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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Puerto Vallarta police create new unit to work with neighborhood associations
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Puerto Vallarta police create new unit to work with neighborhood associations

Vallarta Daily News - Aug 28, 2017

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…

New National Public Security Survey puts Puerto Vallarta as safest city in Mexico
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New National Public Security Survey puts Puerto Vallarta as safest city in Mexico

Vallarta Daily News - Apr 20, 2017

The National Public Urban Security Survey tracks the public perception of safety in Mexico every quarter, in March 2017 residents felt safest in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In…

Record number of tourists feel safe in Puerto Vallarta
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Record number of tourists feel safe in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Daily News - Apr 19, 2017

Tourists in Puerto Vallarta report feeling very safe and that the city is a friendly tourist destination, according to surveys conducted by the Municipal Tourism Directorate during…

Vecino Vigilante encourages citizens to help maintain safety in Puerto Vallarta
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Vecino Vigilante encourages citizens to help maintain safety in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Daily News - Feb 28, 2017

José de Jesús Palacios Bernal with Puerto Vallarta's neighborhood watch organization, Vecino Vigilante, says everyone must participate in the general citizenship of Puerto Vallarta and not leave…

National Urban Security Survey ranks Puerto Vallarta among the safest
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National Urban Security Survey ranks Puerto Vallarta among the safest

Vallarta Daily News - Jan 17, 2017

In Mexico the economic situation worsens day by day, and also the insecurity and fear of the population to be victims of some crime. This is shown…

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board issues statement on recent abductions
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Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board issues statement on recent abductions

Vallarta Daily News - Aug 18, 2016

Dear Travel and Tourism Member: The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board regrets the unfortunate incident that took place on Monday, August 15, in one of our popular local…

Tourists choosing Puerto Vallarta as the safe destination in Mexico
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Tourists choosing Puerto Vallarta as the safe destination in Mexico

Vallarta Daily News - Apr 26, 2016

Puerto Vallarta has become fashionable and hasn't experienced the security problems facing other major destinations in the country, said Agustin Alvarez, director of the Tourism Board of…

Puerto Vallarta maintains safe status in recent U.S. travel updates
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Puerto Vallarta maintains safe status in recent U.S. travel updates

Vallarta Daily News - Jan 21, 2016

Puerto Vallarta has maintained its safety status in this week’s updated travel warnings for Mexico issued by the U.S. State Department. While Jalisco state border regions along…

Puerto Vallarta safety misconceptions debunked
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Puerto Vallarta safety misconceptions debunked

Vallarta Daily News - Jun 12, 2015

The director of the Tourism Board very much wants to clear up a lingering – and negative – Puerto Vallarta safety misconceptions about the destination. “There is…

Puerto Vallarta Safety Remains Unchanged
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Puerto Vallarta Safety Remains Unchanged

Vallarta Daily News - May 09, 2015

OPINION: On May 1, 2015, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is suspected in statewide attacks as a response to a government crackdown on the group. Since these…

Puerto Vallarta Increasing Safety Awareness for High Season
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Puerto Vallarta Increasing Safety Awareness for High Season

Vallarta Daily News - Dec 20, 2014

This week Puerto Vallarta’s Civil Protection stepped up efforts to ensure residents and tourists remain safe around the city during the high season where 500,000 visitors are…

Puerto Vallarta Launches ‘Operation Safe Christmas’
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Puerto Vallarta Launches ‘Operation Safe Christmas’

Vallarta Daily News - Nov 26, 2014

The city of Puerto Vallarta has announced “Operation Safe Christmas”, an initiative by the City Government, Civil Protection, and Puerto Vallarta Police to ensure a safe holiday…