‘Is it safe to go to Mexico?’ We hear that question constantly, and the answer is always yes, if you know where to go and do your research.The grisly drug-related murders that make the headlines usually happen far from where the majority of travelers to the country visit, and yet many potential visitors are still avoiding the country.Before brushing a Mexico trip aside though, consider these favorite places of ours to visit (there are dozens of other candidates), in terms of travel appeal and safety record. None are on the US State Department’s warning list.
There really is no more fascinating city in the world than Mexico’s misunderstood capital. With a population of over 21 million (and a crime rate about a third of Washington, DC’s), Mexico City had a serious scrub-up for its bi-centennial, and now some places like mariachi-filled Plaza Garibaldi are considered (like Times Square in New York) safe enough to be a ‘Disney version’ of its former gritty self. Also, many restored colonial buildings show details long obscured by years of pollution build-up.