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    Mexico Travel Tips

    Mexico Travel Tips

    Visitors love Mexico for the culture, beaches, and activities. But your first step is getting there. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a Mexican getaway.


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    Passports: New federal regulations require all U.S. citizens to have passports for air travel to and from Mexico. Cruise passengers and travelers crossing by land will also need passports beginning January 31, 2008. The new regulations have prompted a passport rush. Apply now, and avoid the disappointment and expense of a canceled trip.

    Traveling by Car: Mexico strictly regulates visitors entering the country by car. Before driving across the border, you must have the vehicle's state registration certificate certifying legal ownership or the leasing contract. If the vehicle is leased or rented, it must be in the name of the driver. If the vehicle belongs to a company, proper documentation is necessary to show you work for the company.
    Once across the border, avoid driving at night. Roaming livestock can appear at any time. Travel tip: The country is crisscrossed by toll roads, and it's worth the expense to use them for the convenience and safer driving conditions.

    Finally, U.S. automobile insurance is not valid in Mexico, so you'll have to purchase a separate policy covering the length of your stay. If you're in an accident, you will be taken into police custody until it can be determined who is liable.

    Health: All visitors to Mexico should have routine vaccinations. And you'll want to stock up on basic medicines, such as antidiarrheals, insecticides, and sunscreen.
    Review your health insurance policy before the trip to see if it covers you outside the United States.

    Food and Water: As a rule of thumb, it's best to drink only bottled water, although hotels in resort areas often have water purification systems. Beware of ice cubes that may have been made with tap water.
    Security: Like anywhere else, it makes sense to use hotel safes, avoid wearing obviously expensive jewelry or designer clothing, and carry only the cash or credit cards needed on each outing.

    Water Safety: Remember common sense. You can still get hurt, even on vacation. Use caution when participating in activities such as parasailing, using personal watercraft, snorkeling, and diving.
    Do not use pools or beaches that do not have lifeguards. Some Mexican beaches, including those in Cancun, have warning signs about undertow: Take them seriously.

    Text by Joan Drammeh http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/...0400000000442/
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    I would also say its not the best idea toget in a drug dealers porsche while trashed with him and his bimbo to go ripping around mexico I do have to say though the the guy with the porsche did bring my buddy back to the resort after a 3hr joyride.
    Also be very carefull when using cabs there as well. A cabbie tried to abduct two of my buddys and they had to jump out of the cab at a high rate of speed.

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    passport card

    a good option:

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt...card_3926.html

    please note

    The new wallet-size U.S. Passport Card is a travel document that can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. Note that it cannot be used for international air travel. The passport card is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.

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    Last time I was down there was around 1995,
    in Cabo San Lucas; a beautiful place.

    But since then a lot has changed in Mexico, I have no desire to go there anymore. The kidnappings alone are reason enough to avoid it. Kidnappings rose 76 percent in the first four months of 2008, and they continue to skyrocket.

    Mexico doesn't deserve my tourism anymore:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/13/...ngs/index.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/wo.../16mexico.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoYamma View Post
    Mexico doesn't deserve my tourism anymore:
    there are still millions of americans that go there to get hammered in Acapulco, Cancun & Puerto Vallarta, the kidnappings dont affect tourism, kidnapping are usually aimed at ppl the cartel knows has money, they wont waste their time kidnapping a middle class hard working person, I travel to Guadalajara very often and havent witnessed any robberies or kidnapping. I did have some trouble at the border coming back, I left my documents back at home. I had me DL but it didnt make the cut, that was one sucky night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultramaxracing05 View Post
    there are still millions of americans that go there to get hammered in Acapulco, Cancun & Puerto Vallarta, the kidnappings dont affect tourism, kidnapping are usually aimed at ppl the cartel knows has money, they wont waste their time kidnapping a middle class hard working person...
    I hear you but I'm afraid that is changing; look at post no. two on this thread, why do you think that cab driver was trying to abduct his two friends? My brother has a house in Mexico and a Mexican business partner; the kidnapping is getting out of control; of course you can get kidnapped in America too, but in Mexico it's exploding; people are a so scared they are actually putting tracking chips under their skin. Forget about real statistics; most of this never gets reported by their government, because the corruption is so common among the "law enforcement" in Mexico; many of them are in on it, and they want Americans to come down there! In fact, some consider Mexico to be the number one country in the world where tourists are likely to be kidnapped now...
    http://blog.hotelclub.com/10-countri...-kidnapped-in/

    And they are doing it for a lot less money than they used to, including average joes. That's why the U.S. State Dept. is issuing warnings...

    "Kidnapping, including the kidnapping of non-Mexicans, continues to occur at alarming rates. So-called express kidnappings, i.e., attempts to get quick cash in exchange for the release of an individual, have occurred in almost all of Mexico’s large cities and appear to target not only the wealthy but also the middle class..."
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p...s/cis_970.html

    For anyone thinking about heading into Mexico;
    I would encourage you to read these articles first:
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/115319
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/...n4951080.shtml
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...ps-905871.html

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    YoYamma.

    The whole story is my one buddy was druged at a local club so another friend took him back to the hotel. On the way the driver made a sexual comment then started to speed up and wouldnt stop. He had to open the door kick my drug up friend out the door then jump out him self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsterme View Post
    YoYamma.

    The whole story is my one buddy was druged at a local club so another friend took him back to the hotel. On the way the driver made a sexual comment then started to speed up and wouldnt stop. He had to open the door kick my drug up friend out the door then jump out him self.
    That's crazy.... but he was smart to get out.
    Sounds like he was trying to get them to a gang so they could
    be held for ransom. It's too bad really, people down there are getting desperate, in the last 5 years a lot of their jobs have been going to China:
    http://www.jobbankusa.com/News/Jobs/jobs111203a.html

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    mexico trip tip.
    check your suitcase when you leave, one of the little bastards could be hiding in there...lol...

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