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Mexico has been in the U.S. news a lot recently, both in connection with President Obama's visit and drug related violence.

Unfortunately, the erroneous impression has often been given that Mexico is dangerous for vacationers, but one local company said last week that local tourist zones are "14 times safer" than some in the U.S.A.

RE/MAX Investment Properties, a real estate agent based on the mainland near Cozumel, released new research into crime rates in Mexico, the U.S.A. and Canada.

They found that the Mexican state of Quintana Roo - home of Cozumel, Cancun and the Riviera Maya - is up to 14 times safer than some tourist areas in the U.S.A.

Their research shows that Quintana Roo has a homicide rate 14 times lower than Orlando, 10 times lower than Miami, 9 times lower than West Palm Beach, 6 times lower than Tampa and even lower than that of Honolulu.

Gary Almedal, Broker at RE/MAX Investment Properties, said, "We knew Mexico's tourist areas were safe, but our homicide rate research really put things in perspective. Many tourists are probably safer on vacation in Mexico than when on vacation or living at home."

Nobody in Mexico denies the fact that drug-related violence exists, the point is that it happens in restricted areas, mostly near the border with the U.S.A. some 1,800 miles (3,000 kms) away.

The figures from RE/MAX Investment Properties demonstrate again what we knew already, but want people to understand: Cozumel is safe and a paradise for vacationers!

For more news and information read Cozumel "Safest Destination Around" or visit the RE/MAX Investment Properties news site.