5 Myths about Mexico
Mexico is an extremely popular tourist destination that caters to millions of visitors each year. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that over 1,000,000 foreigners now live here and the trend is increasing. So obviously, just like in any other country, some negative things happen to people and its gets reported in the media who are always looking for a dramatic headline. However, while the media sometimes portrays Mexico as a dangerous place, it is statistically very safe. So, as positive goodwill ambassadors for Mexico, and for Sayulita especially, we set out to debunk some typical Mexican myths that simply aren’t true.
1. Myth No.2: Mexico is a poor country
A long-standing myth that Mexico is a country struggling with it’s economy is definitely out-of-date. It is now the 15th largest economy in the world and the 3rd largest trading partner with the United States. Also, it is predicted to be within the top 8 economies in the world by 2050, which is very powerful. While agriculturally still very strong it has now developed a massive technology economy and is the 3rd largest manufacturer of cars in the western world.
2. Myth No.1: Drugs are everywhere in Mexico.
Many places yes, but everywhere no. Most of the border towns with the US have created this bad reputation because of the drug traffic and their history of violence. But Mexico is an extremely large country and a federal state. It is much better to look at individual regions, cities or towns within Mexico and if they have been a long history of crime before labelling an entire country with the same brush.
While drug cartels and their ruthless reputation sometimes dominate the headlines, the Mexican government are spending millions to dismantle the cartels and increasing international pressure and the hugely beneficial tourism economy are leading the change.
3. Myth No.3: The public healthcare is bad
Mexico has some of the best medical healthcare institutions in the world. Many foreigners from the US and Canada visit Mexico for medical treatments for a fraction of the cost. Since the introduction of the “seguro popular” over 10 years ago, which gives all residents medical coverage, the standards and professionalism have increased dramatically in larger urban areas. Foreigners who own property in Mexico can register in the healthcare system for a little as $300 a year. Now, most urbanised areas can provide highly trained physicians woking in state-of-the-art facilities.
4. Myth No.4: Property in Mexico is expensive
Although Mexico property is steadily rising with 8% growth annually, it is currently undervalued in the global market. This has led to a large influx of investment into Mexican property and an expansion in the construction sector. Couple with that the lower cost of living it explains why many North Americans and Europeans are taking advantage of real estate opportunities for business or private purposes.
5. Myth No.5: Crime is common in Mexico
This is definitely an outdated myth. Mexico ranks 21st globally for homicides, a long way behind other popular tourist destinations like Brazil, Jamaica or Guatemala. While kidnapping is an issue in Mexico, many are connected to drug wars, poor regions and power struggles. It is a lot less common for foreigners to be kidnapped and is increasingly seen as a foolish means to get money. As with most cities and travel destinations, there is some petty crime in many areas. Taking a few common-sense precautions will help you enjoy Mexico with no problems.