What the State Department's Playa del Carmen Security Alert Really Means

Ferry Boat Explosion Sparks Mexico Travel Warning Ahead of Spring Break

Ferry Boat Explosion Sparks Mexico Travel Warning Ahead of Spring Break

The state department is warning people about the dangers of traveling to a popular tourist town in Mexico.

The embassy did not specify what kind of security threat it had been informed of in the resort, which is near Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The report comes just as schools and universities prepare for spring break.

The state department is getting specific, saying travel restrictions are now limited to the Centro, Calica, Gonzalo Guerrero, Quintas del Carmen, and Villas del Carmen neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen. Local media reported that two other similar devices were later found attached to another ferry on the nearby island of Cozumel, also a major tourist draw, but neither detonated.

People at Mitchell International Airport say they are staying away. This week's warning, meanwhile, is tied specifically to a security threat. "I think people should take that seriously".

Olsen says 2017 was the country's deadliest year on record, with almost 30,000 murders. Nevertheless, the State Department has not explicitly discouraged Americans from traveling to the region.

Not necessarily. Mexico's threat level hasn't changed-the country as a whole is at a level two advisory, meaning "exercise increased caution", but five states within the country are at level four, the highest on the scale, with the recommendation being "do not travel".

But the number of foreign visitors to the resort town jumped more than 18 percent a year ago, and CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg says the number of Americans killed in violent crimes in Mexico is very small.

The state department says people from the US should avoid those neighborhoods until further notice.

It said President Enrique Pena Nieto attended an ocean conservation conference in Playa del Carmen on Thursday. "So the takeaway for american citizens should be that you need to consider that information before making your own decision to travel to that area". It tells "CBS This Morning" that the us security alert implies "safety issues without any basis in fact".

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