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U.S. issues travel warning for popular tourist spot ahead of spring break travel

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The U.S. Embassy and has issued a travel warning for anyone planning to head to Mexico for spring break.

The message warns about a variety of safety threats in the country and advises U.S. travelers to “exercise increased caution” in downtown areas of popular spots like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.

“Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations,” the warning reads.

In addition, the State Department’s Travel Advisories for Mexico has several areas on its “Do Not Travel To” list including Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas.

The other travel warnings included drug possession, alcohol, sexual assault, drownings, medical emergencies and weapons. People can read the full list of warnings by clicking here.

If you decide to travel to Mexico, the U.S. Embassy encourages travelers to take the following precautions:

  • Keep others updated on your travel plans and location at all times
  • Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night
  • Be extra careful when visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos
  • Do not show signs of wealth such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry
  • Be extra cautious when visiting banks or ATMs
  • Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency
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