Cancun and the Riviera Maya delivers a fun, safe golf vacation in Mexico
CANCUN, Mexico – I’m as guilty as anybody when it comes to fearing for my safety on a trip to Mexico.
I was a bit anxious before my trip to Cancun last week. I don’t like traveling alone, especially to Mexico. I’m a cautious person who worries a lot – it’s just my nature – so my mind tends to run through all the worst ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I get kidnapped? What if I end up in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people?
What if I actually enjoy myself? Which is what I most certainly did during my five-day stay at the Rosewood Mayakoba (The photo above is of the resort pool just off the lobby). It’s a special place and all three golf courses I played were solid to strong. The El Camaleon course will host the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Mexico’s only PGA TOUR event, on Nov. 14-17.
Let me state, once and for all, Cancun is mostly safe, especially for tourists. I tried to send this same message the last time I was in the area, but it’s worth repeating.
The locals go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and safe because their livelihoods depends upon it. If word got out that Cancun and the Riviera Maya were unsafe, the entire region’s tourism industry would crumble.
Every vacationer I interviewed said they were having a great time and never felt threatened. I met one Colorado couple that had been coming to the region annually for five years. They aren’t shy about exploring away from their resort. They even hired a local taxi driver for the entire day for roughly $50. The man stayed with them as a guide and took them wherever they wanted to go. They got to mix with the locals like most tourists never get to do. Another night they went clubbing in Playa del Carmen, a charming seaside city filled with restaurants, bars, shopping and nightclubs.
For worry warts like me, you don’t have to be so brave. You’ll have a great time by staying inside the security gates at your resort. At places like Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso and Mayakoba (home to three fine resorts), you’ll never want to leave anyway.
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