Unless you were under a rock the last few years, you could not help but hear how dangerous  parts of  Mexico has become, and yes, it’s true drug wars have escalated violence in parts of Mexico. "Collateral damage" the news calls it - which really means  that innocent people have been robbed, hurt or killed.


When I went to Vallarta last Spring, a friend told me , "OH MY GOD, I won't go there any more because of all the kidnapping and robberies!" - I called some friends in PV and they assured me it was NOT happening there. And that is mostly all happening near the border.

So I went for a week. And everything was fine. Just as it always was.  I walked the streets Vallarta  alone day or night. I never felt uncomfortable or scared.

"I’ve been living here for 11 years. And have had ZERO problems or run-ins with bad guys or police (well, there was that ticket for using my cellphone while driving), " says Paul who owns Hotel Mercurio.

"Many cities in the US have much more security problems than PV…or many other Mexican cities, for that matter."

You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night.

You should defer non-essential travel to the state of Chihuahua.  The situation in the state of Chihuahua, specifically Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City, is of special concern.

You should defer non-essential travel to the state of San Luis Potosi, except the city of San Luis Potosi where you should exercise caution.

etc etc etc.

But for Puerto Vallarta -  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 in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.

Also - Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect.                  
Puerto Vallarta is the most visited gay destination in Mexico. It is especially popular with residents from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta?

In a word, the answer is yes, it is safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta. PV is part of the very diverse and large Mexican state of Jalisco. Some news outlets have incorrectly reported that the US State Department is warning against all travel to Jalisco.

Puerto Vallarta's Tourism Board has commissioned a study from the security consulting firm Thomas Dale and Associates (TDA). The firm found that "the number of negative events involving foreigners or non‐foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex‐pat resident population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year in Puerto Vallarta."

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