Spring Break in Rocky Point? Caution is Key
Traveling in the US and elsewhere can be an exciting and enriching experience but travel can also come with its share of challenges. For the past several years traveling in Mexico and other parts of Central and South America has been riskier than just a generation ago.
Keeping this in mind, the U.S. State Department is cautioning college students heading to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico) for Spring break to be aware of an updated travel warning https://goo.gl/zEyPwY. Government officials say tourists traveling in some areas of Mexico face a serious threat of violent crimes. The state department reports that U.S. citizens have been victims of homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery at the hands of organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. One hundred Americans were killed in Mexico in 2014 and that number rose to 103 last year.
The statistics paint a pretty grim picture for tourists heading to Mexico but there are some things that travelers can do to better protect themselves. State department officials advise staying on the main roads during daylight hours and avoiding non-essential travel. Also, keep a lower profile by not wearing flashy jewelry, watches, or carrying a camera – and always try to be aware of your surroundings and avoid being alone. Casinos, gambling places, and adult entertainment businesses are cited as being especially dangerous for tourists.
The State of Sonora is considered a key region for the international drug and human trafficking trades. According to the state department, gun battles between rival criminal organizations have taken place all over Mexico, sometimes in broad daylight on city streets and in restaurants and clubs. There are reports of some incidents where Americans were prevented from leaving an area until police could gain control of the situation.