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Medical Care In Mexico

In reality, medical emergencies or the need to seek medical attention while on holidays in Mexico can occur at anytime. Be assured that Mexican tourist locations offer state-of-the-art medical facilities and health care professionals should such an emergent medical issue occur. Using GPS technology, let MexNet direct you to the nearest hospital, clinic or physician.

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What does the “Spirit of Mexico” look like to you?

Each year 20 million tourists travel to Mexico on vacation. What are they seeking…an affordable, relaxing holiday, the beautiful scenery, the amazing food or just to immerse themselves in a new experience and culture. Vacations allow us the opportunity to relax, reflect and discover the world around us.

MexNet takes pride in supporting the peace of mind for tourists from around the world with emergency travel assistance while they are on their vacation in Mexico.

Send us your best photo that captures your “Spirit of Mexico”, accompanied by a one-sentence caption. Photos will be reviewed and judged based on the quality of composition and ability to convey the “Spirit of Mexico”.

YOU COULD WIN:

An annual MexNet membership along with a $100.00 gift card from Visa. Email your photo along with a one-sentence caption to info@mexnet.ca

 

Teen sisters die in Mexico underground river tour

MEXICO CITY — Two teenage sisters who went on a tour of an underground river were swept away by the current and died, authorities in southern Mexico said Sunday.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said in a statement that the sisters, aged 16 and 19, hailed from the State of Mexico. They disappeared Saturday while on the cave tour in Cacahuamilpa National Park.

Alvarez said they were among a group of 19 visitors, outfitted with life vests and accompanied by two guides.

Both bodies were found Sunday.

Safety Tips for Spring Break in Mexico

Spring Break is a time to let loose and have fun, but safety concerns are a reality for spring breakers, no matter where you decide to go. Mexico has many popular and fun destinations, and you can make sure your getaway is both safe and enjoyable by following these basic spring break safety tips.

Buddy Up!:

Arrange in advance to stay close to a friend, always stick together and if you’re traveling with a larger group, inform others of your whereabouts. This way, if you have any trouble, you’ll always have someone nearby that you can trust to help you out.

Party Smart:

  • Know your limits: a few drinks may be part of what you consider a fun time, but remember that drinking too much alcohol will lower your inhibitions and can impair your judgment. Over-imbibing can make you an easy target for thieves, con artists and rapists, and can even lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Obey the law: Mexico’s drinking age is 18. Public drunkenness, disturbing the peace and indecent or lewd behavior are against the law.
  • Keep an eye on your drink, and don’t accept drinks from strangers. Be informed about the date rape drug, and what you can do about it.

Stay Away from Drugs:

Mexico has strict laws about possession of drugs, and you can be arrested on a narcotics charge and can face severe penalties if you are carrying even a small quantity of drugs. You don’t want to spend your spring break (or longer) in a Mexican jail.  “Just say no”: don’t import, purchase, use, or have drugs in your possession.

Be Careful on the Beach:

Take the warning flags on beaches seriously. If red or black flags are up, do not enter the water. Strong undertows and rough surf are common along beaches throughout Mexico. Most beaches do not have lifeguards.

 Always swim with a buddy. If you get caught in a current, don’t try to swim against it, swim parallel to the shore until you’re clear of the current.

Parasailing, and other beach recreation activities probably don’t meet the safety standards that you’re used to. Rent equipment only from reputable operators and avoid these types of activities completely if you’ve been drinking.

Beware of the Sun:

Avoid too much sun exposure. Sunburn may seem like a fairly trivial concern, but the discomfort and pain of a sunburn can put a big dent in your fun. Wear sunscreen with an appropriate SPF for your skin type, and remember that drinking while exposed to the sun can increase the effects of alcohol and can cause dehydration. Drink plenty of water (bottled of course, you don’t want to have to deal with Montezuma’s Revenge).

Avoid Mosquito Bites:

It’s not just the itch of a mosquito bite that you want to avoid, but the illnesses that can be borne by these biting insects. Dengue, chikungunya and zika are all transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. To be on the safe side, wear insect repellent and make an effort to keep mosquitoes out of your room by keeping doors and windows shut if they don’t have screens.

Practice Safe Sex:

STDs and unplanned pregnancies don’t make good spring break souvenirs. If you’re going to have sex, use a condom – these can be purchased at any drug store in Mexico – they’re called condones (“cone-DOE-nays”).

Take Common Sense Safety Precautions:

Besides these spring break safety tips, you should also take general safety precautionsfor Mexico travel. Although times are changing, and the genders are equal under the law in Mexico, women may face a few particular safety issues while traveling. Here are some tips for women travelers to help you stay safe whether traveling solo or with a group.

In case of emergency:

The emergency telephone number in Mexico is 911, just like in the United States. You do not need a phone card to call this number from a public telephone. There is also a hotline for tourist assistance and protection:  01 800 903 9200.

 U.S. citizens may consider contacting the nearest U.S. consulate for assistance in an emergency situation. Here’s more information about what to do in an emergency in Mexico.

 

Missing American family found dead in Tulum, Mexic

Kevin Sharp, 41, his wife, Amy, 38, and their children, Sterling, 12 and Adrianna, 7, hadn’t been heard from since arriving for vacation March 15.

Investigators say the bodies of an Iowa couple and their two children have been found in a rented condo in Mexico.

The family was reported missing by relatives in their hometown of Creston, Iowa early Friday, about a week after the family left for vacation.

Creston police contacted the U.S. State Department, and the bodies were found during a welfare check at the condo in Tulum.

Authorities say it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the deaths. Autopsy reports are pending.

​The Creston News Advertiser reports the family flew to Cancun, Mexico, on March 14. According to her sister, Amy Sharp texted their mother the next day to say they’d reached Tulum. Relatives hadn’t heard from the family since then.

UMass Amherst Student Seriously Injured On Spring Break In Cancun

Lauren Hayes, a senior from Revere, suffered a skull fracture “during a boating mishap” last week. during a boating mishap in Cancun.

She was admitted to the ICU at Hospital Galenia in Cancun. On Monday, she was flown from Mexico to Boston where she is being treated.

A friend, who created a GoFundMe page for Lauren, says she is showing signs of improvement since arriving in Boston, and is still making everyone around her smile.   The university says they are working to keep Hayes on track to graduate in May.

13 Hurt as Bus Flips over in Mexico

20 March, 2018

CANCUN, Mexico – Thirteen French tourists were injured when their bus overturned near this resort city.

The accident occurred around 1:40 pm Sunday as the bus, carrying 18 French nationals, left Cancun on an excursion to the Riviera Maya.

The driver apparently fled the scene.  Injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. None of the passengers was seriously hurt.

A dozen people died and 15 others were injured last December when a bus carrying tourists from the United States, Canada and Italy flipped over en route to an archaeological site in the Yucatan peninsula.
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New flights bring more tourists to Cancun and Riviera Maya in 2017

CANCUN — What was deemed a complicated travel year for Cancun and Riviera Maya turned out to be a year of increased visitors and added frequencies.

Airlines such as Southwest, Delta and Spirit added flights into the Cancun International Airport in 2017, allowing more passengers from the US and Canada to enjoy a Mexico vacation. The popular beach destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya saw an increase in visitor traffic with hotel occupancy rates above 80 percent. READ MORE

Canada issues new security alert for Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Canada has updated its travel advisory for Mexico to note that the U.S. Embassy has now closed its consulate in the resort city of Playa del Carmen over concerns about a security threat. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a travel alert Wednesday for Playa del Carmen.

That came after 26 people were injured on Feb. 21 when an explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the city. Less than two weeks later, undetonated explosives were found on a second ferry on the same route between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel.

Thursday’s update to the Canadian travel advisory notes the U.S. Embassy is advising Americans that ‎its consulate in Playa del Carmen has been closed until further notice. As well, all U.S. government employees are now prohibited from travelling to Playa del Carmen until further notice.