Does Cancun have a murder problem?
The New York Post published a story Monday about the growing murder problem in Cancun, a popular spot for sun worshipers on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
From the Post:
While Cancun is known for its spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the tourist hotspot is in the grips of a brutal and growing crime wave that threatens to leave it a ghost town.
Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, things are so bad in Cancun that the murder rate has doubled in the past year — with 169 killings in the first half of 2017.
Amid a thriving drug trade and widespread extortion, fear is rampant and most of the murders go unsolved. Now, the situation is so dire that its multibillion-dollar tourism industry is under threat.
Having just returned from five days in Cancun I didn't sense any immediate danger, however, I'd note that local TV stations aren't found in a lot of hotels and newspapers aren't prolific either. Not surprisingly, those with money to lose in Cancun would probably rather this just go away.