Mexico’s Caribbean coast continues to attract people despite the pandemic

Published on : Monday, March 22, 2021

Mexico’s Caribbean coast is a magnet for people from around the world who want to party during a pandemic.

The Latin American country is among the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with a death toll fast approaching 200,000.

But such worries seem to be a reason for not to worry in tourist resorts like Tulum and Cancun, where visitors can be seen dancing late into the night at discos, electronic music festivals and invitation-only parties.

Once a sleepy fishing village, Tulum now attracts international tourists who visit fascinated by its turquoise waters, Mayan ruins and a chance to party next to lush jungle, freshwater sinkholes and golden beaches.

However, the town faced accusations that it is putting lives at risk by allowing mass gatherings with slipshod hygienic measures.

Mexico is among the few major tourist destinations that has not closed its borders or demanded a negative corona virus test result on arrival.

Hence, plane-loads of visitors keep coming, making Mexico the third-most visited country in the world last year. In destinations like Cancun, hotels offer incentives like free Covid-19 tests and discounts for guests if they are infected and have to extend their stay for quarantine.

Quintana Roo, the southeastern state home to Tulum, Cancun and the Riviera Maya, now occupies a yellow status, which is the second highest of four under the country’s traffic-light system.

Bars, discos and mass events are prohibited to function in the area, where hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected during the Easter period. However, the hotel industry is discontented that parties continue to be held surreptitiously.

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