Submitted by -Vallarta4Real
The spoiler…Yes, it is very safe! However, Vallarta aside from being one of the most popular, “come back to visit” places in the sun, is a new destination for thousands each year. New arrivals come because others have recommended, and because Vallarta stands out as a value vacation package, especially for high latitude Canadians and many Northern Americans looking for an easy, restful vacation away from cold and snow. Importantly, Vallarta delivers to most, a marvelous, trouble free vacation.
If it weren’t for the big bad television news and network media hyping anything and everything fear invoking, there would probably be no negative comments at all.
The facts and numbers speak for themselves. Just a glance through the comments on Trip Advisor reveals satisfied vacationers and virtually no reporting of “safety problems”. Many even go out of their way to highlight and compliment how friendly, kind and helpful the Mexicans are, that Vallarta (still) has a small town feel, you can walk around freely, even at night, chat with everybody, and no experience of uncomfortable confrontations with others.
In fact, one poll shows more concern for running out of money, sunburns, too much drinking, and maybe tripping over the cobblestones!
For the North Americans and Canadians that live here, all the apartment, villa, and condo owners, or those reside here part of the year, there is no feeling of unsafety-ness – none! … Being that Vallarta is a distinct tourist based community, separated from problem areas both by distance (over 1000’s of miles), and very good public security practices.
It helps that it is a compact social, economic, and geographical area of its own; not a border town, not a drug route crossroad, nor a big city with all kinds of other crime. In fact, there are many more stories of good things happening, such as lost items being returned, helpful police, friendly neighbours, nice taxi drivers, extra services at restaurants and hotels, being able to communicate, and importantly getting good value and satisfaction for one’s vacation dollar.
Some good general safety advice: Use common sense as you would in your own city or town! Vallarta has a “let your hair down – have fun mentality”, but it is not a lawless land.
The various public safety officials and police you might have to interact with, generally talk things out with you and are helpful. It goes to say that public areas, downtown streets, the hotels, resorts and Malecons are well watched and patrolled by hundreds of police and there are military forces in special anti-crime teams.
Lastly, we do not advocate procuring, using or selling any illegal drug or substance during your visit here. Jalisco and Mexico in general has very strict anti-drug use laws and they can be applied without a hearing. Why go there, have a cold beer instead!
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Submitted by -Vallarta4Real