Travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List

Travel to Riviera Maya is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List

“You are going to Cancun?” I hear the security checkpoint officer inquire after I hand him my passport and boarding pass.

“Yes, I’ll be staying in Riviera Maya, but I stop in Phoenix first. It’s the boarding pass on top.”

“You are going alone?” He asks in a concerned tone.

“Yes, I travel to Mexico alone quite often.”

The man still seemed a little uneasy, so I felt the need to tell him I would be meeting people there. This being my first time to Cancun, I began to wonder what was the cause for concern. I didn’t get into more details since all I wanted to do was get through security and catch my 6:30AM flight departure.

My guess is that his worry was not for a woman traveling solo to Cancun, (although in Cancun my biggest problem would most likely be the drunk Americans) but travel to Mexico as a whole. I found it hard to believe airport personnel would give into the media hype and instill fear into passengers about the safety of the entire country of Mexico.


Travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List


Frequent travelers to Mexico know the truth, but it still often shocks me every time I hear people say that all areas of Mexico are unsafe. Even though this was my first time to Riviera Maya, the possibility of it not being safe for travelers didn’t even cross my mind.

Riviera Maya did surprise me though.
Travel to Riviera Maya is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List

I arrived here thinking that Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen was a destination with beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and exciting nightlife. Although I did find all of this to be true, I was also introduced to a few of the more unique things about the area.

I found underground rivers, floating down a lazy river with jaw-dropping scenery, riding in fast cars, and the eclectic cuisine were actually my highlights of the trip. In the coming weeks, I will share some of my favorite things to do in Riviera Maya with no shortage of photos like these.

Travel to Riviera Maya is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List
Sian Ka’an Biosphere

Travel to Riviera Maya is Safe and Should be on Your Bucket List
Mussel Appetizer at Le Reve Hotel


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  1. Robert Wicks says:

    Hi, I’ve been going to Quintana Roo for over 20 years. I don’t do the all inclusive resorts.If money is not an issue, lucky you. I really don’t recommend Cancun unless you are a spring breaker. I did spend some time in Tulum last year and I wasn’t impressed. It’s being pushed as the place to go to. I personally think that that Playa del Carmen is over all the best place for variety and entertainment. They’ve got great shopping if that’s what you’re looking for. They also have a great selection of restaurants. I really shouldn’t be sharing this secret with people. There is a town, 20 minutes south of the Cancun airport called Puerto Morelos. On the highway heading to Playa del Carmen, on the right is Colonia and 9n the left is the road to Puerto Morelos. Between the highway and Puerto Morelos is a beautiful mangrove that feeds the second largest reef in the world. The great barrier reef in Australia is larger. Mexico has been very responsible and diligent in protecting the reef. With global warming and all that. They’ve not allowed the big money resorts to take over the mangrove. You can go out with a licensed guide for a 2 or 3 hour swim to check out the reef. It’s really quite impressive and exciting to see all of the creatures that live on the reef.They are promoting Tulum because they are opening a new airport next year.If you have unlimited cash, maybe you should go to Tulum. If I was making the decision, Puerto Morelos. Plenty of good restaurants. You can find decent and reasonable prices in Colonia. The prices in Puerto Morelos are also affordable.There are 2 grocery stores in Colonia plus many mom & pop stores. There is one grocery store in Puerto Morelos. If you have any questions, please message me and I will do my best to answer questions. I am not the best tech person.

  2. Ayngelina says:

    I flew in here to start my RTW and I was alone and spoke to Spanish. I never had even a hint of a problem and wouldn`t hesitate to recommend it to others.

  3. New reader, can’t wait to see more! We’ve been to tons of supposedly unsafe places outside of the US and I’ve never felt too uneasy. My one trip to Mexico however was scary as hell. I’m dying to get over that and see more of a country that is so close to home.

  4. i was next door in bed while my 2 teens were partying in our resort ,safe i thought from harm.meanwhile the ianero’s(you remember them) were getting their throats slit in their bathtub by the head of security for a few grand!we never heard about it til we were on the plane 3 days later!
    the little town (pop 13,000)4 miles east has a murder every single day on average but the victims are usually the locals and they keep it out of the really! don’t be naive,the guards with the sub machine guns in front of the atm’s should be one tip off as to how desperate some of the locals can be.our last trip was to costa rica and panama,never felt more welcome.never felt threatened.prices were lower than mexico,cleaner…..

  5. Marcela Garza says:

    The only places that are a little unsafe (if you aren’t vigilant) are the border towns, like Ciudad Juarez, Reynosa, and Matamoros. Once you go a good 50 to 100 miles into Mexico its the same as if though you were traveling in the US. Just gotta be careful and keep an eye out. It’s the same everywhere.

  6. My one time in Mexico was an hour or two across the border from El Paso, which happens to be Juarez and absolutely is unsafe. But I didn’t know better, I was just on a road trip and wanted to pop over to Mexico. But now I’d love to go see parts of the country I keep hearing about from so many people who love Mexico. It’s ridiculous to think an entire country is unsafe unless there’s an active war going on at the time, like in Syria right now unfortunately. Always good to read more positive things about Mexico!

  7. Raymond @ Man On The Lam says:

    I just spent a month in the Riviera Maya and felt safer than I do in parts of Calgary.

  8. Rease Kirchner says:

    Ugh I get that attitude all the time when I am traveling to Mexico. Last time I came back the guy was extra suspicious because of all my Argentina and Uruguay stamps. I told him I lived in Argentina for a while and he looked mortified!

  9. Quirky Travel Guy says:

    I spent a week in a Cancun resort years ago, but I need to go back for more of an authentic experience. Consider it bucket-listed.

  10. PediatricDentist says:

    Looks great. I’d love to try it soon! How long were you there?

  11. baseballmh1012 says:

    If you go, be sure to do the “Tulum Extreme” trip. Ziplines, repelling and snorkeling in a cave, plus a tour of Tulum. Great experience!!!