Recent media reports about travel advisories may have you wondering about whether it’s safe to travel to Mexico. Travel anywhere involves some level of risk, so we’re here to take you beyond the attention-grabbing headlines to discuss the safety of traveling to Mexico, along with our top tips for staying safe abroad, no matter where you travel. Your safety is always a primary concern at Agave Villas, and that’s why our private villa rentals always prioritize security and privacy for all guests.
Should You Avoid Traveling to Mexico?
Avoiding travel is always an option, but it’s not unlike refusing to swim for fear of drowning. For savvy swimmers who observe necessary precautions and know what to do in emergencies, swimming is a fun-filled activity that’s good for the heart and soul! It’s the same with travel. Doing your research, taking precautions, and having a safety plan in place can make travel into an amazing, life-changing experience that you’d hate to miss out on.
It's also important to note that Mexico is a big country! Not all areas are the same, and tourist-centered areas tend to be safer than more rural communities. For example, areas like Cabo, Nayarit, Riviera Maya, and many others carry a Level 2 advisory warning—the same level as other popular European destinations like Germany, Belgium, and France. In these areas, it’s all about staying alert and taking the normal security precautions you would even in your own hometown.
Safety Tips for Traveling in Mexico
1. Always use the same common sense that you would use at home
No matter where you're traveling, including Mexico or anywhere else in the world, it's always wise to use common sense to ensure your safety. We advise our clients to follow the same precautions they would take in their hometown: avoid traveling alone to unfamiliar places at night, be careful when interacting with strangers, refrain from purchasing drugs, and avoid excessive drinking, especially if you're on your own. By using good judgment, our guests can have a memorable and enjoyable trip while staying safe.
2. Stay in a gated community
Many of the private villas we list are located inside gated communities with controlled entry and security on-staff 24/7. This offers you an extra layer of protection when staying with us and helps give you peace of mind that your personal safety and the security of your belongings is top of mind. Since security is always onsite, you’re always able to report any concerns that may arise.
3. Be mindful of your surroundings
Any time you travel (and even at home!), it’s important to be aware of your surroundings whenever you’re in public. Always take note of where you are and what’s happening around you. Keep any belongings close to your person. Try not to wander alone, especially at night, and stay in well-lit, highly trafficked areas.
4. Store your valuables in a safe place
For any valuables you must bring with you, be sure to store them in a secure place. Most of our villas will have a safe where you can stash money, jewelry, electronics, and any other valuable items out of sight.
5. Keep family and friends updated about where you are
Always make sure to keep the folks back home updated about where you are and what you’re up to in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to take note of how to access consular services no matter where you travel, because they’re trained to help you in case of emergencies abroad.
6. Know who to call
To ensure your safety while traveling in Mexico, it's important to know the emergency phone numbers you may need. Before you go, make a list of these numbers and keep them handy. If you're staying at a private villa with Agave Villas, you can also rely on our on-site concierges, who are available around the clock to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have during your stay.
Experience the Best of Mexico with Agave Villas
As long as you take normal security precautions, Mexico is not only a safe vacation destination—it’s a beautiful, culturally rich nation with an incredibly fascinating history that’s just waiting to be explored. We know from past clients that once you’ve had a taste of how incredible a dream vacation in Mexico can be, one visit is never enough! Contact us today to get started on planning your own getaway to paradise!