At the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, lie the towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. For the past eight years, I have been blessed to be able to share Thanksgiving week in with my cousins and West Coast friends in Cabo San Lucas. While always conveniently located for West Coast travelers, the number of East Coast visitors increases yearly. This is, in part, due to now available non-stop flights from Charlotte and other East Coast Gateways.
One of the questions people often ask about Cabo concerns safety. “Isn’t there a State Department Travel Warning out for Mexico?” The answer to this is yes, but such a warning is established state by state in Mexico, and there is no such warning for the state of Baja California Sur. Los Cabos has not been affected by the crime which is taking place in the Mexican mainland. Tourism is a priority in this area and the government agencies work hard to maintain the area’s safety. While this helps affirm that Cabo is safe for U.S. citizens, it does not imply that there are no security concerns for visitors. Generally, common sense travel behaviors apply, i.e. be aware of your surroundings at all times. You are more likely to suffer from over-exposure to the sun than anything else.
For the most up-to-date information and warnings, check the U.S. Department of State website. Updates for travel advisories can also be found with the Smart Traveler App. If there are problems or should a visitor need help, both the United States and Canadian government maintain consular offices in Cabo.
SJD, Cabo’s airport, was the first in Mexico to offer Global Entry kiosks for arriving international travelers. Global Entry also denotes Cabo as a safe and secure tourism destination.
If you are thinking of planning a trip to the Baja, rest assured that you will be safe in Cabo!
Tips on safety in Cabo can be found here.
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