So the discussion at home is regarding our country's current relations with Mexico and whether it's a good idea to travel. Me, I'm up for it, but momma wants things to settle down a bit.
Current leaning is toward Maui. What's the worst that could happen? I learn to downwind? We haven't been there since our honeymoon 31.5 years ago. It probably hasn't changed a bit.
You and Marty have a good problem to have, right?...;-)
Honestly, I don't think that our wannabe dictator, that a minority of US citizens recently elected...and, has stirred up a small amount of Mexican nationalism, has had any effect on the safety for Americans vacationing in Mexico...at least that I have heard about...YET...;-)
I do have an amigo down in the Baja, where Deb and I "own" property, that publishes a great blog...here's a little perspective...at least from Baja Sur, which is my Mexico travel preference...waves...weather...paddling...food...weather...safety...etc...http://www.bajainsider.com/article/mexico-travel-warning-perspective
I don't hesitate recommending PV for you guys...like I said...my shop manager, Al, took his wife and two young daughters there last month...and, he has a law enforcement and safety background...
Taking it a step further...personally, I feel that the PV area is a little too tame...ridiculously safe, IMO...;-)
It's called the Mexican "Riviera" for a reason...it's one of the world's top tourist destinations...furthermore, big picture...more than 1,000,000 Americans are living in Mexico and so are an estimated 500,000 Canadians...
Regarding Punta Mita area...
"This area is so private that even locals aren’t aware of their famous neighbors including executives from Apple, Siebel Systems, Yahoo, Amazon, Qualcom, and British Telecom, as well as one very high profile landowner, and one of the richest men on the planet. In 2014, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, along with his Cascade Investment group, bought 48 acres of beachfront property along with the Four Seasons Hotel site in Punta Mita."
"We’ve had superstar visitors in Punta Mita before but it has been particularly Gaga with a frolicking a Sheens and return visits from the Kardashain family.
Famously graced by Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston with Vince Vaughn, Kate Hudson with Matt Bellamy of Muse…then more discreet legends like Michael Stipe, Ewan McGregor, Roger Waters as well as many captains of industry and politicians.
After filming in Mexico City, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Diego Luna shot a few scenes in Punta Mita for an upcoming futuristic political thriller called Elysium.
By association Punta Mita is made famous as THE safe and secure luxury enclave on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Earlier this summer, Charlie Sheen was kind enough to tweet his presence and give his personal endorsement of Mexico in a video of his time at the Four Seasons, Punta Mita Resort, saying “Much like myself, don’t believe what you read or hear about Mexico. It’s paradise down here
OTOH, beneath the outward veneer of paradise and aloha, there is another side to that Maui vacation that they are trying to sell to you in the brochure...;-)
Two sides to every coin...https://mauinow.com/category/crime-statistics/
"Maui police responded to 18 burglaries, 18 vehicle thefts and 19 vehicle break-ins in Maui County over a seven day period from Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, 2017."
This was an anomaly...but, the truth is that there is an undercurrent of racism by some folks in the Hawaiian Island paradise that can't be swept under the rug...I have experienced it myself more than a few times...YMMV...
Regardless...whatever you guys decide...I'm sure that you'll get wet and have a good time...