It has been a big news week here in Mexico. As Los Cabos prepares to host the 2012 G20 Leaders Summit June 18–19, the country has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons due to a new U.S. Embassy alert warning Americans of a possible surge in violence following the recent arrests of people linked to the Los Zetas drug cartel.
The warning is legitimate, and the violence issues are real. But it’s important to contextualize the information—especially when it could affect your travel plans to the Baja Peninsula and, more specifically, Los Cabos. Mexico is an enormous country, and the cartel- and drug-related violence affecting a limited number of states is physically far removed from Cabo San Lucas and its sister city, San José del Cabo. In February, the U.S. State Department issued a new travel advisory, suggesting its citizens avoid travel to the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, parts of Sonora, Zacatecas, and others. Caution was urged in Tijuana, too, where 34 Americans were killed last year in incidents related to drug trafficking.
There was absolutely no mention of Baja California Sur, the state where Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are located. In fact, Los Cabos is some 1,000 miles away from any real violence. As Alberto Coppola, present of the Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently told Los Cabos Magazine writer Ed Kociela, “Los Cabos remains largely unaffected by those incidents of violent crime that are reported in the news media.”
In fact, Baja California Sur has the fifth-lowest crime rate among all states in Mexico. And that rate is significantly lower than in many U.S. cities, like Miami. To avoid travel to Los Cabos as a result of these warnings would be like avoiding travel to Portland, Oregon, as result of violence in, say, New York City.
The decision to host the G20 Summit, which brings together leaders from across the world, demonstrates international confidence in the region and the country’s increasing importance on the global stage. (To learn more about the G20, go to www.g20.org.)
This confidence is echoed by the increased number of tourists who are making it to Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (more than 93,000 arrived via commercial air in 2011)—and the new flights that bringing them here. Virgin America now offers direct flights from San Francisco, and Southwest recently announced nonstop flights from Orange County through its partnership with AirTran Airways.
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Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa is the premiere hotel on Medano Beach; we are dubbed “The Heart Of Cabo”, due to our very convenient location. Nestled right on the sand of the only swimmable beach in Cabo San Lucas, everything in Cabos is only 10 minutes from your room: restaurants, scuba diving, golf, fishing, night life, and much more.
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