Cozumel is safe

Crime

  • The US Department of State does not name Cozumel in any travel advisories

  • The local crime rate is lower tan US cities of comparable size

    • We do not worry about walking around Cozumel at night

    • There is no local "narcoterrorism" threat

    • Almost all crime is theft rather than violent crime

Use common sense

  • Lock all doors doors (house, car)

  • Use the security system

  • Don't leave valuables unattended outside the house

  • Don't let anyone but our maid and staff in the house

    • This includes your divemaster or that great guy you met at that place

    • This is for both your safety and ours (to prevent someone returning later to break in)

    • There may be exceptions if we know your intended guest

      • Tell us whom you'd like to invite and we'll let you know

      • There are people on the island we'd trust to the ends of the earth

  • Don't give anyone your door/alarm code for any reason

    • Anyone who's authorized to be in the house will already have their own individual code

Police presence

  • It's common to see state, federal, or military police patrolling with assault rifles or shotguns

    • This is meant to make their presence seen and to be reassuring

  • Police normally drive around with their lights flashing all the time

    • This does not necessarily mean they're responding to a crime or pulling you over

Traffic Safety

  • Traffic presents the biggest safety risk to Cozumel visitors

  • Do not rent scooters

  • Don't speed

  • Do not rent scooters

  • Pay attention to one-way streets

  • Do not rent scooters

  • Do not drink and drive

  • Do not rent scooters

  • Look out for "topes" (large speed bumps)

  • Do not rent scooters

  • If you must rent scooters, don't ride them

Weapons

  • Mexico is very serious about controlling weapons. Do not bring them.

  • In particular, do not bring any firearms or ammunition at all. You're likely to end up in jail if caught.

  • Avoid carrying pocket or dive knives around town, as these can be determined to be weapons