For decades, cities in Mexico like Acapulco and Tijuana, border towns easily accessible to Americans in the southwestern United States, were synonymous with tequila-fueled revelry south of the border. Now, however, these once-vibrant tourist towns have a different reputation entirely.
With escalating violence among Mexico's powerful drug cartels, these cities have lost their allure to most -- but not all -- American tourists. While tourism has taken a hit as a result of the violence that claimed nearly 40,000 lives in the past five years, vacationers looking for more than a little R&R are still flocking to these destinations despite the danger.
This isn't to say all of Mexico is dangerous for tourists, of course. The U.S. State Department this year issued a travel advisory singled out the following states: Tamaulipas and Michoacán, as well as parts of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi and Jalisco.
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