The areas in Mexico that aren't smuggling routes I'm sure are fine. Just like America very safe unless you go to a bad neighborhood. Who cares though BAJA, we sure don't. Mexico is old news, we have all been there tons of times if you are from Calif. I have done all there is to do in Mexico and have no desire to ever go back. Too many places I have not seen. If I go south again I would visit cousin in Costa Rica. His GF from Panama and she really wants to take a bunch of people there to see what she says is a country on the rise tourism wise.
I had some great fishing trips down in Baja CA though. If the right group of guys was going i might go again. I would rather though go billfishing in Costa Rica.