Safety in Zihuatanejo

by Vermont123, Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 20:26 (15 days ago)

Rob, Can you comment more on safety in Zihua? We have been coming to Zihua since 1987 and enjoy it very much, however we haven't been back in 5 years due to family commitments in other countries. In reading your posts I wonder if you could comment more on safety in Zihua. Your post of 8/2017 states "due to concerns with safety and ... tourism is down." I find this as well as what I read and hear all more concerning for travelling there. Never did in the past but giving it a second thought. Thoughts? Facts? Thanks.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 21:18 (15 days ago) @ Vermont123

We aren't Rob, but after spending our last 30 winters in Mexico, and the last 10 in Zihuatanejo (6 months a year), we are moving down permanently this winter, to stay forever!

That should say something about safety in Paradise! The toughest part is waiting until we have it all together, hopefully by the end of October.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 09:07 (14 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Congrats on the Big Move!

Hope it all comes together smooth for you!

Keith

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Más Chile Más Mejor

Pay no attention
Just Another Tourist

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by Commander Barrett, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 09:28 (14 days ago) @ Vermont123

I was there for three weeks in May and felt as safe as always. I will be back for a month next May. We've been coming to Zih for the past 13 years, walk into town daily, shop all over town, dine all over town and never once felt we were not safe. On the contrary, we've felt unsafe in other places around the world and will not go back.
Get back to Zih and sit back and enjoy.:brilliant:

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 09:38 (14 days ago) @ Vermont123

Rob, Can you comment more on safety in Zihua? We have been coming to Zihua since 1987 and enjoy it very much, however we haven't been back in 5 years due to family commitments in other countries. In reading your posts I wonder if you could comment more on safety in Zihua. Your post of 8/2017 states "due to concerns with safety and ... tourism is down." I find this as well as what I read and hear all more concerning for travelling there. Never did in the past but giving it a second thought. Thoughts? Facts? Thanks.

Except for the occasional hold-up, tourists aren't generally targeted by our criminals. Take the same precautions walking around as you would anywhere. Stay alert to your surroundings. Not sure what more I can say or what facts you are asking for. The best I can do is not recommend businesses that I believe profit from the misery of others. Even then, I still get comments from people wanting to know about services I won't recommend who claim they "don't care about the local politics". So I wonder why I bother at all.

Guerrero is a lawless state, and criminals control the region, not the government. I believe the lack of response by our municipal government to the complaints by residents regarding the proliferation of bars in our downtown area including the noise and other problems they generate speaks for itself loud and clear.

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by katherine @, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 13:45 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

:megusta:

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 14:06 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

We never feel unsafe. Our friends are coming down with us in January(first time) and she loves to wear a lot of jewelry. We told her to leave her jewelry at home. Even though your resorts are normally safe- to tempting. The only thing I would add is not to carry a lot of cash. It is a lot safer than in Chicago- it's sickening how many killings this year and they have one of the toughest gun control.

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by jodymaryk @, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 19:47 (14 days ago) @ Paulf

Paulf, that is how I feel about it also here in the Seattle area. Everyday I turn on the local news and there has been drive by shootings and murders. I feel safer in Zihua then I do here. We aren't out late drinking and being stupid, we don't carry much cash on us and definitely don't wear any expensive jewelry (I even leave my wedding band at home and it isn't fancy).
The only issue we ever had was maybe 10 years ago when my husband was heading down to the pier at about 6:30 a.m. to fish and was walking on the walkway along the water from Playa Madera to town although he had been told by a local friend not to do that early in the morning or late at night as banditos were known to hang out there and there is no where to go, rock or water. He was jumped by two young men, forced to lay down, not look at them and they held what he believed to be a knife to the back of his neck. They took the money he had, about 400 peso, cigarettes and a fishing knife. After they left, he stopped at the police station by the basketball court and told them and said they couldn't have cared less. He then went to the pier, told his buddy who owned the boat and who then talked to his friends and other captains on the pier and they felt it was two young men who were known druggies in the area. Unfortunately, there really wasn't anything they could do, especially since he only got a quick glance at them. He was unhurt, except for his pride, and the lesson learned was to walk the street when he goes fishing early in the morning or when we are coming back after dark at night. We have not had any other issues besides that one and it did not stop us from coming down every year, sometimes twice. Love my Zihua!

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by K&B, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 19:59 (14 days ago) @ jodymaryk

When I go fishing in Zihua, I have a lot more cash on me than that... thanks for the heads up.

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by midalake @, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 20:14 (14 days ago) @ K&B

When I go fishing in Zihua, I have a lot more cash on me than that... thanks for the heads up.


They may not know your going fishing?? Carry your cash in your shoe.

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by jodymaryk @, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 12:27 (13 days ago) @ K&B

Yes, he only takes what he needs to buy a six pack of beer at the little store on corner and tip for the captain.

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by K&B, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 17:59 (13 days ago) @ jodymaryk

I would much rather take a smaller amount of cash to the dock for fishing. However, my captains and myself haven't figured out how to prepay so I pay for the trip and tip at the end of the trip. Any suggestions?

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by jodymaryk @, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 21:47 (13 days ago) @ K&B

I'm not sure. My husbands panga owner is a friend so they meet up, set a date to go out and he pays ahead of time OR he pays him the next day or two. It has always been very casual between them and works. We have known him for over 15 years. Sometimes, like this year, we buy things he needs and bring them down for him, then just do a trade. Over the years we have brought fishing reels, a propeller and this year a marine radio and antenna. I would just suggest you talk to your captain or boat owner, voice your concern about carrying that much cash so early in the morning and see if you can work something out. You never know until you ask! Good luck!

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 10:19 (13 days ago) @ jodymaryk

Friends of ours who spend the winter in "Z" were accosted early one morning between the beach and their unit-they weren't carry any money . This was their first time ever being bothered. They said there was a short period of time talking to neighbors this happened. Even though this happened they did not feel unsafe and keep returning every year for about 3 to 4 months.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 21:25 (14 days ago) @ Paulf

gun control doesnt work if you can drive them in from neighboring states.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 10:18 (13 days ago) @ Curbarn

gun control doesnt work if you can drive them in from neighboring states.

Or smuggle them across the border by the thousands with inexplicable ease.

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 18:47 (13 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The US has 89 guns per hundred people. Don't know how big Chicago is but there must be a lot of guns.

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by Fran @, Way North Wisconsin, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 17:24 (13 days ago) @ Curbarn

You are correct, Curbarn. Much of the trouble in Chicago is on the South and Southeast side. Those neighborhoods are a short drive to Indiana where gun laws are not strict and the Indiana areas adjoining Chicago are populated with gun shops and gun shows. That's a significant source of guns in neighborhoods that have too many already.

And just one other observation. We live on the north side of Chicago. Much as in Zihuatanejo, anywhere we want to go in Chicago, we go. On public transportation and often for evening activities. Know where you are. Be aware of your surroundings. Guard your purse or wallet. Don't be flashy, drunk or disorderly. Mind your business. Have a good time.

Not afraid of Chicago. Not afraid of Zihuatanejo.

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by jaui @, Zihuatanejo, Thursday, September 07, 2017, 12:20 (13 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

:megusta:
As usual, eloquently stated, once again about la "triste realidad" that exits here, unfortunately.

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jaui