The last 12 months of media coverage about Mexico would have led many to believe that Mexico as a country is a dangerous place to visit because of the recent H1N1 (swine flu virus) and stories of kidnappings. drugs and shootings, concentrated mainly in some U.S. border cities. Regional events have unfortunately had a negative effect on the local tourism economy half a country away on the Yucatan Peninsula.
A fair (or unfair) comparison can be made as to when the LA Riots broke out after Rodney King's decision in the US in 1991, if people from all over the world had the perception of, "don't go to the United States, there is violence and looting across the streets and the place are burning! ”I certainly would not visit Los Angeles Central that week, but it will not cancel my trip to San Diego.
As a lifelong Colorado resident who has been a full-time resident on the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun for nearly 2 years, I can tell you it's a great place to live and visit. I have never felt "insecure" about myself, my family members or friends who have visited on numerous occasions. As for the flu here, the virus does not do well in warmer climates and with average temperatures here in the mid 80's & # 39; s, it & # 39; s a much safer place to be than most places in the north.
Why visit this amazing area? The biggest reason is that it really is a beautiful and magical place that is changing fast. We can only hope that much of what we love about this country will remain as the coming years bring about the inevitable changes that the paradise found almost always yields. It is a sad irony to have places like this in common knowing that division will change the country. So forgive me the beautiful places of the world that I share a little about a place called paradise, Tulum.
For those of you who have been in Tulum, Mexico, just mentioning this place will surely evoke fond memories of lazy days on the beach and the varied shades of turquoise blue waters. Tulum beaches and clear blue water are truly sublime, but there is so much more to this place than just breathtaking beauty.
Tulum is the school for kite boarding and resorts "Eco Chic" such as Ocho Tulum, Playa Azul and OM Tulum, Mayan and Mexican Yucatan small hotels and spa; try the Blue Tulum Hotel and Spa for the ultimate in luxury. Tulum is a scuba adventure in the Caribbean and underground reefs exploring the world of the largest underground river system it collects in sink sources known as cenotes. Tulum is salt water dwelling and deep sea fishing, kayaking lagoons and a growing yoga mecca; is largely green and natural with 1.3 million acres of Sian Ka & # 39; protected, a low-impact protected access wetland.
& Is an international melting pot where you can hear six languages on any given day just by walking the streets. Tulum also has a well-deserved growing reputation for a wide variety of excellent restaurants serving up a good local and international spot in paradise. You'll find all sorts of traditional Mayan and Mexican dinner options, but you'll also find plenty of Italian, French, German, Thai, Sushi and more.
Tulum is within a short drive of all the other things that make Yucatan vacations so much fun and convenient, though maybe not as adventurous as golf, world-class shopping and nightclubs as close as 30 minutes away in Playa del Carmen.
So yes, Tulum is a unique and great way to have that adventurous vacation. It got a little bit of everything you want on a tropical destination vacation. For me, this 39th adventure and getting out on it and for others never leaves the beach or a day or week of shopping or golfing.
What people need to know is that Tulum and the rest of the Yucatan is a great vacation destination that is safe for both adventurous seekers and those seeking more sun. See you in Tulum!