(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
- High-profile incidents in Playa del Carmen in recent weeks have prompted new travel warnings from the US government.
- The incidents come amid spiraling violence on the peripheries of one of Mexico’s most popular tourist areas.
- Criminal groups in the area thrive on tourist traffic — and corruption, weak institutions, and social conditions have facilitated their activity.
The calm in Playa del Carmen was shattered on February 21, when a blast erupted from the side of a ferry, injuring more than 20 people.
That was followed by the March 2 discovery of explosives on a ferry off the island of Cozumel, another tourist hub in the state of Quintana Roo.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
- These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017
- US ambassador to Mexico unexpectedly resigns amid increased tensions under Trump
- Trump’s rocky dealings with Mexico could have consequences much more severe than a few canceled visits