As Merida is outside the experience of many of you and some may still have fears about travel here, even after reading our section on safety, I’ve asked girls that have traveled to the Yucatan previously to relate their personal experiences in Mexico.
From Lena Gibbson
Tasi has asked that I write some reassuring words regarding “Magic in Merida” and my experiences in Mexico. I am happy to do so. I’ve been to Mexico many times, from Baja, to Mexico City, to several of the border towns, with my wife, with my children and for work. I’ve also been to the Yucatan & Merida three times. On each occasion, my visits have been enjoyable and uneventful. I have never experienced unpleasantness from either the “natives” or the local constabulary. Indeed, as Tasi has pointed out, tourism is big business and the powers that be have gone to some effort to ensure that visitors have a safe, pleasant experience.
I have had a little insight into the time & effort that Tasi has put into planning this event. It has been impressive, professional & thorough. I believe Tasi has anticipated and planned for every eventuality. The activities she has organized take full advantage of the unique location while keeping safety and enjoyment as a prime consideration. It promises to be a memorable event. I would not be at all surprised to see it become an annual fixture on the TG calendar.
From Judy Daniels
Greetings Magic of Merida participants, Tasi has asked me to share my expierences traveling “South of the Border” with you. My first taste of Mexico dates back to the late 80’s when my in laws took my wife and I to Puerto Vallarta. Needless to say we enjoyed ourselves so much we started a Mexico travel fund immediately upon our return to the frozen tundra.
Over the last 25 years we have literally traveled to every corner of our neighbor to the south. To date we have visited San Juan del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Acapulco, Mexico City, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Puerto Adventuras.
The majority of our stays have been to “All Inclusive” type resorts which provides you all your food, drink and entertainment for one money all in the confines of your resort, but that has never stopped us from exploring each and every city that we have visited. I honestly think you would miss out of the “Real Mexico” if you spent your whole vacation sitting pool side or propped up on a stool at the swim up bar.
With that being said, I have read about the problems Mexico has been having in recent years with drug related crimes and can honestly say I have never felt threatened or uncomfortable with any place we’ve traveled. The Mexican police have a strong presence on the streets and you will often see multiple armed personel when venturing into the tourists areas. You have to remember “WE” are Mexico’s main industry and the last thing they want is to scare us all off.
In February of 2013 I fulfilled a 25 year dream and was finally able to enjoy my femme self on our yearly vacation. We stayed at the Barcelo Mayan Palace which is the main resort of a 5 resort complex which gave us access to all 20 restaurant/bars, multiple pools and 1.4 miles of private beach. During our weeks stay I dined and drank all over the resort while dressed and never had a single problem with staff or other guests. My adventure included 2 trips into Playa del Carmen as well. If you’re unfamiliar with this area it is without a doubt one of Mexicos most popular tourists zones. 5th Avenue or “la Quinta” is definitely the place to be and I spent one full day and an entire evening while dressed enjoying everything it has to offer …again without a single problem.
In closing I would like to say if you’re considering attending Magic in Merida be mindful of the guidelines Tasi has posted here. You are a guest in this country and your good behavior is the utmost importance while visiting. Any unlady like behavior will likely be frowned upon by not only the locals, but the others in your group as well. So do your best to look and act like the women you are while having the time of your life and always remember to hold your head high, look them in the eye and have a smile on your face.
Judy ( having fun in the sun) sometimes