Cass I presume you mean San Jose del Cabo (never heard of a San Juan del Cabo); it may or not be more violent than when I was last there (2015) but ultimately anywhere you can name has an element of risk associated with it. To that end in some respects I adopt Todd's approach, i.e. at the end of the day I tend not to worry as there are certain things in life beyond my control. My own on the ground experiences in Mexico, in Baja and the Mayan Riviera region specifically, have never been anything but extremely positive. Also admittedly I have a bit of 'biggest guy in the room syndrome': at 280 pounds (a result of weight training and not too many cheeseburgers...) I find more often than not people tend to leave me alone, heh.
Bottom line re: Mexico is this: I'm not into drugs; I don't use them nor do I transport or buy them. That said could I be at the "wrong place at the wrong time" one day or night and suffer the ultimate consequences? Sure, no question. Just as assuredly as I could in East Vancouver, or the north end of Regina (per capita the highest crime rate in Canada and I guarantee not a place the average Victorian should ever venture into especially at night), certain sections of LA, Boston, London, Bangkok and a 1000 other places.
So while its good to educate yourself about local conditions - crime trends and otherwise - and its likely a very good idea not to run around certain Mexican states like Sinaloa with a tee-shirt that says "Cartels Suck!" at the end of the day and beyond those fairly obvious self truths, I tend to just go about my business and trust that the universe will unfold however its meant to, all the while being mindful about where I am, and who is around me - and of course being constantly on the lookout for good fishing grounds and big waves for surfing...!
Mindful acceptance. https://youtu.be/d-diB65scQU
Edited by todd, 08 January 2019 - 11:58 AM.