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Puerto Vallarta: A Safe Place for Travel?

December 8, 2010

Here at Vacation Roost we have a special kind of love for the rentals down in Puerto Vallarta. We have some amazing beach front rentals that will take your breath away. They can come with everything from full house services (chef, maid, driver, etc.) to private beaches. It’s one of those places that once you’re there you may never want to leave, but there is one nagging question that keeps coming up… is it safe for tourists?

The short answer: yes. If that’s all you wanted to know, then you’re welcome and I’m glad I could answer your question. If you’re looking for more than a one word answer then continue reading.

The first thing to know about traveling to Puerto Vallarta is that you will see three different levels of police there (state, city, and tourist). The key word in that last sentence is “see.” The police patrol the city day and night to keep Puerto Vallarta a safe place for tourists. Because the city’s existence depends less on fishing and more on tourism, the government is keen on keeping its main source of income safe.

When it comes to crime and the general public, Mexico as a whole beats the US at one crime per 1,000 people. The US sits at about five per 1,000 (or one per 200 for you math buffs). That doesn’t mean that some areas of the country aren’t more dangerous than others, but that comes into play for any country you go to, i.e. while in California it would be wise to steer clear of east LA; while in Mexico, stick to the tourist areas.

No matter where you travel, crime is going to be a concern. The best thing to do is to educate yourself before going somewhere new. Look it up online, find the less safe places, and avoid them. Yes Puerto Vallarta is a safe place to travel, but just like everywhere else in the world, some educational preparation with a dash of common sense will ensure you have a safe and memorable vacation.

Thanks for reading, and happy vacationing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Felicity permalink
    January 29, 2011 3:30 am

    The Mayan is fine… and Puerta Vallarta is even safer, its full of Americans who live there all year!

  2. January 29, 2011 7:20 pm

    We spent our honeymoon in CasaMagna hotel. It is a gorgeous hotel. And Vallarta is beautiful, and safe. We were completely blown away by the beauty of the sea, the warmth of the sun and the breathtaking sunsets. Definitively, it’s heaven on earth. Fireworks, the sea, the sky at dawn… it was a dream honeymoon!!

    Madison Compton

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