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Cartel Violence on Cabo Beach Sure to Drive Tourists Away

Cartel Violence on Cabo Beach Sure to Drive Tourists Away
Tourists enjoy the beach of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

By Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Daily Mail has a shocking update for tourists who like to go south-of-the-border for their winter vacations: “Attackers armed with machine guns murdered three men on a Mexican beach packed with tourists on Sunday. The terrifying assault, which also left two injured, occurred at Playa Palmilla, a popular beach near San Jose del Cabo at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the local prosecutor said.”

So much for Mexico is safe for tourists as long as you avoid the cartel-occupied areas.

It’s beginning to look like the entire nation is cartel-occupied.

In the past tourists from El Norte, that’s the USA, Canada, and Europe could visit Mexico’s tourist hotspots relatively secure in the knowledge they would be in a tourist “bubble” and insulated from the lawlessness that characterizes so much of the rest of the country.

That is certainly no longer true and not just in Cabo. Earlier I wrote about crooked resort owners in Cancun and Playa del Carmen preying on unsuspecting tourists by serving them adulterated, poisonous alcohol that resulted in at least one death. Details here.

These most recent and public deaths in San Jose del Cabo are blamed on fighting between the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel. Mexican authorities admitted the beach was packed with tourists when the shooting started.

The total carnage from the gunfire was three dead and two wounded.

Any time an attack like this occurs the public is always fed the ‘police and officials are searching diligently for the perpetrators and there is no cause for alarm’ line. But there is cause for alarm.

Why would anyone want to travel to a country where in some tourist areas you’re served adulterated alcohol by the people you are paying to provide you with an excellent vacation experience and in other tourist areas you run the danger of being caught in a machinegun crossfire?

One often wonders if these stories have any effect on potential tourists? I can tell you with certainty this story is having a great impact on the Reagans. I loved going to Cabo. The beaches, the weather, and the food are hard to beat, which is why we’ve vacationed there for years.

In fact we were planning to go again this November, but that’s over now. So I don’t know what the rest of potential Cabo tourists are going to do this year, but I can assure you the Reagans will be going elsewhere until Mexico can stop drug violence.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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