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Okay to Honeymoon in Mexico?

Reports of swine flu in Mexico have led to a lot of concerned soon-to-be newlyweds and honeymooners. We asked travel expert Nancy Finn from MyIslandGetaways.com to answer questions from brides who are honeymooning or getting married in the country.

Q: What actions are resorts taking to avoid outbreaks in the area? Are guests acting normal or is everyone running around with masks on?
-- tay5267

A: Most resorts have heightened their awareness due to the current conditions and have been taking additional measures on top of their standard procedures. At most resorts as of today, people are relaxing and enjoying themselves. Some guests have voiced concerns about the borders closing, but there are no plans to do so.


Q: Our wedding is scheduled for June 27 in Cabo. Should we just wait and see what happens? Or should we be making/changing plans? We didn't purchase travel insurance -- is there anything we can do to protect our deposits in case it gets so bad that we have to cancel?
-- mjk8q

A: In my opinion, the wait-and-see approach would be the most useful. A majority of my clients are using this approach as the flu has spread to many locations throughout the United States and other countries. Some airlines and hotels are offering "no change" fees for those travelers who aren't protected under the travel insurance option. Make sure that you have open communication with your travel agent; this will help guide you to your best options.


Q: Our wedding isn't until October, but we're now looking at honeymoon destinations. We were looking at either Cabo San Lucas or the Yucatan. Is there crime occurring in these areas? We feel like the swine flu stuff will blow over by October, but we're still concerned about crime.
-- arobertson62282

A: Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Cabo San Lucas, the Riviera Maya, Huatulco, and Nayarit -- none of these locations have experienced violence directed against tourists. It's as safe to vacation in the tourist parts of Mexico today as any city of the United States or Canada.

I recently returned from a week-long business trip to the Riviera Maya, and safety was in the forefront of my mind only because I wanted to get the feel of what my clients would be experiencing. It was extremely difficult at any point of my stay to associate where I was with the crime reported by the media. My first-hand experience as well as the experiences of families and clients I interviewed all agreed that there wasn't a moment that they felt their safety was at risk.

The crime that's reported in the media is hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from the resort areas. The recent violence in Mexico has occurred almost entirely in towns along the Mexican border with Texas and Arizona, and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, surrounding the border town of Ciudad Juarez, with additional instances in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo. To put this into perspective, the distance from Tijuana to Cancun is approximately the same distance from Los Angeles to Chicago.

One website I find extremely helpful to keep people on the forefront of the issues facing Mexico is http://www.mexico-update.com/wb/mexupdate/mexu_home.

You can search the crime updates in the "Update" tab in order to see related articles that are extremely informative.