Safe and healthy travel in Tulum and the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico
The past 12 months of Mexico-related media coverage would have made many people believe that Mexico, as a country, is a risky place to visit due to the recent H1N1 (swine flu virus) and stories of kidnappings and drug shootings focused primarily on in several US border cities. Unfortunately, regional events had a negative effect on the economy of local tourism to half the country of the Yucatan Peninsula.
A fair (or unfair) comparison could be made if when the Los Angeles riots broke out after Rodney King’s verdict in the US in 1991, if people around the world had the perception of “don’t go to the United States United, there is violence and looting in the streets and the place is burning! “I certainly would not visit South Central Los Angeles that week, but I will not cancel my trip to San Diego.
As a lifelong Colorado resident who has been a full-time resident of the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun for almost 2 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful place to live and visit. I have never felt “unsafe” to myself, my family members, or friends who have visited me numerous times. As for the flu here, the virus does not thrive well in warmer climates and with average temperatures here in the mid-80s, it is a much safer place than most northern places.
Why should you visit this amazing area? The main reason is that it really is a beautiful and magical place that is changing rapidly. We can only hope that much of what we love about this place remains as the next few years bring the inevitable changes that paradise found it almost always offers. It’s a bit ironic that places like this are shared knowing that sharing will change the place. So forgive me beautiful places in the world for sharing a little about a place called paradise, Tulum.
For those of you who have been to Tulum, Mexico, the mere mention of the place will no doubt evoke fond memories of lazy days on the beach and the varied hues of the turquoise blue waters. Tulum’s beaches and warm crystal clear waters are truly sublime, but there is much more to this place than mere breathtaking beauty.
Tulum are kite boarding schools and “Eco Chic” cabin resorts such as Ocho Tulum, Playa Azul and OM Tulum, small Mayan and Mexican hotels and spas in Yucatan; try Blue Tulum Hotel and Spa for total luxury with the highest standards. Tulum are scuba diving adventures on the reefs of the Caribbean and underground exploring the world’s largest underground river system that accumulates in sinkhole springs known as cenotes. Tulum is saltwater plains and deep-sea fishing, kayaking lagoons, and a growing yoga mecca; It is primarily green and natural with Sian Ka’an’s 1.3 million acres of protected wetlands with low-impact protected access.
It is an international melting pot where you can hear six languages in any given day by just walking down the street. Tulum also has an increasingly well-deserved reputation for a wide variety of fine restaurants serving great local and international dishes in paradise. You’ll find all kinds of traditional Mayan and Mexican dining options, but you’ll also find plenty of Italian, French, German, Thai, sushi, and more.
Tulum is just a short drive from all the other things that make vacations in the Yucatan so fun and convenient, though perhaps not as adventurous activities as golf, world-class shopping, and nightclubs just a 30-minute drive away. Carmen beach.
So yes, Tulum is a unique and excellent way to have that adventure vacation. It has a bit of everything you want in a vacation to a tropical destination. For me, that is adventure and going out on it and for others it is never leaving the beach or a day or a week of shopping or golf.
What people need to know is that Tulum and the rest of the Yucatan is a great vacation destination that is safe for both the adventurous and the more tame sun seekers. See you in Tulum!