Is it Safe to go to Mexico?
You ask yourself if,
on your next vacation, is it safe to go to go to Mexico. Let me answer by asking do you think it's
safe to go to Texas?
To be clear, violence
in Mexico is no joke. There have been over 47,000 drug-related murders alone
in the past five years. Its murder rate -- 18 per 100,000 according to this -
is more than three times the US rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Though Mexican
tourism is starting to bounce back, Americans appear more reluctant to return
than Canadians and Brits (5.7 million Americans visited in 2011, down 3% from
2010). Many who don't go cite violence as the reason.
What you don't get
from most reports in the US is statistical evidence that Americans are less
likely to face violence in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in
on Mexico's most popular travel destinations. For example, the gateway to Orlando’s
Disney World saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010 according to the
FBI; this is higher than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, with rates of 1.83 and
5.9 respectively... Yet in March, the Texas Department of Public Safety
advised against "spring break" travel anywhere in Mexico, a
country the size of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy combined. Never mind that popular destinations like
the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica have far higher homicide rates (36, 42 and 52
per 100,000). Why the singular focus?
Before you nix Mexico
altogether, consider these five things:
Mexico may be more dangerous than the US overall, but not for Americans.
According to FBI crime
statistics, 4.8 Americans per 100,000 were murdered in the U.S. in 2010. The
US State Department reports that 120 Americans of the 5.7 million who visited
Mexico last year were murdered, which is a rate of 2.1 of 100,000 visitors. Regardless of
whether they were or weren't connected to drug trafficking, which is often
not clear, it's less than half the US national rate.
Texans are twice as safe in Mexico and three times safer than in Houston.
It might be wise for
Texans to ignore their Public Safety department's advice against Mexico
travel. Five out of every 100,000 Texans were homicide victims in 2010,
according to the FBI. Houston was even
worse, with 143 murders, or a rate of 6.8 - over three times the rate for
Americans in Mexico.
And it's not just Texas.
comparing each of the countries' most dangerous cities. New Orleans, host
city of next year's Super Bowl, broke its own tourism record last year with 8
million visitors. Yet the Big Easy has ten times the US homicide rate, close
to triple Mexico's national rate.
of Mexico is not on the State Department travel warning
The best of Mexico, in
terms of travel, isn't on the warning. The US warns against
"non-essential travel" to just four of Mexico's 31 states (all in
the north: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas). The warning goes on
to recommend against travel to select parts of other states, but not
including many popular destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, the
Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum.
Meanwhile, 13 states
are fully free from the State Department's warning, including Baja California
Sur, Yucatan, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guanajuato and others.
Malia Obama ignored the Texas advice.
Of all people,
President Obama and first lady said "OK" to their 13-year-old
daughter's spring break in Oaxaca. Oaxaca
state, not on the US travel warning, is famed for its colonial city, Zapotec
ruins and beach locations such as Huatulco.
can you go to Mexico?
Yes. As the US State
Department says, "millions of US citizens safely visit Mexico each year.
Mexico makes for some of the world's
greatest travel experiences
So yes, you can go
to Mexico, just as you can go to Texas, or New Orleans, or Orlando, or the
Bahamas. It's simply up to you to decide whether you want to.
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ISOLATED INCIDENT IN CABO SAN LUCAS MAKES WORLDWIDE NEWS
The internet can be a wonderful tool which enables us to find out what is going on in the world at a moment’s notice. However, it can also create a bad situation when news is reported with no factual base or exaggerated in order to create more interest.
On October 28th an isolated incident resulting in an exchange of gunfire erupted in Cabo San Lucas. Much has been reported regarding this incident but I feel that it is important to set the record straight and tell the world what really happened in this sleepy tranquil place that many foreigners as well as Mexicans call home.
The shootout was in retaliation for the excellent work the military and police have done in Cabo San Lucas. Recent events have caused the authorities to arrest approximately a dozen people who were in Cabo to try to advance the work of the drug cartels of Mexico. The cartels did not like the fact that the military and police are doing their job and tried to retaliate the night of October 28th and with a brief skirmish on the 29th when they were running from the authorities and tried to take refuge in Plaza Sendero, a popular shopping mall.
Some reports that have circulated the internet report that some 200 people were held hostage by the narcs at Plaza Sendero. The truth is that shooting erupted inside of Soriana, the anchor store of Plaza Sendero. Customers inside of the store were hastily ushered into the warehouse to safety by store personal as well as the authorities. There were no injuries.
All of the above took place in a period of a little over 12 hours. Everything is back to normal in Cabo. The shopping mall is operating at 100%; the authorities have determined that no drug operations will be allowed to stand in Los Cabos. This is not a good place geographically for bad guys to try to operate. There are only two roads out of Cabo both joining before they reach La Paz. One phone call will shut down both airports and the bus stations. So unless the bad guy is a good swimmer, chances are he will be caught rapidly. As an example, the recent arrests mentioned above were made within10 or 12 hours after the event. Excellent work by the authorities here.
We are not concerned that the recent isolated incident will have any bearing on the safety of ourselves and our families. I, myself, have two children (2 years and 3 months old). So before you panic and think you will not come to Cabo because of the “crime”, check out this site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States and compare the statistics for your hometown with one incident in Cabo San Lucas.
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A few years ago, when most people decided to sell or buy a home, very few stopped to take the temperature of the marketplace or wonder if the market was conducive to the goals at hand. That was because most people tended to think of their home as a place to live and not as an investment. All that has changed due to the problems in the global economy. In a cold real estate market, serious sellers are often willing to negotiate, thus creating a Buyer’s Market. This means you can probably buy a home for less than list price. If you are a buyer looking to purchase a home in a buyer’s market, this is the very best financial market in which to buy. Why? Because in addition to being able to negotiate a good price, there are more homes available for sale than buyers to purchase them. Buyers have more homes to choose from, which increases the odds the buyer will find that “perfect” home. The Los Cabos Real Estate market has become a buyer’s market. The economic situation in the United States, (for that matter, globally) is helping second home and vacation home buyer’s negotiate better deals than ever. Most sellers will be happy to consider lower offers since the economic downturn and credit crunch. Buyers of Los Cabos real estate have been known to negotiate great deals while many multi-property sellers have found that prospects in the market want to invest less and expect more than before. The economic downturn in the United States has motivated sellers to reduce considerably the prices on all types of real estate: Residential, Commercial and Investment land. A popular saying in Mexico is that “when the U.S. catches a cold, Mexico catches Pneumonia”. When the economy North of the border hit the iceberg, reality started to sink in South of the border. This means that the real estate investment opportunities in Los Cabos, the most sought after Mexican destination, are more attractive now than they have ever been before. .
Weather in Los Cabos is what most would consider perfect. Some people feel the summer is a bit too warm. People who live in the desert US southwest consider the weather a bit cool. Those from the US northwest or mountain states will consider it hot. If you're from the US east or south you'll welcome the dry heat. When does it rain in Los Cabos? The answer to that is that the rainy season occurs during the summer months, generally July through October when the tropical fronts are sliding by following the warm water. So far this summer, we have seen very little rain. Normally, there are a few storms during this so called rainy season. However, tropical storms and hurricanes hardly ever hit Cabo directly since they do follow the warm water surrounding the tip of the Baja. There can be rain when a storm passes by, but it never lasts for very long. The climate is arid with over 300 days of sunshine (some weather reports say it is over 350 days). Average annual rainfall is 10 inches (25.4 cm.) most of which occurs during the months of September and October. The average high temperatures range from the mid-70s in winter months to mid-90s in summer months. Spring and Fall high temperatures are in the mid-80s The Pacific Ocean side of Los Cabos is generally 10 degrees cooler than the Sea of Cortez side. San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, though only 26 miles apart, are in two separate climate zones divided by the ridge of mountains which runs parallel to the two coasts. Weather Data that May Interest You: • Average annual rainfall: 10 inches (25.4 cm.) • Coldest weather December and January • Storm season July to October • Average year-round temperature 78 degrees F. (25.5 degrees C.) • Average water temperature (Sea of Cortez) 72 degrees F (22 degrees C.) During the summer months the water temperature can reach the mid80s (28 to 29 degrees C.) Where else in the world will you find a climate that certainly qualifies for perfect? Put that together with no pollution and stunning natural beauty and you will know why we call Los Cabos Paradise.
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HOT NEW CONCEPT HITS CABO!!!!
Introducing Pedregal's First Condo Hotel
If you have been looking for, or even thinking about, a vacation home, retirement home or corporate retreat; you know there are many options to choose from. But what if we told you that besides having a lovely property in one of the prime vacation and retirement destinations in the world……you could earn a return on your investment while you are not using it, pay no Homeowners Maintenance Fees, Real Estate Taxes, Insurance or Utilities ever again? And even make money on your investment? Sounds too good to be true, you say. And, yes, it does sound too good to be true but in this case of Cabo Viejo, it is very true
Villas are turnkey. Everything to make your home elegant and comfortable is at your fingertips. Furnishings and appliances (including energy saving washer dryer twins) are all top of the line. Villa is professionally managed by a U.S. Hotel Management Company.
Villas range in size from 2100sqft to 3100sqft. Choose a 2 or 3 bedroom villa in this exclusive, gated Boutique Condo Hotel. Enjoy Marina and Cabo San Lucas city light views while luxuriating in your private Jacuzzi/dipping pool. Large open floor plans with fantastic terraces allow you to enjoy the wonderful Cabo weather all year round.
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Pirate stories abound in Baja. Some true, others... not exactly true. Truth is that Thomas Cavendish sacked the "invincible" galleon Santa Ana off Cape San Lucas in 1587.
Twenty miles northeast of the rocky headland at Cabo San Lucas, sheltered from the northwest wind at Aguada Segura, two British ships lay in wait. Their prey: Manila galleons returning from the Philippines bloated to the gunwales with gold, Persian rugs, silks, jewelry, barrels of wine. Bales and bundles of cargo left no room for artillery on the ships’ double decks. Plus, by the time they reached the eastern Pacific Coast — often six months after leaving Manila — most of the half-starved passengers had scurvy. Many died. In effect, a Manila galleon was a 700-plus-ton sitting duck.
Thomas Cavendish, general of the British ships at Aguada Segura (today’s San José del Cabo) liked his odds. The notorious privateer, in fact, never attacked opponents of equal strength.
Also, true it is that a number of "Dutch Hens" entered the pirate trade against the Spanish. Joris van Spilbergen was the most famous of the group. Although he was originally thought just to be an explorer for the Dutch, he would sail up and down the coast line raiding every ship that went by. So when these pirates were not plying their trade they moored in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz. . The Spanish were obviously not very happy about what was going on with their ships, so they had Jesuit group head to what they called California, and asked them to try and convert these people to Christians. They figured that if the Jesuits could convert everyone this would calm down all the pirates. The Spanish thought for sure this would work. Unfortunately it didn't, the Indians were not happy, the pirates were still doing their thing and nothing had changed. Eventually in 1734 people got annoyed and they chased the Jesuits from the Cabo San Lucas area.
As you approach Cabo San Lucas, one of the first breathtaking scenes is the famous Arch which denotes Land’s End. Although the west end of Cabo San Lucas Bay abounds with rock formations, none can match the grandeur of El Arco. Known in English as The Arch, El Arco is located at Land's End in Cabo, and this spectacular landmark is one of the symbols of the area. It is often pictured on postcards and souvenirs that depict the awe-inspiring natural aspects of the Baja Peninsula. El Arco Cabo San Lucas is a 200-foot granite rock situated at the tip of the Land's End peninsula. A geographical landmark, El Arco attracts hundreds of tourists who come and marvel at its spectacular natural shape, which was carved by the strong ocean currents. centuries ago, The Arch was used as a hiding place by pirates (more about the pirates in a future post), who would ambush and plunder merchant ships heading toward the west coast. Today, this unique landmark attracts numerous cruises and mini boats filled with tourists looking for photo opportunities. If you take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas harbor and reach Land's End in Cabo, you will see an array towering rock formations, including the arch. The series, which reaches Alaska's Aleutian Islands, is known by the locals as the Finisterra. El Arco Cabo San Lucas is distinct from other rock formations, however, because of its unique arch shape. There are several formations worth seeing between The Arch and Playa del Amor, a popular honeymoon destination, including two huge rock islets. Known popularly as Los Frailes (The Friars), these rock islets look like hooded monks and are known to be a favorite hub of sea lions. Other rock formations near Land's End in Cabo include Roca Pelicanos (Pelican Rock), a smaller rocky outcrop located off the northeast side of the cape. The base of this rocky outcrop is home to a rich array of marine life, including gorgonians (sea fans), sea urchins, beautiful coral formations, and colorful tropical fish. The fact that El Arco is easily accessible makes it a perfect spot for adventurers and backpackers. You can take a water taxi from the city’s harbor or hire small Mexican boats called pangas to reach El Arco Cabo San Lucas. These mini boats can be rented at Playa el Medano, the main beach of Cabo, or from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You may also access El Arco via the Playa del Amor (Lovers Beach). During low tide, an additional part of Lovers Beach becomes visible, allowing travelers to reach the arch by foot. According to the locals at Lovers Beach, the ocean waters reach their lowest point once every four years, providing extra-close access to El Arco. The Pacific side of Lovers Beach is not a safe destination for snorkeling or diving, so tourists cannot access the arch via the water from this area. No matter how experienced a climber you might be, do not climb the Arch, as it is both illegal and very dangerous to attempt to do so. However, you can still make your El Arco excursion a memorable experience by bringing in your camera and a picnic lunch if you plan to spend some time on the beach or a boat gazing at this natural landmark. From a distance El Arco might not look massive, but as you get closer, the truly impressive stature of this granite formation becomes clear. You can make the view of El Arco a daily occurrence when you select a Home In Cabo.
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These 20 Cabo Corridor lots are located just 5 minutes from the Downtown Cabo San Lucas and 15 minutes to Dowtown San Jose del Cabo. Only minutes to the beach and shopping, restaurant, and nightlife. These lots are a great start for those looking to build their own home.
Electricity, Water and all services are to the lots and located right next to Rancho Paraiso and Ventanas.
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• 1,800 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $399,500 USD - Penthouse Condo
Tamar, Cabo Bello - Come and take advantage of this RARE 3 bedroom/3bathroom Penthouse condo. Located in the Cabo Corridor, this Penthouse condo is fully furnished and equipped for the most discerning buyer. Split on 2 levels with the Master Suite occupying the whole 2nd floor including its own private terrace. There are the BEST VIEWS of Cabo from this unit with views right through the Famous Cabo Arch.
Located just 6 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, 15 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, and 2 minutes to the nearest beach. The location is PERFECT. Also, included in the sale is a private 1 car garage big enough for an SUV and additional storage space.
Act now and start experiencing what Cabo is all about in this small and intimate gated community!