Vive la vida! We hear that in movies but what does it mean? Live life!!! Don’t be afraid to enjoy yourselves. 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.
Picture yourself on a warm beach with your feet in the white sand and a nice breeze. You might be sitting at a table having a drink. You can see the crystal blue water and the palm trees. It’s very relaxing. You get a lot of that in Mexico.
The problem is a lot of people are afraid of going to Mexico. The media has highlighted a lot of the troubles that the country has had recently. Everyone knows about “El Chapo” and the drug wars at the border and all that stuff. And because of that people are afraid to go to Cancun!
I just came back from Cancun. I rented a car and drove with my entire family and stayed in a condo at Playa Del Carmen. It’s very safe. Earlier this year I drove with the family down to Rosarito Beach. I stayed in a condo with some friends of mine. We went to the nearby towns and shopped. We felt safe. I went to Mexico City in February of last year with my wife and daughter and my daughter’s friend. We travelled by city bus to museums and famous places and we rented a van and drove 4 hours to the north to a place called Guanajuato. That’s a cool place – it’s very safe and beautiful!
Don’t take my word for it – I looked up some statistics on crime rates and I 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, TN and Saint Louis, MO
- Tijuana (a border town) has a lower crime rate than San Jose, CA
- Mexico the country has a better crime rate than Costa Rica, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Malaysia. It’s rated 34 out of 120 countries and the United States is rated 45.
Mexico is a relatively safe place… you just need to stay away from the bad places just like we do here in the United States… right?
Let’s talk about some of the reasons why I love Mexico. If you love tropical beaches and the Caribbean in general, then you have a few choices…
- Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel)
- Jamaica or the Caymen Islands
- Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Bahamas
- Virgin Islands
Guess which one is the closest to us? Cancun! It’s also the place with the best service, the best food, and it’s safer than all of those other places! It’s safer than Costa Rica!
Raise your hand if you like Mexican food.
If you have never been to Mexico, then there is a good chance that you have never had authentic Mexican food. Taco Bell does not cut it for me!
Mexico has great food, carne asada, carnitas, fish tacos, salsa, guacamole and corn chips. Those are great dishes and guess what – they are even better in Mexico!
Flying to Mexico can be very economical. It costs more to fly to Florida than it does to fly to Cancun. It’s especially less expensive than a trip to Europe or Asia. The hotel rooms can be fairly expensive but they are cheap for what you are getting. For example in Cancun you might pay between $200 and $400 per night for a resort on the beach. But you can get all incisive deals and if you look hard enough you can find better deals. I found a 2-bedroom condo on the beach in Playa Del Carmen for $220 per night and it can fit two families. That’s pretty good. And the food is very reasonable too.
I am running out of space and I just want to say this…
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’s safe, economical and very beautiful. The culture is very rich and the Mexican people are very warm, open hearted and friendly people.
I promise you will really love it!
Vive la vida. Viva Mexico. Via con dios! Adios muchacos.