State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

  • State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

State Department warns spring breakers of Mexico threat

Last summer when a USA traveler died in a resort-pool in Playa Del Carmen the feds warned tourists to be careful drinking the alcohol there.

"The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice".

The new warning narrows the threat to five neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen that US government personnel are prohibited from visiting: Centro, Calica, Gonzalo Guerrero, Quintas del Carmen and Villas del Carmen. "We take our obligation to provide information to United States citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide". It did not specify what that threat is.

Last month, a bomb explosion occurred in a ferry in Playa Del Carmen, injuring 26 people.

And last week, undetonated explosive devices were found on another boat owned by the same ferry company. "We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution", Nauert said Wednesday night.

"Clearly, there is a threat", said Nauert. The Mexican government says the alert is not related to the ferries.

But the number of foreign visitors to the resort town jumped more than 18 percent a year ago, and CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg says the number of Americans killed in violent crimes in Mexico is very small. After that incident, the embassy prohibited US government employees from using all tourist ferries.

State prosecutors say the ferry incidents are under investigation. "We recommend USA citizens planning travel to the area consider this information before making travel decisions".

US government employees are not allowed to travel between cities after dark in many parts of Mexico. In January, the State Department issued a travel ban to five Mexican states. The states are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas; Quintana Roo, the state where Playa del Carmen is located, is still at a level two.

The state department is asking people traveling from America to avoid using those ferries and is prohibiting US government personnel from using those ferry services.

Millne says although some are considering backing out of travel plans, three other families booked flights to Mexico through his travel agency Friday morning.