosque de Chapultepec. Known as the "lungs of Mexico City" it's a major city park that greatly rivals Central Park! Not only does it have lush greenery, but it's also got many museums, including the Castillo de Chapultepec. Not only was it used in the "Romeo + Juliet" blockbuster, but it's also housed royals!
Great Hotels (And We Don't Mean Resorts!)
We totally understand: resorts aren't everybody's type. But this doesn't mean that you need to throw away your entire Mexico vacation. The city is chock-full of amazing hotels that will give you just as good of an experience as a resort (maybe even better!)
For example, if you're looking to get the most out of your vacation in terms of relaxation, then there's the Marquis Reforma Hotel and Spa. One TripAdvisor reviewer said that it was "very safe for solo and female travelers" It's even been rated #6 in terms of value for safe hotels in the city!
Another well-received hotel is the Hippodrome Hotel. It was ranked #7 in terms of value. One satisfied guest described it as a leafy oasis in the middle of very busy Mexico City". The also praised the chic furnishings and the fact that they felt safe in the neighborhood. Talk about a home away from home!
The Visitors Have Spoken!
Well, the reviews are in.... and they are positive! Many tourists have had nothing but good things to say about Mexico City. One Trip Advisor commenter said that, while he was wary upon arrival, he "rapidly [...] felt rather safe"
Another reviewer claimed that nothing dangerous or out of the ordinary happened while she was in the city. She highly recommended Ixtapan de la Sai, located three hours outside of the city. According to her, their water parks and thermal waters are amazing and "the temperatures are excellent any time of year".
Satisfied tourists have preached the usual precautions: don't walk around alone at night, stay in well-lit areas and don't flaunt large amounts of cash around. Being wary of street food is also good advice to hang onto. But as long as you keep your wits about you and be smart, Mexico City will provide you a time you won't soon forget!