PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Thieves recently ambushed 22 Carnival cruise ship passengers when they left their boat in Puerto Vallarta.
The victims were on their way back to the ship after a nature hike when a group of gunmen confronted them on their bus.
The suspects got away with cameras, money and other items, but none of the passengers was hurt.
The incident served to reinforce the State Department’s warning about traveling to Mexico – even to resort cities.
The latest warning includes Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Monterrey, Acapulco and Puerto Penasco – all spring break destinations for college students.
But given the rash of violence, many U of H students said they plan to stay north of the border come March.
"I plan to go down to South Padre, but it’s just a road trip down there. I don’t know if I want to go to Mexico or anything," U of H student Prasheen Laxmidas said.
"Heck no – I’d rather to got Colorado and enjoy myself in the Rockies," U of H student Phil Maurer said.
It’s important to note, however, that millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism and business, including more than 150,000 Americans who cross the border every single day.