Some Basic Tips for Personal Safety During Your Visit
Any stories you may have heard about violent crime in Mexico are very unlikely to occur on Isla Mujeres. The island is primarily a safe and family-friendly destination, with very few tourists being impacted by criminal activity. Even so, due to the country’s high poverty level, there is the small possibility of tourists being regarded as targets of opportunity, with occasional petty thefts or break-ins occurring at hotels or vacation homes.
To minimize your risk of being victimized during your stay, keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Use common sense. Keep money safely tucked away in a wallet, pocket, or purse. Don’t flash a wad of money around-while you may think the amount you’re carrying around is insignificant, it could be equal to a month’s pay for a local who may be desperate, hungry, or just envious. Be discreet when you use cash, and never count it in public.
- Keep all valuables secured. Lock your doors when you leave your room or condo. Close and lock the windows, if possible. Put your money, jewelry, and other valuable items in a safe at the hotel or at the front desk, or hide them in clothes or shoes in your room. Keep in mind that hotel staff or security will have access to everything in your room, so refrain from leaving things lying about.
- Never travel alone. When heading out to experience the sights and activities of the island, bring along a companion. Tourists traveling in groups are much less likely to be targeted by criminals.
- When you’re on the beach, don’t leave valuables out in plain sight if you’re going for a swim or snorkel. Never tell strangers where you are staying. If you plan to experience the nightlife Isla Mujeres has to offer, don’t drink too many alcoholic beverages.
- Finally, never buy or consume illegal drugs. You have no way of knowing the conditions in which the substances were grown or manufactured, and there could be very dangerous chemical ingredients. Secondly, although laws are generally poorly enforced, punishments for drug-related offenses can be very severe.
By following these simple, common-sense practices, you can be assured of a safe, pleasant visit to the island.