Cancun Safe for Visitors, Officials Say

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The only bodies on the beaches of Cancun, Mexico, are bronzing in the sun. That’s the reassuring message from security experts and tourism officials in the wake of news that eight dead bodies were discovered within the confines of the international resort destination last week.

The grisly episode—which occurred in a downtown neighborhood that is miles from the main tourist magnet, Zona Hotelera—prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory for Mexico.

Dario Flota, director general of the tourism board of Quintana Roo, the state that includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Cozumel, told The Washington Post there have been no incidents of significance near the 14-mile-long strip of sand, edged with high-rise hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Flota also enumerated numerous security measures in place, including beach patrols by federal police and Navy personnel, monitoring of access highways by the Army and surveillance cameras on major highways and ferry piers that serve Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

“Cancun is easy to control,” Flota said. “It is well-protected.”

Mexican authorities are also quick to point out that the U.S. State Department issued an advisory, not a travel warning. Currently, there are no travel warnings regarding any international tourist destinations in Mexico.