SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) – As the spring break season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico is warning Americans planning a trip to the country. Main concern? The violent crime that occasionally spills over into popular tourist areas.

Every year, thousands of San Diegans either fly from San Diego International Airport to Cancun or make their way to the port of entry to visit Rosarito. While the getaways are fun, officials say travelers should keep a cool head.

For Ofelia Aguirre, common sense is of great importance for anyone thinking about a vacation in the south.

“If you look for something bad, bad things will happen to you,” Aguirre said.

On Monday evening, FOX 5/KUSI met Ofelia and her husband as they parked in front of the Cross Border Xpress. The two were waiting to pick up their daughter, who had just taken a trip to Cancun, a place that U.S. and Mexican authorities say can be a dangerous place when it comes to crime.

“Crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illegal activities are occurring, and promptly leave potentially dangerous situations,” said officials at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico Information provided on its website.

“U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in downtown areas of popular spring break locations such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, especially after dark,” officials added.

San Diegan Ryan Creagan owns a company called Baja Society Tours. His business is based on trips south in Baja.

“Mexico is just like the US, so don’t do anything stupid. “You don’t want to end up in prison in the United States and you don’t want to end up in prison in Mexico,” Creagan said.

He takes vacationers to the breathtaking views of Mexico’s wine region and enjoys a refreshing glass or two of vino. Cregan says his trips are a safe getaway as long as you stick to practical travel reminders.

“Every time you travel there are opportunities you can take advantage of. Stay with your friends, make sure you stay hydrated, don’t go out alone, and stay in well-lit places. Things you would normally do in the U.S., just take that to Mexico.”

Ryan Creagan, Baja Society Tours

If you have a vacation in the books, visit the Travel advice for Mexico to get information about the specific Mexican state you are visiting.

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