Despite Sonora Mexico being ranked as dangerous destination, Tucsonans still plan to travel


The vibrant streets of Puerto Peñasco, adorned with colorful flags, beckon many seeking respite from the heat.

Puerto Peñasco, in Sonora, Mexico, is renowned for its stunning sunsets, pristine beaches, and rich cultural tapestry.

However, the U.S. State Department expresses concern over the travel route to this idyllic location.

A recent grim discovery by authorities of three surfers, including an American, deceased in Baja California, has heightened safety concerns.

Jannie Cox expressed profound distress upon hearing of the tragedy, which has led to Baja California and Sonora being designated as regions to avoid by U.S. travelers.

David Syverson, a Tucson local who frequents Sonora, acknowledges the U.S. State Department’s duty to issue advisories. Nonetheless, his familiarity with the area instills a sense of security.

Both Syverson and Cox have a longstanding history of visits to Sonora and remain unfazed by the advisories, continuing their trips to Puerto Peñasco.

Cox acknowledges the dangers, citing a particularly perilous incident in December between Nogales and Caborca, Mexico. Despite the risks, foreknowledge of such dangers has not deterred them.

The U.S. State Department advises Tucsonans traveling to Mexico to inform relatives of their whereabouts, avoid ostentatious displays of wealth, exercise caution near banks, and refrain from solitary driving.

Cox, who prefers daylight travel, rarely ventures on the roads after dark.

While mindful of the warnings, Syverson and Cox currently see no impediment to visiting their cherished retreat.

The allure of the waterfront, a contrast to Tucson’s arid landscape, is a significant draw for Syverson.

Cox finds joy in the welcoming atmosphere of the locale.

For those contemplating a trip to Mexico, the U.S. State Department recommends enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to stay informed and ensure assistance in emergencies.

Source: News Tucson