Mexico Warnings and Dangers

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Mexico Warnings and Dangers

  • Drinking Water

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    I've been to Cancun 30-40 times and I don't believe I've ever gotten sick from bad water in the hotel zone, but there are a few things some of you need to know: 1. Chichen Itza is NOT in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It's two hours away and there are many places where the tap water isn't purified. 2. If you are in a place where the water isn't pure, it...

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  • Health/Safety

    Puerto Vallarta Warnings and Dangers

    Make sure that when you bring children, they are always with an adult. The swimming pools at the hotels here don't have life guards on them! Also, the beaches have strong currents and not actually great for swimming especially in Puerto Vallarta!

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  • Police / Tijuana Jail

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    My Son and daughter took a trip to Tijuana to see her dentist as they started to come home they stop to get a bite to eat. As soon as they headed home a cop pulls them over so my son get off the car and the cops tells him that he is stopping him for having hes windows to dark, my son tells him that's the way i bought my car (2015 VW Passat) so...

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  • Bats

    Playa del Carmen Warnings and Dangers

    Just a little forewarning about visiting Cenotes. Being that it is a cave, they make perfect homes for bats. These are fairly large and can be seen fluttering about and also can hear a screech every now and then. They are harmless. However several in my group were frightened so I would pas along a warning. It may not be for you if you have a fear...

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  • Swimming

    Cabo San Lucas Warnings and Dangers

    Even though the resorts in Los Cabos are located on the Pacific Ocean you can NOT swim there. The riptides are much to strong and dangerous. There are some resorts on the bay that you can swim in as well as a town beach. We drove up to Todos Santos and did some surfing up there. You need to ask locals for directions to the surfing beaches. They are...

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  • General Warning Info

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    Was there in 83. Stuck there a week as med student b/c of student Visa BS. LOTS of Rats!! Cabbies tried to rip people off go to cheap hotel in rathole hoods. Charge too much for fare. Use sitios ONLY! I almost got kidnapped by two teen thugs b/c I was out clubbing too late. Go with lots of friends and do not stay out too late.

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  • Shopping Hazards

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    I purchased a "Tanzanite ring,14K with Diamonds" was $550 I paid $350. My friend purchased an "emerald pendant set in white 14K" for $400 was $700 at Royal Jewels International Cozumel. The owner assured me all real not fake. It's illegal to sell fake jewelry in Cozumel. I was looking at the inside of the ring for the 14K stamp. He said it's right...

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  • Health/Safety

    Mazatlán Warnings and Dangers

    Be sure you are aware of the colors of flags flying on the beaches of Mazatlan. They are as follows: Yellow Flag: Caution White Flag: Jellyfish Red Flag: Danger (usually a stong undertow, but could mean other dangers, as well) - Do NOT go in the water! Green Flag: Calm - Enjoy the water & safe for swimming.

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  • Driving

    Monterrey Warnings and Dangers

    Mexican traffic is an adventure with its own set of peculiar rules and takes some getting used to. Non indigenous drivers may want to be careful or leave the driving to a local if possible. During the wet season (September) conditions may change in the blink of an eye during thunderstorms that turn the streets into rivers in an instant. Driving...

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  • Parking Fees

    Loreto Warnings and Dangers

    Parking at Puerto Escondido used to be free. During the development of the area most people wondered why roads to nowhere were being installed. 10 years later there is still no development but there is still lots of talk. However there is allegedly a new owner of the area and there are once again guards at the entrance gates telling you there is a...

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  • Water Dangers

    Acapulco Warnings and Dangers

    * *It gets hot and is muggy in Acapulco so drinking fluids before you go out and throughout the day is a must *Once you get dehydrated, it's too late for you! You'll take days to recover which could mean you'll be home by then with a bunch of wasted days recouping in your hotel room *Also, once you feel kind of thirsty...could mean it's too late...

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  • Timeshare

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    A couple of years back my husband I were forced to "run the gauntlet" at the Cancun airport. We fell for the VillaDelPalmar come on. We got bus tours to Chichen Itsa and Talume and spent way more than 90minutes at their presentation. We bought a junior suite every year flex timeshare from them trading in the one we bought in Mazatlan. We were more...

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  • Legal

    Puerto Vallarta Warnings and Dangers

    We did not have a problem driving in the area and in the remote locations we visited, but this is something that our car rental agency warned us about when we got the car. If you are stopped by the local police while driving and if they want to give you a ticket, don't pay for it on the spot. Just ask the police officer to write down the car...

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  • Fraud / Crime

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    I go down to Tijuana for my dental work and have been since 2009. I've crossed the border probably about 15 times now, almost always by myself (white woman, 50's) This trip I went twice, once to get dental work impressions (for crown work) then 2 days later , back over, to get the new crowns put on. I usually take a cab from the border. The cab...

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  • Other...

    Cabo San Lucas Warnings and Dangers

    I feel like it's necessary to respond to the "don't walk alone at night" "always take a taxi" advice, because it's xenophobic and probably backwards. Mexico has an overall lower rate of violent crime than the US, and a significantly lower rate of assaults against women. The poor street urchins you might be hoping to avoid in Cabo are more likely...

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  • Transportation

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    Dear all, I understand your concern about safety by traveling in taxis (cabs), you are right about some of the comments regarding the abusive persons (taxi drivers) mostly when they see you are foreigner, in my experience when I used to get a taxi they always tried to charge more money than the usual rate or saying they don't have enough change...

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  • Driving Hazards

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    When you rent a jeep to tour the island you have to fill vehicle before returning it. The gas attendants will crowd around the front of the gas pump so that you can't see the amount. They must not clear off the last amount and we used $10 of gas, they said that they put in $60. It is only a very small island. They tell you which pump to drive up...

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  • Financial/Shopping

    Mazatlán Warnings and Dangers

    I thought when I saw what was posted,was really a warning..I suspect the post. We too went to La Jolla, which is right down the street from our timeshare..these people expected us to sell our timeshare (a villa) to them and join them for a uncompleted place that looked like a crowded small room. Pool?...good question,it looked more like a pond. The...

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  • Local Dogs

    Monterrey Warnings and Dangers

    Dogs, in the sense we normally consider them, at least from the perspective of American or European societies, are pets. Here they are pets as well, but often are not as forgiving of trespassers as our pooch might unfortunately be. While there are the well-fed, house-trained, guard dogs that bark from behind a fence, there are also the haggard,...

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  • San Javier

    Loreto Warnings and Dangers

    The road to San Javier is no longer the adventure it once was (as pictured) . The road has now been paved from Highway 1 all the way to the Mission. However, the storms of 2014 not only destroyed the cave paintings 8 miles up the road, but they also caused a huge landslide that brought down hundreds of tons of dirt and boulders taking out the road...

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  • Sun

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    The greatest menace that we faced in Mexico, more than malaria, dengue or "Montezuma's revenge", was... the sun. It is really strong, and though taking all the recommended precautions, we all got more burnt than desired. Control well your time to swim.

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  • Attractions

    Puerto Vallarta Warnings and Dangers

    One thing I did not do (and learned my lesson!) was to check with the guys at the reception desk of our hotel before going to Chino's Paradise. I just relied on the information provided in the guidebook I purchased prior to going to Puerto Vallarta. I was really looking forward to going to Chino's Paradise, taking a dip in the pool, enjoying good...

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  • Being Harassed

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    Dear sir/ madam, I would like to share this with you all. On 08/09/2012, and arround 12:30am, i went to Tijuana mexico with some friends and on the corner of adalitas and chohella street, i got robbed by a mexican guy with his four others. they were surrounding me and my friend. The way that they did it, one of them that he was following us, and...

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  • Drinking Water

    Cabo San Lucas Warnings and Dangers

    The water in Cabo can cause stomach issues, drink bottled water, most restaurants serve bottled water. We ordered blended drinks from a lot of places, never got sick. Drank bottled water always...we were fine. Most hotels have systems, check with them upon arrival. Brush your teeth with bottled water to be safe. We have friends who live there, they...

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  • Food and Restaurants

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    There's something else you should be careful with: food!! Our food is delicious, but it can be aggressive for foreigners, whose stomachs aren't used to hot stuff. So watch what you eat. This applies wherever you eat but especially when it comes to eating at the little street stands you'll find everywhere in town. Even though food is DELICIOUS...

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  • Mosquitoes

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    I just returned from a cruise of which one of the stops was Cozumel; I've been there many other times, but this was the first time to experience the mosquitos from hell. Wow, bloodsuckers attached to clothes and bit through those, their bites stung. Make sure you bring some repellant from home when visiting here or either some essential oil with...

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  • Weather

    Monterrey Warnings and Dangers

    During rain season (september-december) the rain can be very furious and intense, that is the reason because streets become into deep rivers and turn your car into a light boat. so be careful where not to drive if it is raining, ask some local for help, and belive me, you gonna give thanks for the advise!.

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  • Sea Life

    Loreto Warnings and Dangers

    When walking into the waters of Loreto Bay, shuffle your feet, don't step. The water is full of very small (8 inches across) Sting Rays. While cute, they are not as friendly as the larger ones that frequent Sting Ray City in the Carribean (pictured above). They are not as harmful as the larger versions, but they still pack a painful sting. Think...

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  • Crime

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    It is not a safe place to go anymore =(.. I mean theres unsafe places and violence everywhere.. even in the states.. but it is getting a little out of control down there. My brother has been living there for 15 years.. so we used to visit for a month or two every year.. not anymore tho.. he is really just waiting to sell his house so he can come...

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  • Financial/Shopping

    Puerto Vallarta Warnings and Dangers

    the people in the downtown open market and the stores will take dollars, but they don't give you a particularly good exchange rate. it is easier just to arrive on a price in pesos and then get pesos from an ATM, a casa de cambio (money-changing stall), or a bank. ATMs and casas de cambio are everywhere.

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  • Border / Security

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    my name is moe and i have a cousin that goes to tj alot for for drugs hass been missing any ideas guys .. hes missing since june 12 2012 and we checked the us couscelette they said they will let me know.. so hes no dead not in jail

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  • Driving

    Cabo San Lucas Warnings and Dangers

    Car Rental Companies are a ripoff! We booked a rental car from the states. Called the company to make sure all fees had been quoted. Well when we got there they wanted a radical deposit! Like $1500 posted to a credit card! Ouch! It was a nightmare. I don't know about you but I don't have an extra $1500 available on a credit card to be held while...

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  • Other Warnings

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    The hardest thing about traveling in Mexico City is keeping your feet clean while you frolic all over the city in your flip-flops. Mexico City isn't the cleanest place in the world, and as anyone who read "My Flip Flops Almost Killed Me" in UK Cosmo a few years back knows, clean feet can be the difference between life and death. So, what can you do...

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  • Water Hazards

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    Items were taken while we were in the water snorkeling. Either a couple on the trip or the captain took them. Cozumel Trip Excursions was the company we booked with but they also were other company names but changed them due to bad reviews. We had a beautiful day but the weather changed and we had a 45 minute ride back in a terrible storm. The crew...

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  • Tax Payments

    Loreto Warnings and Dangers

    For anyone that builds a home in Loreto, be mindful of the methods used to pay certain bills. Water, electric and property tax bills are not just mailed to you. The water and electric bills can actually be just tacked to your front door. The property tax bill is available a the municipality city hall in Loreto. Each January you go to the...

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  • Car Rental Tricks

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    Renting a car in Cancun is easy BUT it is different than many other countries. 1) The mandatory Mexican Insurance is NOT included in the quoted price. This adds about $10/day to the cost of the car. There is no way around this. Don't fight it and it is not a scam. 2) Make sure you go over the condition of the car before leaving including the spare...

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  • Vehicle Insurance

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    Before or after you cross the border there are places to buy Mexican insurance...don't forget it if you drive in Mexico. *No police officer is authorized to receive money. YOU COULD BE ARRESTED FOR: *Drinking alcohol on any public way *Disturbing the peace of other persons *Fights *Carring or using firearms *Possession or comsumption of any...

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  • Wildlife

    Cabo San Lucas Warnings and Dangers

    after a relaxing day out on the ocean fishing, be careful when your boat docks...if you've caught any fish or have bait left in the open, you'll be attacked by pelicans and man o wars.... DUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Shopping

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    Known locally as the “witchcraft market,” the Sonora Market in Mexico City holds alot of interest for travellers because here you can find anything from soaps, powders, otions and animal skin, anything to cure your illness or ailment, wether you are sick, need money, a job, want to get your husband more interested - you can find anything at...

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  • Crime

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    I was ripped off in broad daylight by two of the employees of this company. The young men pulled up on a motor scooter while I was snorkeling with my family and they took off with all of our knapsacks on the beach. There were lots of witnesses. We all saw who they were (they're not very smart, apparently). When we confronted them, we got nowhere....

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  • Water Hazards

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    Don't count on a quiet water to swim in the lagoon side. There's no beach on that side, and it is used only for sports and fishing. Beach is only in the ocean side, and I suggest that you choose carefully your hotel, since the sea along the sand stripe doesn't "behave" always in the same way, and some sections are dangerous.

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  • Food and Drink

    Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

    When you walk around Avenida Revolucion, lot of people will try to cacth your attention for buying stuff in their stores. Be carefull if this stores are clubs. "Public Relations" will offer you whatever they say but when you are inside it is not real, that "public relation" is already gone so the offer is not accepted. If they gives you free...

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  • Natural Disasters

    Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

    Mexico is a country prone to earthquakes - every year our planet's crust is shaking with an intensity of over 6 on the Richter scale. On January 21st 2003 an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scaled affected Mexico City. This is comparable to 160 megatons of TNT and is stronger than the quake that shook Turkey and caused 15,000...

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  • No Service Sunday

    Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

    We made the same mistake 2 years in a row, traveling to Cozumel on a Sunday. Many of the restaurants are closed and many of the shops are closed or close early in the day. There are no cruise ships in port on Sundays, I'm not sure if that's because Cozumel is all but closed up on Sunday or if Cozumel is all but closed up on Sunday because there are...

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  • Alcohol

    Cancún Warnings and Dangers

    The main strip can be extremely dangerous after a few drinks. Cross at the crosswalks with the light or you may wind up going into the light. If you stand at the corner awhile someone might even help you across ( Miqel at Margaritaville, tipped him $10.00 US the next day, my experience ).

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