KC travel agent says vacationers should be vigilant in Cancún, Mexico

Kara Marxer
August 24, 2018 - 7:12 am

People who plan on going to resorts in certain parts of Mexico should be aware of recent violence, according to travel agents who book the getaways.

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for parts of Mexico after eight bodies were found in Cancún, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. At least one victim had been bound before being shot, while another was apparently killed while lying in a hammock, the Associated Press reported.

The warning was was issued after a security alert was declared at the U.S. consulate office in Juárez.

Travel agents, including some in the Kansas City area, are hearing more questions about safety from their clients who enjoy Mexican resorts.

JoAnn Weeks is an agent with Acendas Travel and she is also planning a trip to Cancún for herself and her niece. 

Security is pretty good around the main hotel zone in Cancún, but people who stray off the grounds need to be careful, Weeks said.

"The beaches are all public, so it is very easy to have locals mixed in with people on vacation," Weeks said. "If you head further south, down in the Riviera Maya area, the main road is a good mile to two miles from the beach area and from the resorts."

Weeks said a healthy dose of common sense and being aware of your surroundings will help vacationers stay safe, wherever they are.

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