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Killings continue in Mexico’s popular tourism areas

crime mexicoMexico's most popular tourist areas become playground of drug gangs. Following beach shooting that killed 3 in Los Cabos earlier this month, 9 more people killed on Friday, August 25 in Los Cabos, La Paz and Comondú.

Friday’s shooting killed nine and wounded three in Los Cabos, Comondú and La Paz and all were related to organized crime, according to local reports.

More than 12,500 people were killed in the first six months of this year, an increase of about 30 percent over the same period in 2016. That puts Mexico on pace for what could be the deadliest year in its post-revolution history.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens last week about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.

Historically troubled states such as Chihuahua and Tamaulipas made the U.S. state department's list, which now also includes popular beach regions like Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur and the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun. The move could have a devastating blow to Mexico's $20-billion-a-year tourism industry, which represents about 7 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Quintana Roo alone accounts for an estimated one-third of all American tourists.

Despite U.S. warnings, millions of Americans travel to Mexico every year and likely will continue to visit this holiday destination.

How to stay safe while visiting Mexico?

Book your hotel in the normal tourist areas. You can ask the hotel/resort staff about security issues. Keep checking online for updates. Enrolling in the free U.S. State Department's STEP - Smart Traveler Enrollment Program will help you to keep informed with latest updates.

Avoid staying close to protests and crowds and don’t travel in dark roads of the city.

Another issue is illegal alcohol. Travelers can avoid mixed drinks such as cocktails. Some experts advise drinking beer - unopened or opened in front of you.