Mexico is one of my all-time favorite places to vacation at. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people, delicious food and amazing culture. Unfortunately, since Jul several cities and villages have fallen victim to an increase in violent crime, making vacationing a security risk for American travelers. Updated November 9 and listed still current as of November 18, 2021, the US Embassy and Mexican law enforcement have issued a Level 3 Travel Alert to Americans planning on vacationing or visiting Mexico.

A Level 3 Alert is a travel advisory that means "reconsider travel" to Mexico. Mexican authorities say they have been conducting ongoing security operations relating to confrontations escalating in and around the following Mexican cities Zapopan, Jalisco, Yucatan State, Mexico City, Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Matamoros, and roughly 19 other cities.

Zapopan Jalisco Mexico- Google Maps

See the entire Mexico Danger Map for a detailed list of areas that are not safe. Mexican security forces have reported groups of armed criminals are showing up with little to no notice, there have been recent shootings in Cancun, increased kidnappings, and rising cases of COVID-19 infections. The duration of the security dangers is not known. However, it is due to these safety issues the State Department and CDC have issued a Level 3 travel alert. Officials say Americans should “reconsider travel” to Mexico.

If you are still making plans to vacation or follow through with upcoming reservations on a trip to Mexico. Insuremytrip.com says you may want to consider taking the following safety precautions:

Be aware of your surroundings

Avoid Crowds

Keep a low profile

Monitor local TV News and social media for updates

Follow directions from local officials

Be prepared to shelter in place

Also, research the phone number and location of the U.S. Consulate or Embassy just in case you need to contact them or need assistance. Be smart and be safe everyone. Also, talk to your travel agent for the best advice going abroad and consider trip insurance.