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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Cancún has a reputation for being safe, and the Zona Hotelera is particularly well policed and secure; however, it is always best not to leave valuables unattended in your hotel room or beside your beach towel.

Vehicular traffic on Blvd Kukulcán, particularly as it passes between the malls, bars and discotheques at Punta Cancún, is a serious concern.

A system of colored pennants warns beachgoers of potential dangers:

Blue Normal, safe conditions.

Yellow Use caution; changeable conditions.

Red Unsafe conditions; use a swimming pool instead.

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While you're there

Medical services

American Medical Care Center (884-61-33; Plaza Quetzal, Blvd Kukulcán Km 8)

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