U.S. State Department issues warning about travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Mexico is one of my favorite destinations in the world and a country I keep going back to.

I’ve written extensively about my love of Tulum and how it’s an amazing destination for remote workers. Just to the north of Tulum is Playa del Carmen, a popular destination for spring breakers, the LGBT community, and anyone who wants to worship the sun on an idyllic beach. I was there in Playa del Carmen in 2016 and really loved it.

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Sadly, after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area this week, the State Department has issued a warning to U.S. travelers and is prohibiting U.S. government employees from traveling to the region.

The U.S. government is suggesting the following actions if you are traveling to Playa del Carmen:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
  • Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

I’m hoping the unrest in Mexico eases soon and can’t say this would stop me from traveling there, but understand if tourism drops a bit as a result.

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