Health and Safety
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance, including health insurance for your trip.
Although the main health concern of most travelers to Mexico is avoiding Montezuma's revenge, there are a few other illnesses that you may be exposed to during your travels, including some that are transmitted by those pesky insects, mosquitoes. Unfortunately, besides leaving itchy welts, these bugs can also pass along some pretty unpleasant sicknesses that may have graver consequences, like malaria, zika, chikungunya and dengue.
Casa Oasis is equipped with screens on all windows and most doors to keep mosquitos out. As well, the yard has large Citronella candles to burn in the evenings. Still, mosquito repellant should be considered when you are outside in the evening.
While there are no mandatory vaccines for entering Mexico, you should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Tips for a Safe Trip
While Mexico does have a higher crime rate, most of the crime occurs in areas not frequented by tourists. However we do take precautions similar to what we did in our home country of Canada, to minimize our risk of having crime disrupt our lives. Here are some tips that we have to help to ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe vacation.
- Never leave valuables, including cell phones unattended: in a parked vehicle, or a beach-towel, on a table in a restaurant.
- If you must leave items in your parked car, be sure that they are not visible and that your vehicle is securely locked.
- Never let anyone assist you when you are drawing cash from an ATM. Look for signs that the ATM has been tampered with, such as loose plates attached to the card reader. Reccommended to use the ATM during daylight hours when the bank is open, in case of any issues.
- Though it has never happened to us, we have heard reports of corrupt police pulling over tourists (and locals) and demanding that a “fine” be paid in cash directly to them. While you are required to show your driver’s license and ID to the police when asked, please be aware that it is illegal to pay bribes to the police in Mexico. No police officer should be asking you for cash at the roadside. Assuming that you were in violation of a road rule, you should ask for a ticket and pay it at the next police station.
- While many of the main roads in Mexico are in excellent shape, as you enter the rural areas you may experience potholes. These can be large and can appear very suddenly. Watch your speed and always expect the unexpected. As well, slow down for speed-controlling speed bumps on most highways, and in town.
- When dining in restaurants, especially in the big cities, never hang valuables on the back of your seat. Keep them on your lap or somewhere where they cannot be grabbed easily.
- Smile, enjoy the people around you and don't look for the negative. Mexico is a wonderful country and personanally, and we have never felt safer!
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