The once safe Mexican resort towns are no longer havens of peace and prosperity where tourists can go to relax, and locals can be free from cartel violence.
In recent years a worrisome trend of growing crime rates and ever-increasing violence has made even the once quiet resort towns of Mexico a battlefield in the drug war.
Over the weekend, tourists were trying to relax on the beach in Los Cabos when all hell broke loose and they found themselves caught in the middle of a violent gangland feud.
Tourists visiting a popular beach in Mexico’s Los Cabos recorded the moment when cartel gunmen stormed a beach unleashing waves of machine gun fire killing three men and injured two others. Over the weekend, the once quiet resort area saw 11 confirmed murders…
The gunmen stormed Palmilla Beach in San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur, targeting three men sitting under a palm tree. During the shooting, stray bullets hit a man and a woman who were nearby, Mexico’s El Universal reported.
Three people were killed and two more were injured in the shooting. The three deaths meant that 11 people lost their lives in Los Cabos over the weekend, continuing the trend of violence in Mexico this year.
Mexico’s spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.
Killings rose in states ranging from the tourist haven of Baja California Sur to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, long considered a relative oasis from drug gang violence. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 per cent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year.
This is the second major story out of Los Cabos in the past few weeks. The first was from June when a mass grave was discovered in the tourist resort community.
The bodies of 11 men and three women were found in a mass grave near the tourist resort of San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, where violence between rival drug gangs has surged.
Some 30,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since drug violence increased sharply around 2007. More than 150,000 have been killed since then, when former president Felipe Calderon sent the army out to battle drug gangs.
Now might be a good time to reconsider that family vacation to Mexico that you were planning. Miami, Galveston, San Diego, or Hawaii may be a less risky proposition.