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Quintana Roo remains safer than other Mexican tourist hotspots despite increasing levels of criminal violence

16 October 2017

Key Points

  • Murder rates are increasing substantially in Cancún and Playa del Carmen but remain much lower than other Mexican tourist resorts like Acapulco and Los Cabos.
  • In Cancun, violence has tended to be away from the hotel zone and concentrated downtown. However, in Playa del Carmen, Quinta Avenue, which runs alongside Playa del Carmen’s beach and where tourism-oriented businesses are concentrated, is a hotspot for extortion and related violence.
  • Although tourists are not targeted specifically, the use of firearms during such incidents poses collateral death and injury risks.


Increasingly public displays of criminal violence affecting Quintana Roo's hospitality sector pose collateral death and injury risks, particularly in popular tourist hubs of Cancún and Playa del Carmen.

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