When compared to other Caribbean hotspots, the crime rate on Cozumel Island is extremely low.
Nonetheless, it’s wise to check the most recent travel advisories from governments and take standard safety precautions, like being aware of your surroundings and adhering to local laws when on the island.
LATEST NEWS from Cozumel:
March 4 – A Week of street shootings and threat messages in Cozumel
Cozumel has reported shootings for a third time in a week.
According to initial reports, those who fired into the air and then ran away were motorcyclists.
A sizable threat letter was left for Mayor Juanita Alonso Marrufo outside the Subdirectorate of Ecology’s offices on Friday. It warned her not to fall for anyone connected to illegal activity.
Another handwritten threat note was discovered outside the mayor’s residence on February 22.
Although these kinds of threats in open areas on the island are not new, the frequency and detail of these messages about criminals and island crime are increasing.
Official Travel Advisories
U.S. Travel Advisory
A Level 2 travel advisory has been issued by the US Department of State for Mexico, indicating that visitors should be mindful of dangers and take protective measures. This warning is valid for all of Mexico.
The government also urges citizens to “exercise increased caution” when traveling to Quintana Roo state (the state where Cozumen is located) due to crime.
Canada Travel Advisory
As per the Canadian government, there is a high rate of violent crime all across Mexico. The low rates of arrests and incarcerations are not conducive to stopping criminal activity.
Drug cartels are highly active groups. Cartel or gang conflicts over territory, drugs, and smuggling routes are frequent.
However, the Canadian government does not advise citizens against traveling to Cozumel, as it does with other cities and states.
Areas to Avoid
Journeying to Cozumel remains secure, with no specific locations that visitors need to avoid. The island’s security is closely monitored to ensure the safety of both cruise passengers and tourists.
Understanding local scams is crucial for your safety. Let’s explore some of the ones you should be aware of:
Timeshare Traps: Avoid accepting free items in exchange for attending timeshare presentations unless you’re genuinely interested in purchasing.
Overpriced Souvenirs: Be wary of inflated prices, particularly in touristy areas. Seek advice from locals regarding the fair prices of items you intend to buy.
Taxi Overcharges: Always negotiate the fare before entering a taxi. Some drivers may attempt to overcharge tourists.
Fake Tour Guides: Exercise caution when approached by individuals claiming to be legitimate tour guides. Request credentials and verify their legitimacy with your hotel.
Safety Tips for Cozumel
Below are essential travel tips to ensure your safety in Cozumel:
- Refrain from walking alone in isolated or unfamiliar areas.
- Secure your passport, cash, and credit cards in a safe place at your accommodation, and carry only copies of your travel documents.
- Stay within well-lit areas when walking solo at night, and consider traveling in groups whenever possible.
- Steer clear of drug use or involvement in drug-related activities.
- Utilize licensed taxis displaying official markings and avoid unmarked vehicles.