US State Department Recognizes Safety of La Paz

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In a recent press release from La Paz’s Hotel and Tourism Association, La Paz and the State of Baja California Sur is being heralded as a safe place to visit by none other than the U.S. State Department.
La Paz is safe? Tell us something that we don’t already know!!
In a move that recognizes the safety of La Paz and Baja California Sur, the U.S. State Department’s latest 2012 travel update states no security concerns for the region. For the first time, the regular update includes “no advisory” in effect for La Paz and the entire South Baja region. The move reaffirms the reputation of La Paz as the city of peace and abundance on the Sea of Cortez, and one of the safest places in the world to live in and visit.
“We applaud the U.S. State Department for recognizing what every visitor to La Paz experiences here: That it is a beautiful, peaceful city, and – along with the entire South Baja region – it is an entirely secure and rewarding place for vacations, for owning a second home, or for retirement,” said Agustin Olachea, President of La Paz Tourism Board, and spokesperson for the La Paz Developers Tourism Council. “Travelers can feel confident coming here, knowing that the peace that one quietly encounters in La Paz extends directly from the abundant ocean life and cultural richness that sets La Paz apart from any place on the planet.”
In 2011, officials from the La Paz – which is on the Southern tip of California Baja Sur (and separated from the Mexican mainland by the Gulf of California) – held a press conference in their sister city of Redondo Beach, California. At the event, the Mayor of La Paz, the Secretary of Tourism for Baja California Sur and other leaders released safety data to the media comparing crime in La Paz/Baja Sur to comparable California cities. The data revealed that if La Paz were located in California, it would rank as the third safest city, behind Murrieta and Mission Viejo.
“The latest advisory proves what all those who live in La Paz know instinctively,” said Olachea. This is a place where anyone of any gender or age can walk safely along the beautiful Malecón boardwalk – or anywhere else in the city. They encounter nothing but friendly citizens mixing happily with people from North America and other parts of Mexico.”
The past few years have seen the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs caution tourists on travel to certain parts of Mexico, including some of the Northern cities of Mexico’s mainland. The result was confusion, with some tourists curtailing plans for visiting Mexico in spite of huge areas of the country unaffected by recent drug-related violence. Now, new travel advisories will specify by regions in Mexico, and not just Mexico as a whole.
In addition to recognizing La Paz/Baja Sur as being safe, the State Department’s recent report also exempts Quintana Roo state, where Cancun and many of the Mayan archaeological sites are located, as well as the Yucatan Peninsula and other tourist destinations, as well as Mexico City and Guadalajara.

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