EDISON - As spring break and Easter season kick into high gear, the U.S. government is reminding Americans about the dangers of traveling to Mexico.

More than 47,500 people were murdered in Mexico in drug-related violence between December of 2006 and September of last year. Most of those murders take place far away from the shimmering Mexican coastal resorts, but drug violence has occurred in all parts of Mexico.

Bill Gearhart of Class Travel and Tours says that when clients come to book their trips, he is going to keep them away from the Baja California area of Mexico, as well as the northern area and western coast of the country.

The state department's travel advisory acknowledges almost all of the drug-related violence in Mexico is between members of drug cartels, but the department still wants Americans to know the risks.

Travel advisories have not been issued for the southeast area of Mexico, which is home to popular destinations such as Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum and Riveria Maya.