Mexico Travel Advisory: Hysterical or Legit?

The US State Department recently issued its latest Mexico travel advisory. The preamble is remarkably reasonable, and contains several points that support my own point of view on the subject of Mexico travel: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. More than 20 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2012.”   “The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and […]

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A Rhode Islander in Mexico

Erik Loomis, who usually writes at one of Rich’s favorite blogs, is currently in Mexico and blogging about his trip. His first post  begins with a charmingly reasonable statement: “Mexico is a pleasant and safe place to be if you are not part of the drug trade. There are regions that are more safe than others, but by and large, there are no real problems for visitors, and I don’t just mean in the areas that are basically the United […]

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Historical Photo of the Week: Hats Off!

A pretty woman throws a sombrero in the air in a gesure of joy.

Hats off the the people of Tenacatita! Two years and nine months ago one of the most popular public beaches in Mexico was violently seized by a developer, the Rodenas group. Armed guards destroyed the beach’s thatched seafood restaurants and stole thousands of dollars worth of property from local people and small business owners who had been living and working at the beach for their entire lives. The road to the beach was (illegally) blocked and armed guards with dogs […]

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Violence/Awesomeness Index

  This savvy slideshow sums up 11 awesome things about Mexico that don’t get the attention they deserve. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…Which brings me to one of my favorite subjects rants: I’m not recommending you spend your next vacation poolside in Ciudad Juarez or anything (actually, I wouldn’t recommend that ever), but if you look at the numbers, Mexico is not as violent as many other popular tourist destinations, such as the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. Also, […]

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Road Notes: Puerto Angel to Melaque

An '87 Dodge Van in Mexico with palm trees.

If you happen to stop in at Playa Banco de Oro, stop in at Restaurante Hermanos Galinda. The proprieter, Carmen, is super nice and makes a mean fried huachinango. Plus you can camp at her restaurant. Miss Lousiane hangs out at Restaurante Hermanos Galinda Fish for breakfast!                                                     photo by Gina Dilello Restaurante Hermanos Galinda                                               photo by Gina Dilello A massive renovation of Highway 200 seems to be underway. Entire sections are being created, and some are already drivable. We were […]

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The Atlantic Claims Mexico is Rooting for U.S. Pot Legalization

An article in The Atlantic reports that “a respected Mexican think tank” (IMCO) has determined that if Oregon, Washington and Colorado vote to legalize marijuana, it could significantly damage cartel revenue. The author writes: “The updated research suggests that cartels earn $6 billion each year from marijuana sales in the United States. If Washington, the state most likely to pass its ballot measure, does so, IMCO reports it will cut the cartels’ income by $1.37 billion, or about 23% of […]

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Trans-Americas Journey Sets the Record Straight

Jeff alerted me to this excellent post: Top 10 Reasons to Go to Mexico (a retrospective), which was originally posted at Trans-Americas Journey. We can’t help but like a blog that makes the following point: “For the record: after 18 months of independent overland travel driving nearly 25,000 miles through 29 of the country’s 31 states we can report, first hand, that we have never seen or sensed any threat or danger of any kind at any point anywhere in […]

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Dissecting the Media Hysteria

  Jeff O’Brien directed my attention to the excellent article, Mexico Maligned. The author, Terry Denton, launches a convincing and comprehensive response to the U.S. media’s hysterical coverage of the the cartel violence. I particularly like this paragraph: “Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that the media “has it in for Mexico”.  Not at all.  This is not another rant against media bias.  What I do maintain, however, is that in their insatiable thirst for the salacious, Mexico and its […]

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