Vive la vida! We hear that in movies, but what does that mean? Live life !!! Don't be afraid to enjoy yourself. For me, enjoying life means exploring the world around me. I like to explore nature, archeology, culture, art and architecture. I love tropical beaches, nice weather, great food, cheap prices, great music and a nice atmosphere.
Imagine a warm beach with your feet in the white sand and a nice breeze. You can sit at a table and drink. You can see the crystal blue water and palm trees. It's very relaxing. You get a lot of this in Mexico.
The problem is that many people are afraid to go to Mexico. The media highlighted a lot of troubles the country has had lately. Everyone knows about El Chapo and the drug war on the border and all that. And that is why people are scared to go to Cancun!
I just got back from Cancun. I rented a car and drove with my entire family and stayed in a condo in Playa Del Carmen. It's very safe. Earlier this year, I went with my family to Rosarito Beach. I stayed in an apartment with my friends. We went to the nearby towns and shopped. We felt safe. I went to Mexico City last February with my wife and daughter and my daughter's friend. We traveled by city bus to museums and famous places and rented a minibus and drove 4 hours north to a place called Guanajuato. It's a cool place – it's very safe and beautiful!
Don't take my word for it – I've searched for some crime rate statistics and want to share them with you.
Guanajuato and Cancun have lower crime rates than Tucson Arizona
Mexico City has a lower crime rate than Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, MO
Tijuana (a border town) has a lower crime rate than San Jose, California
Mexico has a better crime rate than Costa Rica, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Malaysia. It is ranked 34 out of 120 countries and the US is 45.
Mexico is a relatively safe place … you just have to stay away from bad places like we do here in the United States … right?
Let's talk about some of the reasons I love Mexico. If you love tropical beaches and the Caribbean in general, then you have several choices …
Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel)
Jamaica or the Cayman Islands
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas
Guess who is closest to us? Cancun! This is also the place with the best service, the best food, and is safer than any other place! It's safer than Costa Rica!
Raise your hand if you like Mexican food.
If you have never gone to Mexico, then there is a good chance that you have never had authentic Mexican food. So Bell doesn't cut it for me!
Mexico has great food, carne asada, carnitas, fish tacos, salsa, guacamole and corn chips. These are great dishes and guess what – they are even better in Mexico!
Flight to Mexico can be very economical. Flying to Florida costs more than flying to Cancun. It is especially cheaper to travel to Europe or Asia. Hotel rooms can be quite expensive, but they are cheap for what you get. For example, in Cancun, you can pay between $ 200 and $ 400 per night for a beach resort. But you can get all the steady deals, and if you look hard enough, you can find better deals. I found a 2 bedroom beachfront apartment in Playa Del Carmen for $ 220 a night and it can accommodate two families. That's pretty good. And the food is very reasonable too.
I'm running out of space and I just want to say that …
Don't listen to the media; do your own research and plan a trip to Mexico. Talk to people who have been there and get travel tips … Then go !!! It is safe, economical and very beautiful. The culture is very rich and the Mexicans are very warm, open hearted and friendly people.
I promise you'll really like it!
Vive la vida. Viva Mexico. Via con dios! Adios muchacos.