Updated: Feb 6
There is a common misconception that traveling to the Riviera Maya is unsafe. While some other parts of Mexico may be more dangerous, The Riviera Maya and the neighboring town of Cancun aren't nearly as bad as the media makes them out to be. Riviera Maya is a tourist spot, which means the locals are eager for your business and are pretty serious about keeping some of the dangerous elements of Mexico out. Riviera Maya is a breathtaking place that is just begging to be explored. That said, there some things you should know to make the most out of a Riviera Maya excursion.
Watch Out for the Heat
While Riviera Maya offers truly stunning natural landscapes, the whole region can become overwhelmingly hot and humid from June through October. The summer months may be peak vacation time, but they can also put the unprepared tourist at risk for heatstroke. On the subject of heat and summer, mosquitos are out in full swing during this season, which means an increased chance of contracting conditions like the Zika Virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue Fever. So, if you're planning to visit The Riviera Maya during summer, pack some bug repellent.
Rules on Food and Water
The subject of food and water is a hot-button issue for first-time travelers to Mexico. For one, you shouldn't drink the tap water (this includes ice) in Mexico, as in some instances it will make you sick. Instead, you should also ask for bottled water while in restaurants, since they'll likely serve unfiltered tap water by default. Street food is a potential danger as well, as there is no telling whether or not a street vendor properly prepared the meal or adequately cleaned their cooking space. In these instances, it helps to have the 'golden cage' of a hotel or resort to escape to from time to time.
Feel Safe to Explore
While it is important to use a resort as a home base during your trip, you need not stay on the resort the entire trip. Most resorts will arrange transportations (green cabs) for you. The gate security will ask for your name, room number, destination and the time you expect to return to the resort. There is lots to see and do in Riviera Maya and a well planned excursion off the resort is exciting. Riviera Maya is not the dangerous, crime-ridden place the news reports it to be.
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