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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

TRAVEL - Is Mexico a safe place to RV?


By Dan Goy
We can never talk about RVing on baja without at least 1 person raising a concern and posing the question. Not surprising given the significant negative media campaign about violence in Mexico over the past few years. The reality is bad things happen everywhere in the world including Canada & the United States and these facts should not make us afraid to travel or leave our homes.

Tragically, Lyle and Marie Ann McCann disappeared on the road in their RV traveling from Edson, Alberta to British Columbia in the summer of 2010 and were subsequently declared deceased a year later in 2011. Their Class A Motorhome was found burnt to the ground, their towed SUV was also found abandoned a couple of days later, they have sadly never been found. We have been camping in Mexico since 1985 and we are not aware of this kind of incident ever occurring on Baja or Mexico. On a sunny Sunday afternoon this past August, machine gun fire broke out at the entrance of a 5 Star Hotel in Kelowna, BC as an SUV full of gangsters and associates were the target of a hit, how other guests were not shot or injured is nothing less than miraculous. We are not aware of this kind of shootouts happening at such a popular tourist destination in Mexico or Baja.

This past holiday weekend there were three (3) shootings in Surrey, BC, Canada that resulted in two (2) deaths, one incident just blocks away from our house. The good news is we are on Baja, spending the Christmas Holidays with our entire family, including Lisa's 81 year old mother.

Reality Check: Statistically you are 20X more likely to be killed in a traffic accident driving in the US then be murdered as a tourist in Mexico and believe us when we say you really do not want to know the number of murders that occur every day in LA County, the home of DisneyLand and Knotts Berry Farm.

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. We have never felt threatened or afraid, we have always felt safe. We have always taken our children when they were youngsters and Lisa's Mom has been camping with us on two (2) other previous occasions. Despite how the media or our government portray Baja or Mexico we believe it is very safe for RVers, not so safe for those involved in gangs, guns and drugs! Really not much different then back home.