Tips for a Safe Family Vacation to Mexico - Page 3

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Guanajuato, Mexico
Colorful houses of the colonial town of Guanajuato, Mexico  (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Safe Havens
Despite the roundup of its states and cities to avoid, Mexico lays claim to a wealth of safe and secure, beautiful vacation spots. Here are a few to consider:

Mundo Maya
In the lead-up to the start of a new era in the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, Mexico expects more than 52 million people to visit the five states of the Mundo Maya—Campeche, Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Chiapas, and Tabasco. Located in the southeast portion of the country, this area is a huge draw to travelers.

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Smaller, more intimate beach resorts
Reid recommends spots like Playa del Carmen, which he says has done a tasteful job of not overdeveloping itself. "You can catch cruises there or rent a car safely and visit the area’s sinkholes and caves filled with rainwater—they are otherworldly swimming holes." He also suggests visiting Tulum, a Caribbean beach location with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. "Cozumel has the best reefs, but Tulum has the widest beaches and nearby ruins to visit," he says. "The Coba ruins are a half mile inland from Tulum. When I visited, I had the pyramid there to myself."

Big resort areas
As the saying goes, there’s safety in numbers—especially in numbers of tourists. Tried-and-true resort areas such as Cancún and Cozumel remain some of the safest spots to visit in Mexico. Punta de Mita, Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos are also excellent options. Puerto Vallarta would have easily made the "safe" list in the recent past, but a February 2012 incident, in which a bus-load of tourists on a cruise-ship excursion was robbed, has made some reconsider.

Colonial towns
Dig into the real fabric of Mexico by visiting one of its historic colonial towns, such as Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, or San Cristóbal de las Casas. Expect inspiring history, warm welcomes, and open-air taco stands, plus dancing and music.

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