United States issues travel alert for Playa del Carmen


The move came after a USA traveler died in a pool at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking.

The travel advisory was issued Thursday, one day after the United States issued a warning to citizens about a possible security threat in the coastal resort town.

"As the safety and security of our guests and crew is our highest priority, our security department remains in close contact with government and private sources as well as our local agents and tour operators and continues to monitor the situation", Princess Cruises said in a statement last Friday.

There were 25 people injured in the explosion, the director of Civil Protection for Playa del Carmen told ABC News.

"Mexico is by far the most popular sun destination among our clients but, of course, if someone is feeling uncomfortable travelling anywhere, we can always find them somewhere else to go", Wallace said. According to a statement issued by the Embassy at that time, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on March 1 on another ferry operated by the same company.

"We do not know why the USA government chose to emit this alert", the government said.

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Specific details about the threat were not released, but the embassy advised US citizens in Playa del Carmen to be aware of their surroundings and to exercise caution.

This prohibition applies only to government officials but leisure travelers were urged to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution while visiting the city.

The Canadian travel advisory for Playa del Carmen follows an alert from the USA embassy in Mexico advising Americans of a potential security threat for the area, located on the east coast about 90 minutes south of Cancun.

However, on Thursday, Mexican officials insisted that Playa del Carmen is safe despite the USA security alert. Both incidents are under investigation.

Last week four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and shot to death a drug gang suspect and his wife.

The alert may have been triggered by a February 21 explosion on a tourist ferry that injured 19 Mexican citizens and at least five US citizens, according to the Associated Press.