We just cancelled a trip to Cancun using our travel insurance, even though we had a great deal, and here’s why.
1. Fourteen deaths took place this week during the most violent 36 hours ever in Cancun. Having spent a lot of time there previously, we were shocked to see this latest escalation.
2. While tourists haven’t exactly been direct targets yet, another recent incident was also concerning. On February 21, an explosion on a tourist ferry between Cancun and nearby Cozumel suffered an explosion which injured 24. As a result, friends report the boat dock is now lined with armed police and soldiers using bomb-tracking dogs. At the same time, BOH friend Amanda who just returned from Cancun and said they had a great and uneventful time.
3. The U.S. Department of State updated their travel warning for many visitor areas of Mexico. “Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.” Travelers are advised to understand the risks in Mexico, in light of increasing violence in that country, primarily associated with drug cartels.
4. Beat of Hawaii visitor Dee said: “If you google Mexico tourist assaults or blackouts, you will see that there has been an increase of reports of people blacking out after drinking only one or two drinks, and waking up having been assaulted. There have been several drownings related to this at pools at all-inclusive resorts. Others have been charged thousands at hospitals before being treated…. The local police/Mexican government are of virtually no help. It’s a serious problem that people need to be aware of. Hawaii does look (and is) very good by comparison (minus the really long flights for some of us!).”
Here in Hawaii the overall crime rate is the lowest level ever recorded.
In 2015, the Hawaii crime rate which was already low, was 25% below the what had been reported a decade earlier. In 2016, the last year reported, state of Hawaii indicates crime was at “the lowest on record since statewide data collection began in 1975. The total Index Crime rate in 2016 was 6.2% below the rate reported in 2015, and
27.1% below the rate reported a decade earlier (2007).”
This made us think how Hawaii not only offers overall reasonable prices and tropical beaches but also provides a safe and domestic destination. To us that adds up to unprecedented value.
Tips for staying safe in Hawaii
1. Like anywhere else, you need to be aware of your surroundings to stay safe. For example, in a parking garage or at the beach, you may not want to open your trunk if there are any valuables. It’s better to wait until you are ready to drive off.
2. Don’t forget to lock your car and hotel/condo windows and other points of entry too.
3. Practice diligent water safety and swim where there is a lifeguard. Understand ocean safety in Hawaii. Read top 10 Hawaii beach safety tips.
4. Drive defensively and don’t make U-turns on the highways. This happens frequently on Kauai. Our two lane road may look like a country back-road, but it’s our major thoroughfare with all the dangers of a freeway.
Be sure to comment with your tips for staying safe in Hawaii.