Is it safe in Puerto Vallarta?

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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  1. Is Puerto Vallarta safe … or is it not? The U.S. travel authorities have issued a warning to Americans that Puerto Vallarta is included on the list of unsafe places to travel. The 100,000 plus people killed by the drug cartels over the past seven years out of a population of some 110 million may be a small percentage . However some of then have been killed in Puerto Vallarta, and in the state of Jalisco. The state of Jalisco has their own drug cartel; the Mexican Mofia operates in Puerto Vallarta … which are associated with the gambling casinos, and likely most of the prostitution and women massage studios located near the many Hotels.

    Although my family and I have been safe during our vacations these past 36 years, what I have seen, heard, and read, would cause many to have second thoughts about their safety. A number of years ago, when I arrived at my Hotel one Sunday afternoon, I was informed that a Canadian drug runner in hiding was shot in the head in the Strip show hose across the street in the morning. And the a few years later, I read that five people were killed in the next town up from Puerto Vallarta. And then there was the bus trip from my hotel to the Malcone that was interrupted and turned around due to the attempted killing of the Chief of Police when his car was blown up with an hand grenade. The next day there was talk of a woman that was shot on a party boat out on the bay.

    Yes I have been threatened , however I have friends in Puerto Vallarta that are looking out for me. The Hotels are looking out for us also with their security systems in operation which include the plastic identifying wrist bands, attended entry into the hotel and grounds that require identification prior to entry , and safes within each apartment or room.

    This was never the case 36 years ago. All hotel and grounds were open and mostly unsupervised , and guests were informed that each hotel welcomed you to visit their facilities and use their pools. It was a time when my family would go pool hopping to experience the different swimming pools. If you wanted to place your valuables in a safe, you went to the Managers office to have it placed in the Hotel safe.

    Notice today all the requests for food and money for the poor; all the abandoned dogs and cats (same thing is happening in the U.S. today) ? This was not the case 36 years ago. The government fed, housed and educated the people, especially around the tourist areas. Today the Mexican government is militarizing the local police , same as is happening in the U.S.

    Today when you go through the airport security, do you feel concern for your privacy ? Do they take some of your personal articles? Well none of this happened in the early years of our travels to Mexico. The whole world is an unsafe place … get used to it.

  2. Frank Norton, you are a real ray of sunshine. Enjoy your bunker. BTW ‘mafia’.

    You wanna get shot? Try being Black in America while walking down the street.

    Never had a problem here, but when I was down here for three months (now, six months), 4 people were shot in my town of 90K.

    Enough with this paranoid shite.

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