Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?
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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?

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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, 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...

Puerto Vallarta safety perception takes a hit in the Urban Public Safety Survey

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...

Puerto Vallarta increases police presence throughout the city

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,...

U.S. State Department clarifies no travel warnings for Puerto Vallarta

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...

Puerto Vallarta announces Day of the Dead security operations

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...

Civil Protection holds Security Conference for Americans in Puerto Vallarta

Staff of the Municipal Coordination of Civil Protection and Firefighters presented a conference to approximately 100 US residents in Puerto Vallarta regarding the family protection plan. The head of the unit, Adrián Bobadilla García, reported that at the request of the consular agent of the United States in Puerto Vallarta, Kelly Trainor, the conference was...
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People feel very safe in Puerto Vallarta, according to survey

Puerto Vallarta continues to improve the perception of security that its inhabitants have and also stands out among municipalities where citizens recognize the efficiency of their authorities to solve problems, according to the seventeenth survey of the National Survey of Public Urban Security (ENSU), carried out by INEGI during the first half of the ninth...

Puerto Vallarta police create new unit to work with neighborhood associations

Making Puerto Vallarta a safer and more thoughtful city are two of the main objectives of the current city administration headed by Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña. Jorge Antonio Hernández Valencia, head of the Citizen Security Department, reported that the ‘Unidad de Vinculación’ (Linking Unit) of the Municipal Police was created with the objective of linking...
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