myths about mexico

5 Myths about Mexico

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.

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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A long-standing myth that Mexico is a country struggling with it’s economy is definitely out-of-date.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.

myths about mexico

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.

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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.

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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.

myths about mexico

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.

The Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival Starts off with a Bang

Puerto Vallarta became the first Mexican city to host the International Fireworks Festival, which ran from Christmas Day until New Year’s Eve. Pyrotechnic teams from four different countries (Canada, Italy, Spain and the USA) as well as those from five Mexican states (Jalisco, Mexico State, Puebla, Sonora and Zacatecas) took part in the event.

Dazzling fireworks displays lit the sky above Bandaras Bay every night during the holidays. Fireworks were launched from 3 different locations: Los Muertos Pier, the Malecón and Peninsula. Live concerts featuring popular bands and musicians such as Lila Downs, Los 3 Zenzontles, Azul Violeta and many others were also part of the program.

In honor of the festival, Ally Cat, a charter company from Sayulita, organized a special evening cruise on December 29th.. Participants had the opportunity of sailing to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the brilliant fireworks display from a unique vantage point on-board.

Participants boarded the Ally Cat bus in downtown Sayulita for the short trip to La Cruz, where the spacious catamaran was waiting. The boat launched around 6.30 pm and, not that it wasn’t already a treat to be spending a random Monday night on board, nature spoiled us with an amazing sunset just as we were leaving the harbor.

The fireworks competition began at 9pm and Ally Cat had front-row seats for sure! From here, we were able to enjoy the world class fireworks display without having to contend with the hustle and bustle on shore. Instead, we were able to sit back on the uncrowded deck, surrounded by beautiful ocean waves, and sip margaritas while watching the colorful display. Over the course of the 30-minute show, every color imaginable was splashed onto the Vallarta skyline.

Overall, the Puerto Vallarta International Fireworks Festival was a resounding success, with the local Hotel Association reporting 100% occupancy over the course of the event. With such spectacular results, there is little doubt that it will become an annual event on the Puerto Vallarta festival circuit.

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Photos by:
Christian Frausto Bernal
Scott Cresswell