Safety in Troncones, Mexico

Troncones beach is extremely safe and friendly. People generally wander the road and beach at all hours, completely untroubled. In fact, you are probably safer here than at home, given that the US crime rate is exponentially higher than Mexico’s.

Yes, like all countries, Mexico has some serious violence issues, but as you’ll see if you read the State Department’s Travel Advisory, those are limited to very specific areas, and Troncones, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa are NOT on the list. This is an incredibly quiet, safe, sleepy area. The difference between visiting say, Berkeley or Watts. Both are trips to California, but they are literally miles apart in terms of safety.

In the history of Troncones, one or two people have been robbed on deserted stretches of beach, but this is extremely rare, and has usually been around big holidays when lots of strangers are in town.

We say you’re safer here than at home, because it’s a very tiny, tightly-knit community. The villagers keep a watchful eye on each other and nobody likes to jeopardize tourism—our only industry. If anyone gets any funny ideas on unscrupulous ways to profit off of tourists, they are dealt with promptly and severely, sometimes even exiled permanently.

Still, we recommend basic travel safety (wherever you may travel):  Pay attention. Keep a low profile. Avoid flashing valuables and wads of cash around. Don’t take everything you own with you everywhere you go. Avoid driving at night outside of Troncones.

Safety at the Oasis

Though any kind of break in is extremely unlikely, we recommend you lock up your valuables when you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time. Casa Oasis has a locking bedroom & pantry, as well as a lock box. (And two big, suspicious dogs, as well as several ferocious attack cats.)

State Department’s Travel Advisory

A direct quote from the advisory: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes…”

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