La sécurité à Cancún – est-ce que Cancún est une ville sûre?


Cancun is among the best vacation destinations in North America. This place is particularly appreciated for the beauty of its beaches, for its fascinating history, its delicious gastronomy, not to mention the local nightlife.

As you might expect, security in Cancun is a bit higher compared to other places in Mexico City. Regardless, it’s still essential to stay alert and watch your back. Vigilance should be increased when traveling at night and when seeing alone.

Regardless, tourists are generally not affected by serious security concerns. Still, find out everything you need to know about safety in and around Cancun.

Is Cancun Airport Safe?

Cancun airport welcomes flights from all over the world, including the United States and Europe. This is most likely the first place you will land when arriving in Mexico. But what you need to know is that the Cancun airport is a safe place. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that you will find many Duty Free shops as well as restaurants there.

Once there, you can call a taxi to take you to your hotel. You can also turn to a shuttle. It should be noted that tourists entering Quintana Roo must pay Visitax – the tourist tax amounts to $48. Each tourist must pay this amount in advance.

Please note that you can pay this tax quickly and easily through Visitax .

Safety in Cancun – where are the safest places?

Before we dive deeper into the safety precautions travelers should take, let’s take a closer look at the safest places to stay if you’re planning to stay in Cancun.

La zone la plus fréquentée, qui constitue également l’un des endroits les plus sûrs du coin est la zone hôtelière. C’est dans cette zone que la plupart des touristes séjournent durant leur passage à Cancún. D’une manière générale, ils ne constituent pas la cible de crimes.

Il y a également le centre-ville où vous pourrez vous balader en toute sécurité et en toute sérénité. Les activités y sont d’ailleurs nombreuses puisque vous pouvez aller au restaurant ou encore vous promener dans l’un des parcs. Il s’agit d’une zone agréable pour passer de bons moments, même si vous voyagez seul.

Si vous voulez plutôt vivre des expériences de type paradisiaque, ne manquez pas Isla Mujeres. Cette île constitue un endroit sûr où les touristes, que ce soit des femmes ou des voyageurs en solo, peuvent se déplacer sans aucun souci.

Is Cancun safe for women traveling there?

Overall, Cancun is a safe destination for women, especially in hotels and downtown. We understand that the city is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Women can move around peacefully since the risks of being the subject of an attack or being the target of a crime are very low.

Is Cancun safe for solo travelers?

Cancun is a generally safe place for men and women who come alone. Of course, it is always essential to use common sense and to be careful and vigilant. Especially at night and if you venture far from the main tourist sites.

Furthermore, it is interesting to point out that the city welcomes thousands of tourists from all directions every day. As a result, solo travelers will have multiple opportunities to build relationships and make friends during their stay.

Some safety tips in Cancun

Although Cancun is, overall, a safe vacation destination, there are still a number of guidelines you should follow. This applies whether you are traveling solo or with friends.


Wear “normal” clothes and avoid ostentatious accessories

While it is true that Mexicans are used to welcoming tourists every year and are probably aware of certain fashion trends, it is better to remain discreet and avoid being noticed when you are in Cancun.

So don’t show off your ostentatious accessories so as not to be the target of the locals. So keep “precious” objects like watches and jewelry, but also your passport in your room (in the trunk please!). You could still show them off if you are accompanied. If so, it is best to keep them warm.

If you particularly want them, you can have them with you, but you must then remain very discreet. In particular, there are tips to adopt to avoid unpleasant surprises. For cash, you have for example the money belt. To store your wallet, your important papers or even your Smartphone, think about pants with lots of pockets.

Street crimes can occur

Be careful, even if Cancun is an absolutely safe city, street crimes can still occur. As mentioned above, criminals do not particularly target tourists. These are most often conflicts between gang members. Therefore, don’t be overly stressed walking around the city. However, avoid dark alleys.

Stay vigilant

Besides the alleys, there are other places you’ll be better off staying away from. This is only part of the steps you need to take. Be constantly on the lookout. Always be aware of everything that is happening around you. Of course, this isn’t about becoming paranoid while you’re on vacation. It’s more about staying attentive.

Along the same lines, be very careful with your money. Especially if you are going to withdraw money from an ATM. The ideal is to withdraw your money only in busy places such as a shopping center, a store or a bank. Avoid doing this in the middle of the street, especially if it is deserted.

Avoid excesses and stay sober

Although we tend to indulge on vacation, it is best to avoid excess and make sure you never get excessively drunk. In fact, you would lose control of yourself and it is under these conditions that we tend to have bad experiences. To stay away from embarrassing situations, never drink too much. Don’t exceed your limits. Have fun, but make sure you still have your wits about you.

Opt for safe circuits

If you have decided to take advantage of organized tours, make sure that the excursions you are going to participate in are reliable.

There are many activities you can participate in. But you must choose your traveling companions carefully. These must be completely trustworthy. Also check that your guide isn’t going to take you to dodgy places. Whether for a simple walk, paragliding, diving or even jet-skiing, don’t go in blind.

Be sure to check who you are dealing with. Take the time to do your research and read customer reviews. In addition to reputation, check that the equipment and materials you may use are of good quality and well maintained.


You now know the essential information to enjoy Cancun safely. The city itself is not dangerous. Quite the contrary. Certainly, certain minor offenses are to be deplored. But the place remains safe for travelers. It is a destination to consider for families, couples and groups of friends.

You still need to take certain precautions to ensure that everything goes well. Don’t be too ostentatious and stay restrained. Also, always pay attention to what is happening around you. In the end, you will feel good throughout your Mexican journey.

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