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US State Department Recently Issued Travel Warning

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US State Department Recently Issued Travel Warning

I have just found out that the State Department has issued a travel advisory for the Ixtapa / Guerrero / Acapulco resort areas. I am booked to stay at Play Viva (a beautiful eco friendly tiny resort) located in nowhere's-ville Julucuca, Mexico. I am now beginning to wonder if I should heed the warnings and forego the trip (and 2K spent in non refundable payment.)

I don't want to be LIttle Miss Worry Wart, but as a single female traveler I also don't care to receive TA's 2011's Idiotic Traveler of the Year Award by ending up on "Vanished without a Trace."

Thoughts anyone????

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1. Re: US State Department Recently Issued Travel Warning

You will be staying near Zihuatenejo which is 150 miles away from Acapulco (so you should post in that forum if you haven't already done so). There is no advisory for Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo. The warnings do not say "don't go" (or "avoid non-essential travel") they say "exercise caution" - not particularly bad advice wherever you go! There has not been a single drug-related incident involving tourists anywhere near where you will be staying - I really wouldn't have any concerns.

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The travel warnings are most likely for liability purposes. If they didn't issue a warning I wouldn't be suprised to find a precedent in US law that would make the state dept. liable if something bad were to happen. It's not a tourism war, it's a drug war. Stay away from such activities as: dealing drugs, extorting shop owners , starting up a cartel, ect...

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While things have taken a turn for the worst, the likely hood of something happening to you is like getting hit by lightning. I'd go ahead with your plans and use caution, but that's a personal choice. I certainly would not want to lose 2k out of fear alone. If there was an active civil war, that would be different.

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4. Re: US State Department Recently Issued Travel Warning

Friends of ours visited us earlier this spring and had booked 4 days at Playa Viva which I had never heard of. They were enchanted. You should contact them with your concerns, they are very professional, they will pick you up in a van at the airport or any other place, in the case of our friends, our place. Our friends dont speak Spanish, the driver speaks perfect English. I was told the place is very secure and staff can accompany you to any excursion you wish.

What you might want to think about is bringing mosquito repellant, it is a very lush area. My friends were first timers in Mexico and would not have visited if it weren't for us being there, they told me it was one of their best experience and they have travelled the world more than once.

I hope this helps and that you will have a wonderful time. Please post a review.

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