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Despite recent concerns about crime rates, Los Cabos has been named one of the safest destinations in Mexico in a new official study. The Pacific gem, comprising the tourist hotspots of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, has seen a surge in bookings lately, proving it’s not only low-risk, but also incredibly popular among Americans.
Fast-growing cities San Lucas and San Jose are on track to become the next Cancun together, with arrival numbers topping 2019 levels and accounting for nearly 8% of all Mexican air traffic. “Capes” are especially popular with US citizens – 22% more of them visited this year compared to 2019, and we are still only in September.
Luckily for them, FTURCA has once again confirmed that the up-and-coming resort is perfectly safe:
Los Cabos remains at Advisory Level 2
FTURCA is the Spanish acronym for Los Cabos Tourism Trust, an entity that tracks tourism data and trends in the region. As Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, the director of the Trust, stated, Los Cabos remains at Tier 2 travel advisory ahead of fall, in addition to ranking among the safest places to vacation in Mexico. Let’s understand exactly what this means:
The United States assigns different levels of risk to destinations between numbers 1 and 4. While level 1 means that tourists are not particularly at risk, level 4 is a list of prohibited places. Los Cabos, alongside Cancun and several other beach hotspots in Mexico, were given Tier 2 status – when visited, Americans are simply advised to be cautious.
To put it simply, they should not let their guard down when walking through poorly lit areas at night, even in downtown Cabo, and avoid unnecessarily displaying expensive jewelry and belongings outside their hotel. Most visits to Cabo are hassle-free and the risk of theft is quite low, but As any other big citythe crime can still happen.
Indeed, level 2 is the lowest status to which a large urban area can aspire. Countries like the UK, France, Germany and even Denmark, where violent incidents are virtually negligible, have been placed under the same notice. After achieving international prestige, the great Capes now have their own country’s official security badge.
One of the six safest municipalities in Mexico
According to Cascajares, Los Cabos has been “consistently” in the top six when it comes to perceptions of safety in Mexico. The study, conducted by INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico, examined the 75 “core” municipalities nationwidethe “citizen’s perception of security” being one of the highest.
Naturally, tourist satisfaction rates are also excellent, as evidenced by the region’s surprising recovery during the post-pandemic travel season, far surpassing others in Mexico. Cascajares argues that Los Cabos did not have any relevant incident over the “last 4 or 5 years”, having remained at level 2 throughout the period.
The INEGI report concludes that in June 2022, 67.4% of Mexicans aged 18 and over consider their place of residence to be “safe”an increase from 66.2% in March 2022. The cities of Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Ciudad Obregon, Irapuato, Cuautitlan Izcalli and Colima recorded the worst performance, the latter being the most dangerous with 87.5% of adults feeling ” in danger “.
Comparatively, the 6 safest municipalities in Mexico are:
- San Pedro Garza Garcia
- Benito Juarez
- Piedras Negras
- Los Cabos
Only 30.7% of Los Cabos residents consider it a dangerous city, in stark contrast to Colima’s 87.5%. The highest rated municipality on the list, San Pedro Garza Garcia, came out on top with just 15.1 percentage points. In short, murders, turf wars and violent crimes are not a primary concern for visitors to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and nearby towns.
Los Cabos is safe but it’s getting more and more expensive
On the other hand, in response to an increase in demand, hotel prices in Los Cabos have increased significantly, resembling stratospheric rates seen elsewhere in Mexico, including Cancun and the wider Riviera Maya. With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 hotels under $175 a night that you can book in the developing area of Cape Town.
Plus, our list of 5 US airports offering direct flights to Los Cabos for less than $250 will help ensure you get the best deal possible when planning your next vacation. For more information on safety tips when traveling to Baja California Sur, where Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are located, be sure to visit the official US Department of State page.
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