Skip Spring break vacations in Mexico, U.S. cautions Americans

The United States Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety have each warned Americans to skip spring break vacations in Mexico, noting that ongoing violence poses a significant safety threat.

The warning comes in the wake of the kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico earlier this month. There’s a “Level 4: Do Not Travel”advisory for Tamaulipas, the Mexican state the Americans were in when they were kidnapped.

The State Department issued its travel alert for this year’s spring on Monday.

The advisory notes spring breakers who do visit Mexico should be wary of crime in the downtown areas of Cancun, Play Del Carmen and Tulum, especially after dark.

Visitors should also be careful about any medication and alcohol purchased in Mexico. Americans citizens have passed out and become injured after drinking possibly tainted alcohol in Mexico, the advisory noted.

“Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients,” the state Department said.

The Warning from Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Steven McCraw, focused on violent crime.

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