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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 reaffirms commitment to security in 2020

With the aim of continuing to redouble efforts to maintain security in the region, members of the Regional Security Council held the first meeting of...
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Puerto Vallarta must remain safe, we cannot lower our guard

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...
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Puerto Vallarta City Council holds daily security briefings

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...
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Amid Concerns Over Mexico, is Puerto Vallarta Safe?

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...
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A growing wave of disappearances in Puerto Vallarta

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....
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Car chase and shootout on the streets of Puerto Vallarta

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...
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Locals Wince at Negative Images of Mexico Safety

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...
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United States updates travel alert in Mexico: No warning for Puerto Vallarta

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...
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New survey of tourists shows confidence in Puerto Vallarta’s safety

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,...
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People in Puerto Vallarta still feel safe in the city

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...
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New security forces expected to arrive in Puerto Vallarta

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...
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People living in Puerto Vallarta continue to feel safe

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,...
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