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Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?

Is Puerto Vallarta Safe? That is what people want to know.

If you ask a local if Puerto Vallarta is safe, you will probably be met with an eye-roll, chuckle, or even a full-blown laugh in your face.

It’s no secret that Mexico has a problem and parts of the country are not safe, but Mexico is a big place. Puerto Vallarta has remained nearly untouched by the violence seen in other tourist destinations in the country, thanks to local, state, and federal authorities making sure that tourists in our area remain safe.

Even in other parts of Mexico with high crime and violence, tourists are rarely the victims (of violence). Take away cartel on cartel violence and Mexico becomes much safer than the United States. A foreign tourist is more likely to become the victim of a violent crime in the U.S., and your chances are slim-to-none if you are not involved in the drug trade while visiting Mexico.

A victim of crime is another story. Tourists many times leave their commonsense at the border. Anywhere in the world, whether your hometown or in Mexico, it’s not recommended to flash money around, we recommend keeping your wallet in your front pocket, women should have purses that can go over the shoulder (if you must carry one), keep purses zipped up, not hanging open. Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach. You know, commonsense. You should be mindful but not obsessed, that is good practice everywhere.

Comparing Puerto Vallarta to many popular tourist destinations in the U.S., Puerto Vallarta is much safer. Per capita, you are more likely to be a victim of violent crime in Orlando, Washington D.C., Hollywood, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and other well-known tourist spots in the U.S.

We recommend you browse the news articles below to learn about what Puerto Vallarta is doing to keep tourists and our community safe.

Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?


Puerto Vallarta must continue as a safe and secure destination in order to continue being the preference of both foreign and national visitors, and for this reason we should not lower the security guard, but on the contrary, redouble efforts, said Rafael Yerena Zambrano, General Secretary of the Federation of Workers of Jalisco (FTJ). He...
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Security is one of the priority issues of the City Council, so much so that there are meetings every day with those responsible for keeping the city safe, said Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña. The Mayor assured that anyone who wants to join and contribute on this or any other issue is welcome, “we are meeting...
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With summer approaching and vacation-goers hurriedly marking their calendars and packing their bags, many travelers are wondering if travel to Mexico is safe — considering all the stories in the press about crime there — and if the beach resort city of  Puerto Vallarta is still a viable vacation destination. According to numerous professionals in the travel...
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Something serious is happening in Puerto Vallarta that has not been properly attended by the authorities, nor has it received local or national media attention. Recently, at least three cases of the disappearance of women have been reported, two of them, adolescents who were fortunately found, while an adult woman nine months pregnant is still...
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A car chase and shootout through several streets of Puerto Vallarta came to an end without any fatalities, and two arrested. It was a call to 911 that alerted police about a Jeep truck parked on Francisco Villa Avenue in front of the PKDO Bar, upon the arrival of police, the driver of the car...
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Mexico is frequently the focus of negative imagery in the U.S. media, often causing Americans to warn their friends to rethink their travel there, on social media and other communications platforms. The U.S. embassy in Mexico City, early in 2018, issued a brief travel warning for Playa del Carmen, following a February blast on a...
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The US Department of State published the annual update to the Travel Alerts for Mexico on Thursday morning and classified parts of the country between level 2 and 4, recommending that people visiting Mexican territory be alert for the possibility of risks. There are no restrictions or advisories issued for Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, or...
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Surveys conducted with both domestic and foreign tourists, position Puerto Vallarta as a safe destination, said the chairman of the board of directors of Adeprotur, Robert Kistner Dixon. He pointed out that Puerto Vallarta had slipped in the most recent survey, from position four to six, but that does not mean that Puerto Vallarta has...
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74.9% of Mexicans feel insecure in the place where they live. The cities where more than 90% of its inhabitants feel in greatest danger are Ecatepec, Villahermosa, Reynosa, Cancún, Fresnillo, and Tapachula, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), conducted by INEGI. The measurement, taken in the first half of September 2018,...
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The State Prosecutor’s Office will start a new phase of its security plan, known as Volantas, in Puerto Vallarta and other regions of the state with a high incidence of crime, announced the security commissioner, Raúl Alejandro Velázquez Ruiz. Volantas is a combined force of local, state, and federal police assigned to patrolling streets with...
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The city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, heads the national list with the highest percentage of perception of insecurity, followed by Fresnillo, Zacatecas, and Cancún, Quintana Roo, according to an INEGI survey applied in the first half of June. The National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU) showed that 75.9% of the population aged 18 and over...
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The National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU) revealed that the perception of insecurity in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, went from 31.5 percent in December 2017 to 51.9 percentage points in March of this year, that is, it increased 20.4 points in the last trimester. The city enjoyed favorable ratings last year that was used in...
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With the aim of deterring or eradicating criminal practices that threaten the integrity of citizens and visitors, Puerto Vallarta continues to carry out the “Safe Vallarta” operation. Commissioner Jorge Antonio Hernández Valencia, said that surveillance and crime prevention actions have been reinforced in colonies such as 5 de Diciembre, El Cerro, El Caloso, Buenos Aires,...
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The government of the United States issued an update of its travel alerts to Mexico, where it reported that the problems of violence continue in various parts of the country; however, it excluded the tourist zones from the violent zones. In its report, the State Department specified that in the case of Quintana Roo, the...
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The government of Puerto Vallarta, through the direction of Citizen Safety, announced safety operations to be implemented during the Day of the Dead celebrations in the different cemeteries of the municipality. The operation will focus on providing protection to visitors at the entrances and exits of the pantheons 5 de December, Ramblases, El Progreso and...
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