Cactus on Zipolite beach
Dangerous Mexico Destinations To Skip On Your Next Trip
Once a seaside playground for the Hollywood elite, drug-related gang violence took over Acapulco in the mid-2000s. Cartels are still operating in the area today.
Another blow to Acapulco's dwindling tourism industry was Hurricane Otis, which left a death toll of dozens and billions of dollars of damage in October 2023.
Just 45 miles southeast of Mexico City lies Popocatépetl, an active stratovolcano that has been sporadically spewing ash, lava, and rocks since an eruption in 1994.
The volcano is an amazing sight, but not one you want to be close to. One explosion could wipe out nearly 25 million people, making it one of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth.
The state of Tamaulipas has idyllic beaches and historic towns, but it also has crime-ridden cities notorious for gang violence, forced disappearances, and kidnappings.
In a 2022 report, over 2,100 murders reportedly happened in Tijuana, as it is a magnet for criminal organizations vying to control trafficking routes into the United States.
The U.S. State Department says that Tijuana's high number of homicides were mostly targeted attacks that happened in non-tourist areas, but it can still be dangerous.
Playa Zipolite hosts a gorgeous, golden-sand beach, but just offshore are powerful currents that can make swimming hazardous, earning it the name "Beach of the Dead."
Playa Zipolite