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Los Cabos Magazine #37 - Summer 2014

Fast Facts About Baja Travel How to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Southern Baja safety issues Fact: There is an incredible amount of misinformation floating around when it comes to crime and public safety in México. There is no doubt this is a country in the middle of a massive transformation. A war on crime wages on, and the violent response from cartel leaders and other criminals— domestic and foreign born—has left a bloody imprint on much of the nation. At the same time, President Enrique Peña Nieto is overseeing major upgrades to the country’s technological infrastructure as the economy is growing at a rate outpacing many other nations’ and most people’s expectations. The story of México, a country at a crossroads, is as nuanced as any. But that’s not the picture one gets when reading many mainstream news organizations’ headlines. For that reason, we’d like to take a little time to look at a few fast facts about Southern Baja travel. Fact: There is no travel advisory for Baja California Sur The United States Department of State regularly issues and updates travel warnings for certain countries, including México. In its most recent update, the State Department warns against travel to particular states because of “threats to safety and security posed by Transnational Criminal Organizations.” There is, however, no travel warning or advisory in effect for Baja California Sur, the state that encompasses Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, collectively known as Los Cabos. Fact: Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit México each year The same State Department warning, which you can view at http://travel.state.gov, acknowledges, “Millions of U.S. citi- 6 LOS CABOS MAGAZINE | SUMMER 2014 zens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.” In fact, the Baja California Sur Tourism Board says that 2014 is already experiencing an 8.5 percent bump in visitors over last year, and representatives say they expect to break a new record. And a recent report by Fly.com says Los Cabos ranks No. 7 in the list of destinations North Americans plan to visit this summer. The region is increasingly being selected as the site of major events, including the 2012 G-20 Summit and the now-annual Baja International Film Festival and Ford Ironman Los Cabos. Fact: Local, state, and federal government take a proactive role in protecting residents and visitors Visitors to Los Cabos quickly take notice of the heightened security along highways, on the streets, and even along the marinas. That’s because the local, state, and federal governments have made a concerted and collaborative effort to protect residents and visitors alike with initiatives such as a special, fully bilingual police force. Military checkpoints are another common sight. These are meant to prevent and intercept criminal activity such as the moving of stolen vehicles or drugs. Fact: Baja California Sur is safer than many U.S. states The most recent available crime statistics show that Baja California Sur boasts the fifth-lowest crime rate in all of the country. In a past interview, Alberto Coppola, president of the Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Bureau, told us that Baja California Sur’s “average homicide rate over the course of the last four years totals 2.98 deaths per 100,000 in population. By way of comparison, the national average for the United States is 5.0.” LOS CABOS MAGAZINE, revista trimestral, edición número 37, junio 2014. Editado por: PROMOCIONES TYSON S.A. DE C.V. Editor Responsable: Joseph Anthony Tyson Carlton. No. de Certificado de Reserva otorgado por el Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor: 04-2005-062017021100-102. No. de Certificado de Licitud de Título: No. 13247. No. de Certificado de Licitud de Contenido: 10820. Domicilio de la Publicación: Calle Flor de Pitaya Mza. 7 Lote 30, Fracc. Jacarandas, Cabo San Lucas, BCS México, 23410. Impresor: Los Cabos Magazines Inc. Tyson Promotions, Inc. 303 Magnolia Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1720. Tel. (858)-569-0172. Imprenta: Publication Printers Corp, 2001 S. Platte River Dr. Denver Colorado 80223. Tel. (303)- 936-0303. Distribuidor: PROMOCIONES TYSON S.A. DE C.V., Calle Flor de Pitaya Mza. 7 Lote 30, Fracc. Jacarandas, Cabo San Lucas, BCS México, 23473 Despacho. LOS CABOS MAGAZINE, published four times per year, issue number 37, June 2014. Published by: PROMOCIONES TYSON S.A. DE C.V. Editor Responsible: Joseph Anthony Tyson Carlton. Número de Certificado de Reserva otorgado por el Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor: 04-2005-062017021100-102. Número de Certificado de Licitud de Título: No. 13247. Número de Certificado de Licitud de Contenido: 10820. Publication Address: Calle Flor de Pitaya Mza. 7 Lote 30, Fracc. Jacarandas, Cabo San Lucas, BCS México, 23410. Printer: Los Cabos Magazines, Inc., 303 Magnolia Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1720. Tel. (858)-569-0172. Printed in: Publication Printers Corp, 2001 S. Platte River Dr. Denver Colorado, USA 80223, Tel. (303)-936-0303. Distributor: PROMOCIONES TYSON S.A. DE C.V. Office: Calle Flor de Pitaya Mza. 7 Lote 30, Fracc. Jacarandas, Cabo San Lucas, BCS México, 23473. CaboPictures.com CaboPictures.com By Ashley Alvarado


Los Cabos Magazine #37 - Summer 2014
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