Asa safe as any popular tourist destination. You're probably more at risk of getting into a bar fight with another tourist than falling foul of a Mexican crime gang.
Obviously as with all tourist destinations, there's petty crime, so look after your valuables (keep them locked up at the hotel, and leave the jewellery at home).
As for the drug war - no tourist has been injured or killed in Cancun, not one.
99.9% of the victims in this drug war are gang members, drug runners or law enforcement officials. Unless you decide to involve yourself in the drug war by buying and selling drugs (even for personal use) you are extremely unlikely to be involved in any violent incident (even coincidentally).
Phil about 6 years ago
Cancun may be as dangerous as traveling to any other beach destination arround the world. There are no problems with the drug Cartels and people don't like to mess with the tourism. You may find pick pockets and people trying to sell time share, but it is pretty safe. Some tourist put themself in risk doing stupid things that they would not do at home. almost 6 years ago
My friends and me were visit Cancun last week, we were at holiday in arenas, someone take out 300 dolars of a friend and her credit card, 100 dolars of another friend, and a makeup case of other one. In a bar in playa del Carmen someone take out from the desk a iphone in mandala. So i sugest that you take care there because there are so beautiful and calm to go in vacations. over 5 years ago
I have been there at least 10 times and I've made a long time good friend there......soon for me YES YES.
I have never ever had any problems in cancun, it's one of my favourite places to go...I even wanna save for a vacation rental there.
Cancun is so full of tourist and everyone can speak English, just stay on the hotel zone and you won't have any problems.....just travel smart......don't flash money, fancy clothes and big fancy jewelry you asking for it no matter where you go to get robbed. Also control your drinking.....if you get drunk it's no ones fault but your if something bad happens.... almost 5 years ago