Is Cabo Dangerous? Unless you’re living under a rock you’ve probably been exposed to a good bit of negative media coverage when it comes to Mexico. The truth is that there are many places where these reports just don’t apply.
Ask anyone who lives in Cabo and they’ll probably tell you they feel just as safe here as they have anywhere else they have visited. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Travel and Tourism Industries 20 million US tourists visited Mexico in 2010. And 220 US tourists experienced non-natural deaths in Mexico (according to the US Department of State). That means that of those 20 million people, only .0011% experienced a non-natural death.
That’s not to say that there are not things that pose danger in Cabo. Don’t abandon common safety rules you follow at home.
Here are the 3 biggest dangers in Cabo San Lucas:
While Cabo’s 360 days of sunshine may sound amazing, it can cause negative effects on your vacation if you are not repared for it. It’s easy to get a sun burn or even sun stroke from the strong sun in Cabo.
Spending time in the sun can result in dehydration and even heat stroke: one of the most severe form of heat illness which can be a life-threatening emergency.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Wear a hat and a shirt when you can and try to sit in the shade. When you can’t wear a shirt be sure to wear waterproof sunscreen and apply often. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
If you are planning rigorous activities, try to schedule them when the sun is not at its hottest. Avoid 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
We can’t stress this one enough since all 3 US non-natural deaths in Cabo San Lucas from June 2009 to June 2010 were rom drowning, according to the US Department of State.
Not all of Cabo’s beaches are safe for swimming. Strong undertow and rough surf are common along beaches especially on the Pacific coast.
Please take warning flags on beaches very seriously. If black or red flags are up, do not enter the water. If the weather is stormy (rare but it does happen – including hurricanes), don’t get in the water. Do not swim in pools without lifeguards and do not dive into unknown bodies of water.
If you do go swimming in Cabo, make sure that someone else knows where you are. Avoid swimming alone. Always exercise extreme caution and never swim under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
In the US motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of non-natural deaths. Mexico is no different; over 30% of US non-natural deaths in Mexico occurred from car and other motor vehicle accidents.
Driving in Mexico can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention or you don’t take the time to learn about some of the differences between driving in Mexico and driving back home.
To avoid a car accident, pay attention to your surroundings and the road. Most car accidents occur when someone is not paying attention. Cell phones, eating while driving and disorderly passengers are all too common. Be on the lookout for things in the road (pot holes, people, livestock, etc.). Pay attention to other drivers.Try not t o drive at night as it can be harder to see the road and other drivers may be intoxicated.
In Cabo, a stop sign seems to be considered a suggestion. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stop, just be aware that others may not stop. Also, rights on red are not usually legal unless posted that it is. Also, make sure that you have the correct insurance for driving in Mexico, especially third-party collision insurance. They are very strict on this and if you do not have Mexican insurance you may end up in jail.