US State Department Clarifies Travel to Puerto Vallarta is Safe

For the first time in six-months the US State Department has updated their travel advisory to Mexico. The most recent update includes the green light for Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta-Nayarit, and Guadalajara.

“There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit” reads the advisory, and continues to include Vallarta-Nayarit as safe travel destinations.

“There is no recommendation against travel to the Vallarta-Nayarit area in the southern portion of the state known as the Riviera Nayarit, Tepic, Xalisco, and San Blas, or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta” the advisory concludes for the State of Nayarit.

Over the past several years major tourist destinations in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, have struggled to get the message out that visiting Mexico is still safe. The US media has focused much of its attention on cartel violence, kidnapping, and illegal immigration, leaving a mark on Mexico’s tourism.

This year Mexico has seen dramatic improvements in tourism with a 19% increase during the first-half of 2014. The further validation from the US State Department that Puerto Vallarta is safe comes as a relief for the residence and businesses that rely on a thriving tourism industry.

2 Responses
  1. TheLeftCoaster

    ….you and the State Department’s report miss one serious hazard..funny how they don’t mention that hazard…. As happened to me, traveling south to Puerto Vallarta via the San Blas cutoff you will possibly encounter two very active local Transito Police who will try to extort several hundred dollars from you with a fake ‘speeding ticket’. Mordida is rampant along the dangerous San Blas cutoff… travel via Tepic if at all possible. .

    1. vallartadaily

      We didn’t forget to mention anything. Police corruption has nothing to do with State Department travel advisories. It’s common knowledge that law enforcement, military, and politicians are corrupt in Mexico, but the State Department does not do corruption warnings. It’s like saying someone didn’t report that the sun sets in the west, it’s a known fact. It’s not that little bit of highway. I have been stopped at least a dozen times in centro PV for bogus excuses and told I should pay my ticket to the cop because it was cheaper than if I paid it at the city. Around the “tunnel” is a prime place for a cop to extort money from people. Each time I told them to write me the ticket, give me their names, and give me their vehicle ID number… suddenly they just let me go with a warning. I have never paid a single peso to a cop, and I never will. This also is not just driving, it’s walking around the city too. They will stop you, ask you to turn around and put your hands on the wall, they will empty your pockets, lift the money out of your wallet, then hand everything back to you and tell you to move along. It’s a while before you realize they stole your money because you are still shocked. And if you are one of the really lucky people, they will plant marijuana in your pocket while they are searching you and threaten to take you to jail if you don’t go to the ATM and give them hundreds of dollars on the spot. NEVER pay a cop any money. NEVER NEVER NEVER.

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