Should you cross the border into Mexico? The popular Rocky Point resort area is now included in the Department of State’s broadened warning about violence in Mexico. In an updated statement released April 22nd, 2011, the U.S. Department of State, drug violence and human trafficking activities are described. Full Statement.
The new warning includes the resort area known as Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), and the area in Mexico around the border crossing near Nogales.
Having said that, even the State Department tries to soften their warnings by stating, in general, “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere. While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well.”
A travel warning is the highest caution that the State Department can issue. It is to be taken seriously. Here is what the Department of State has added to their warning related to Mexico:
“Nogales and Northern Sonora:You are advised to exercise caution in the city of Nogales. Northern Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades, and can be extremely dangerous for travelers.
You are advised to exercise caution when visiting the coastal town of Puerto Peñasco. In the past year there have been multiple incidents of TCO-related violence, including the shooting of the city’s police chief. U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco are urged to cross the border at Lukeville, AZ, to limit driving through Mexico and to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours.”
The popular destination for dental services, Algodones, is not mentioned in this warning.
Should You Cross the Border?
Locals often say they will continue to travel in Mexico. However, as a travel writer, I suggest that you consider other places for Phoenix getaways until the drug violence is curtailed. It is completely up to the traveler. But be sure and read up on the new warnings as you make your decision.
US Department of State Mexico Travel Warning
Embassy of the United States Updates